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Chicago Film Office Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Arts + Creative Industries Division - Chicago Film Office Audiences around the world travel Chicago’s streets through its portrayal in filmed entertainment.
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These compelling images help to generate tourism, promote international business, and establish a new global awareness of our landscape and culture. Adding to local favorites Ferris Buellers Day Off and The Blues Brothers, recent productions of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Contagion, The Dark Knight, and Public Enemies as well as numerous television series have led to Chicago being ranked among the most respected production centers in the country. Since 1980,more than 1100 feature films and television productions have shot in Chicago contributing $2 billion in local revenue. Chicago attracts hundreds of commercials and photo shoots each year that are produced for both national and international clients.This growth industry provides quality jobs for thousands of Chicagoans and creates opportunities for hundreds of hometown businesses. This success would not have been possible without tremendous community support. Thanks to the spirited cooperation of residents, businesses and civic leaders, Chicago is truly a remarkable city for filmmaking.

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“We have a number of episodic shows that will be coming to town, hopefully putting down roots and creating jobs for a lo...
12/15/2020
‘2021 looks good’ for Illinois filming industry after productions delayed for months because of COVID

“We have a number of episodic shows that will be coming to town, hopefully putting down roots and creating jobs for a long, extended period of time. We also are looking to draw more feature film work to the city,” Kwame Amoaku said. “There’s a push to add more film production infrastructure to the city, more soundstages to increase our capacity. That’s something that we’ll be working hard on in 2021.”

The COVID-19 pandemic affected filming of "Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D." and "Chicago Fire." Those TV shows and others are back in production. Here's what's on tap for Chicago filming in 2021.

11/18/2020
Career Sustainability Panel: Beyond the Film Set

The Chicago Film Office, Seed&Spark and the Illinois Film Office present a panel discussion with creative entrepreneurs about creating and sustaining a film career. They will discuss how their career journeys challenge the typical narrative of "making it in the business" and offer alternative narratives to what are typically taught as ideal roles to aspire to (i.e. working in Hollywood, producer, director roles, etc.). Professional development panels often discuss the craft of filmmaking. We will instead discuss what it looks like; and what it takes to actually create a sustainable career in film; one that is both economically and creatively sustaining. Ultimately, there is more than one way to creating and sustaining a "film career" and the path will look different for everyone.

Looking for inspiration and/or advice on how to navigate a career in film & media -- one that feeds you creatively and f...
11/17/2020

Looking for inspiration and/or advice on how to navigate a career in film & media -- one that feeds you creatively and financially? Join us for an inspiring talk tomorrow (11/18) with this group of amazing creators and creative entrepreneurs! For details and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/126437478903 #careerpathways #filmcareer #careerdevelopment

11/12/2020
Career Sustainability Panel: Beyond the Film Set

The Chicago Film Office, Seed&Spark and the Illinois Film Office present a panel discussion with creative entrepreneurs about creating and sustaining a film career. They will discuss how their career journeys challenge the typical narrative of "making it in the business" and offer alternative narratives to what are typically taught as ideal roles to aspire to (i.e. working in Hollywood, producer, director roles, etc.). Professional development panels often discuss the craft of filmmaking. We will instead discuss what it looks like; and what it takes to actually create a sustainable career in film; one that is both economically and creatively sustaining. Ultimately, there is more than one way to creating and sustaining a "film career" and the path will look different for everyone.

Welcome to Chicago, Disney Channel. We can't wait for the 2021 debut of #DisneyChristmasAgain. Chicago's TV & Film indus...
11/10/2020
Disney Channel holiday movie begins filming in Chicago this month

Welcome to Chicago, Disney Channel. We can't wait for the 2021 debut of #DisneyChristmasAgain. Chicago's TV & Film industry is one of the most diverse and fastest-growing in the U.S. — and it plays a leading role in Mayor Lightfoot's economic recovery strategy. (Last year, filming resulted in an estimated economic impact of nearly $560 million in job creation and local expenditures.)
Filming has resumed in Chicago, with all productions following the COVID-19 health and safety measures outlined in the Restore Illinois Film Production Guidelines and the City of Chicago's Be Safe Film and Television Production Guidelines.
Details at ChicagoFilmOffice.us.

"Christmas Again" is the rare holiday movie set in Chicago that's actually shooting in Chicago.

