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These are the films of the 2017
Naperville Independent Film Festival


Films will be shown in groups in two different seatings per evening. Each film was reviewed by our five jurors and determined to be of good quality and interesting subject matter. We encourage you to read the selections and choose which films you'd like to see.


6:00pm SEATING

Wishing Box


6 minutes

The pirate Derek and his sidekick monkey after years sailing, finally found a treasure box, and this box is a magic box can make your wishes come true.

Lizzie Zhang, Nan Li, Directors. Lindsay Elgin, Producer.

Nominated for Best Animation

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Fairytales For Emma

Narrative Feature

115 minutes

Peter Miller has been working for the Immigration Office in London for many years. One day, a strange phone call from Prague interrupts his usual life rhythm. A single mother, who is in a hospital after a car accident, named him as a responsible person to take care of her child. She claims Emma is his daughter. 

Rudolf Havlík, Director. Ondřej Vetchý, Anna Geislerová, Ema Švábenská, Anna Polívková, Oldřich Vlach, Jiří Dvořák, Marek Taclík, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Feature, Actor, Actress, Director

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8:15pm SEATING


Narrative Short

12 minutes

Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…

Steve Desmond, Director. Steve Desmond, Michael Sherman, Writers. Michael Sherman, Aaron Billet, Ryan Lewis, Joe Russo, Producers. Caitlin Carmichael, Ione Skye, Christopher Wiehl, Joey Luthman, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Short, Director, Actress

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On The 7th Date

Narrative Feature

81 minutes

On the 7th date, Tara and Shawn find that their relationship is going nowhere. So they decide to come to terms with it and spend their last night together being their true selves and sharing what each of them really wants from another person. But as the evening unravels and things begin spiraling out of control, the two begin to realize that their ideal selves may not be who they imagined.

Chris Goodwin, Director, Writer. Topher Hansson, Chris Goodwin, Producers. Anna Rizzo, Topher Hansson, Codey Gillum, Madison B. Gaylor, Eddie Nason, Steph France, J.D. Achille, Alex McAuliffe, Acei Martin, Joe Sinagra, Francesca Shipsey, Nick DeVita, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Actor, Actress

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All Films Shown at Hollywood Palms Cinema

Come see our films in the luxurious seats and whimsically decorated theatres of Hollywood Palms (map, directions).
Enjoy a drink beforehand and full food service during the show in big, comfy recliners.
The festival films are shown in one of the main floor theatres. The ECU films are shown in the upstairs theatre.
An usher will direct you to the proper theatre for your choice of seating.


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