Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards

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World-class studio’s
Manager of Ops,
Dino Mirkopoulos,
to attend 2019
Awards Screening at
Music Box Theatre on
September 25th

The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Premiere Screenings return to the Music Box Theatre September 22nd through the 23rd with the Red Carpet Best of Chicago Awards taking place on September 25th. The screenings spotlight 45 short films completed in a wild and sleepless weekend where teams wrote, shot, and edited a short film in just 48 hours.

Along with awards to be presented to this year’s winning films, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios will also be honored for their continued support of Chicago’s indie film community, as well as their role in helping revitalize the local film industry economy,

Konstantinos (Dino) Mirkopoulos, Manager of Operations and CIO of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, will represent the Pissios and Mirkopoulous family at the September 25th Best of Chicago Awards screening.

Joining Dino is his new bride Cara Mirkopoulos. Cara works as a Project Manager at Morning Star Inc., a Financial Services Firm.

“The Mirkopoulos Family and Studio President Alex Pissios have been so instrumental in helping support our film festival, and we want to extend our gratitude to them for the countless jobs they have also helped create here while attracting projects to Chicago” said Jerry Vasilatos, City Producer of the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project. “As they’ve given the same level of attention in helping us promote our emerging indie filmmakers, we felt it was fitting to showcase them along with the films selected by our judges to also be honored as the Best of Chicago.”

 
Behind the scenes
The 48 Hour Film Project screenings premiere the work of 49 local Chicago filmmaking teams that drew a genre from a hat on Friday, August 23rd. They were then given a character, prop and line dialogue to include in their films.

On Sunday August 25th, the filmmakers raced in a wild dash to the drop off event at Magnanimous Media (www.magnanimousrentals.com), where they turned in their films by the 48 hour deadline.

48 HOUR FILM PROJECT
BEHIND THE SCENES

 

All films are eligible for audience awards, and the ones completed within the 48-hour deadline are judged for various awards by local filmmaking professionals.

The entry declared to be the overall Best Film of Chicago will win a $1,000 Cash Prize, courtesy of sponsors Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and the Ziliak Law Group (www.ziliak.com).

Chicago’s winner will then be sent to the international 48HFP competition, Filmapalooza, to be screened and judged with over 100 city winners from around the globe. From there, 12 films will be chosen to screen in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes International Film Festival.

 
From Chicago to Cannes
The Chicago 2018 best film winner, Knockout by Alley Cake Films and director Erik Scanlon, marked the second consecutive year that a Chicago Team was selected to screen at the world-renowned film festival.

48 HOUR FILM PROJECT BEST FILM OF 2018
KNOCKOUT BY ALLEY CAKE FILMS

 

The 2017 Best Film winner, HAMMERSMITH: Hurdle of Dreams, was the first submission from the Chicago 48 Hour Film to travel across the pond.

 
48 HOUR FILM PROJECT BEST FILM OF 2017
HAMMERSMITH: HURDLE OF DREAMS
BY KALOPSIA FILMS IN ASSOCIATION WITH PINK HIPPO PRODUCTIONS

 

The 48 Hour Film Project is a test of creativity ability, technical proficiency, and nerves that has been billed as, “The Largest International Filmmaking Competition in the World.”

With determination and talent, Chicago filmmakers can truly go the distance.

 
Tickets, etc
All premiere screenings for this year’s competition, as well as the Best of Chicago Awards, will be preceded by red carpet photo opportunities where attendees can get pictures with their favorite filmmakers.

For 2019 Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Premiere Screening Tickets as well as the Best of Chicago Awards, please click on this.

 
Send your indie film updates to Reel Chicago Editor Dan Patton, dan@reelchicago.com.

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