The Naperville Independent Film Festival

September 24, 2016 to September 30, 2016
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Hollywood Palms
is proud to partner with the Naperville Independent Film Festival to bring you the best in films from around the globe.
Tickets for all films listed below are on sale now!

 

OPENING NIGHT
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

6:00pm SEATING

One Per Person

Animation

10 minutes

An awkward fast food worker gains a new perspective on life while competing for customers against an excessively happy-go-lucky rival.

Film by Melissa Nemcek & Brian L Tan

Nominated for Best Animation

 

 

Quaker Oaths

Narrative Feature

88 minutes

To make their divorce final, a Quaker couple must follow tradition by seeking out everyone who came to their wedding...and asking them to cross their names off the marriage certificate.

Louisiana Kreutz, Writer & Director. Bradley Beesley & Austin Tolin, Producers. E.J. Enriquez, Cinematographer. Katy Fairlee and Royce Sharp, Sound. Original score by Jeff Luna. Alex Dobrenko, Fede Rangel, Kathy Rose Center, Rupert Reyes, David Lee Hess, Scott Mason, Juli Erickson, Grant James, Tane Ward, Hannah Kenah, and introducing Pete Dahlberg, cast.

Nominated for Best Feature, Actor (Alex Dobrenko), Actress (Fede Rangel)

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

 


8:15pm SEATING

Forest of Echoes

Narrative Short

30 minutes, subtitled.

A teenager, Christina, loses her friends in the forest. Looking for them she finds the bodies of three drowned kids on the shore of a lagoon. On summer holiday, deep in the woods, three kids, cousins, are playing around a lake when they find a drowned young woman drifting in the water. Games, lies and rituals unfolding into a circular time in which death loses its ultimacy. What is real and what is a mirage? Who is dreaming and who is being dreamed?

Luz Olivares Capelle, Director, Writer. Jasmin Wallner, Calista Berger, Katharina Plaim, key cast.

Nominated for Best Student Film

 

 

The Last Compartment

Narrative Feature

103 minutes, subtitled.

After their train is hit by an avalanche in the alps, 30 year old Greta and five strangers find themselves trapped in the last car of a train, buried underneath the snow.

Andreas Schaap, Writer & Director. Benny Theisen, Producer. Anna Fischer, Nic Romm, Tim Sander, key cast.

Nominated for Best Feature, Actress (Anna Fischer)

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 24

Films will be shown in groups in two different seatings per evening. Each film was reviewed by our five jurors and determined to be of good quality and interesting subject matter. We encourage you to read the selections and choose which films you'd like to see.

 


6:00pm SEATING

The Midnighters

Narrative Feature

87 minutes

An aging safe-cracker recently released from prison is asked to put his old skills to use and risk his freedom to save his son's life.

Julian Fort, Director. Julian Fort, Writer. Adam Carl, Julian Fort, Producers. Leon Russom, Gregory Sims, John Wesley, Stuart McClean, Costa Ronin, and Eve Mauro, key cast.

Nominated for Best Actor (Leon Russom), Director

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

 


8:15pm SEATING

Pittari

Animation

4 minutes

Satan's boulder busting destruction is halted by a stubborn foe, testing his shape shifting abilities.

Patrick Smith, Filmmaker.

Nominated for Best Animation

 

 

In A Dream

Narrative Short

17 minutes

Kate, a young office worker and aspiring pet portrait painter, is determined to find a mysterious man who keeps appearing in her dreams at night.  During her search, she goes through awful dates and mishaps - but the surprise ending provides revelations about the triumph of friendship, the benefits of adopting a pet, and the importance of following our dreams.

Edina Kishonthy, Director.

Nominated for Best Short, Director

 

 

Waking David

Narrative Feature

89 minutes

During a lecture tour of England, Scarlett, an American psychologist decides to look up Amy, her half-sister and find out about her father who died 10 years earlier. She is surprised to encounter a family that won’t communicate with her or each other about the past. Just when Amy starts to open about their father, the family creates a wall of secrecy and lies surrounding his death. Scarlett delves further into the truth, but when the truth is finally revealed, it shatters the stability of the family, causing all of the family and Scarlett to reassess their relationship to one another. The film explores the dangers both of keeping secrets and digging them up.

