Five finalists have been selected to compete in the Elgin Short Film Festival set for Saturday, Sept. 21, at The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin.
Filmmakers will begin arriving on the red carpet at 6:15 p.m. Preshow entertainment includes jazz musicians, cancan dancers, strolling characters and more. Film screening of the five chosen films begins at 7 p.m.
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The Elgin Short Film Festival consistently draws high-quality film entries from professional and semiprofessional filmmakers from around the country.
This year's finalists are:
"Make it a Great Day"
Directed by Joshua Jones
Mother Nature's peculiar sense of irony creates a convoluted path of survival for a newborn chick with unfortunate timing.
Directed by Katherine Mahalic
Twelve-year-old Michael Saints is faced with a life or death situation, and must break into a church to steal a bottle of holy water. It's not until he and his friends battle a nun, a priest, and the creepy janitor that they realize their bond of friendship is unbreakable.
"An Imminent Love Story"
Directed by Matthew Blair Jacobsen
An exploration of what it means to be in love is told in this tale of two souls as they journey through life. Their unconventional romance redefines the classic tale of lifelong love. Shot entirely in Elgin.
"Coloring Outside the Lines"
Directed by William Rudberg
A young girl with Down syndrome expresses herself through abstract art.
"Drawing On a Dream"
Directed by David Rae Morris and Susan Allen Liles
A tribute to Delta musician and painter Jerry Lee "Duff" Dorrough.
Mike Toomey, a regular performer on the WGN Morning News, will bring his comedic talents as master of ceremonies. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and the audience. And this year, a special People's Choice award will be presented based solely on audience votes.
The festival is open to all ages. General admission tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the Hemmens box office, online at www.hemmens.org or by phone at (847) 931-5900.