Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s 2013 International Screenings Program: Five Months of FREE FILMS!

CIFF 5 Months of Free Films


Cinema/Chicago, together with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and our consular and cultural partners, is pleased to present the 10th Annual International Screenings Program…

This free weekly series showcases 20 feature films and 7 short films from around the world, along with a program of local shorts, that are not widely available in the U.S. Embodying a range of genres and styles from laugh-out-loud comedies and quirky coming-of-age dramas to politically-tinged love stories and inspiring documentaries, these films celebrate the richness of the human experience.

International Screenings is the highlight event of the International Connections Program, whose committee members include representatives from various consulates and cultural organizations in Chicago. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Films are unrated. Viewer discretion is advised.

Details HERE.


AICP PA Seminar

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Date: 04/27/13

Location: Essanany Studio and Lighting 1346 N North Branch

Chicago, IL 60642

Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Professional guidance for upcoming Production Assistants in Chicago where they will get overview training for prep, shoot and wrap days. We will go over responsibilities on set and wrap duties.

Training Activities

• Differences from set PA and Office PA.
• Vendor pick up and returns
• Job Petty Cash – tracking receipts and envelope completion
• How to pack and unpack a production truck
• Understanding each department and the support needs they have.

Featured guest speakers: Tina Moy, Damien Huck, Matt Miller

Lunch will be provided and freelance professionals will be attending during lunch to enable networking opportunities.

We will take digital copies of resumes to pass along to the freelance Production Manager and Coordinators in Chicago.

Please RSVP by 4/23/2013 and email

Screen Magazine Puts Chicago’s Beast, Company 3 and Method Studios In the Spotlight with Nike’s “No Angel”

SCREEN Magazine In the Spotlight

No Angel

Talent from Chicago’s Beast, Company 3 and Method Studios recently collaborated with flawless effort to finish Nike’s “No Angel,” a work that illustrates the pain, honor and rewards of struggle, through stunning visuals of a seemingly indifferent city. Nike wanted “No Angel” to create a distinct and relatable identity for the sprawling, image-obsessed, Los Angeles market while paying homage to the City of Angels’ celebrated obsession with the spotlight. The piece was directed by Go Film’s Brigg Bloomquist for San Francisco’s new boutique shop, Union Made Creative.

Read more of the story here:

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Chicago International Children’s Film Festival


The CICFF has earned an international reputation for presenting the very best in children’s media from around the world. The festival advocates inspired, innovative programming for kids. We are seeking humanistic, culturally diverse, and compelling films that reveal the world in new ways and leave room for the child’s own imaginative response.

Details and application HERE.




For nearly 30 years the WIF Foundation (WIFF) in LA has granted Film Finishing Grants, it’s one of the major recurring programs that the WIFTI Chapters can all participate in.  This year the Board of WIFTI has decided to join forces with WIFF to help promote and potentially do a Grant of our own with WIFTI Funds – adding to our programs such as the WIFTI Showcase currently being screened.  The Grants are specifically for MEN and WOMEN making a film or documentary for or about Women and the Application is attached below.

Los Angeles, CA, March 5, ….Applications are now being accepted for the Women In Film Foundation’s 2013 Film Finishing Fund grants, it was announced today by FFF Committee Co-Chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone.  The application period continues until April 29, 2013, and the winners will be announced in October, 2013.

Since its inception 28 years ago, the Fund has awarded more than $2 million worth of grants to over 170 films from all over the world.

Women In Film will grant to each winning project up to $15,000 in cash, in-kind and consultation grants. To qualify for entry, submitted projects must be by, for or about women.  Filmmakers must have completed at least 90% of principal photography, and have a rough cut at the time of application.  The program funds both short and long formats in all genre: narrative, documentary, educational, animated and experimental.  Entrants do not have to be Women In Film members to apply for a grant, and WIF encourages international applications. Detailed criteria for each category and a download of the application can be obtained at or by clicking this link:

The WIF Foundation is enormously proud of the Film Finishing Fund’s track record.  Selected films that subsequently went on to win major awards, distribution and network deals, include:

  • Cynthia Wade’s Freeheld, the 2008 Academy® Award-winner for Best Documentary Short Subject
  • Freida Mock’s Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, the 1994 Academy® Award-winner for Best Documentary
  • Esther Robinson’s A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory, 2007 Teddy Award Winner at the Berlin Film Festival
  • Maryam Keshavarz’s Circumstancethe 2011 Sundance Audience Award winner

In celebration of the Fund’s 28th year, and for each of the 8 weeks of the Grant Cycle, Women In Film is publishing an 8-part interview series with notable Film Finishing Fund recipients called “The Grant Is Only The Beginning”.   A list of the filmmakers being interviewed is available at

The 2013 Women In Film Foundation Film Finishing Fund Committee


Betsy Pollock, Associate Dean of Production,American Film InstituteConservatory

Nancy Rae Stone, producer


Randy Auerback

Lisa Gewirtz

Ellen Olivier

Chevonne O’Shaunessey

Marion Rosenberg

Paula Silver

Cathleen Summers

Diana Tauder

About Women In Film:

Women In Film, Los Angeles (WIF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment, communication and media industries and to preserving the legacy of women within those industries. Founded in 1973, WIF and its Women In Film Foundation provide for members an extensive network of contacts, educational programs, scholarships, film finishing funds and grants, access to employment opportunities, mentorships and numerous practical services in support of this mission. In the independent film world, the organization focuses on assisting female independent filmmakers who have exhibited advanced and innovative skills, specifically through its Film Finishing Fund and award-winning PSA program.


Industry Events 2013 are Columbia College Chicago’s free signature showcases, receptions, and reviews that bring our graduating students together with creative industry friends and professionals. More than a dozen events in April and May are organized by industry sectors and related media.

Learn more here.


Sag-Aftra Chicago Presents An Evening of Music, Laughs and More To Benefit the KMRC April 22, 2013

It’s an evening of music, laughs and more to celebrate and raise money for the Kaufherr Members Resource Center. A multi-purpose facility available at no cost to SAG-AFTRA and AEA members, the KMRC supports Chicago’s professional performers in enhancing their skills and marketing their talent. Along with plenty of entertainment, there will be food, drink and an auction.


HARVEST OF EMPIRE Screening 4/19 – 4/25 Gene Siskel Theatre

Do you want to help spark a Chicago conversation about immigration, raise awareness about the origins of Latino presence, challenge negative stereotypes of Latino immigrants and focus attention on Latino immigrants’ contributions to the U.S. society? If so, we hope you’ll be interested in sharing information about a new film on Latino immigration that will be showing from Friday, April 19th through April 23 at the Gene Siskel Movie Theater. Author Juan Gonzalez, directors and producers will also be attending a Q&A session after the 8:15pm screening.


Harvest of Empire explores the direct connection between U.S intervention in Latin America and our current immigration issues. As writer/narrator (Juan Gonzalez, award-winning journalist of Democracy Now! TV/radio shows and the New York Daily News) says at the beginning, “They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades – actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north.” Featuring present-day immigration stories, rare archival material and interviews with:

  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu
  • ACLU Director Anthony Romero
  • Pulitzer Prize winning writer Junot Diaz
  • NPR reporter Maria Hinojosa
  • TV journalist Geraldo Rivera
  • Grammy Award winning singer Luis Enrique
  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson

The film has gotten rave reviews in the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Arizona Republic.