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ChicagoMade is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Choose Chicago, and World Business Chicago, to highlight the city as an innovation center, a global business destination, a cultural hub, and most of all a city of diverse and unique culture and technology makers. The first ChicagoMade music showcase and other activations took place in Austin TX during SXSW in March, 2014. Over the last few years, local initiatives showcasing the diverse spectrum of talent have been held across the city.

Beginning in 2016, the Chicago Film Office showcases locally-produced short films at “ChicagoMade Shorts” in advance of each weekly feature film at the Millennium Park Summer Film Series. A program of the Independent Filmmaker Initiative, the ChicagoMade Shorts Series is a celebration of the robust local independent film community and a showcase of entertaining work produced by talented Chicago-based artists. Visit for more info on ChicagoMade.

Screenings occur every Tuesday night from June 5 – August 21, 2018 beginning at 6:30pm in Millennium Park. All screenings are FREE to the public and made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation. The Summer Film Series is co-curated by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

2018 ChicagoMade Shorts at Millennium Park Summer Film Series:

(ChicagoMade Shorts will not include subtitles)


Oxford Coma by Jake Jarvi – June 5


The Magnificent Adventures of Cyber Witch by Ellie Hall – June 12


The Artist by Neal E. Fischer – June 19

Produced by Radar Studios Chicago

As seen at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival - AWARD Best Director; Miami Independent Film Festival; We Like 'Em Short - Animation and Comedy Film Festival; Portland Comedy Film Festival (Multi-Nominee); Tally Shorts Film Festival; NY Comedy Shorts Film Festival; The Gadabout Film Festival; deadCenter Film Festival; and Midwest Independent Film Festival.


Waterboy by Jeff Hadick – June 26

Produced with support from The Second City

As seen at the Miami Short Film Festival; Just For Laughs; NY Comedy Short Festival; Reel Shorts Film Fest; and Laughter Comedy Film Festival.


The Most Important Thing by Alex Mangen – July 3

Produced with support from Harold Ramis Film School at Second City


The Amazing Neckbeard by Aaron Legg – July 9

Produced with support from Columbia College Chicago

As seen at Pensacon Short Film Festival – Florida; Geek Short Film Festival - North Carolina; Geek Fest Toronto – Toronto Ontario; Midwest Independent Film Festival – Chicago; Wisconsin Film Festival – Madison Wisconsin; Direct Monthly Online Film Festival – Online; Animation Chico – California; Animation Studio Festival – California; Comics in Film Festival and Comic Con - New Mexico; Super Geek Film Festival – Florida; and Wildwood Film Festival - Appleton, WI.


National School Walkout & March for Our Lives by Caroline Olsen – July 10

Produced with support from Free Spirit Media and the Joyce Foundation


Portraits by Philip G Anderson – July 24


2.0 by Shane Dioneda – July 31

Produced with support from Columbia College Chicago


BT Lives in the Stitch by Katie Prentiss Onsager – August 7

Produced by Small Forces Productions


Sparrow Duet by Steve Socki – August 14

As seen in over 30 festivals including: Holland Animation Fest; Melbourne Int’l Animation Fest; Inde Gathering Int’l Film Fest USA (Honorable Mention Award); Animaze-Montreal Int’l Anim Fest; Athens Animfest Greece; Hong Kong Arthouse Film Fest; and Brooklyn Int’l Film Festival.


The Wayward Wind by Monica Thomas – August 21

As seen at Brussels Independent Film Festival; ScreenDance Festival – Stockholm;

Dance Camera West - Los Angeles; and Aud Fest Music Video Short Film Festival



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