“Reel Chicago” weekly TV show spotlighting local indie films to air on Ch. 25 starting in October

Starting in October, a proposed TV show of short films produced by area filmmakers will be televised over Cable25, the City of Chicago’s own cable outlet for independent producers.

“We’re delighted to have this opportunity to showcase the work of Chicago producers,” said lois Weisberg, Commission of the Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

“We’ve long wanted to showcase the work of the independent film scene to a public that may be unaware of this thriving community.”

Starting Oct. 11, the show will be televised Wednesdays from 8:30 to 9 p.m. for 13 weeks. It will receive multiple airings throughout the week.

Format will vary from show-to-show. “One show might present short shorts, or it might be a single half-hour show in the time slot. Some shows might be themed,” she said.

Executive producer of the show will be ReelChicago.com in association with several local film organizations and sponsors.

Sponsorship fees will be used to provide honorariums for producers whose work will be televised, and for the show’s host, currently being sought.

Submission requirements: Films, acceptable in all genres, in live action and animation, must be produced by a Chicago filmmaker and shot within the area. Lengths, two minutes to 25 minutes.

Send a DVD (but be prepared to submit in mini-DV or DVCam if accepted) and/or mini-DV or DVCam cassette for submission. There is no charge to the filmmaker.

Submission entry forms will be available mid-September in ReelChicago.com for submission thereafter.

Please do not submit work until the entry form and all other details will be available in mid-September in ReelChiago.com.

Cable25 is located in the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., in the Museum of Broadcasting Communications’ former first floor studio space. It can be seen within the city of Chicago on the Comcast, RCN and Wide Open West cable systems.

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