Ad Shorts Nights Line-Up Released

Ad Shorts Nights Line-Up Released

The Midwest Independent Film Festival, in partnership with AICP Midwest, has announced the program lineup for the 2018 Advertising Community Shorts Night, an annual event showcasing the work of commercial filmmakers in Chicago and the Midwest.

The Jury, comprised of professionals working in the advertising industry in Chicago, was tasked with curating the evening’s program as well as selecting the Advertising Community Shorts Program Grand Jury Prize recipient. Special guest Jurors include Jorge Arana (Director/Producer), Jeff Beck (VML), Jennifer Bluford (Agency Ten35), German Chavez (TCG Collective), Brittany Marie Foster (FCB), Eric Flinn (The Onion), Ethan Guberman (Reach Creative), Liz Kozak (Second City Communications), Jennifer Lumpkin (Quriosity), Matt Marcus (R/GA), Sara Martin (mcgarrybowen), Ciara Medina (Fluent 360), Jim Myers (SimonMyers), Oisin O'Driscoll (The Mill), Joseph Tipre (FCB), and Marie Walz (Paco Collective).

This year’s Advertising Community Shorts Night screening selections include a variety of film genres including animation, documentary, experimental, comedy, and music videos that address subject matter including gun violence, tattoos, breast cancer, relationships, and ways in which children look to understand the world around them.

This year's Jury-selected program will include an emotional look at siblings' memories in experimental short WE DO TOO (Produced/Directed by Meghan Sims), a look at a young woman's life after breast cancer in documentary short GRACE (Produced/Directed by Rachel Pikelny), an exploration of curiosity, sleep, and space in animated shorts LULLABY THEORIES: CEREAL FLUID and THE SOUL OF A CIRCLE (both Produced/Directed by Clara Lehmann and Jonathan Lacocque), a magical, imagined world in music video/short DEWHORN (Directed by Brandon Kapelow, Executive Produced by Jennifer Goodridge and Laurie Adrianopoli), a high-tech battle between pets of the future in PENELOPE (Directed/Written/Co-Produced by Patrick Lewtschanyn, Co-Produced by Laura Thapthimkuna), and, in four selections from director Andre Muir, see a community struggle with the impact of gun violence in narrative short 4 CORNERS, as well as take on themes of love, romance, and a modern take on 1950's retro in music videos 4 LEAF CLOVER, ROCK N' ROLL, and SYMPHONY.

“This program showcases and celebrates the range of talent and passion in this segment of the Midwest filmmaking community, and shows an increasing shift towards honoring the importance of storytelling from many points of view, especially from historically underrepresented voices,” said Amy Guth, the festival’s Executive Director of the annual event.

The event is part of the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s First Tuesdays event series. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. for a cocktail reception, followed by an educational panel discussion at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7:30 p.m., followed immediately after by Grand Jury Prize presentation and filmmaker Q&A.

The event will take place at Landmark Century Cinema, 2828 N. Clark St., Chicago. Please visit to reserve tickets.