Shortcuts Short Film Contest

The Illinois Film Office is proud to announce the 7th annual Shortcuts short film competition.
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.
Participants 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 have to be post marked by Sept. 2, 2014.

2013 Shortcuts Winner

The winner of the 2013 Shortcuts Competition is Amorak Productions' "The Painter"!
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. 
The Painter was written and directed by Columbia College Chicago faculty member Kevin Cooper, produced by Deanna Cooper and executive produced by Emil Arab. Shortcuts was designed to encourage filmmakers across the state to explore their creativity and showcase their skills.
"The Painter" screened Tuesday October 15th, as part of the 2013 Chicago International Film Festival city/state short films program at AMC River East 21 in Chicago.

Betsy Steinberg, Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office (center) and Shortcuts
winners Deanna Cooper & Kevin Cooper