Northbrook Library 6th Annual ICFilmFest

12 Imaginative Short Films from 12 Countries

Three Chicago and Two U.S. Premieres!


Seeing the Best in Others

Featuring U.S. and Chicago premieres, this imaginative collection of twelve short films from twelve countries spotlights the champion in us all. Be awed by a high-dive that saves the day in Belly Flop (South Africa), cheer as two competitors form an unlikely team in Little Bird & Squirrel (Switzerland), and join a brave little girl as she outsmarts some young bullies in Freeze (Netherlands).

Join us for a Directors Q&A in the Zoom Afterparty following the Festival on November 6th!

Free Event

Saturday, November 6, 2021


2:00 pm – Film Festival Opening Remarks: Nicole Dreiske

2:05 pm – Screening of Seeing the Best in Others

3:15 pm – Voting begins

3:30 pm – Zoom Q&A with Directors

The Films

Belly Flop (South Africa)

2018, 5 Minutes

Directors: Jeremy Collins, Kelly Dillon

A young girl sets her sights on the high dive at her local pool. Nonverbal.

Lynx and Birds (UK)

2017, 3 Minutes

Directors: Francesco Mazza, Simone Giampaolo

A mother bird rushes to protect her baby from a predator, who surprises them with kindness. In English.

Meet the Director in the Zoom Afterparty!

Bearing (Czech Republic)

2019, 2 Minutes

Director: Daniela Hýbnerová

While strolling through the woods, a baby bear gets separated from its mother. Nonverbal.

Chicago Premiere.

Kiri and Lou (New Zealand)

2019, 5 Minutes

Director: Harry Sinclair

Kiri and Lou are two best friends who like to laugh, sing, and play while learning about new feelings and other friends. In English.

Chicago Premiere.

Meet the Director in the Zoom Afterparty!

Little Bird & Squirrel (Switzerland)

2015, 4 minutes

Director: Lena von Döhren

When a bird and squirrel have a disagreement, a sneaky fox forces them to work together. Nonverbal.

Meet the Director in the Zoom Afterparty!

Transmitter Receiver (Canada)

2017, 9 Minutes

Director: Vincent Wilson

A young boy builds a device that he hopes will allow him communicate with strangers beyond the earth. The truth is somewhat closer to home. In English.

Chicago Premiere.

Meet the Director in the Zoom Afterparty!

Tiger (Germany)

2015, 4 minutes

Director: Kariem Saleh

A tiger imprinted on a child’s dinner plate becomes impatient and roams the kitchen table in search of food. Nonverbal.

The Pig on the Hill (USA/Serbia)

2018, 6 Minutes

Directors: John Helms, Jamy Wheless

A pig is living a quiet life until a noisy new neighbor moves in. In English.

Meet the Director in the Zoom Afterparty!

Dreams into Drawing (Japan)

2019, 10 Minutes

Director: Koji Yamamura

When an artist falls asleep, he dreams of being a carp that interacts with the creatures and humans around him. In English.

Meet the Director in the Zoom Afterparty!

Game Changer (USA)

2018, 3 Minutes

Director: Aviv Mano

A toy at an arcade tries to sabotage an unlikely player who wants to win him as a prize. Nonverbal.

C’est Moi Le Plus Beau (France/Belgium)

2018, 6 Minutes

Directors: Anaïs Sorrentino, Arnaud Demuynck

A vain wolf scours the forest for other animals to tell that he is the most handsome creature of them all. In French with English subtitles.

U.S. Premiere.

Freeze (Netherlands)

2014, 15 minutes

Director: Maria Peters

A young girl attempts to protect herself and others in her town when a magical spell falls into the wrong hands. In Dutch with English subtitles.

Chicago Premiere.

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