2020 MWFF Regional Filmmakers Showcase

17 short films from the Northern IL and Southern WI area have been selected for our 2020 MWFF Regional Filmmakers Showcase!*

All showcases for the #2020MWFF will be available for viewing from 9am (CST) Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th at 7pm (CST). You can get your tickets online and in advance by clicking the link below.


Selected Films:

Long Way Down

A round, chunky cat is lazily playing with a squeaky mouse toy on top of a steep staircase. After accidentally nudging the toy, the feline heads down into an inevitable predicament.

Director: Brandon Lopez

Director Statement

I directed this short film to bring out a comedic, visually comfortable experience involved with a lazy, round household cat. I was inspired by my recently adopted cat, Tofu, and her behavior with a new toy. While the actual event that occurred wasn’t as intense, I wanted to utilize the capabilities of animation to create an exaggerated story with an emotionally driven character.

What makes this film so special to me is the collaborative creation of a character personality based on our own personal experiences as students. As a student, things can go wrong, and you may try to correct it. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, and it’s okay to stop if you know it will hurt you. In the end, how you feel is the most important.


What was once familiar is now unrecognizable. All previous desires are overshadowed by the need to disappear completely.

Director: Nick Flaherty

Keep the Change

A comedian pulls a dine and dash in hopes of luring the owner of a restaurant to his show.

Director: Tom Doherty

Tom Doherty is a graduate of The Palm Beach Film School and Rock Valley College. He loves movies and has been passionate about filmmaking ever since he was a little kid. His short films have been featured in a number of festivals and have been honored with multiple awards over the years.

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An abrupt personal tragedy uproots Tanda from her day and she rushes to face the inevitable. Her new, jolted world feels peculiar

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