Calling all filmmakers: the Chicago Park District is accepting submissions of films for Chicago On Screen through Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.  Chicago On Screen is the Chicago Park District’s new initiative to enhance offerings of the annual Movies in the Parks series by featuring a selection of locally produced independent features, documentaries and shorts that focus on Chicago.

All submissions will be evaluated by a selection panel that will choose between 6-10 features and shorts to be presented as part of the popular summer series.  If schedules allow, selected films will be presented in the neighborhoods in which they were filmed or have specific significance.  In addition, selected filmmakers will be awarded up to $500.

“The Movies in the Parks series is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks initiative that features cultural activities in the parks from local artists,” said General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly.  “Similarly, Chicago On Screen will showcase our local film talent right in the neighborhoods that inspired them.”

Films submitted must be the original work of the person submitting and must have been produced in the past three years.  Films must have a demonstrable and significant connection to Chicago or its neighborhoods and communities.  Click here for the entry form and additional details.

The Chicago Park District’s 14th annual Movies in the Parks series will feature screenings of current and classic movies in citywide parks this summer as part of the Night Out in the Parks initiative. Thanks to large audiences and positive feedback during its inaugural year, the 2014 encore season will feature 1,000 events – up from 750 in 2013 – bringing entertainment and cultural experiences to Chicago’s neighborhoods.  Full schedules to be announced in late spring. 

For information on the Chicago Park District, call 312-742-PLAY or visit the Chicago Park District website.

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