The Illinois Film Office is proud to announce the winner of the fourth annual Shortcuts competition. The winning film, A Certain Breed, was directed by Chicago-resident Scott Smith and produced by John Fromstein. The film was screened as part of the 2011 Chicago International Film Festival short films program on Friday, October 14th at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago.
A Certain Breed is a humorous look at a pair of overzealous volunteers at an animal shelter. The film stars Emily Wilson and Brad Morris, veterans of the Chicago improvisation scene.
Over the last few years, award-winning director Scott Smith has shot more than 12 short films, a documentary feature entitled, "Being Bucky," and a spot for the Super Bowl. Among his accomplishments, Smith was one of three director finalists selected from a pool of two thousand for the filmmaking competition, Project Greenlight. Scott Smith's short films have played at such prestigious film festivals as the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, as well as Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and Chicago. Smith is currently a partner at Fulton Market Films, a full-service production company located in Chicago's West Loop.
2011 Shortcuts Winner Scott Smith