Robert Morris University Illinois Hosts 3rd Annual Chicago Shorts Festival Awards Presentation on April 27

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The Third Annual Chicago Shorts Festival for college filmmakers will be held April 27 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Once again, Robert Morris University is sponsoring the event which celebrates creative storytelling by young artists through film.

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The festival is a celebration of creative storytelling by young artists through film.

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What: 3rd Annual Chicago Shorts Festival – 2016 Screening and Awards Presentation
Who: A Collegiate Film Festival hosted by Robert Morris University Illinois
When: April 27, 2016, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago

Free and Open to the Public; RMU Contact: Shelley LaMantia, 773-844-1717 or slamantia(at)robertmorris(dot)edu

Over the past two months, college students from around the world have submitted entries to the 2016 Chicago Shorts Festival. On April 27, the winners of the event will be announced and their submissions will be screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center at 5:00 p.m.

The Festival is a venue for collaboration and fosters community among college students, providing them a forum to tell a story, have their voices heard through film, and to be recognized and awarded for their work. It is open to all college students worldwide, regardless of country, major or school they attend. It is free to enter and free to attend.

Entries were received from around the US as well as from around the world. There are five categories: Animation, Comedy/Parody, Documentary, Drama and Experimental. Prizes will be awarded in each category as long as the entries received a qualifying score. Entries are judged on Originality and Creativity, Pacing and Structure, Cinematography, