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Champions Shorts Program

Leading Man (United States, 8 min)

Robert and Mickey are two middle-aged guys trying to get “back in the game” at a singles party. Only problem? Whenever a woman introduces herself, one of the guys involuntarily transforms into a popular character from a movie featuring her namesake.

For fans of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Zelig

Aguila del Sol: Contra Los Tres Malvados (United States, 16 min)

In this tights-donning, butt-kicking crime yarn, a perpetually masked luchador travels to Chicago to rescue a family friend from a cabal of criminals.

For fans of Nacho Libre and Black Dynamite

Remember Me? (Chicago, 2 min)

With his life savings in a crumpled envelope, a vengeful introvert brokers a deal to confront a childhood figure who wronged him.

For fans of Goodfellas and Elf


Now in their 70s, Captain Justice and his team of superheroes have become superannuated, living as pensioners in the city of Cosmopolis. When an old foe they thought they vanquished some 30 years ago returns, the old gang gets out the capes and masks to prove that titanium hips and bad backs won’t get in the way of saving the day!

For fans of The Incredibles and Going in Style

DJ and Jake: World’s Greatest Improv Suggestion Givers (United States, 2 min)

Meet DJ and Jake, masters of supplying outlandish suggestions at improv shows. Don’t count on them to throw out “passive” suggestions like Starbucks – they’re here to challenge the performers. But mostly piss them off.

For fans of Best in Show and A Mighty Wind

VC: The Web Series – Season 2 (Chicago, 6 min)

Two determined venture capitalists encounter humorous obstacles as they hunt for the next billion-dollar idea. There is more pain than gain as their investments in self-driving cars and coffin apps go awry.

For fans of Community and Silicon Valley

Champions (Chicago, 17 min)

Despite his flights of whimsy involving President Obama, mermaids, and psychotropic coleslaw, an eccentric dope tries to prove to his live-in girlfriend that he’s got his act together. This antic comedy will ensure you never look at spaghetti, or Wilford Brimley, the same way again.

For fans of Portlandia and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

The Spadina House (Canada, 2 Min)

A mysterious family with superpowers inhabits the historic Spadina House. But it isn't until we meet the patriarch of the family, that a dark secret is revealed...

For fans of The Addams Family and Mrs. Pettigrew’s Home for Peculiar Children


Earlier Event: November 10
Two Cents Worth Shorts Program
Later Event: November 10
Women of the Wild Shorts Program