April 17, 2014
Roeder, DCEO, 312-814-6015
filmmakers invited to enter state’s Shortcuts competition
7th year for Illinois Film Office contest
honoring local talent
CHICAGO – The 7th
annual Shortcuts contest kicks off today. Illinois filmmakers are invited to
enter the statewide short film competition sponsored by the Illinois Film
Office (IFO) and designed to showcase local production talent. Contest entrants
must be Illinois residents over the age of 18 or students over the age of 18
who attend Illinois colleges and universities. The winning entry will receive a
cash prize and will be screened during the 50th Chicago
International Film Festival this October.
“We have a
community of talented, unique filmmakers and we encourage them all to help make
our seventh Shortcuts Competition the most exciting one to date,” said Betsy
Steinberg, managing director of the film office, which is part of the
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
may use any format – film, video, graphics and/or animation – for a narrative
story, a documentary or free form visual expression of ideas. Submissions must
be 15 minutes or less in running time. Entries will be judged by a panel of
film industry professionals. Submissions will be accepted through Sept. 2, 2014.
More information on the Shortcuts contest and the IFO can be found at www.film.illinois.gov.
winner was Amarok Productions’ The
Painter, written and directed by Kevin Cooper and produced by Deanna
Cooper. Filmed at Columbia College’s Media Production Center and featuring a
cast of Chicago South Side youth, The
Painter portrays a boy who lives in a world where violence surrounds him
and his sole means of survival is to escape through his art. Amarok worked with
two highly-regarded Chicago organizations that help children living in
high-risk neighborhoods: UCAN and Youth Guidance. Children from both
organizations played roles in front and behind the camera.
industry saw a record-smashing $358 million in local spending in 2013 including
an all-time high six episodic television series shot in their entirety in-state.
With the series Chicago Fire and Chicago PD both renewed for new seasons
and pilots and films under way, 2014 is off to a fast start.
DCEO and the
IFO are dedicated to advancing Illinois’ reputation as a world-class film
destination. The IFO promotes and markets the state as an ideal shooting
location for films, television shows and commercials. The IFO also promotes and
encourages the training and hiring of Illinois residents who represent the
diversity of the state’s population.
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