Announcing the Jury for Advertising Community Shorts Night

This year's selection jury for Advertising Community Shorts Night boasts an all-star cast of top creatives and producers from throughout the Midwest advertising and creative production community. We've narrowed more than 250 submissions down to 40 and now it's time for our jury to jump in and determine this year's final lineup of 15 films...

This year's final selection jury includes...

MaryBeth Searles, VP of Production, The Onion
Kathy Petrauskas, Global Creative Director, Leo Burnett
Scott Kemper, VP, Executive Producer, DDB Chicago
Dani Jackson, Senior Producer, Havas Chicago
Vincent Geraghty, EVP Chief Production Officer, Leo Burnett
Hassan S. Ali from The Onion’s Onion Labs
Pam Fraser, Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather
Terrence Burrell, VP, Creative Director, Burrell
Qadree Holmes, Executive Producer, Quriosity Productions
Brian Smego, Executive Producer, Mill+ at The Mill Chicago
Brian Reed, President, BAM Studios
David O'Connor, Owner/Casting Director, O'Connor Casting
Lisa Masseur, Executive Producer, ONE at Optimus
Leroy Koetz, Executive Broadcast Producer/Director, Schafer Condon Carter
Lauren Roth, Head of Production, Beast / Company 3 / Method Studios Chicago
Scott Smith, Creative Director, Leo Burnett
Leigh Jones, Executive Producer, BoomThrift
Cliff Grant, Executive Producer, STORY
Chris Rossiter, Managing Director, Dictionary Films
Dave Dakich, Director of Business Development, CRC
Caroline Doubek, Digital Media, VER
Megan Donnelly, Director of Photography, AbelCine
Stirling McLaughlin, Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather
Melissa Barany, Executive Producer, VML
David Axelbaum, Owner/Sound Designer, Airstream Audio
Melissa Thornley, Owner, Creative Alchemy Chicago
Andrew Schneider, Editor-In-Chief, SCREEN Magazine
Mike McNamara, Executive Director, Midwest Independent Film Festival

What is Advertising Community Shorts Night?

An annual night of films from the Midwest advertising community, with the program solely dedicated to the shorts, music videos and animated films we create when we're NOT working on commercials!  We bring together a jury of top creatives in our community to determine the final lineup.

So When is the Big Night?

Advertising Community Shorts Night is set for Tuesday, November 7th, 6 pm at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark. We will narrow down all submissions to approximately 30 finalists, which will be presented to our jury. Final lineup will be announced in early October.

Any Other Questions?

No problem, please contact Director of Programming Mike McNamara at with any questions or comments and he'll get right back to you.