Are you an aspiring filmmaker? The Free Spirit Media Cohort application is now open for 2021. Apply for an opportunity t...
11/06/2020

Are you an aspiring filmmaker? The Free Spirit Media Cohort application is now open for 2021. Apply for an opportunity to get 12-weeks of intensive training and to learn from industry leaders and professionals.

Applicants must be between 18-25 years old, live in Chicago, and have a passion for media, film, and television. Application opens on October 31st and closes on November 30th. To apply visit: http://bit.ly/FSMCOHORT2021

For more information about Free Spirit Media’s Cohort, visit freespiritmedia.org/inpathways or contact Aira Alcantara via [email protected] for more information.

The Chicago Film XLerator has kicked off Cycle 2 of programming!Submission dates: Nov 1 - Dec 1*Finalists will be select...
11/06/2020

The Chicago Film XLerator has kicked off Cycle 2 of programming!

Submission dates: Nov 1 - Dec 1
*Finalists will be selected mid-Dec and the virtual pitch event will be late-Jan in partnership.

For more info and to apply, visit www.creativecypher.org.

Did you know that our very own Kwame Amoaku was part of this year's Children's Jury for the 37th Chicago International C...
11/06/2020

Did you know that our very own Kwame Amoaku was part of this year's Children's Jury for the 37th Chicago International Children's Film Festival?

With over 200 amazing films to choose from and virtual screenings available for the first time ever, CICFF37 has something to make everyone happy! Get tickets and family passes at cicff.eventive.org #CICFF37 #WatchFromHome #NoTheaterNoProblem

CALLING ALL INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS! Here's your opportunity to apply to the 2021 cycle of the Chicago Independent Produce...
10/09/2020

CALLING ALL INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS! Here's your opportunity to apply to the 2021 cycle of the Chicago Independent Producers Lab. Participating producers will have the chance to work with industry professionals to grow their network and expertise in different areas of independent film producing. Application Deadline: January 17, 2021. To learn more and to apply: https://www.fullspectrumfeatures.com/producers-lab

Registration for the 2020 VIRTUAL edition of Industry Days at the 56th Chicago International Film Festival is now open. ...
10/08/2020

Registration for the 2020 VIRTUAL edition of Industry Days at the 56th Chicago International Film Festival is now open. Register now!

This year's Keynote Conversation features Dede Gardner, Producer of Moonlight and The Big Short.

Additional featured events include Master Classes with Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall, Penny Dreadful, Hugo) and six-time Grammy-winner and Oscar-nominated trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard (BlacKkKlansman, Da 5 Bloods, One Night in Miami), along with a one-on-one conversation with trailblazing producer and CEO of Gamechanger Films Effie Brown (Dear White People).

Other guests will include representatives from the following companies and organizations: Array Now, CAA, Cinetic Media, Endeavor Content, IFC Films, MPI Media, Music Box Films, Neon, Netflix, the Sundance Institute, and many more.

Industry Days will also include our popular competitive Pitch session, intimate Decision-Maker Roundtable meetings and virtual networking.

View the full schedule and apply for accreditation at www.chicagofilmfestival.com/festival/industry-days

10/07/2020
Film Permit Workshop

The Chicago Film Office presents an online workshop that covers the what, where, when, why, and how of film permitting. If you’re planning to film on city property, city streets, and/or sidewalks or if you require city services such as street parking, you won’t want to miss this informative and enlightening workshop. Join Policy Analyst, John Hundrieser and Cultural Affairs Coordinator, Timothy Olson as they cover the following:

ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS
OTHER PERMITS (I.E. DRONE FLIGHTS, PRIVATE PROPERTIES)
CITY SERVICES & RATES
ALTERNATE JURISDICTIONS (I.E. CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT, MILLENNIUM PARK, ETC.)
AND SO MUCH MORE!

10/05/2020
Film Permit Workshop

The Chicago Film Office presents an online workshop that covers the what, where, when, why, and how of film permitting. If you’re planning to film on city property, city streets, and/or sidewalks or if you require city services such as street parking, you won’t want to miss this informative and enlightening workshop. Join Policy Analyst, John Hundrieser and Cultural Affairs Coordinator, Timothy Olson as they cover the following:

ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS
OTHER PERMITS (I.E. DRONE FLIGHTS, PRIVATE PROPERTIES)
CITY SERVICES & RATES
ALTERNATE JURISDICTIONS (I.E. CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT, MILLENNIUM PARK, ETC.)
AND SO MUCH MORE!

