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Domestic and international films go virtual for GSU Film Festival

A host of new films will be shown as part of the Governors State University Chicago Southland International Film Festival Oct. 19 through 25.

Dozens of short and feature films have been selected for the third annual event, according to festival co-founders Suzanne E. Patterson and Joshua E. Young. They have also selected three promising feature films for screening on the weekend.

The festival also includes a virtual awards ceremony for the 2020 International Short Film Competition.

Films will be shown in six categories: dramatic pictures, international documentaries, wholesome family films, the human struggle, laugh-out-loud shorts and edge of your seat.  The majority of the filmmakers are American, but entries have also been submitted from France, Iran, Macedonia, Poland, Hong Kong and Canada.

Filmmakers will be available for live and pre-recorded discussions. The program for the seven-day festival is available at https://www.govst.edu/CSIFF-schedule/.

Three feature films selected by Patterson and Young include:

  • “Repossession” being shown on Friday, Oct. 23, documenting the journey of a middle-aged Singapore man who loses his job in a status-conscious society.
  • “Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm” shown on Saturday, Oct. 24, tells the story of a Midwestern farmer as he bears witness to changing climate, ideals and technology.
  • “Mustang Survivors” shown on Sunday, Oct. 25, is a story of mutual healing between wild horses and veterans.

Tickets and passes for the GSU Chicago Southland International Film Festival are available at csiff.eventive.org.  All-access festival passes and single program tickets are available.

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