2018 Elgin Short Film Festival

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All seats are $10. Tickets ON SALE NOW on line and at the Box Office.

The Elgin Short Film Festival (ESFF) is returning for its tenth year! This special anniversary event is taking place at The Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, IL on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The ESFF has drawn film entries from around the world making this an impressive event that has entertained film lovers since 2009.

Mike Toomey, comedian and integral part of the WGN TV morning show, will return to Emcee the event. Filmmakers will begin arriving on the red carpet in advance, and there will be pre-show entertainment. 

Chamber Music on the Fox returns to the festival to present a live chamber performance to premier a new piece by composer Steven Ingle that will accompany the screening of the 1902 French adventure silent film “A Trip to the Moon.”

The films, no more than 20 minutes in length, are rated PG, making this a great family event. The screenings include a showing of the finalists. Winners will be selected by an ESFF judging panel and audience members. In addition, there will be a People's Choice award based solely on audience votes.

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Margaret and the Moon
Live Action, Directed by Trevor Morgan
An unpopular little girl falls in love with her imagination and learns the true value of friendship.

Animated, Directed by Hikari Toriumi
A young polar bear leaves home for the first time, but finds it difficult to bid her mother farewell.

The Last Dance
Live Action, Directed by Chris Keller
In the not-too-distant future, an old man works alone in his garage – click-click-clicking the hours away on an old desktop computer. His name is Hugo, and he’s making something… Something great...

The Go Cart
Animated, Directed by Kailyne R. Waters
A lone shopping cart injured and seized for scrap breaks free and navigates a world of danger, changing his fate and bringing happiness to those he encounters.

The Amazing Neckbeard
Animated, Aaron Legg - Writer/Director/Animator/Editor
A comic book nerd discovers what it truly means to be a hero in this stop-motion animated short. 

Bob and Edgar
Live Action, Directed by Bill Redding
A man and his dog ... or is it?