Interested in learning how to better serve audiences and filmmakers with disabilities? Tune into Access Reframed, where ...
10/01/2020

Interested in learning how to better serve audiences and filmmakers with disabilities? Tune into Access Reframed, where accessibility thought leaders will discuss actions that we can take towards a more inclusive film and media arts community. Register for the live conversation here: https://accessreframed-presenter.eventbrite.com/. ASL and CART captioning will be provided on Zoom with additional accommodations available upon request.

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival starts today! Showing 30 features, 54 shorts across eight shorts...
09/24/2020
Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ + International Film Festival

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival starts today! Showing 30 features, 54 shorts across eight shorts programs from 21 countries, Reeling will offer home viewers access to new films not currently available on commercial streaming platforms. From dramas to comedies to international documentaries and short films, Reeling offers something for every movie lover! For more info on the films and tickets: https://reelingfilmfestival.org/2020/

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The Chicago International Film Festival has released their full schedule! With many films streaming across the U.S. and ...
09/23/2020
56th Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival has released their full schedule! With many films streaming across the U.S. and select primetime screenings happening at Pilsen's ChiTown Movies drive-in, enjoy their selection of the most exciting, compelling, and groundbreaking feature films, documentaries, and short films of the year. See the full schedule: https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/festival/

The Chicago International Film Festival is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America.

09/22/2020

Fund your next film by applying for the 2021 Individual Artists Program Grant! Application Opens October 26, 2020.

DCASE is pleased to announce the timeline for the 2021 Individual Artists Program (IAP) grant cycle. IAP grants aim to assist Chicago's practicing artists in creating work that develops their craft and elevates their careers, while adding to the cultural vitality of the city of Chicago.

The application will open and guidelines will become available on October 26, 2020, and are due before December 1, 2020 at 5pm CST. For eligibility requirements and grant calendar, please visit chicagoculturalgrants.org.

09/21/2020
The Chicago Film Office presents " Distribution" with Lawyers for the Creative Arts

ICYMI here's our latest panel discussion co-presented with Lawyers for the Creative Arts which focuses on film distribution. Our panel of experts include Louis Black, co-founder of SXSW; Brian Andreotti of Music Box Films, filmmaker Bob Hercules and Abby Davis of character. who has worked as a sales agent for award winning documentaries. This panel discussion is moderated by entertainment lawyer, Jed Enlow. https://youtu.be/dELZ0TbQXfY

The Chicago Film Office & Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA) invite indie filmmakers to a multipart series of webinars on film law principles. Join our pane...

This is a can't miss event! Join us this Thursday, September 17th at 2PM CT for an amazing panel of film distribution ex...
09/15/2020
The Keys to Film Law: Distribution

This is a can't miss event! Join us this Thursday, September 17th at 2PM CT for an amazing panel of film distribution experts such as Louis Black (co-founder of SXSW), multi Emmy nominated Abby Davis of character., award-winning filmmaker Bob Hercules and Brian Andreotti of Music Box Films. For more details and to register: https://law-arts.org/event/keys-film-law-distribution

Join our panel of industry experts for practical advice on indie film distribution. We’ll cover film festivals, streaming options, theatrical distribution, etc.… And, our legal experts will highlight legal issues you should be aware of as you work to put your film in front of an audience.

We're thrilled to be partnering with Seed&Spark, Mezcla Media Collective and Austin Film Society to bring you ART OF THE...
09/01/2020
Art of the Pitch

We're thrilled to be partnering with Seed&Spark, Mezcla Media Collective and Austin Film Society to bring you ART OF THE PITCH scheduled for Thursday, 9/10. Learn how to pitch to the people who will help get your film project off the ground! This workshop is about connecting what you really want to do with your career - that big, hairy, audacious goal - with the steps it takes to get there, and how you have to be prepared to pitch to different constituents along the way.

To learn more and sign up for this workshop: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-of-the-pitch-tickets-115122185556

This online event is brought to you by Austin Film Society, Chicago Film Office and Mezcla Media Collective.

08/20/2020
Utopia – Official Trailer

Mark your calendars for the September 25th premiere of Amazon Studios's UTOPIA which was filmed in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs!

Watch the official trailer for Utopia coming out September 25th. When the conspiracy in the elusive comic Utopia is real, a group of young fans come together...