Kevin Nash, Director. Kristy Bruce, Shane Bruce, Harriet Madeley, Kevin Nash, Writers. Marilena Parouti, Producer. Harriet Madeley, Key Cast.

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

MONDAY
SEPTEMBER 25

Films will be shown in groups in two different seatings per evening. Each film was reviewed by our five jurors and determined to be of good quality and interesting subject matter. We encourage you to read the selections and choose which films you'd like to see.

 


6:00pm SEATING

Cup of Tea

Narrative Short

3 minutes

A young photographer stands at the edge of a lake as she takes pictures of the beauty surrounding her. A young delinquent picks up her bag and makes a run for it. Just when hope seems to be at an end, she finally finds the kid, and what she sees overwhelms her and melts her heart.

Jitendra Rai, Director.

 

 

Secondhand Hearts

Narrative Feature

95 minutes

A photographer on a trip to Japan meets a fellow American woman and they quickly fall in love. However, when he returns home to the US, he discovers that she is his girlfriend's older sister.

Austin Everett, Writer & Director. Ben Isaacs, Mallory Corinne, Allie Rae Treharne, key cast.

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

 


8:15pm SEATING

Albedo Absolute

Narrative Short

15 minutes

ALBEDO ABSOLUTE is a fairytale adventure of Violet and Savannah, two sisters who disobey their parent’s warning by venturing into a brooding forest. There, they discover a large plug wedged into the forest floor. What lurks beneath the plug? The girls cannot resist finding out. Their curiosity sends them down a kaleidoscopic drain pipe and into a strange and startling journey of no return.

Vlad Marsavin, Director. William Brookfield, Writer. Elena Baranova, Kirsten Wagner, Producers. Gabriel Olds, Boti Bliss, Hannah McCloud, Lyliana Wray, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Short

 

 

The Test of Courage (S/T)

Narrative Short

19 minutes, subtitled.

During WWII, a bunch of children, with 11-year old Anton and his younger brother Rudi in the middle, meet up at a wall at the cementery. They regulary have tests of courage. As it is Rudi´s turn, he makes his way, armed with a knife, to the grave of a child murderer, where the night ends in terror.

Rena Dumont, Director, Producer, Screenplay. Thomas Bresinsky, Director of Photography.

 

 

Hard to Believe

Documentary Feature

56 minutes

IT’S HAPPENED BEFORE: Governments killing their own citizens for their political or spiritual beliefs. But it’s never happened like this.
It’s happened so often that the world doesn’t always pay attention. But is economic influence the reason, that this time, it’s going largely unreported? It’s hard to believe that doctors would carve up innocent people so their organs could be sold. It’s even harder to believe that major media are not investigating. Yet it happened tens of thousands of times, and may be happening still.
Hard to Believe is a documentary that examines the issue of forced live organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners of conscience, and the response—or lack of it—around the world. Produced by Swoop Films, two-time Emmy Award-winning director/producer, Ken Stone, and Irene Silber.

Ken Stone, Director. Ken Stone, Irene Silber, Writers. Ken Stone, Irene Silber, Kay Rubacek, Producers. Ethan Gutman, David Matas, Enver Tohti, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Documentary

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

TUESDAY
SEPTEMBER 26

Films will be shown in groups in two different seatings per evening. Each film was reviewed by our five jurors and determined to be of good quality and interesting subject matter. We encourage you to read the selections and choose which films you'd like to see.

 


6:00pm SEATING

GERMAN LANGUAGE FILM BLOCK

The Transfer

Narrative Short

22 minutes, in Hebrew w English subtitles.

Erez, an Israeli commissioned officer, and two other soldiers have been ordered to transfer a prisoner to Megiddo prison. Along the way, a conflict arises that forces the young officer to surpass himself in order to solve the situation.

Michael Grudsky, Director. Evgeny Sosnitsky, Screenplay. Ido Bartal, Imri Biton, Adeeb Safadi, Yair Mossel, Tom Hagi, key cast.

Nominated for Best Student Film

 

 

Nicole's Cage

Narrative Short

16 minutes, subtitled.

