Find out how to apply for a filmmaker residency with the Chicago Film Office at IFP Chicago Member Meetup August 9

Join us Tuesday, August 9, 2016, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at 2112 for a special IFP Chicago Member Meet-up, and learn about the Chicago Film Office Independent Film Initiative and Filmmaker-in-Residency program. 

Doors open at 7 PM, event starts at 7:15 PM, with information from Chicago Producer, Jerry Vasilatos, about the upcoming Chicago 48 Hour Film Project

The new Independent Film Initiative (IFI) was created to support local filmmakers. featuring the Local Filmmaker Residency, Production Apprenticeships, and the new "ChicagoMade Shorts" screenings at the Millennium Park Summer Film Series. IFI is a first-of-its-kind program from the Chicago Film Office, designed to attract, retain, promote and provide career-enhancing opportunities for local film industry professionals and media makers. The IFI aims to grow the number of locally-produced independent features, documentaries, short films and web series and to make Chicago a place where films and series are not only made but where they are made by Chicagoans.

Chicago is home to a growing independent filmmaking community that is fueled by graduates of its many film schools including Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts, SAIC, Tribeca Flashpoint and the new Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City among others.

A centerpiece of the initiative is a filmmaker residency program - a year-long commitment with the Chicago Film Office that provides the selected emerging local filmmaker with a $10,000 cash grant, plus a package of industry discounts on equipment rentals and permits, meeting space and other incentives to assist in the completion of an original work. The resident will also receive assistance from an advisory team of established industry professionals.

Beckie Stocchetti of the Chicago Film Office will be explaining the application process, and answering questions about these exciting opportunities for independent filmmakers, before the application deadline of August 31. 

Following the presentation, Beckie and others from the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Film Office will be present to answer questions one-on-one, while members are encourage to mix and mingle.

This event is FREE for IFP Chicago members PLUS one guest, and is open for non-members with a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

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Beckie Stocchetti oversees all Independent and Local Film Initiatives at the Chicago Film Office, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. At the Chicago Film Office, Beckie works to support and elevate Chicago’s independent film and media makers and the many outstanding organizations that serve them, increase sustainability for this industry and its creators, and to highlight Chicago on a national scale Chicago as a hub for independents. Beckie has worked to support the independent film community in Chicago and nationally for over a decade. Prior to joining DCASE, she was the Director of Engagement and Programs at Chicago's Kartemquin Films, where she managed the professional development programs for the celebrated organization, as well as consulted with producers to provide critical advice and support around audience engagement and social impact strategy throughout the production process. Beckie has also programmed independent film for museums, theaters, schools, independent distribution, park districts, underground cinemas, and international film festivals. She regularly serves as a guest speaker, panelist, and juror for film festivals and film grants across the United States. She previously served on the boards of Full Spectrum Features, Cinema/Chicago, Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, and co-curates an experimental documentary series through the Nightingale Cinema in Chicago.  Beckie has a degree from the University of Chicago in Cinema and Media Studies with an emphasis on contemporary political documentaries and spectator theory.