Learn how to pitch from the pros! ScreenCraft is presenting a FREE video panel and Q&A session on Your Best Pitch: Skill...
08/17/2020
Screenwriting AMA Interview Series - ScreenCraft

Learn how to pitch from the pros! ScreenCraft is presenting a FREE video panel and Q&A session on Your Best Pitch: Skills for Pitching Film & TV, Tuesday August 18 at 7PM CT. Tomorrow's panel will feature: Wendy Calhoun, TV Writer and Showrunner (PRODIGAL SON, STATION 19, EMPIRE, NASHVILLE, JUSTIFIED, etc); Amy Retzinger, Literary Agent and Partner, Verve Talent Agency and Marc Manus, Literary Manager and Partner, World Builder Entertainment.

ScreenCraft's event series of panels and live interviews, a chance to learn directly from award-winning screenwriters, producers, agents, managers and other industry professionals.It's free. Join us!

Mark your calendars for Wed. August 12 at 4pm for a Masterclass with Kathryn Bostic, the celebrated musical artist and c...
08/03/2020
Chicago Film Festival to host free Zoom master class with ‘Dear White People’ composer Kathryn Bostic

Mark your calendars for Wed. August 12 at 4pm for a Masterclass with Kathryn Bostic, the celebrated musical artist and composer of scores for films including Dear White People, Clemency, and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. RSVP now for this FREE virtual event co-presented with the Chicago International Film Festival: https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/event/kathryn-bostic-master-class/

She's written for August Wilson productions, "Dear White People" and a marvelous Toni Morrison documentary. Now, Kathryn Bostic holds a master class for the Chicago International Film Festival.

Happening today at 3pm! We invite indie filmmakers to a multi-part series of webinars on film law principles. The kick-o...
07/30/2020

Happening today at 3pm! We invite indie filmmakers to a multi-part series of webinars on film law principles. The kick-off segment will introduce the series and focus on the first key to filmmaking – Acquisition of Rights.

Remaining segments will cover the other key film law areas that indie filmmakers need to make their film projects run efficiently and avoid unwelcome surprises. Each segment in the series will feature well-known representatives from the film and legal communities, bringing their years of practical experience to each of the topics. Complete the registration below for additional information and join us later today! To register for today's event: https://law-arts.org/event/keys-film-law-rights-acquisition

Just 3 more days to submit your short film project to Eleven04's FIRST BACKER INITIATIVE! Deadline: 11:59pm on JULY 31st...
07/28/2020

Just 3 more days to submit your short film project to Eleven04's FIRST BACKER INITIATIVE! Deadline: 11:59pm on JULY 31st. To learn more and to submit your film: https://www.eleven04.net/first

ICYMI the live sound design virtual panel co-presented with Chicago International Film Festival, our sound professionals...
07/24/2020
Sound Design Virtual Panel: More Questions Answered - Cinema Chicago

ICYMI the live sound design virtual panel co-presented with Chicago International Film Festival, our sound professionals have answered more audience questions about the craft and the tools they use while sound designing.

https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/sound-design-virtual-panel-more-questions-answered/

Stream our July 14 virtual panel discussion on sound design above. On July 14, the Chicago International Film Festival’s Industry Days and the Chicago Film Office hosted the virtual panel discussion “Did You Hear That?” with Chicago-based sound professionals to discuss their strategies, method...

Don't miss out tomorrow's (7/24) talk with John Ridley, Academy Award Winning Screenwriter (12 Years A Slave). This even...
07/23/2020

Don't miss out tomorrow's (7/24) talk with John Ridley, Academy Award Winning Screenwriter (12 Years A Slave). This event is an hour devoted to John Ridley answering your questions. The audience will have the chance to dig in with John Ridley about his films, his writing process, the four week challenge, and anything else you've got questions about! To learn more and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/css-chat-with-academy-award-winner-john-ridley-tickets-113567256722

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Audiences around the world travel Chicago’s streets through its portrayal in filmed entertainment. These compelling images help to generate tourism, promote international business, and establish a new global awareness of our landscape and culture. Adding to local favorites Ferris Buellers Day Off and The Blues Brothers, recent productions of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Contagion, The Dark Knight, and Public Enemies as well as numerous television series have led to Chicago being ranked among the most respected production centers in the country. Since 1980, more than 1100 feature films and television productions have shot in Chicago contributing $2 billion in local revenue. Chicago attracts hundreds of commercials and photo shoots each year that are produced for both national and international clients.This growth industry provides quality jobs for thousands of Chicagoans and creates opportunities for hundreds of hometown businesses. This success would not have been possible without tremendous community support. Thanks to the spirited cooperation of residents, businesses and civic leaders, Chicago is truly a remarkable city for filmmaking.

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