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North Center’s Burning Bush Brewery To Host Outdoor Short Film Fest Thursday

The film festival will screen shorts from local and international filmmakers.

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NORTH CENTER — The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival will screen a variety of shorts that include documentaries, animation, horror, comedy and more Thursday at Burning Bush Brewery.

Doors open for the outdoor event at 7:30 p.m. at the 4014 N. Rockwell St. brewery. The first screening will begin about 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

“We’ve been taking submissions from all over the world and from Chicago filmmakers,” said Greg Jaffe, one of the event’s organizers and co-founder of Big Teeth Productions. “The show features short films that are all four minutes or less. That ends up letting you see about 30 films at our festival in just one night.”

Big Teeth’s 60-Second Film Festival started as part of the Ravenswood Art Walk in 2015 as a way for friends and employees who worked at, or with, Big Teeth to test their filmmaking chops outside the arena of producing video content for clients. Because of how fun the screenings were during the art walks, the event organizers decided to spin off the film festival into its own event in 2019. 

When the pandemic hit last year, Jaffe and the festival’s other organizers decided to postpone the event instead of going virtual. In October, Big Teeth hosted a small outdoor screening in the parking lot of the former Band of Bohemia, 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave.

Big Teeth partnered with VIN312 Winery for the October event and had about 30 people come out which was a good test run of hosting an outdoor screening, Jaffe said. 

Thursday’s films will be a mix of shorts that run about five minutes and “micro shorts” that have a maximum runtime of 90 seconds. To learn more about the filmmakers visit the event’s Instagram here.

“Burning Bush has a great outdoor patio, and we’ve got our official selections ready to put on a great show Thursday,” Jaffe said. “It’s going to be a mix of films that are really beautiful, really well made from talented filmmakers.

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