PARAISO Takes First At Ad Shorts Night

PARAISO Takes First At Ad Shorts Night

A capacity crowd of advertising and commercial production pros descended upon the Midwest Independent Film Festival last night for its fifth annual Advertising Community Shorts Night, dedicated to the films ad industry pros create outside of their commercial work. After the selection jury for Advertising Community Shorts Night assembled this landmark lineup of films from more than 250 entries, the jury also chose its top three films overall. These films were announced last night following the presentation of the Advertising Community Shorts Program. The winning film received gifts from several of the evening’s sponsors, including Airstream Audio, NoiseFloor and Fletcher Camera.

3rd Place: EUGENE. Every day Eugene panhandled near his campsite in The Presidio with his cat Trouble, his good cheer masking a painful and damning secret about his past. Directed by Jason Stanfield and Jordan Olshansky, edited by Spencer Sachs of Company 3.

2nd Place: THE GHOSTS. Kathy, a sheltered and sensitive teenage girl comes of age when her small sleepy suburb is turned upside down with the mysterious appearance of The Ghosts, a hell-bent greaser gang who emerge from a trash pile in a junk yard at the outskirts of town. Directed by Eddie O'Keefe and produced by Matthew Mandarino, both of O'Keefe Reinhard & Paul (OKRP).

And the winner is... 1st Place: PARAISO. Three immigrant window cleaners risk their lives every day rappelling down some of Chicago's tallest sky-scrapers. Paraíso reveals the beauty and danger of their job and what they see on the way down. Directed by Nadav Kurtz.

This year's jury included Y&R Director of Production Brian Smego, Havas Worldwide Director of Production Matt Faris, mcgarrybowen Director of Production Lisa Burke, Leo Burnett Executive Producer Juan Woodbury and Energy BBDO's new SVP Melissa Barany. Here's the full jury roster.