Filmmaker In Residence

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.

Basic Info
Deadline Type: 
Deadline or Post Expiration: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Rich Moskal
Contact Phone Number: 
Contact Address: 
78 E. Washington room 100
Chicago  Illinois  60625
United States