The big wheel in the most exciting area of the city is the perfect real estate for Jakob and Nicole, a young, ambitious couple, firmly anchored in the event culture. When one of the popular gondolas becomes free, they do not hesitate to move into their first common flat. Unfortunately neither of them has taken the time to get to know his partner before.

Josef Brandl, Writer & Director. Pheline Roggan, Marcel Mohab, Jacques Palminger, key cast.

 

 

In Our Country

Narrative Short

30 minutes, subtitled.

Nineteen-year-old Eritrean refugee Teklebrhan has survived his arduous journey through the Libyan desert. However after arriving in Germany he has a hard time adapting to his new life.

Louisa Wagener, Director. Saskia Hahn, Louisa Wagener, Writers. Alexes Feelmo, Toto Knoblauch, Nick Romeo Reimann, key cast.

Nominated for Best Student Film

 

 

Halim

Narrative Short

30 minutes, subtitled.

Elias is a shy boy who likes to talk to his bird rather than play with other kids. When he meets the quirky artist Halim, a tender friendship develops between them but Elias’ mother does not approve. The unusual relationship comes to an abrupt end as Halim suddenly has to flee and it seems as though there is nothing Elias can do to help. But the refugee has left the boy a valuable gift…

Werner Fiedler, Director. Inès Khannoussi, Werner Fiedler, Writers. Leopold Fuchs, Director of Photography. Massud Rahnama, Paul Ummenhofer, Mira Strohecker, Sabine Kranzelbinder, key cast.

Nominated for Best Short

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

 


8:15pm SEATING

The Killer Buzz

Animation

8 minutes

A story about a love triangle between two flies and a lady bug.

Barry Jackson, Animator.

Nominated for Best Animation

 

 

Nowhere, Michigan

Narrative Feature

97 minutes

David (Tequan Richmond) is fleeing from a murder, a pair of deadly conmen and is inadvertently toting a bag full of meth and cash with him. He ends up passing through a small, frozen, nowhere town in the heart of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. David becomes entangled in a small town love triangle between a pregnant, snarky bartender, Madison (Jenna Boyd) who longs to get out of Michigan, and a chatty, cheerful diner waitress, April (Christina Scherer) who can barely conceive of a world outside her hometown. David forms a tentative friendship with his grumpy, gasmask-wearing, ice-fishing neighbor, Martin, (Richard Riehle), and finds himself in the middle of a do-it-yourself meth ring with the local drug dealer, Erin (Ashlie Atkinson). In time, David feels at home for a moment in this small town, until a wrong move tips off the deadly conmen to his location. David must choose between running for his life again, or trying to save the local people he has come to love.

Robert Vornkahl, Director. Andrew Beguin, Writer. Andrew Beguin, Molly Beitchman, Producers. Tequan Richmond, Jenna Boyd, Christina Scherer, Ashlie Atkinson, Richard Riehle, Seth Kirschner, Nick Jax Slater, Key Cast.

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

WEDNESDAY
SEPTEMBER 27

Films will be shown in groups in two different seatings per evening. Each film was reviewed by our five jurors and determined to be of good quality and interesting subject matter. We encourage you to read the selections and choose which films you'd like to see.

 


6:00pm SEATING

I LOVE SHORTS!

All short films this block

Counting

Narrative Short

10 minutes

In 1951 Violet and Milly make a love promise over a penny. In 2015, the promise comes due, and Violet must face a heartbreaking reality.

Dan Pal, Director. Kari Morris, Writer. Dan Pal, David Zak, Producers. Kenzie Seibert, Carolyn Reynolds, Joan McGrath, Key Cast.

 

 

Killed In Action

Narrative Short

13 minutes

K.I.A. is a short film that takes place in 1948. A WWII widow is visited by a troubled veteran who served with her husband. He shares a dark secret he’s been keeping from the war... but can she come to accept it?

Christine Weatherup, Writer/Director. Beatriz Chahin, Matt Enlow, Producers. Rober Lam, Director of Photography.

 

 

Dead Flowers

Narrative Short

15 minutes

An envious tortured son tries to win back the affection and attention of his memory-damaged mother, unable to remember the death of her other son, who represents everything the first one hates.

