Windy City is For Tyro Filmmakers, Too

Though it may not have been on the radar as much as its East Coast and West Coast counterparts, Chicago’s iteration of the Independent Film Project has been helping mid-west filmmakers for some time now. This year, on Halloween night, the organization marks the start of its 12th annual filmmakers conference.

The weekend-long confab will feature panels and seminars about timely and important independent filmmaking topics presented by renowned filmmakers. It’ll take place at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Oct. 31 through November 2, 2003.

"(This year’s) conference promises to give useful and fascinating information to attendees by featuring exciting films and such topics as film-financing, distribution methods and production, all presented by well-known independent filmmakers," says Dan Moore, IFP Chicago president and DGA Midwestern exec. director.

A major highlight of the event will be the announcement of the 2004 recipient of the IFP/Chicago’s Production Fund award, an in-kind donation of equipment and services valued at $85,000. The 2003 winner, Karen Friedberg, will showcase her completed film, The King of the Tango. The 2004 recipient will be announced on Saturday, Nov. 1, during the Flyover Zone Short Film Festival. The 2004 Production Fund deadline is September 19, 2003, and submission guidelines are located at

The short film fest showcases films in the categories of student films, comedy, dramatic, non-fiction and experimental shorts. The Best of the Fest short film winner is awarded $300. The deadline for entries is October 3, 2003, and applications can also be accessed