Independent Film Initiative
The Independent Film Initiative (IFI) is a program of the Chicago Film Office – Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events designed to retain, promote and provide career enhancing opportunities for local film industry professionals, media makers and affiliated creatives with the goal to foster a more sustainable and robust independent film industry in Chicago. The IFI is currently composed of three branches: Filmmaker-in-Residence, Independent Producers Apprenticeship, and the ChicagoMade Shorts Millennium Park Screening Series. Learn more and apply.
The Chicago Film Office, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, leads the city’s effort to attract and enhance the production of feature films, television series, commercials, documentaries and all forms of local screen entertainment. For filmmakers, it is a one-stop liaison for all City of Chicago production needs including permits, city services, and logistical support.
Audiences around the world travel Chicago’s streets through its portrayal in filmed entertainment. These compelling images help to generate tourism, promote international business, and establish a new global awareness of our landscape and culture. Adding to local favorites Ferris Buellers Day Off and The Blues Brothers, recent productions of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Contagion, The Dark Knight, and Public Enemies as well as numerous television series have led to Chicago being ranked among the most respected production centers in the country.
Since 1980,more than 1100 feature films and television productions have shot in Chicago contributing $2 billion in local revenue. Chicago attracts hundreds of commercials and photo shoots each year that are produced for both national and international clients.This growth industry provides quality jobs for thousands of Chicagoans and creates opportunities for hundreds of hometown businesses. This success would not have been possible without tremendous community support. Thanks to the spirited cooperation of residents, businesses and civic leaders, Chicago is truly a remarkable city for filmmaking.
|Aug 24, 2016||Millennium Park Audiences Pick Their Favorite Chicago-Made Film: The Dark Knight|
|Jun 20, 2016||Chicago Creates New Independent Film Initiative to Support Local Filmmakers|
|Jun 14, 2016||Millennium Park Announces Voting For Summer Film Series Audience Choice Night: Favorite Chicago Film|
|Feb 3, 2016||Chicago Hosts More Than 500 Film Projects and 1,902 Filming Days in 2015|
Chicago Film Office
Rich Moskal, Director
Betsey Grais, Deputy Director
Yolanda Arias, Project Coordinator
Beckie Stocchetti, Coordinator
John Hundrieser, Policy Analyst
Eusebio Cunningham, Office Assistant