On Sunday, September 14th, we begin the FOURTH ANNUAL Fall Festival of Independent Film at North Central College. The college’s student film club CELLULOID hosts the event, a partnership with the Naperville Independent Film Festival (NIFF), now in its 7th year.
♦ Go here to view or download a full 2014 Schedule.
NIFF shows most of its foreign films at the college, films which come from Paris’ European Independent Film Festival (the ECU). To get to Paris, films have to have won an award at another festival. They’re judged again in Paris, and we show some of the winners there—making most of our foreign film showings double-winners to begin with.
This year features 18 films from the U.S. and eight other countries. All shows start at 7:00 p.m. in Smith Hall, on the second floor of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St., on the North Central College campus in Naperville. We don’t want money to be a big obstacle, so the ticket prices are low: $3 an evening and $12 for the whole week for North Central College students, faculty and staff, and $5 an evening and $16 for the week for the general public.
Among the films in this year’s festival Jiminy follows Nathaniel, who works as a repair man fixing brain implants called “crickets” that allow people for a probably-not-so-distant-future to switch into “auto mode” any time they choose. Jiminy, a French film, took home the Best Director prize from Paris. Heritage explores the extraordinary place of guns in Swiss culture, Switzerland—that icon of neutrality—currently being the third most armedcountry on the planet. The Best Animated Short Film went to Drag Me, from Greece. And Best Non-European Documentary went to a U.S. film, Not Anymore, the story of the Syrian revolution told through the experiences of two young people, a rebel fighter and a journalist.
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