New events keep filling the October film calendar

October is the biggest month  of the year for honors, film festivals, conferences, expos, screenings and fun and informative activities, including several new to Chicago.   Check Events often for updates or go to our ReelChicago Facebook page.

10/10-24 THE 49TH CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL opening night gala, dedicated to Roger Ebert, is James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” starring Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, with Gray in attendance.  At the Chicago Theatre, 6 p.m. Red Carpet arrivals.

10/10 ATOMIC IMAGING OPEN HOUSE for the Blackmagic Design’s digital video cameras and DaVinci Resolve, featuring  Blackmagic regional manager Bob Caniglia, Sr. and colorist Bob Sliga, demonstrating new DaVinci Resolve 10 system and workflow with Blackmagic cameras. At 1501 N. Magnolia, 3-7 p.m. Call Candice Gerber, 312/649-1800 x 5703.

10/22 CAF YAHOO! MARKETING TO MILLENNIALS panel discussion with executive from Yahoo, SMG and Pepsi, Inc. takes place at the Museum of Broadcast Communications at noon; tickets $50. Click here 

10/23 GOOD PITCH CHICAGO started in England and came to Chicago because of its amazing filmmaking talent. Seven filmmakers were chosen to pitch their docs for potential funding opportunities.  At the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, starting at 10 a.m.
10/24 LCA BENEFIT LUNCHEON elebrating 41 years of pro bono legal service for the arts. Honored will be Cultural Affairs commissioner Michelle Boone, Henry Fogel, Roosevelt University, Joe Segal, Jazz Showcase, the John Marshall Law Schoool and the Thomas R. Leavens Award to Andrew L. Goldstein. At the Palmer House, noon.
10/26 ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY HAL “CORKY” KESSLER” conducts an all-day seminar on “Insider Secrets for Getting Your Independent Feature Film Made,” at Cinespace Studios, 16th St. and Ogden Ave. The $45 fee includes a box lunch and tour of Cinespace stages; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
10/26 ESSANAY’S GALA MASQUERADE BALL to benefit the restoration of one of the world’s first and last silent film studios, will be held at the historic Studio A/Charlie Chaplin Studios, with a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, raffle prizes and more.  At 1345 W. Argyle. Tickets on sale here.
 10/27 FACETS FAMILY CELEBRATION BOO! BASH, celebrating 30 years of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, hosts a Halloween-themed screening of the world’s greatest and spookiest films for kids, followed by a party. Hollywood celebrities will judge the best kids’ Halloween costumes. All proceeds support Facets’ year-round educational programs and CICFF. At Park West, 322 W. Armitage.
10/30 DIVERSE VOICES IN DOCS 2013 GRADUATION screening of the first projects from Diverse Voices graduates, the six-month mentorship program for docmakers of color run by Kartemquin and Community Film Workshop.  Also the launch date for submissions for the next 20 filmmakers selected for 2014’s program. At the Reva and Logan Center for the Artists, 915 E. 60th St., University of Chicago, 7 p.m.