Pablo Riquelme, Stephen R. Scott, Directors. Stephen R. Scott, Víctor Mondéjar, Pablo Riquelme, Writers. Víctor Mondéjar, Pablo Riquelme, Stephen R. Scott, Producers. Anthony Nikolchev, Patricia Muirhead, Key Cast. Lucía Forner, Director of Photography. Jesús Díaz, Artistic Director. Hugo Navarrete, Editor. Adria Sempere, Sound Designer & Mixer. Alfredo Pino, Assistant Director.

 

 

Selfie (S/T)

Narrative Short

7 minutes

A couple on holiday in Berlin. Everything is perfect, but then he wants to take a selfie... The ending of a relationship as seen through a mobile phone.

David M. Lorenz, filmmaker.

 

 

Rockabye

Narrative Short

12 minutes

John’s wife is killed in a car accident. He is trying to hold his family together by the skin of his teeth in a society that does not appreciate single parents. He is a facet of each of us. Join us on a journey of love, loss, grief, and moving forward.

David Bradburn, Director. Sean Patrick Leonard, Writer. Kiea Houseton, David Bradburn, Sean Patrick Leonard, Producers. Sean Patrick Leonard, Anne Jacques, Mercedes Leonard, Jack Patrick Leonard, Samantha Jaloway, Key Cast.

 

 

Saba, The Unspoiled Queen

Documentary Short

18 minutes

Saba: The Unspoiled Queen is a short documentary showcasing an island nation that should be looked upon by the rest of the world as a model of conservation excellence. The passion that the island’s residents have for their natural treasures and the lengths they go to protect the resources that support their livelihood is inspiring. Come along as we meet a few Sabans who will show us the incredible beauty that the island has to offer both above and below the waves.

Nick Zachar, Filmmaker

Nominated for Best Student Film, Documentary

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

 


8:15pm SEATING

Dribbling Dreams

Narrative Short

7 minutes

The inspirational story of how children living in an Indian village overcome hardships by taking up a sport and how every individual has the power to change the world for the better.

Varun Tandon, Filmmaker.

Nominated for Best Documentary

 

 

Black Cat

Narrative Feature

85 minutes

When a near-decade old murder case involving a movie star threatens to reopen, adult child Duke Moody decides to make a true crime documentary, financed by his mother.

Peter Pardini, Writer/Director. Grant Garry, Producer. John Honore, Director of Photography. Douglas Bennett, Grant Garry, Lydia Andrews, Katherine Muise, Jimmy Pardo, Matthew Figueira, David Ashley, Paul Jebian, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Feature, Actor (Grant Garry)

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

 

THURSDAY
SEPTEMBER 28

Films will be shown in groups in two different seatings per evening. Each film was reviewed by our five jurors and determined to be of good quality and interesting subject matter. We encourage you to read the selections and choose which films you'd like to see.

 


6:00pm SEATING

I LOVE SHORTS!

All short films this block

 

Searching For Lady Day: A Portrait in Steel

Documentary Short

28 minutes

Searching for Lady Day is a short documentary exploring the history of sculptor Mark di Suvero’s prolific body of work, his relationship with the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, and his inspiration for the sculpture “Yes, For Lady Day”.

Geoffrey Bates, Director. Geoffrey Bates, Joshua E. Young, Writers. Geoffrey Bates, Joshua E. Young, Producers. Mark di Suvero, Key Cast. Charles H. Nolley, Excutive Producer. Nikki A. Daily, Associtate Producer. Joshua E. Young, Kim Pedersen, Editors.

Nominated for Best Documentary

 

 

Operation: The Power of Play

Documentary Short

30 minutes

In 1964, John Spinello invented the iconic game Operation and sold the rights for $500. The game has since sold 45 million+ copies worldwide. In 2008, John went broke and discovered he needed surgery that he couldn't afford. Game inventors Tim Walsh and Peggy Brown launched a crowdfunding campaign calling on fans of Operation to help pay for John's surgery. Scores of doctors, nurses and surgeons wrote to tell how Operation inspired their careers in medicine. The film chronicles John learning that his game invention touched more people in more ways than he could ever have imagined.

Tim Walsh and Peggy Brown, Directors, Writers, Producers.

Nominated for Best Documentary

 

 

Lunch Time

Narrative Short

16 minutes

A 16 year old girl has come to the hospital to identify the body of her mother. The people in charge at the hospital - due to her young age - won't let her into the morgue.

