Sep 142011

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Aussie Comedy Film Honoured by Hollywood Screenwriter at Christopher Wetzel Comedy Film Awards Chicago

(PRWEB) May 11, 2005

The Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of Art Institute of Chicago has announced that from a field of 50 international shorts and feature films, and judged by Hollywood screenwriter Dana Olsen (“Inspector Gadget”, “George of the Jungle”, “The Burbs”), that Aussie short film THE BALL showed “exceptional promise and creativity in the comedy genre” and would receive an honourable mention in the annual Christopher Wetzel Comedy Film Awards which will be presented in Chicago on 25 June 2005.

The awards, in honour of Chicago film critic Christopher Wetzel, were established to support independent filmmakers in their efforts to explore the art of comedy on film.

A 35mm print of THE BALL will screen at the awards ceremony before a star studded audience and ChicagoÂ’s film elite. The gala evening, which includes a reception following the show, is a benefit for the educational programs of the Gene Siskel Film Center.

THE BALL starring Max Gillies as cricket loving Prime Minister Howard and Gabby Millgate as a soccer loving refugee has, since its release in 2003, screened at more than 60 international film festivals and received widespread acclaim. In 2004 the film was short listed for best short live action film in the 2004 Oscars race and nominated for a United Nations Media Peace award. More recently, the film was invited to screen for the Yale University film faculty in Connecticut, alma mater of Jodie Foster, the Cohen Bros and David Hyde Pierce, where the film was enthusiastically received. The film also recently screened along side director Vicky Jensen’s (“Shrek” “A Shark’s Tale”) first live action film at the River Run Film Festival in the U.S.

The film was written and directed by Anny Slater and co-produced with Lily Hamdan and Serafina Froio. Ms SlaterÂ’s second film The Adventures of Roman Pilgrim a 30 minute dance film will be released in July and has an impressive line up of Australian musical and comedic talent including a score by jazz impresario James Morrison. The film traces the antics of Roman Pilgrim as he leaves the Australian outback town of Hope down the Road of Life in search of his lost voice and the Songlines of the Earth. The film was shot in Tiboorburra 4 hours north of Broken Hill New South Wales Australia.

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Aug 292011

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Chicago Really Short Film Fest Announces 2005 Event Date, April 1 Deadline for Submission

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 9, 2005 -

Maia Entertainent today announced the details of its second annual Chicago Really Short Film Fest, to take place on May 7, 2005 at the Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace Chicago, Il 60618). Festival organizers also announced a call for filmmakers to submit their short pieces, emphasizing an April 1st deadline for consideration.

Presented by Maia Entertainent,, Image Union and eFilmCriticÂ’s Erik Childress, the Chicago Really Short Film Fest is unique in both its format and submission requirements. Submissions for the fest must be under 15 minutes and may include short films, animations, documentaries and music videos.

The one-night only film festival is interspersed with two bands (TRS-80, Project .44) and sketch comedy (The Patel Leads) and the majority of the films submitted for the event consist of low-budget, independent and underground films from both local and national talent.

“We started this festival as a way to screen some of our favorite local filmmakers and to throw a really good party at a great venue. We were amazed at the high quality of submissions we got last year from all over the country and the support we got from both the independent filmmaking community and a really responsive audience. We had a packed house last year and a solid lineup of films and our goal is to go even further than that this year,” said festival founder Rick Ramirez.

Submitting filmmakers are eligible for consideration for several awards and prizes: The Audience Choice Award, the ChicagoFilm Go Shorty Awards, the eFilmCritic Award, and all event participants are in consideration for a paid screening on WTTW Channel 11Â’s award-winning film show Image Union.

“We really go all out to make sure that all our accepted filmmakers receive a larger audience and more exposure than they might be able to get anywhere else,” said Ramirez.

“Last year three of the films from the festival ended up being screened on Image Union, where not only were the filmmakers compensated for their films, but they were able to expose their work to a large, appreciative new audience of Chicagoland film fans. Our goal with this festival is definitely to put on a great show, but also to discover and expose the work of talented short filmmakers.”

The 2005 Chicago Really Short Film Fest Submission date is rapidly approaching. The regular submission deadline is April 1st. The submission fee is $ 15 and $ 5 off per additional film, with discounts available for student filmmakers. Late registration goes until April 7th, with a $ 50 fee for late submission.

For submission guidelines and a link to an online submission form, visit

For more information on the festival, visit

To see the 2004 winners, visit


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