Margaret Kellas, director of the short “this is not the morning i thought i was going to have,” is the recipient of the 2023 Cinema Femme Short Film Fest Chicago Spotlight Award!

Chicago Spotlight Award: Awarded to a Chicago-based filmmaker recognized for the exciting work they are doing in the Chicago filmmaking community. Chosen by the festival in-person audience, the prize is a video interview that will be featured on our YouTube platform shared on the festival website and other Chicago media platforms. The winner will also receive a one-year video streaming distribution opportunity on Chicago-based Pixquid, a community-driven, ad-free, platform that offers unique-story content, exclusively showcasing work by established and emerging creative talent in film, art and music.

About the film: Two estranged sisters are forced to reunite on a sweaty Chicago day. As the car comes to a boil so does their tolerance for one another.

Margaret Kellas

About the director: Margaret Kellas is an actor, writer, and director born and based in Chicago. She is grateful to be featured in this year’s Cinema Femme Short Film Fest. Her first film “this is not the morning i thought i was going to have” kicked off its festival run last fall, and has screened at Saugatuck Film Festival (1st Place, Shorts), Chicago REELS International Festival (Best Chicago Film, Audience Award), and Toronto International Women’s Festival. Her next film “The Stacks” will make its festival debut this year.

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