First Tuesdays: Advertising Community Shorts Night

Nov. 06, 2018
6:00pm - 9:30pm
@Landmark Century Cinema, 2828 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois

The 2018 Advertising Community Shorts Night, co-presented by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) Midwest, will be held on Tuesday, November 6, as part of our monthly First Tuesdays events. 

An annual evening of films from the Midwest advertising community with the program line-up solely dedicated to the shorts, music videos, and animated films that commercial filmmakers have created when not working on commercials! The event will bring together a jury of top creative professionals in the community to determine the final lineup and present a Grand Jury Prize.

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 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 (Ravyn Lenae's "4 Leaf Clover," feat. Steve Lacy)ROCK N' ROLL (Taylor Bennett's "Rock 'N' Roll" ft. Zxxk), and SYMPHONY (Towkio's "Symphony" featuring Teddy Jackson).

The evening will open at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception on the top floor of the Landmark Century Cinema space (2828 N. Clark St.), followed by our signature Producers Panel at 6:30.

This month's panel is: Belief-Driven Campaigns: From Nike taking a knee to body-positive ad campaigns, in a moment in which it's hard to separate politics and social issues from the rest of our lives, how does this impact commercial filmmaking? And what does taking a side do for a brand, or a filmmaker? Panelists Andrea Nordgren (Producer/Director, The 3% Movement and Creative Director/Executive Producer, Unbridled) and Scott Marvel (President of Daily Planet Productions) will discuss and share insights in this pre-screening discussion moderated by MIFF board member Melissa Thornley.


6:00pm Cocktail Reception
6:30pm Producers Panel
7:30pm 2018 Advertising Community Shorts Night, followed by Q&A with filmmakers 
9:30pm After Party 


Advance Registration for this event is closed. Visit to purchase tickets for upcoming Midwest Independent Film Festival events.