Month’s events climax with big AICP Show on Nov. 15

November’s calendar for the next two weeks is filled with informative, interesting and helpful events that also provide an excellent reason to go out and socialize.  Check the list out often for new entries.  

NOV. 3. 29TH CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL (CICFF) pays tribute to Pixar Animation Studios, featuring a sneak peak at 12 new animated shorts and the attendance by Pixar’s Canada creative director Dylan Brown, supervising director of “Finding Nemo” and “Ratatouille.”  At the Music Box, 9:30 a.m.-noon.

NOV. 3-18. THE POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN AMERICA will screen 70-plus features and docs made by Polish directors around the world.  Screenings take place at Facets in Bucktown, Gallery Theatre in Wicker Park and the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge.

NOV. 4. “SURVIVING OUTSIDE HOLLYWOOD,” alternative programs for screenwriting success and DIY filmmaking, will be discussed at the Chicago Screenwriters Network, by Paul Peditto, screenwriter and Columbia College screenwriting instructor, interviewed by Linda Frothingham. At the Porkchop restaurant, 941 W. Randolph, 6-9 p.m.

NOV. 5. NEW ADA STREET RESTAURANT partners with Facets Multimedia for its monthly “Ada for the Arts” fundraiser, with are Facets’ founder Milos Stehlik and filmmaker Tom Palazzolo and a screening of docs.  Guests enjoy an all-inclusive gourmet five-course meal with beverages, with all proceeds going to Facets. 

At 1664 N. Ada, 9 p.m., tickets,$50.  RSVP to

NOV. 7 SPECIAL ELECTION NIGHT SCREENING at the Midwest Independent Film Festival, appropriately is a political doc, “As Goes Janesville,” about the continuing heated Wisconsin battle over unions affecting America’s middle class.  Filmmakers in attendance.  At Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark; doors open at 5: p.m., screening at 7:30.

NOV. 8.  GALLERY NIGHT AT UTOPIC STUDIOS, with art on display by local artists Aaron Wooten, Elena Marie Sandy, Brittany Steiner, Connie Wolfe, Jason Brammer, Lyubov Momot and Shawn Sargent.  At 420 N. Wabash, suite 600, 5-9 p.m.  

NOV. 8. DIVERSE VOICES IN DOCS LAUNCHES with a free, public kick-off event at the Community Film Workshop of Chicago at 6:30-8:30 p.m. to introduce a new professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentary makers of color.  CFWC is collaborating with Kartemquin Films in finding 20 qualifying docmakers for the program starting in January.

NOV. 9. 4th ANNUAL SEEN & HEARD MUSIC VIDEO SHOWCASE highlighting 40-plus cutting edge music video gems from around the world, including work from Paul Beck, an animator on Waking Life, selected videos from Radar Music Videos, and live music and multi-media performances by Gel Set, Pete Venkman, and Gentle Will & the Settlers.

Presented by Chicago Filmmakers, at the Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western, 9:30 p.m.; tickets $10.

NOV. 9. GALERIE F FILM FUNDRAISER AND AWARENESS for “Officially Limited,” a doc from John Otterbacher of Orange Chair Productions about the collectible movie posters and pop art cultures created by Mondo, Tees, Naktomi Gallery 1988 and Spoke Art and to educate the public about the subject matter. 

At 2381 N. Milwaukee, 8-11 p.m.   Free admission, appetizers, drinks, door prizes, raffle and silent auction. 

NOV. 13. NEW FILM FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES will be discussed by entertainment attorney and funding expert Hal “Corky” Kessler, hosted by t that provide local screenwriters and filmmakers with access to Hollywood through events and webinars.

At VentureShot, an entrepreneurial center at 744 N. Wells; 6:30 p.m. network, 7-8 p.m., $25 at the door. Buy tickets here.

NOV. 15. AICP SHOW IN CHICAGO is the fitting climax to the industry’s social year.  More than 1,000 advertising-related guests are expected to see the awards show, eat, drink and schmooze.  The Next Awards screen at 4 p.m., cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30, the show at 6:30 followed by a reception until midnight.

At the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; tickets are $175.