sEPTEMBER  16TH - 19TH,  2010

The CIRSFF is a four day event devoted entirely to short films produced by filmmakers from around the world.  Short films are more than just a springboard for up-and-coming directors, actors and producers, they are an independent art form.  Without your support the next big star or filmmaker may never be discovered.  Please come and join us in watching over 100 short films that cover all genres; from Comedy to Sci-Fi.

Friday, Sept. 17 Schedule

Columbia College Film Row Cinema

1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor, Chicago, IL
Friday Sept. 17th to Sunday Sept. 19th.  We recommend taking the El as there is a stop just up the street, the Roosevelt / State stop is on the Red, Green and Orange Lines. If you need to drive, there is plenty of Parking either on the street or in local garages. (Map link below)

Map to Columbia College Film Row Cinema

Docu-dramas - 2:30 Friday

I Dreamed Last Night I Was Far From Harm
4min US, Director Robert Philipson
In 1926, Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, entered Paramount studios to record a song about a woman trying to reach her straying man. While the triangle, one of the characters is anything but.

10min - Mexico, Directed by: ALBA MORA-ROCA
What does a 65-year-old man do when he has one million toys in his personal collection? Mexican architect Roberto Shimizu opened an underground museum at his home in Mexico City.

H2oil - Animated Segments
4min - Canada, by: Dale hayward
Animated segments completed for the feature length documentary 'H2oil' about the Alberta tar sands. They explain the tar sands process, it's relationship with water, and how NAFTA is involved.

12min - US, by: jeffrey durkin
Jonathan Segal is pioneering a new way to
build southern california cities through sustainable design.

Memories of My Father
5min - US, Directed by: Mary Mazurek
Memories of My Father A Trip to the Train Yard is a time based story book based on a memory of a father taking his daughter to work, except, his office is a locomotive.More Info here

On the Trail of a Black Sheep    
12min - US,
Directed by: Genevieve Davis
The story of my grandmother's clash with an intolerant society, and crash and burn in organized crime. Tracking down the history of your lost family may dig up some interesting facts.

Walla Walla Wiffle
8min US, Directed by Robert Sickels
Walla Walla Wiffle is an annual one day round-robin wiffleball tournament wherein 48 men from all over the country gather in Eastern Washington to play wiffleball.

Foreign Films - 3:40 Friday

16min - United Arab Emirates, Directed by: Naela Al Khaja
The journey of a young Emirati woman who undertakes to go on a secret 'taboo' date with a young man she has never met in person.

16min - Italy, Director Paolo Sassanelli
Italy summer of 1946. The war has ended but there are no signs of peace between fascist Paolo and socialist Luigi.

London liegt am Nordpol
20min - Germany, Director Achim Wendel
London is at the north pole is a film that shows us how hard it could be to be a normal guy. It confronts the viewer with social exclusion and mentally disability.

L'incroyable voyage de Margaux
20min - France, Directed by: Marc-Etienne Schwartz
Margaux, a 7 year old girl, has for faithful pet, 'Tick', a beautiful golden retriever. Not knowing how to announce the dog's death, his father set up a touching and funny stratagem inspired by the movie 'Amelie Poling': 'Tick' has left home for a world tour and forward regularly to Margaux, letters and post-cards detailing his travel.
A modern fairy tale, operating four charming and endearing characters.

The Arts - 5:00 Friday

2min - US, Directed by: Jeremy Fain
A young artist begins mentally undressing a beautiful passerby, yet each layer of clothing he peels away is followed by another, and another, and another...

Caminhos (Roads)
9min - Brazil, Directed by: Omar Fernandes Aly
The film was realized from original Iran hinterland photos done by Kiarostami, exposed in several countries in the world. Roads are showing between earth and sky, with a sound track composed by fragments of George Crumb, Iannis Xenakis, and others, and poems by Federico García Lorca and Paul Celan. More Info

All My Life
3min - US, Directed by: Ivan Ives
The video for 'All My Life' was done entirely using a plethora of stop motion photography techniques. The point of the video, besides to provide an entertaining companion to the song, was to explore a variety of stop motion methods and tie them all together using the words of the song, often being represented by Scrabble letters.

3min - US, Directed by: Bob Blinn
Conelrad is a short film which explores the background of the emergency broadcast system. It looks at the Cold War period and compares it with the present day.

To the Rescue!
4min - US, Directed by: Emma Coleman

Prince Charmin'
4min - US, Directed by: Jonny Diaz
An urban tale of a classic story in Cinderella with a role reverse.
It's story about a young man who wakes up stranded on the beach with both hands buried into the sand.

Breathe Rummel Breathe
11min - US, Directed by: Kyle Eaton
While hospitalized from a swimming accident, Rummel drifts in and out of consciousness, recounting his youth and the memories of his late parents.

6min - US, Directed by: Hugh Schulze
A man, a woman, and a movie theater -- a tale of love and grace.

