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Elgin's 15th Short Film Festival

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45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL 60120

The Elgin Short Film Festival (ESFF) will celebrate its 15th year with a hybrid event – in-person viewing and a virtual screening option.

Since 2009, the ESFF has become a worldwide competition, with entries from around the globe and prizes going to filmmakers from the US, Canada, Spain, and South Korea. Welcoming an in-house audience as well as those screening the festival from afar, the 2023 ESFF is sure to be another impressive event showcasing the best in short cinema.

We are currently inviting filmmakers to submit their short films (20 minutes or less in length including credits) for competition in our festival via

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