2015 Elgin Short Film Festival

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The 7th Annual Elgin Short Film Festival
was an entertaining evening of some of the very best in short films by some of the very best up-and-coming filmmakers
.The award ceremony and screening of finalists was held in Elgin, IL on Saturday, September 26, 2015

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

The films, no more than 20 minutes in length, were received from as far away as New Zealand, France, Spain, and China. The screenings include a showing of the six finalists. Winners were selected by an ESFF judging panel and audience members. In addition, there was a People's Choice award based solely on audience votes.

Check out the Winners and six finalists below.

Next year's festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2016.

2015 Elgin Short Film Festival Finalists & Winners 

   Speed Dating

Directed by Meghann Artes
Deperate to find the man of her dreams, sweet and plain Ava tries a last ditch effort, speed dating. But the absurd cast of characters she encounters makes her wonder 
if being single is not so bad after all.

"People's Choice Award Winner"


Directed by Bernabe Rico
Martin is a finished actor, both professionally and personally. He's divorced, has no
friends and a son he hasn't talked to for more than a year. But one fine day he'll get
a working offer his agent will not let him pass: to be companion of a 5-year-old boy
in a costume contest at the Amusement Park.

 Una Mujer Sin Preico 1961


Directed by Alaric Rocha
When the perfectionist scientist, Dr. Victor Junco loses his wife, Maribella to a car accident he builds a robotic version to replace her. When he realizes he can continue to "perfect" his wife he eventually create the "perfect" woman who leaves him.

1440 and Counting


Directed by Tony Gapastione
A desperate man from her past confronts a burned-out, retiring teacher. She's packing
up her classroom and her life, but when she discovers one of her beloved students is in great danger; her life turns upside down within minutes.



Directed by Joel Benjamin
Roger, a family man and blue-collar astronaut mines ore in the skies above an alien
planet, kept company only by his ship's computer. Unfortunately, Roger pushes his luck
a little too far, and gets a close look at what's on the surface.

   Animal Landscape Finalist


Directed by Shelley Dodson
African animals transform the landscape as the relationship between
predator and prey unfolds.


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