Alireza Ghasemi, Filmmaker.

 

 

Caliber

Narrative Short

16 minutes

After a domestic violence call goes haywire and someone is shot, Officer Mike Banner fights to keep the victim alive, no matter what the cost.

Tanner Cusumano, Director. Adam Barnard, Writer. Beatrice Ho, Andrew Chennisi, Sean Light, Yusef Chabayta, Producers. Christopher Mychael Watson, Zacerous Jones, Chad Chambers, Buyi Mazibuko, Maynard Okereke, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Student Film

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

 


8:15pm SEATING

Hey Blue Eyes

Narrative Short

10 minutes

Erin Breen (Silicon Valley, HBO; Chicago Fire, NBC) and Aubrey Marquez (Chicago Fire, NBC) star in this neo-noir thriller about a woman who, suspecting her husband of having an affair, gets more than she bargained for when she investigates the truth.

Daniel John Harris, Director and Writer. Joshua Schilling, Producer. Erin Breen, Aubrey Marquez, Joshua Gibbons, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Short, Director

 

 

The Happys

Narrative Feature

87 minutes

Twenty-one year old Tracy walks in on her boyfriend Mark having sex with a man and decides to leave him. As Tracy discovers her sense of self and true passion for cooking, she is a catalyst that forces those around her to grow and connect in unforeseen ways.

Tom Gould, Director, Screenwriter. John Serpe, Director, Screenwriter. Dave O'Brien, Producer. Phillips Shun, Cinematographer. Brianna Gorton, Production Designer. Amanda Bauer, Jack DePew, Janeane Garafolo, Melissa McBride, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Feature

 

 

The Past Inside The Present (R)

Animation

12 minutes

An allegorical tale of a couple who attempt to renew their dying relationship by plugging directly into recordings of their memories. Composed of over 7000 frames of pen and charcoal meticulously drawn over the course of almost two years, The Past Inside the Present is a film which carries the weight of time - both in its subject matter and in the process by which it was made.

James Siewert, Director. James Siewert, Auden Lincoln Vogel, Annelyse Gelman, Animators. Chris Skotchdopole & Larry Fessenden, Producers.

Nominated for Best Animation

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

FRIDAY
SEPTEMBER 29

Films will be shown in groups in two different seatings per evening. Each film was reviewed by our five jurors and determined to be of good quality and interesting subject matter. We encourage you to read the selections and choose which films you'd like to see.

 


6:00pm SEATING

Wishing Box

Animation

6 minutes

The pirate Derek and his sidekick monkey after years sailing, finally found a treasure box, and this box is a magic box can make your wishes come true.

Lizzie Zhang, Nan Li, Directors. Lindsay Elgin, Producer.

Nominated for Best Animation

 

 

Fairytales For Emma

Narrative Feature

115 minutes

Peter Miller has been working for the Immigration Office in London for many years. One day, a strange phone call from Prague interrupts his usual life rhythm. A single mother, who is in a hospital after a car accident, named him as a responsible person to take care of her child. She claims Emma is his daughter. 

Rudolf Havlík, Director. Ondřej Vetchý, Anna Geislerová, Ema Švábenská, Anna Polívková, Oldřich Vlach, Jiří Dvořák, Marek Taclík, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Feature, Actor, Actress, Director

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

 


8:15pm SEATING

Monsters

Narrative Short

12 minutes

Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…

Steve Desmond, Director. Steve Desmond, Michael Sherman, Writers. Michael Sherman, Aaron Billet, Ryan Lewis, Joe Russo, Producers. Caitlin Carmichael, Ione Skye, Christopher Wiehl, Joey Luthman, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Short, Director, Actress

 

 

On The 7th Date

Narrative Feature

81 minutes

On the 7th date, Tara and Shawn find that their relationship is going nowhere. So they decide to come to terms with it and spend their last night together being their true selves and sharing what each of them really wants from another person. But as the evening unravels and things begin spiraling out of control, the two begin to realize that their ideal selves may not be who they imagined.

