Film Independent Spirit Awards announces nominations

1+ Film Independent announced nominations for the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Not just another pretty face on the awards circuit, the Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for the nonprofit Film Independent’s year-round slate of programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity and inclusion in the industry. Film Independent President … Continue reading “Film Independent Spirit Awards announces nominations”

Music Box tops distributors in Spirit Awards nods

Chicago-based Music Box Films leads independents distributors Film Independent’s Spirit Awards with seven nominations, behind only Fox Searchlight’s nine nominations in overall totals.

This puts the five-year old company ahead of such iconic specialty distributors as IFC Films, Focus Features, and Sony Pictures Classics, which tie for third place with six nominations each.

‘The Interrupters’ wins Best Doc at Spirit Awards

The elation producers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz felt when their Kartemquin Films’ “The Interrupters” won the Spirit Awards Saturday for Best Documentary was surely mixed with sweet satisfaction for the Oscar doc nomination snub.

“Look, the Oscars, we were surprised and a little disappointed (not to be nominated), but the film has done remarkably, and this makes up for that,” James told the Tribune’s Mark Caro.

Gerety Awards announces new deadline and new category

0 The Gerety Awards 2021 deadline has been extended until April 30 and a new category for humour is announced. The humour category will celebrate the best in advertising humour. Funny advertising becomes a part of popular culture. Just like Whassup for Budweiser by DDB Worldwide Chicago or Betty White’s spot from the campaign “You are not you when you … Continue reading “Gerety Awards announces new deadline and new category”

City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants

0 Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the recipients of the 2020 CityArts Program grants. This year, the CityArts Program is awarding general operating grants between $2,000 to $30,000 – and special project grants ranging from $2,500 to $56,200 – to 191 nonprofit organizations for a … Continue reading “City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants”

Telly Awards kick off 41st call for entries

5+ Content competition introduces new categories while seeking submissions from creators of all regions and languages Following its 40th anniversary as the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, The Telly Awards today opened its annual call for entries, offering several exciting new categories that signal the continued growth in creative … Continue reading “Telly Awards kick off 41st call for entries”

Chicago shops score at the Telly Awards

5+ AbelsonTaylor, Daily Planet, Delack, KemperLesnik, Mimi, rEvolution, Richter Studios, Spirit Juice, Strange Loop among 2019 winners The Telly Awards announced this year’s winners on May 21. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, the awards represent the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens. Entries were judged by jury members from … Continue reading “Chicago shops score at the Telly Awards”

The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

3+ The 60th annual celebration of the standard bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry   The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago Ballroom, 540 N. Michigan.       The Nominees Outstanding Achievement for News Programming – Evening Newscast: … Continue reading “The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

NYC-based Athena Advertising Awards go global

1+ FCB’s Liz Taylor and 3% Movement’s Kat Gordon announced that the femme-focused advertising competition is now open to women around the world   During a presentation at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, FCB Chicago’s Chief Creative Officer Liz Taylor and 3% Movement founder Kat Gordon announced that the Athena Advertising Awards are going … Continue reading “NYC-based Athena Advertising Awards go global”

Rocket Film, Telly Awards, Daufenbach in the news

3+ Rocket Film signs Dawn Rao and Sam Sloma Rocket Films announced on Halloween that Chicagoans Dawn Rao and Sam Sloma will handle Midwest representation for the bicoastal production company. The appointment coincides with the signing of Tracy Fetterman and Jeanie DiMaggio, who will handle West Coast representation. In addition to wielding a roster of … Continue reading “Rocket Film, Telly Awards, Daufenbach in the news”

Laughlin Constable wins big at Milwaukee 99 Awards

5+ Laughlin Constable’s “Best of Show” for Lambeau Field Supper Club Installation at the annual United Adworkers 2017 Milwaukee 99 Awards was one of several victories claimed by the agency during the Oct. 13 event. Described by LC as “a major focal point of Travel Wisconsin’s marketing efforts,” the Supper Club Installation offers the look … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable wins big at Milwaukee 99 Awards”

400+ entries in 2016 ADDY Awards, March 16 at MBC

Some 225 attendees are expected to attend the annual AAF Chicago Advertising Awards – the Chicago ADDYS — March 16 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, presented by the Chicago Ad Federation.

For at least the past 30 years, its mission has been to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Jerry Springer to host 55th Emmy Awards show Nov. 3

TV staple Jerry Springer, returning to Chicago after a four year absence, is the surprising – and always controversial — host of the 55th Annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy awards ceremony to be held Nov. 3 at the Alhambra Palace, in the West Loop.

The decision to invite Springer by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), however, was not eagerly embraced by all members of the committee that proposed him. 

Capacity crowd for May 16 AICE Awards, tix going fast!

BUY YOUR AICE TICKETS NOW as the national Awards Show is reaching space capacity, advises Optimus’ Tom Duff, AICE Chicago chapter. The show will be held Thursday, May 16, throughout the entire Museum of Broadcast Communications: cocktail reception on the third floor, awards presentations on the fourth floor, and after-party on the second floor.

Dennis Farina to appear at MWFF’S Best Awards Dec. 6

VETERAN ACTOR DENNIS FARINA and director Joe Maggio of indie feature “The Last Rites of Joe May,” will be special guests at the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s Best of the Midwest Awards Dec. 6 at Rockit Bar & Grill.  “The Last Rites” is a contender for a BMA award. 

Actor David Pasquesi, whose newspaper editor character on “Boss” was screwed out of his job by the mayor’s people, will also attend, along with just about everyone else in town, myself included.

Cannes do spirit paid off Hughly

In the film biz, dreams often do come true. When writer-director Hugh Schulze and producer Stacey Evenson first began working on Shulze’s short film in 2007, their avowed goal was to see the film at the Cannes film festival one day.

That day arrive at this year’s Cannes festival in which their “Arc of a Bird” was screened in the Short Film Corner.

Shulze and Evenson spent last week at the festival. “It was thrilling and overwhelming, so much to see and do, network, and still stay on schedule,” Evenson said upon her return after a week in France Tuesday.

TV actors Elizabeth Moss, Sam Riley take Q&As at IFP Spirit screenings

Hardy souls braved freezing temperatures to attend a series of IFP/Midwest-sponsored screenings at Columbia College that presented films in 15 candidates vying for this year’s Independent Spirit Awards.

Awards will be made in three categories: Best Documentary, Best First Feature, and Best Film made for under $500,000. IFP members have until Feb. 17 to mail their ballots.

L.A. actors Elizabeth Moss and Sam Riley conducted a Q&A session after the Feb.

Join IFP by Jan. 26 to screen and vote on 16 IFP/Spirit Award entries

If you’re not a member of IFP/Midwest and you’re an indie film fanatic ? here’s your chance to join the organization and enjoy all the benefits of membership ? plus cast your vote for the best of 16 indie films competing for the IFP/ Independent Spirit Awards.

Starting Jan. 22, entries will be held nightly through Saturday, Feb. 7.