Call for IFO’s Shortcuts contest entry

The Illinois Film Office’s “Shortcuts” film contest is back in business for a second year and statewide filmmakers have five months from now ? until June 30 – to enter their shorts.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage filmmakers across the state to explore and showcase their creativity and short filmmaking skills.

The winning short will receive a cash prize and will get a sport in 2009 Chicago International Film Festival’s Short Film Program.

Winner of the inaugural contest was Larry Ziegelman, a DDB associate creative director on Allstate, for his romantic comedy short, “Check, Please.” He won a cash prize of $665 and a crystal star award and his film screened at CIFF.

Simple entry rules: The contest is open to all Illinois residents over 18. Submit any genre, documentary or free form visual expression, in any format, 15-minutes or less in length.

Entries will be judged by a panel of film industry professionals.

Entry fee is $25, and the same previously posted rules will apply.

Entry forms will be posted Feb. 2 on