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10/9/2009
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 Governor Quinn Applauds Chicago International Film Festival

Issues Proclamation to Celebrate Event�s 45th Anniversary

CHICAGO � October 8, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed October 8 � 22 Chicago International Film Festival Days in Illinois in honor of a two week event that supports and recognizes new filmmakers and their work. The proclamation is in conjunction with the opening of the 45th annual Chicago International Film Festival.

 ï¿½The film industry has a great impact on Illinois and the City of Chicago. It generates millions of dollars, creates thousands of jobs while also telling our story to the entire world,� said Governor Quinn. �For 45 years, the Chicago International Film Festival has played an important role in supporting the film business and will continue to carry out this vital mission.�

Betsy Steinberg, Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office, presented the proclamation today on behalf of the Governor.  Text of the Governor�s proclamation is attached.

The Chicago Film Festival is North America's oldest competitive international film festival, according to Cinema/Chicago, the film fest�s presenting organization. The festival is a competitive event with categories for feature films, first and second time directors, documentaries and short films (including animation and student productions).
 
�This is an exciting day for the hundreds of artists who will be showcasing their work. The Chicago Film Fest is known as one of the best in the country,� Steinberg said. �I want to congratulate Cinema/Chicago and founder Michael Kutza for their work to inspire innovation and talent in Chicago for the past 45 years.�

The festival has introduced a number of now well-known directors such as Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter, Gregory Nava, and Peter Weir, as well as many others. For more information on the festival, including schedules and ticket information, visit: www.chicagofilmfestival.com/.

The film industry has a sizable impact on the Illinois economy and brings thousands of jobs to the state each year. In 2008, Illinois film productions brought in more than $141 million into the Illinois economy making it the second most profitable year on record.