Paper Animals
2min US, Director Michelle Reese - A daughter and father are spending an early Sunday Morning at the kitchen counter, making card board lions. After the first one is finished, set down, and admired, it comes to life. It roars, leaping off the counter.

5min - US, Directed by: Jeffrey Anderson Bliss
Isolated individuals desperately search to make connections. 

Relationships SUCK - 6:10 Friday

Heart Says It All
5min - US, Directed by: David Eagle
An expose' on what really happens when you get on the wrong side of those chalky little candy hearts with the cute sayings on them. Told sans dialogue, this is a tale of love-gone-wrong and the steps those innocent-looking confections will take in doling out vengeance.

8:00 a.m.
11min - Spain,
Directed by: Pablo Ortega
What would you do if your life is centred around a relationship where your partner has forgotten why you are together?

The Sandy Hoffman Incident

3min - US, Directed by: Alex Mechlin
An improv comedy about two friends who run into a girl they knew in high school. The girl remembers one friend, but not the other, causing much discomfort in the latter.


Love vs. Porn
16min - US,  by: Dan Ochwat, Chad Queen
A look at the intimacy that lies beneath a difficult relationship between an artist and his ex-porn star girlfriend.

'Moving Parts' by Mr. Fogg
4min - UK, Directed by: . Scubaboy
Simply rendered yet powerful animated promo examining the cause and effect of human relations.

When The Hurlyburly's Done
16min - Germany, Directed by: Hanna Maria Heidrich
She will bleed to death. Jacob is holding Gwynn in his arms. A love stronger than death, that's what they promised to each other. Should he take her to hospital, or rather escape? The hospital, that's where her husband and his men are waiting. If he chooses to escape, she will die. What's his decision - his love, or his life? The answer will fall, when the hurlyburly's done...


6min - US, Directed by: Will Jobe
A young car mechanic in a long-term relationship gets wind of an unpleasant and unwelcome change in his current circumstances after an accidental phone call. (Based on an alternative comic book by acclaimed writer and illustrator Jordan Crane)

Might be A Problem - 7:25 Friday

7min - Australia,
Directed by: Luke Barlow
After tracking down a man responsible for his marriages decline, Sean decides to take matters into his own hands.

16min - US, Directed by: Peter Vass
A recent college graduate is stuck working at a dead end job as a telemarketer with little to look forward to. One day he gets a call that will change all that, and bring some unexpected excitement back to his life. View the trailer

Un Dia Antes del Fin del Mundo
11min - Argentina,
Directed by: Russ Finkelstein
Amidst the chaos of downtown Buenos Aires, few are aware that it is the eve of the Apocalypse. A humble procession of Bolivian pilgrims march through the heart of the city, crossing in their path several individuals, each one of them isolated in their own world of anxiety, panic and crisis.  View the trailer

I'll Be Here
16min - US,
Directors, Marc Sloboda & Jay Hurst
After her boyfriend leaves her, a young woman living alone in her apartment begins to notice strange things occurring. But who, or what is causing them? Trailer -- More Info

Cold Turkey
11min, Ireland, Director Gavin Keane
The tale of a sound man on a low budget feature who is under orders to create authentic sound effects for a fight scene. Trouble is his boss needs them yesterday, he has no idea what he's doing and his           neighbour's kids just won't go away.

The Demented Show - 8:45 Friday

Cell Phuong
6min - Viet Nam,
Directed by: Cesar Espada
Hanoi, 7 October 2009. Real document recorded with a cell phone by two men waiting outside a hotel. Someone wants to see everything as it really happened. Everything.

5min - Canada,
Directed by: david baas
An animated mock documentary about the ecological plight of penguins in the Antarctic, possibly foretelling cataclysmic results for the rest of the world.


Wipe & Fold
2min - US, Directed by: Ron Fleischer
PSA informing children how to conserve toilet paper.

One Square Mile of Earth

13min - US
A rabbit, a frog, a bear, a goat, a hippopotamus, and a squirrel walk into a bar... and have some very human interactions involving an unwritten novel, romantic miscommunications, and an unbalanced friendship. Deadpan delivery and offbeat anthropomorphism contribute to the wry humor of this film by Jeff Drew and the Pajama Men

Skinny Dippin'
5min - US
The first day of summer will never be the same! Music Video by the band Essex Chanel

Special Needs
5min - US, Directed by: Scott Smith
A young couple discovers that foreplay is not always politically correct.

Remember me.
7min - US, Directed by: Ian Stone
When you can't get a face out of your head...


Dinner for Two?
3min - US, Directed by: Gabriel Bruskoff
A clueless guy tries to prepare a meal for his girlfriend, but she rejects everything he offers. What could she possibly want?

Phillip the Safety Egg
5min - US, Directed by: Mike Owens
Genetically altered world of a paranoid hypochondriac trained in the arts of First Aid

Who Would You?
5min - US, Directed by: Todd Eric Valcourt
Who Would You? is a comedy short about a husband and wife who go a little too far while talking about each other's secret desires.