Chicago Park District Seeks Made-In-Chicago Films for Free Local Screenings


The Chicago Park District invites local filmmakers to submit Chicago-focused films for the third installment of the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase in 2016. Filmmakers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to submit short and feature-length narrative films, documentaries and animated works for consideration. Submission information can be found at and film submittals will be accepted through December 31, 2015.

All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by a selection panel comprised of Chicago Park District programming staff and members of the Chicago filmmaking community. Selected filmmakers will be awarded an honorarium of up to $500 to support their continued work in Chicago.

The Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase brings local films to local parks as part of the Chicago Park District’s popular Movies in the Parks program. Selected films are shown, free of charge, in outdoor screenings in the city and neighborhoods that inspired them. These local film screenings enhance and diversify the offerings of the Movies in the Parks program and offer patrons a chance to experience the work of some of Chicago’s  talented creative professionals living and working right here in the city.

In its first two years, the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase brought 32 films to almost 1,000 Chicagoans in 13 screening events. The 2016 Showcase will conclude the summer Movies in the Parks season with a week-long festival of Chicago films around the city. A full schedule will be announced in late spring 2016.

Movies in the Parks and the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase are presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks program with the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan.


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