Hyper-local Movie Festival Looking for Filmmakers to Join in Fifth Year Anniversary of Park Screenings

Accepting applications through December 15
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Chicago Onscreen’s film submissions will be accepted through December 15th

The Chicago Park District today opens the call for submissions from local filmmakers for the fifth annual Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase.  The popular Chicago-inspired indie film festival invites local filmmakers of all ages and expertise to submit their locally-produced and Chicago-focused work for consideration through Friday, December 15 at bit.ly/ChicagoOnscreen.

A selection committee comprised of Chicago Park District staff and Chicago film community professionals will accept and review indie features, documentaries, and short film proposals to be screened for a citywide audience in Chicago’s parks from August 25th to September 2nd, 2018. The 2017 film festival lineup featured 18 movie selections during the week-long showcase.

This film festival does not require a submission fee; granting all local filmmakers equal access to this worthwhile opportunity.  All selected films are screened multiple times during the week-long series, awarded a small honorarium of up to $500 and promoted as part of the extremely popular Movies in the Parks series and as a Night Out in the Parks event.

Since its inception, Chicago Onscreen has screened over sixty extraordinary local films for more than 2,000 spectators and in 25 neighborhood parks across the city.  More than seventy directors have showcased films also seen at national and international film festivals like SXSW, the Chicago International Film Festival, the Rome International Film Festival, The Berlin Film Festival and dozens more as part of these free outdoor public park screenings.

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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