2020-2022 Pop-Up & Workshop Film Selections

The 2020-2022 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 Film Appreciation Workshop/2:27

A collection of JPEGS loading

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.

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.

Kevin Corcoran/PA/US/Animation/Cartoons & Coffee Pop-Up/3:15 
A short animation created for Phoenixville’s Blobfest.
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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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 Film Appreciation Workshop/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 Film Appreciation Workshop/3:00

A visual interpretation of an Alan Watts speech.

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.

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.

Piotr Sulkowski/Student Filmmaker/Poland/ Art/Experimental/Art/Experimental Film Appreciation Workshop/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 Film Appreciation Workshop/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! 

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 Film Appreciation Workshop/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.
Cartter Evans/CA/United States/Art/Experimental/Art/Experimental Film Appreciation Workshop/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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