Do you have a creative project you’re dying to get off the ground? Looking for a space and equipment for your next pitch video? If so, then you should be very excited because local Chicago rental house and studio, Eleven04, is at it again.
At a time when film and TV production remains stagnant, Eleven04 has re-launched their First Backer Initiative. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their projects for a shot at a $15,000.00 support package to make it a reality. As part of the deal, Eleven04 is giving $1500.00 cash, $4,000.00 in equipment credit, and access to their onsite facilities, including office space and production stage. Several finalists will be chosen to pitch their ideas before an online audience, and one lucky competitor.
Eleven04’s First Backer Initiative is the kind of thing we really need more of in Chicago. Encouraging creators to dive into personal projects, especially now when most productions are dark, serves to keep Chicago relevant. They plan to make this a quarterly event, building on it as time goes on. They have solid resources and would like to stay part of the filmmaking conversation here in town, and this is a great way to do it.
“Eleven04 treated our team like family. Not only did they help us host a great event to raise money for our campaign, but they collaborated with our Production team to insure we have the resources we would need to make a great film.” – Colin Parker, Filmmaker
Supporters of the program include the Chicago Film Office and the Independent Film Alliance.
Eleven04 is an equipment rental house, production facility, and co-working space for filmmakers located in Pilsen. Founded in 2016 by then-Columbia College student Richard Song, Eleven04’s goal is to provide accessible professional resources for Chicago’s film community. With a friendly and knowledgeable staff providing superior service, a comprehensive facility, and a drive to serve the community, Eleven04 is Chicago’s place for filmmakers to #KeepCreating.
For more information or if you’re interested in submitting, then hit them up!
Katharin Mraz is a contributing writer for Reel Chicago and Reel 360. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org