2020-21 Pop Up Film Selections

The 2020-21 West Chester Film Festival is presented by our generous sponsors.

The Film Venues for our Pop Up Collections will be announced soon.

A Paper House
Wei Geng/China/Drama/Horror Pop Up/16:57

There is a fifth grade girl named Jiang Ling in a village in northern China. Not long ago, a boy named Lin Jiang was transferred to her class. Jiang Ling accidentally found that there were many paper houses in Lin Jiang’s home and they were exactly the same as the houses in her village in appearance and quantity. She also found that there seemed to be some terrible connection between these paper houses and the real houses.Jiang Ling was determined to find out the secrets of these paper houses.

All Her Precious JPEGS (on yellow)
Matt Whitman/NY/US/Art/Experimental/Art Experimental Pop Up/2:27

A collection of JPEGS loading

AND-1139
Parker Alexander Meyers/FL/US/Drama/SciFi Pop Up/9:15

A lonely man struggles with his feelings after an update to an android that he’s BETA testing develops the ability to physically and emotionally feel.

Bad Hair
Oskar Lehemaa/Estonia/Drama/Horror Pop Up/14:30

Insecure and balding Leo, age 35,  has closed himself in his apartment to try hair growth liquid for fixing up his looks. The liquid causes a series of grotesque metamorphoses with his skin and hair and as Leo tries to get his bodily changes under control the evening quickly turns into chaos.

blackhole.
Holly Pilcavage/PA Filmmaker/United States/Drama/SciFi Pop Up/18:12

Four storylines set in the hours before a black hole swallows earth, play out with varying congruence.

Blobsville
Kevin Corcoran/PA/US/Animation/Cartoons & Coffee Pop Up/3:15 
A short animation created for Phoenixville’s Blobfest.
Boolala
Brad Larson/PA/US/Drama/Horror Pop Up/7:47

Zak has an invisible friend named Boolala that tells him to do bad things. His mother is worried something may be wrong with him, while his father isn’t worried too much at all. Even if they can’t agree about what to do about Zac, neither of them can get Boolala out of their minds, as the untoward intentions of both parents begin to spill out.

Capsule
Brian Pennington/MD/US/Drama/SciFi Pop Up/6:42

A lone astronaut traverses deep space on a final, desperate mission to preserve Earth’s memory.

Cotton Cloud
Kristine Joi Gonzales/ Student Filmmaker/Philippines/Animation/Cartoons & Coffee Pop Up/3:51

A story of children, cotton candies, and magical imagination.

Cyclove
Seyed Emad Karimifard/Student Filmmaker/Iran/Animation/Cartoons & Coffee Pop Up/3:30

A young boy is struggling to come back to his mistress. But at the end of this way, he is incapacitated and tired, then looking at his past created for itself. In the end, the girl returns.

Daughter
Daria Kashcheeva/Student Filmmaker/Czech Republic/Animation/Cartoon & Coffee Pop Up/14:43

Should you hide your pain? Close yourself inside your inner world, full of longing for your father’s love and its displays? Or should you understand and forgive before it is too late?

DRIP
Brian Lipko/CA/United States/Drama/Horror Pop Up/2:06

It’s the middle of the night. You have to go the bathroom. The bathroom is at the end of a long hallway and the lights won’t work. Our short is relatable, brief, effective visual storytelling. A love letter to being afraid of the dark and the movies that inspired us.

Eerie
Dipjoy Routh/India/Drama/Horror Pop Up/5:26

There is a story of a couple whose life was going well, but after one night that love life became dangerous and scary.

Half Past Four
Reza Shad/Iran/Drama/Art Experimental Pop Up/7:41

A man want to know about a mystery inside an elevator between floor 4 and 5. 

Life Is Not A Journey
Oliver Marsden/Australia/Young Filmmaker Art/Experimental/Art Experimental Pop Up/3:00

A visual interpretation of an Alan Watts speech.

Maestro
Florian Babikian, Victor Caire, Theophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Navarro/France/Animation/Cartoon & Coffee Pop Up/1:34

Deep into a forest, a gathering of wild animals start a nocturnal opera, conducted by a squirrel.

Memorable
Bruno Collet/France/Animation/Cartoon & Coffee Pop Up/12:02

Recently, Louis, painter, and his wife Michelle are experiencing strange events. Their world seems to be mutating. Slowly, furniture, objects, people lose their realism. They are destructuring, sometimes disintegrating.

Negative Space
Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata/France/Animation/Cartoon & Coffee Pop Up/5:30

My dad taught me how to pack.

Play
Piotr Sulkowski/Student Filmmaker/Poland/ Art/Experimental/Art Experimental Pop Up/12:21

A man consumed by guilt because he did not dare to defend his mother, plays the role of a murderer and forces his ten-year-old self to face his original trauma…

Shot by Sasha
Evgenii Bakirov/Russian Federation/ Art/Experimental/Art Experimental Pop Up/7:00

For the longest time, Sasha’s been too scared to take pictures of anyone other than her closest friends and family. She knew that the only way to let go of fear is to face it – and take a shot at it! 

Sister
Siqi Song/Student Filmmaker/CA/United States/Animation/Cartoons & Coffee Pop Up/8:04

A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?

The Note
Siavash Eydani/Student Filmmaker/Iran/ Art/Experimental/Art Experimental Pop Up/3:34

The man wakes up and finds himself on the bed in the sea …

The Uncanny Valley
Ian Vardy/Canada/Drama/SciFi Pop Up/15:00
5 months after the internet has stopped working, Aley, a misguided internet entrepreneur battles depression and suicide. As she discovers a new internet, she reflects on the connections she has lost and the connections we need.
This Dark Thought
Kris Theorin, Kurtis Theorin/PA/US/Animation/Horror Pop Up/6:55
While babysitting her newborn sister, a young astronomer struggles with a dark thought after encountering something eerie in the night sky.
Wake
Cartter Evans/CA/United States/Art/Experimental/Art Experimental Pop Up/11:32

Wake is the story of Ophelia, a young woman trapped in a world between life and death. It is a stunning visual expression of her journey to break free of grief in the aftermath of her father’s suicide. She battles the shadows of her psyche as she travels through the sometimes beautiful yet terrifying landscape of her emotions.

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