From animated shorts and historical dramas, to foreign films and inspirational documentaries. The Naperville Independent Film Festival took over the Hollywood Palms Cinema from September 23 to 30.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the festival showcased 54 films from around the world.
“We’ve been running in several countries before, though this is the first time in the U.S.” said Andreas Schaap, the writer and director of the German thriller, “The Last Compartment.” “But we’ve been in China, and Britain, and other countries, but [this is our] first time in the U.S. And it’s German language so [we’re] proud – American audiences are not used to watching German films and I’m happy the feedback was as good as what it was.”
Some filmmakers traveled from across the U.S. to showcase their work, like those behind the period short, “Killed in Action”, who are from California. They returned to the festival for the movie-loving community.
“You can tell that they’re really excited about the films that we’re making and sharing that with the local community,” said producer of “Killed in Action,” Matt Enlow.
“And it’s also evidence, it’s a sold-out screening at 6 o’clock on a Thursday, to get the community out there. And I feel like I’ve kept in touch with the people from Naperville from the last time, and I feel like that’s special. It says something that it’s not just about, you know, some film festivals I don’t think are as personal but you feel that sort of sense that ‘they know who I am and I walked up and I recognized people.’ And that’s neat,” said Christine Weatherup, the writer, director, and actor in “Killed in Action.”
While some didn’t travel far, they were excited to feature their film for the first time at the festival with an audience filled with family.
“It’s especially nice to be here locally. It’s not too far from where I live and work so I had the opportunity to invite a lot of…