The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival returns July 15-21 to Chicago filmmakers


The 12th annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival will be held July 15-21 at Chicago Filmmakers, 1326 W. Hollywood Avenue in Chicago. The festival will present evening screenings of the official selections starting at 7 p.m. and matinees at 3 p.m. on Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17.

The 2022 festival will present 10 feature films and 21 short films. Among the 31 official selections, the festival will present 16 short films, eight feature films, two feature documentaries, three short documentaries and two music videos.

“Congratulations to all of the 2022 Official Selections,” festival operations director Jonathan C. Legat said after the official selections were announced on June 8. “We look forward to screening your films at our 12th annual festival.”

Official Feature Film Selections 2022

2020: A Comedy Special (USA), directed by Joe Kaiser

• The Eternal Flame (Israel), directed by Ranni Midyan

• A Handful of Water (Germany), directed by Jakob Zapf

• Him & Her (USA), directed by Ice Mrozek

• Last Chance Charlene (USA), directed by Tony Gapastione

• The Mother, the Son, the Rat, and the Gun (UK), directed by Philip Larsen

• NIJARI (Republic of Korea), directed by Hong Sang Jin


• Roman Candle (USA), directed by Joe Blank

• Sweet Disaster (Germany), directed by Laura Lehmus

• The Ugly Truth (Germany), directed by Krishna Ashu Bhati

Official Short Film Selections 2022

• Baba (Australia), directed by Firass Dirani

• Beneath Us (Canada), directed by Fasial Lutchmedial

• Black Action Figures (USA), directed by Dave Steck

• Broken Dolls (USA), directed by Adam Andrew Holguin

• cheKmate (United States), directed by Carlos Garcia, Jr.

• Come On Time (UK), directed by Chris Vernon

• Corsair (USA), directed by George Cederquist

• Do No Harm (UK), directed by Douglas King

• Eureka (USA), directed by Miida Chu

• Family First (USA), directed by Jared Leighton

• Fireflies (USA), directed by David Perkins, Elijah Durnell

• Goodbye Janet (USA), directed by Will Schneider

• High Ceilings (USA), directed by Danilo Dayani

• Home Along the Rails (USA), directed by Justin Leyba

• House Sitters (USA), directed by Alexander Jeffery, Paul Petersen

• The Little Drummer Boy (USA), directed by John Gray

• Prisoner #1616 (USA), directed by Michael Fodera

• Stairs (USA), directed by Jeph Porter

• The Phoenix (USA), directed by Regina Pigsley

• There’s Something in the Silence (USA), directed by Mike Castro

• We The Fishes (Sweden), directed by Rouzbeh Noori

Tickets for each evening session are $15 and will feature a collection of short films followed by a narrative or documentary feature. Tickets for the matinee are $8 and consist of a narrative feature film. A virtual experience is also available this year including most of the official draft titles for those unable to attend in person.

The festival’s digital program guide is now available via the BWiFF mobile app. To download the app, visit or search “BWiFF” using Google Play on Android devices and the App Store on iOS. The guide contains the complete schedule, trailers of the official selections, biographies of the directors and interactive elements for participants.

For more information on the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival and to purchase tickets, visit

Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival is a non-profit organization that seeks out independently produced films by bold and innovative filmmakers who use story elements in new and exciting ways, showcasing character-driven independent cinema fueled by the the filmmaker’s passion for the profession without support from the studios.


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