Onion City Film Festival

a production of Chicago Filmmakers

Thanks for joining us for 2016! It was a fantastic year. 


Onion City Awards:

First Place: Many Thousands Gone
Ephraim Asili

Second Place: Something Between Us
Jodie Mack

Third Place: Mad Ladders
Michael Robinson


Honorable Mentions:

Notes from the Interior
Ben Balcom

Aswirl Alight Aight
Tommy Heffron

KaSandra Skistad

Psychic Driving
William E. Jones

Prima Materia
Charlotte Pryce

Ana Vaz

Join us next year for the 28th Onion City Experimental Film Festival.

2018 Festival Programmer

 (Photo by Danielle Campbell)

(Photo by Danielle Campbell)


Emily Eddy is a film, video, and digital media artist and curator based in Chicago. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts. She has been curating film, video, and new media works at the Nightingale Cinema in Chicago since 2013, and she has worked with the screening series and online video curation project Video! Video! Zine since 2016. Emily has curated and programmed screenings at many venues in Chicago, as well as in Los Angeles, Reykjavik, Iceland, and her hometown, Portland, Oregon. 

2018 JURY



Amina Ross is an interdisciplinary creator and educator. They work across mediums, shaping spaces that honor darkness and love through language, light based video installations, sculpture, and curatorial engagements. Amina studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited work at venues throughout Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. Amina was part of Chicago Artist Coalition’s BOLT Residency in 2015-16. They co-run a black and femme centering space in the Little Village, Chicago, called F4F and are co-lead artist of Teen Creative Agency at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Amina is a founder of 3rd Language (2011-15), queer arts collective. Additionally Amina runs the popular workshop and participatory performance series “Beauty Breaks” (beautybreaks.info). Amina is curator of the forthcoming project ECLIPSING: The Politics of Night, The Politics of Light, a multi-media festival celebrating darkness (December 2017 - March 2018). For more information visit eclipsing.info.



Hannah Piper Burns makes and curates experimental media that is shown all over the US and Canada. Raised in Maryland and forged in San Francisco, Portland has been her home since 2009 and there, she has recently exhibited at the Northwest Filmmakers Festival, the Portland ‘Pataphysical Society, A/V Party at Open Signal, and the Say When mini-festival. Right now, she radically re-edits reality television, gives live multimedia snail facials, co-hosts a semi-annual experimental video game showcase called ALTcade, and over the past five years has co-founded and co-directed both a local film festival (EFFPortland) and a live/work project space (Compliance Division). Her solo show “Venus Retrograde” will be on view at the Portland Art Museum from February-August 2018 as part of the APEX series curated by Grace Kook-Anderson. 



Carl Bogner teaches in the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where, for some 17 years, he has, among other duties, lead the program’s foundational Introduction to Experimental Media class and, for the last six years, served as a member of the Graduate Faculty. Bogner is also the director of the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival. Additionally as a curator, he helped initiate two Milwaukee screening series, the one-time monthly experimental programs at Woodland Pattern Book Center and the ongoing Experimental Tuesdays series at UWM’s Union Cinema. Other histories include grad school (MFA in non-fiction writing); various stints as a bookseller and as a film programmer; and juror at Onion City in 2006.