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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


The Transfer

Narrative Short

22 minutes, in Hebrew w English subtitles.

Erez, an Israeli commissioned officer, and two other soldiers have been ordered to transfer a prisoner to Megiddo prison. Along the way, a conflict arises that forces the young officer to surpass himself in order to solve the situation.

Michael Grudsky, Director. Evgeny Sosnitsky, Screenplay. Ido Bartal, Imri Biton, Adeeb Safadi, Yair Mossel, Tom Hagi, key cast.

Nominated for Best Student Film

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Nicole's Cage

Narrative Short

16 minutes, subtitled.

The big wheel in the most exciting area of the city is the perfect real estate for Jakob and Nicole, a young, ambitious couple, firmly anchored in the event culture. When one of the popular gondolas becomes free, they do not hesitate to move into their first common flat. Unfortunately neither of them has taken the time to get to know his partner before.

Josef Brandl, Writer & Director. Pheline Roggan, Marcel Mohab, Jacques Palminger, key cast.

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In Our Country

Narrative Short

30 minutes, subtitled.

Nineteen-year-old Eritrean refugee Teklebrhan has survived his arduous journey through the Libyan desert. However after arriving in Germany he has a hard time adapting to his new life.

Louisa Wagener, Director. Saskia Hahn, Louisa Wagener, Writers. Alexes Feelmo, Toto Knoblauch, Nick Romeo Reimann, key cast.

Nominated for Best Student Film

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Narrative Short

30 minutes, subtitled.

Elias is a shy boy who likes to talk to his bird rather than play with other kids. When he meets the quirky artist Halim, a tender friendship develops between them but Elias’ mother does not approve. The unusual relationship comes to an abrupt end as Halim suddenly has to flee and it seems as though there is nothing Elias can do to help. But the refugee has left the boy a valuable gift…

Werner Fiedler, Director. Inès Khannoussi, Werner Fiedler, Writers. Leopold Fuchs, Director of Photography. Massud Rahnama, Paul Ummenhofer, Mira Strohecker, Sabine Kranzelbinder, key cast.

Nominated for Best Short

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8:15pm SEATING

The Killer Buzz


8 minutes

A story about a love triangle between two flies and a lady bug.

Barry Jackson, Animator.

Nominated for Best Animation

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Nowhere, Michigan

Narrative Feature

97 minutes

David (Tequan Richmond) is fleeing from a murder, a pair of deadly conmen and is inadvertently toting a bag full of meth and cash with him. He ends up passing through a small, frozen, nowhere town in the heart of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. David becomes entangled in a small town love triangle between a pregnant, snarky bartender, Madison (Jenna Boyd) who longs to get out of Michigan, and a chatty, cheerful diner waitress, April (Christina Scherer) who can barely conceive of a world outside her hometown. David forms a tentative friendship with his grumpy, gasmask-wearing, ice-fishing neighbor, Martin, (Richard Riehle), and finds himself in the middle of a do-it-yourself meth ring with the local drug dealer, Erin (Ashlie Atkinson). In time, David feels at home for a moment in this small town, until a wrong move tips off the deadly conmen to his location. David must choose between running for his life again, or trying to save the local people he has come to love.

Robert Vornkahl, Director. Andrew Beguin, Writer. Andrew Beguin, Molly Beitchman, Producers. Tequan Richmond, Jenna Boyd, Christina Scherer, Ashlie Atkinson, Richard Riehle, Seth Kirschner, Nick Jax Slater, Key Cast.

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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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