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  • Casting Call for new Chicago Web Series 8/13 & 8/20

    Casting Call for new Chicago Web Series 8/13 & 8/20

    New Web Series Our Cultural Center is casting Chicago area actors! Open Casting Call:  Tue Aug 13 & 20 1 – 4 pm 2000 W Fulton – Chicago The series revolves around the founder of Our Cultural Center, Victoria, who just lost her primary funder. When her funder died, she reluctantly partnered with her ex-husband Randall [...]

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  • Beyond Mumblecore: The DIY Generation

    Beyond Mumblecore: The DIY Generation

    Mumblecore is a subgenre of independent film that is characterized by low budget production values, amateur actors, and heavily focused on naturalistic dialog.  Mumblecore film signifies a shift in how movies can be made. The term mumblecore was coined by Andrew Bujalski, who is considered the godfather of the movement. The subgenre’s roots are  grounded in DIY spirit [...]

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  • The 48 Hour Film Project : Chicago

    The 48 Hour Film Project : Chicago

    The 48 Hour Film Project comes to Chicago on the weekend of August 9 – 11, 2013. Filmmakers from all over the Chicago area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world. The 48 Hour Film [...]

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  • Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival Returns

    Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival Returns

    Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of Reeling, announced the dates for its 31st film festival after its 2012 hiatus. Reeling, the world’s second oldest LGBT film festival, will be held November 7-14, 2013 and will release a call for submissions later this week. Additionally, Reeling has announced new staff – Richard Knight, Jr. as Program Director [...]

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  • Chicago International Film Festival  : 2013 Call For Entries

    Chicago International Film Festival : 2013 Call For Entries

    The Chicago International Film Festival is now accepting submissions from filmmakers around the world for the 49th year of its festival. Founded in 1964, it is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America.  The films are all Chicago premieres and many are world or U.S. premieres, which provides local audiences with a unique opportunity to discover a [...]

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  • Good Pitch Chicago: Invite-Only Documentary Film Funding Forum

    Good Pitch Chicago: Invite-Only Documentary Film Funding Forum

    Good Pitch Chicago has the potential to put Chicago on the map as a civically-minded, filmmaking epicenter – as it should be.

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Chicago & Midwestern Film News

Casting Call for new Chicago Web Series 8/13 & 8/20

Casting Call for new Chicago Web Series 8/13 & 8/20

New Web Series Our Cultural Center is casting Chicago area actors! Open Casting Call:  Tue Aug 13 & 20 1 – 4 pm 2000 W Fulton – Chicago The series revolves around the founder of Our Cultural Center, Victoria, who just lost her primary funder. When her funder died, she reluctantly partnered with her ex-husband Randall [...]

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Beyond Mumblecore: The DIY Generation

Beyond Mumblecore: The DIY Generation

Mumblecore is a subgenre of independent film that is characterized by low budget production values, amateur actors, and heavily focused on naturalistic dialog.  Mumblecore film signifies a shift in how movies can be made. The term mumblecore was coined by Andrew Bujalski, who is considered the godfather of the movement. The subgenre’s roots are  grounded in DIY spirit [...]

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Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival Returns

Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival Returns

Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of Reeling, announced the dates for its 31st film festival after its 2012 hiatus. Reeling, the world’s second oldest LGBT film festival, will be held November 7-14, 2013 and will release a call for submissions later this week. Additionally, Reeling has announced new staff – Richard Knight, Jr. as Program Director [...]

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Film Festivals

The Chicago Anarchist Film Festival 4/26-4/28

The Chicago Anarchist Film Festival 4/26-4/28

The Chicago Anarchist Film Festival is the country’s longest-lived annual anarchist cinematic event, and turns Lucky Thirteen this year. Every year CAFF showcases features, shorts, documentaries, and animations to anarchists, anti-authoritarians, the anarcho-friendly and the anarcho-curious. The Fest kicks off on April 26, 2013 at Meztli Gallery, 2005 South Blue Island, Pilsen 6pm doors, 7pm films. This year’s line up is split into three themes- [...]

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29th Chicago Latino Film Festival: April 13-27

29th Chicago Latino Film Festival: April 13-27

The 29th Chicago Latino Film Festival started on Saturday and continues through April 27, 2013. This year, there are a whopping 120 films (find the full schedule here), and be sure not to miss special events like this Friday’s Tribute to Argentina: Gloria Award Gala, and the Closing Night Gala: Tribute to Brazil. See all the [...]

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Chicago Underground Film Festival Starts TODAY, March 6-10

Chicago Underground Film Festival Starts TODAY, March 6-10

CUFF promotes works that dissent radically in form, content and technique from both the tired conventions of Hollywood and the increasingly stagnant IndieWood mainstream.

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Featured Filmmakers

The Chicago International Film Festival: Chris Sullivan talks Consuming Spirits

The Chicago International Film Festival: Chris Sullivan talks Consuming Spirits

Filmmaker and School of the Art Institute of Chicago professor Chris Sullivan spent nearly 15 years creating his 135-minute animated opus, and he still can’t quite let it go.

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The Chicago International Film Festival: Kris Swanberg and the Making of Empire Builder

The Chicago International Film Festival: Kris Swanberg and the Making of Empire Builder

Kris Swanberg took some time to talk DIY-Film.com about her latest film, Empire Builder, which plays at the Chicago International Film Festival starting October 13.

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Resources for Indie Filmmakers

The 48 Hour Film Project : Chicago

The 48 Hour Film Project : Chicago

The 48 Hour Film Project comes to Chicago on the weekend of August 9 – 11, 2013. Filmmakers from all over the Chicago area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world. The 48 Hour Film [...]

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Chicago International Film Festival  : 2013 Call For Entries

Chicago International Film Festival : 2013 Call For Entries

The Chicago International Film Festival is now accepting submissions from filmmakers around the world for the 49th year of its festival. Founded in 1964, it is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America.  The films are all Chicago premieres and many are world or U.S. premieres, which provides local audiences with a unique opportunity to discover a [...]

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