Chris Goodwin, Director, Writer. Topher Hansson, Chris Goodwin, Producers. Anna Rizzo, Topher Hansson, Codey Gillum, Madison B. Gaylor, Eddie Nason, Steph France, J.D. Achille, Alex McAuliffe, Acei Martin, Joe Sinagra, Francesca Shipsey, Nick DeVita, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Actor, Actress

 

 

 Get Tickets at Hollywood Palms

In addition to the films in competition, the Naperville Independent Film Festival presents a nightly showcase of the winners from ECU, the European Independent Film Festival, held earlier this year.

These films have been provided by the ECU. They are all award-winning films from that festival, held in April of this year. They are NOT part of the juried films of the Naperville Independent Film Festival, and are shown here to expose our community to films outside our country.

Films will be shown in groups in two different seatings per evening.


SATURDAY 6:15pm SEATING

The Bridge Over The River
6 minute Animation from Switzerland
Winner, Animated Film
Le Chat Doré (The Golden Cat)
7 minute Short from Spain
Winner, Best European Independent Comedy
Emily Must Wait
12 minute Short from Germany
Winner, Best European Independent Dramatic Short
Ce Qui Échappe (The Elusive)
18 minute Narrative Short from Belgium
Winner, Best Director
A Beautiful Day R
20 minute Narrative Short from USA
Winner, Non-European Independent Dramatic Short
The Dog and the Elephant
25 minute Narrative Short from UK
Winner, Special Jury Mention

SATURDAY 8:30pm SEATING

Night-Shift
7 minute Narrative Short from Lebanon
Winner, Audience Award
Rage
83 minute Narrative Feature from Poland
Winner, Best European Independent Dramatic Feature

SUNDAY 6:15 SEATING

Selling Isobel
112 minute Narrative Feature from USA
Winner, Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature

SUNDAY 8:30 SEATING

Standby
6 minute Narrative Short from UK
Winner, Award for Excellence in Woman's Filmmaking
Le Chat Doré (The Golden Cat)
7 minute Short from Spain
Winner, Best European Independent Comedy
Night-Shift
7 minute Narrative Short from Lebanon
Winner, Audience Award
Refugee Blues
7 minute Docu Short from Germany/UK
Winner, Best European Independent Documentary
Ce Qui Échappe (The Elusive)
18 minute Narrative Short from Belgium
Winner, Best Director
Cubs
20 minute Narrative Short from Iceland
Winner, Best European Independent Film
The Dog and the Elephant
25 minute Narrative Short from UK
Winner, Special Jury Mention

MONDAY 6:15 SEATING

Night-Shift
7 minute Narrative Short from Lebanon
Winner, Audience Award
Late Season (Nachsaison)
8 minute Animation from Austria
Winner, Best European Animated Film
Emily Must Wait
12 minute Short from Germany
Winner, Best European Independent Dramatic Short
Three Rooms
16 minute Narrative Short from Mexico
Winner, Best Editing
A Beautiful Day R
20 minute Narrative Short from USA
Winner, Non-European Independent Dramatic Short
The Dog and the Elephant
25 minute Narrative Short from UK
Winner, Special Jury Mention

MONDAY 8:30 SEATING

The Bridge Over The River
6 minute Animation from Switzerland
Winner, Animated Film
Standby
6 minute Narrative Short from UK
Winner, Award for Excellence in Woman's Filmmaking
Le Chat Doré (The Golden Cat)
7 minute Short from Spain
Winner, Best European Independent Comedy
Refugee Blues
7 minute Docu Short from Germany/UK
Winner, Best European Independent Documentary
Emily Must Wait
12 minute Short from Germany
Winner, Best European Independent Dramatic Short
Y R
14 minute Narrative Short from France
Winner, Best Actress
Ce Qui Échappe (The Elusive)
18 minute Narrative Short from Belgium
Winner, Best Director
Cubs
20 minute Narrative Short from Iceland
Winner, Best European Independent Film

TUESDAY 6:15 SEATING

Refugee Blues
7 minute Docu Short from Germany/UK
Winner, Best European Independent Documentary
Rage
83 minute Narrative Feature from Poland
Winner, Best European Independent Dramatic Feature

