Issues Proclamation to Celebrate Eventï¿½s 45th Anniversary
CHICAGO ï¿½ October 8, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed October 8 ï¿½ 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,ï¿½ said Governor Quinn. ï¿½For 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.ï¿½
Betsy Steinberg, Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office, presented the proclamation today on behalf of the Governor. Text of the Governorï¿½s proclamation is attached.
The Chicago Film Festival is North America's oldest competitive international film festival, according to Cinema/Chicago, the film festï¿½s 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).
ï¿½This 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,ï¿½ Steinberg said. ï¿½I want to congratulate Cinema/Chicago and founder Michael Kutza for their work to inspire innovation and talent in Chicago for the past 45 years.ï¿½
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:
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.