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20 new films announced for Chicago Fest

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Cinema/Chicago is proud to announce another 20 films that will appear at this year's Chicago International Film Festival. From dazzling CGI animation to tales of existential ennui and little white lies gone wrong, The 45th Chicago International Film Festival promises an impressive array of diverse films that will excite cinema fans in Chicago and beyond. Below is a newly released sampling of the 145 films that will be shown at this year's Chicago International Film Festival, which will take plac...

The CineYouth Festival kicks off next week

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The CineYouth Festival produced by Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the 45th Chicago International Film Festival, will kick-off with an Opening Night Celebration on Friday June 19th, 2009 at 6PM. Festivities will feature a showcase of short films by filmmakers Vince Singleton (The Porter), Hannah Dallman (Small Comforts), Sean J.S. Jourdan (An Open Door) and Jack Newell (Andre: Portrait of A Capoeirista). Following the screenings, a panel discussion will be moderated by Ron Falzone...

CineYouth Film Festival

The CineYouth Festival produced by Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the 45th Chicago International Film Festival, will kick-off with an Opening Night Celebration on Friday June 19th, 2009 at 6PM. Festivities will feature a showcase of short films by filmmakers Vince Singleton (The Porter), Hannah Dallman (Small Comforts), Sean J.S. Jourdan (An Open Door) and Jack Newell (Andre: Portrait of A Capoeirista). Following the screenings, a panel discussion will be moderated by Ron Falzone, Film Professor and Directing Area Coordinator at Columbia College. The night will wrap up with a reception where the audience gets a chance to speak one-one-one with the featured filmmakers. Free food! Free movies! Networking with fellow filmmakers! Admission is free and open to the general public with RSVP to cineyouth@chicagofilmfestival.com. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Awards Ceremony - June 20th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Film Row Cinema (Columbia College Chicago) - The winning films will be recognized with awards and prizes. Come support the filmmakers and their award-winning work! The two-day CineYouth Festival showcases work from filmmakers under the age of 20 and from across the country. This year’s Festival features 95 films, with screenings and workshops held on June 19th and 20th at Film Row Cinema at Columbia College Chicago (1104 South Wabash). The screenings will run from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. both days and this year's workshops include: How to Get Into, Pay For, and Navigate Film School (Friday, 3PM-4PM) Join our opening night filmmakers as they discuss the process of finding the right academic program, searching for financing, and choosing a schedule that best fits your talent. Scriptwriting 101 (Saturday, 11AM-NOON): Led by Ron Falzone, this workshop will discuss the basics of writing a solid screenplay. Conflict, motiviation, tradgedy, comedy, drama! How to make the words work for you. Bach or Beyonce? Choosing a Soundtrack for Your Film (Saturday, 1PM-2PM) Led by Hannah Dalman, this workshop will examine how different music can change the meaning of scene, and how a score can add-or subtract-from a film. Am I Gonna Get Sued? How to Make Your Film 100% Legal (Saturday, 2PM-3PM) From parking permits to “borrowing” footage for your film, there are legal issues in movie making. Join Columbia College Chicago’s Film and Video Department Producing Concentration Coordinator, Kevin Cooper as he advises how to make a film, and not get sued in the process. All workshops and panel are free to the public. Please RSVP to cineyouth@chicagofilmfestival.com

Illinois Film Office to receive Excellence Award for TV Productions

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The 45th Chicago International Film Festival’s Hugo Television Awards is proud to announce the Illinois Film Office as this year’s honoree for Commitment to Excellence in Television Production. The Illinois Film Office will be presented with the Commitment to Excellence Award at the Hugo Television Awards on April 22nd, 2009 at the Chicago Cultural Center.The Illinois Film Office is honored to be selected for this award,” said Betsy Steinberg, Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office....

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