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CORTADITO Call for Entries

Thursday, May 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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ENTRY DEADLINE:July 15, 2018
SHOWCASE:September 22, 2018

CORTADITO is the Gene Siskel Film Center's inaugural Panorama Latinx short film showcase, celebrating Latinx and Afro-latinx filmmakers! We invite filmmakers from Latin America and the Latin American diaspora currently residing in the Chicago area to submit their short films for consideration. We accept fiction, non-fiction short films, animations, and web series. Though not limited to these topics, CORTADITO welcomes films relating to contemporary Latin American issues of migration, displacement, cultural celebration, intersectionality, indigeneity, colorism, and brown resilience.

If you have any additional questions please contact Mev Luna, Panorama Latinx Outreach Coordinator,

  • The deadline for entry is Sunday, July 15, 2018. There is no entry fee.
  • Year of completion must be 2016 or later.
  • Entries will be accepted in the form of a digital preview screener accompanied by a completed entry form and credit list.
  • Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.
  • Entries selected for the showcase MUST be available for public exhibition in one of the following formats: DCP, HDCAM, DigiBeta, or Apple ProRes formatted digital file. DVD and Blu-ray discs will not be accepted for theatrical projection.
  • All legal clearances including, but not limited to, talent, music, or stock footage are the responsibility of the filmmaker.
  • The Gene Siskel Film Center reserves the right to utilize clips or stills from any film selected for the festival for publicity purposes.
  • Must currently reside in Chicago/Chicago area.
For more information or to submit online:
From the Gene Siskel Film Center

Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center

Marty Rubin, Associate Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center

Alejandro Riera, Panorama Latinx Outreach and Programming Consultant
Alejandro Riera is currently a media relations specialist and publicist for such events as the Chicago Latino Film Festival, the Festival Cubano, UrbanTheater Company and the Chicago International Film Festival. He also reviews films forefilmcritic.comandGozamos.comand worked for the Chicago Tribune's Spanish-language publications for more than a decade.

Local Guest Juror
Raul Benitez
The Comfort Station, Chicago

Raul Benitez has been a film programmer for 6 years at Comfort Station Logan Square, and is in his third year as a film programmer at the Nightingale Cinema. He is also the Lead Programmer for Full Spectrum Features Chicagoland Shorts. Raul was named by Newcity as a Chicago Screen Gem in 2015 and 2017 and continues to work for the Chicago Underground Film Festival.
International Guest Juror

Vanessa Cuervo Forero
Good Pitch, Bogot√°, Colombia

Good Pitch brings together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policy makers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues - to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.

Vanessa Cuervo Forero is a Colombian cultural worker and creative facilitator who believes in the power of art as a social transformational practice and a form of critical thinking. As a dancer, producer and curator, she explores the intersection of art, education, and social justice.

Karen Durham
Associate Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
312-846-2074 - direct
Twitter: @filmcenter
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