TUESDAY 8:30 SEATING

The Bridge Over The River
6 minute Animation from Switzerland
Winner, Animated Film
Standby
6 minute Narrative Short from UK
Winner, Award for Excellence in Woman's Filmmaking
Le Chat Doré (The Golden Cat)
7 minute Short from Spain
Winner, Best European Independent Comedy
Late Season (Nachsaison)
8 minute Animation from Austria
Winner, Best European Animated Film
Emily Must Wait
12 minute Short from Germany
Winner, Best European Independent Dramatic Short
Y R
14 minute Narrative Short from France
Winner, Best Actress
Three Rooms
16 minute Narrative Short from Mexico
Winner, Best Editing
Cubs
20 minute Narrative Short from Iceland
Winner, Best European Independent Film

WEDNESDAY 6:15 SEATING

Selling Isobel
112 minute Narrative Feature from USA
Winner, Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature

WEDNESDAY 8:30 SEATING

The Bridge Over The River
6 minute Animation from Switzerland
Winner, Animated Film
Standby
6 minute Narrative Short from UK
Winner, Award for Excellence in Woman's Filmmaking
Night-Shift
7 minute Narrative Short from Lebanon
Winner, Audience Award
Refugee Blues
7 minute Docu Short from Germany/UK
Winner, Best European Independent Documentary
Late Season (Nachsaison)
8 minute Animation from Austria
Winner, Best European Animated Film
Emily Must Wait
12 minute Short from Germany
Winner, Best European Independent Dramatic Short
Ce Qui Échappe (The Elusive)
18 minute Narrative Short from Belgium
Winner, Best Director
A Beautiful Day R
20 minute Narrative Short from USA
Winner, Non-European Independent Dramatic Short

THURSDAY 6:15 SEATING

The Bridge Over The River
6 minute Animation from Switzerland
Winner, Animated Film
Le Chat Doré (The Golden Cat)
7 minute Short from Spain
Winner, Best European Independent Comedy
Late Season (Nachsaison)
8 minute Animation from Austria
Winner, Best European Animated Film
Y R
14 minute Narrative Short from France
Winner, Best Actress
Three Rooms
16 minute Narrative Short from Mexico
Winner, Best Editing
A Beautiful Day R
20 minute Narrative Short from USA
Winner, Non-European Independent Dramatic Short
Cubs
20 minute Narrative Short from Iceland
Winner, Best European Independent Film

THURSDAY 8:30 SEATING

Standby
6 minute Narrative Short from UK
Winner, Award for Excellence in Woman's Filmmaking
Refugee Blues
7 minute Docu Short from Germany/UK
Winner, Best European Independent Documentary
Y R
14 minute Narrative Short from France
Winner, Best Actress
Ce Qui Échappe (The Elusive)
18 minute Narrative Short from Belgium
Winner, Best Director
A Beautiful Day R
20 minute Narrative Short from USA
Winner, Non-European Independent Dramatic Short
The Dog and the Elephant
25 minute Narrative Short from UK
Winner, Special Jury Mention

FRIDAY 6:15 SEATING

Selling Isobel
112 minute Narrative Feature from USA
Winner, Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature


FRIDAY 8:30 SEATING

Night-Shift
7 minute Narrative Short from Lebanon
Winner, Audience Award
Rage
83 minute Narrative Feature from Poland
Winner, Best European Independent Dramatic Feature

Daily Specials

  • Monday

    Half Price Buckets
    of Bottled Beer

  • Tuesday

    Half Price Pitchers
    of Margaritas

  • Wednesday

    Half Price Wine

  • Thursday

    Half Price
    Draft Beer Pitchers

  • Saturday & Sunday

    $4 Senior Admission *
    for 1st Matinee
    Bring the Grandkids!

    * Not valid on Holidays or for Disney features

About Us

Hollywood Palms Cinema is a one-of-a-kind dine-in theater concept, offering our guests first-run film releases, an extensive menu, and a full-service bar with a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits.

Our goal is to provide every guest with an unforgettable experience through unmatched service, the highest quality food and beverages, and a flawless film presentation.

Advertise on the Big Screen

Advertise on the Big Screen

Get the Latest News

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter containing show times, special events, movie premieres, free birthday movie tickets and much more.

Subscribe Today

Contact Us

Hollywood Palms Cinema
352 South Route 59
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 428-5800