Indie Film Career Launch

Thursday, April 27 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

1104 S. Wabash Ave., RM 310 1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Brought to you in partnership with the Columbia College Cinema Art + Science department and Full Spectrum Features, take part in launching your indie film career by learning how to promote yourself and your projects. Hear from a panel of filmmakers working in varied areas of the industry represented by Full Spectrum Features, an organization committed to building diversity in the media arts through production, exhibition, and support of the work of women, LGBTQ, and minority filmmakers.

Topics covered will include:

  • - Optimizing the film fest circuit 
  • - Shopping around a short indie film
  • - Short film distribution - Self-promotion
  • - Practicality and reality of employment
  • - Submission guidelines to FSF’s Chicagoland Shorts

Moderated by FSF Program Director Dane Haiken, our panelists of filmmakers include Jim Vendiola, Lonnie Edwards, and Jennifer Reeder. These filmmakers' work were part of last year’s FSF Chicagoland Shorts program.

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CHICAGOLAND SHORTS is Full Spectrum Features' annual touring short film series that highlights the incredible diversity of The Windy City and its surrounding communities. The series celebrates the vastness of the Chicagoland experience and provides an outlet for those cinematic voices that often go unheard within the independent film community.

This collection is Full Spectrum Features' flagship program and embodies our mission to provide a platform for the intersecting work of people of color, women, and LGBTQ filmmakers, while showcasing genre- and boundary-pushing short films. Along with highlighting underrepresented voices, the program also combines genres often considered "niche" – experimental, observational doc, dance, found footage, silent – into one engaging package that mainstream audiences may never even consider.

CHICAGOLAND SHORTS, in its first two volumes, has already screened across the Chicagoland area and coast-to-coast in venues such as Anthology Film Archives in New York City and Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. Both are available on DVD and VOD. The collection's third volume will premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago on May 30, 2017. Submissions for Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 4 will open at the end of this year.

FULL SPECTRUM FEATURES NFP is a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity in the media arts by producing, exhibiting, and supporting the work of women, LGBTQ, and minority filmmakers. We also aim to educate the public about important social and cultural issues, utilizing the power of cinema to foster understanding in our communities.

Our films and programs have been generously supported by grants from MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Frameline, Chicago Filmmakers, Cheney Foundation, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Illinois Arts Council, National Park Service, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Illinois Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, Illinois General Assembly, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and Wicker Park Bucktown SSA #33.


This event is made possible by Immersion Program at Columbia College Chicago, connecting students with professional creative communities through innovative programming. Learn more at

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Presentation, Social, Career Planning


School of Media Arts, Students, Career Center


Career Center, immersion, Cinema Art and Science, springboard


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