The 33rd Onion City Experimental Film Festival (March 30 - April 9) Announces its Full Program

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Beguiling, radical, uncanny, trippy, hilarious, transgressive, heart-breaking, horrific, militant, cosmic, and profoundly human.

Chicago Filmmakers ( invites you to this year's competition for The 33rd Onion City Experimental Film Festival! These nine programs feature 54 shorts from over 15 countries, with themes of Love, Isolation, Revolution, Simulation, Virtual Spaces, Ecologies, and Geologies. We are thrilled to once again present one of the most important revues of contemporary alternative, avant-garde, and experimental cinemas from critically-acclaimed visionaries and emerging new talents. Enter the next wave of movie exploration.

The 33rd Onion City Experimental Film Festival ( runs from March 30 - April 9, beginning with the Chicago Premiere of Deborah Stratman's Last Things, fresh off its festival premieres at Sundance and the Berlinale. This partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Conversations at the Edge ( will kick off this year's festival, the largest Onion City program ever. The Gene Siskel Film Center of Chicago hosts as Deborah Stratman appears in-conversation with Sukhdev Sandhu.

Competition programs begin March 31, 7:00PM (CT) at Chicago Filmmakers' Firehouse Cinema, located at 1326 W. Hollywood Avenue. On April 1, the first streaming programs go live, remaining online until April 9 at 11:59PM (CT). No matter where you are in the world, you can enjoy this year's radical line-up. See the full program & reserve your tickets and streaming passes by visiting

Special screenings will be taking place at Comfort Station and Mana Contemporary (in partnership with the Monira Foundation). Visit our website to find out everything you need to know, and no matter where you are in the world, we look forward to having you as part of our audience.

Deborah Stratman, Lisa McCarty, Stéphanie Lagarde, Christopher Harris, Leonardo Pirondi, Padrick Ritch, Martine Syms, Ramey Newell, Niccolò Bigagli, Tijana Petrović, Fred Schmidt-Arenales, Patrick Müller, HC Gilje, Kalil Haddad, Lindsey Arturo, Luis Carlos Rodríguez, Alisa Berger, Onyou Oh, Yanbin Zhao, Lynn Kim, Charlotte Pryce, T.J. Blanco, Rachel Ferber, Alice Avery, Angelo Madsen Minax, Kishino Takagishi, Alexis McCrimmon, Saif Alsaegh, Adam Farcus, Chiara Caterina, Ryan Tynan, Allison Radomski, Sam Taffel, Maryam Tafakory, Zhen Li, Marius Packbier, Aïlien Reyns, Maxime Jean-Baptiste, Mie Frederikke Fischer Christensen, Margaux Parillaud, Gülce Besen Dilek, Jingyuan Luo, Janelle VanderKelen, eteam, Dave Rodriguez, Wen Pey Lim, Erin Weisgerber, Kelly Sears, Oona Taper, Yannick Mosimann, Diane Christiansen, Natasha Woods, Sarah Ballard, Alex Lo, Amina Maher, Fernanda Pessoa, Dani Leventhal ReStack, and Sheilah Wilson ReStack.

Financial Support for Opening Night provided by SAIC “Conversations at the Edge” & SAIC Department of Film, Video, New Media & Animation. For Opening Night Tickets, visit

Onion City’s Brunch Social and “About Life” competition program presented in partnership with the Monira Foundation at Mana Contemporary Chicago. Thanks to Comfort Station for hosting Competition Program 3: For the Night Owls.

Festival Programmer: Nicky Ni
Executive Director: Brenda Webb
Operations Manager/Program Director: Jackie Robbins
Marketing & Partnerships Manager: M Woods
Motion graphics & graphic design by Riesling Dong
The 33rd Onion City Trailer made by M Woods


Thursday, March 30, 2023 (All day) to Sunday, April 9, 2023 (All day)



Thursday, March 30, 2023 (All day) to Sunday, April 9, 2023 (All day)