Collected Voices Online Short Film Contest

Collected Voices Film Fest, is in its 5th season in Chicago Il. Started in 2015 with a grant from Chicago Artists Month, Collected Voices is Chicago's first and only Ethnographic film fest, blends together fiction and documentary media from diverse Chicago filmmakers in academia and art. Tickets on sale now for the winning films Oct 12th and Oct 18th at University of Chicago.

The contest has ended.

Touch and Go Chess Party

Director: Paul Restivo

"Chess is a game of war without Violence." Touch and Go Chess Party is an experimental documentary on Cecil Locke and his 26 foot long 200 pound collapsable chess table located on Michigan Avenue in Chicago Illinois. He has set up outside of the art institute 6 days a week from April to November since 1998. Not only is Touch and Go Chess Party a unique street art installation, but also a staple of the chess community and passersby alike.

Now and Not Yet

Director: Redleg Films

A young man finds himself caught between an armed robber and a gun-carrying citizen.

You Too?

Director: Rob Adler

inspired by an OpEd by Alexandra Petri, You Too? explores how the words we use affect the way we relate.

Dear Inner City

Director: Jazmin Bryant

A homeless mother is trapped in an ongoing cycle of street life and poverty but amidst her violent surroundings, she soon discovers that she must make a change to better her son’s future.

Ubuntu | The Peace Exchange in South Africa

Director: Chad Rispalje

"I am what I am, because of who we all are." As part of The Peace Exchange leadership program, Peace Builders from violence-plagued Chicago neighborhoods traveled to South Africa in the summer of 2016, 22 years after the end of apartheid. The six young Chicagoans were welcomed by the Johannesburg Genocide & Holocaust Centre, explored solutions to inadequate housing with Start Living Green, lead an art therapy project for at-risk children with Lefika La Phodiso, and facilitated youth peace circles with Imagine Scholar. peacex.org Produced with young adult media makers of Free Spirit PRO, a social enterprise of Free Spirit Media. freespiritpro.org | freespiritmedia.org

Let This Be Therapy

Director: Anthony Casanova

Chicago artist Brandon Breaux, best known for his series of Chance the Rapper album covers, chronicles his mission to change the negative perception of South Side Chicago through his art, as the deadline for his first exhibition in Singapore looms.

Amahoro | The Peace Exchange in Rwanda

Director: Chad Rispalje

Seven young Peace Builders from Chicago traveled to Rwanda in 2019 as part of The Peace Exchange leadership development program. Their visit coincided with the nation’s 25th commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi that cost the lives of more than 1 million people. The Peace Builders’ days were filled with educational and interactive activities, including visits to genocide memorials, conversations with survivors and génocidaires (the perpetrators), peace classes at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, meetings with Rwandan youth leaders, home stays with local families, and attendance at the national July 4th Liberation Day commemoration. peacex.org Produced with emerging media makers of Free Spirit PRO, a social enterprise of Free Spirit Media. freespiritpro.org | freespiritmedia.org

Corduroy Velvet (a Super Short Film)

Director: Emmitt James

This is the film component of the Corduroy Velvet EP, a story of a loverboy in pursuit of wanting to be more than friends with his close friend.