Applications for the Chicago Film Office Filmmaker-In-Residence (2017-18) are now being accepted. The residency is part of our Independent Film Initiative – a platform to formally support local independent filmmakers and to bring more visibility and support to Chicago’s independent filmmaking industry.
Preferred applicants should be mid-career professionals with a project in development and/or prepping for production. Residents will be connected to an expert advisory, new collaborators, and a wider network of funders and distributors. This year-long residency is designed to help further the completion of an original independent work (narrative feature, documentary, web series, etc.) and will provide a Chicago-based film/media maker with the following:
- $10,000 in funding
- Meeting/convening space at the Chicago Cultural Center with access to multiple downtown amenities
- An advisory board comprised of experts in the independent film and broadcast field
- Additional promotion, resources, and mentorship
- Badge to the Chicago International Film Festival’s 2017 Industry Days and slot in the Pitch session
IFI Residents will be required to make a public presentation of their project at the completion of the residency, participate as a lead in the Producers Apprenticeship Program (details announced soon), and provide a final report and budget.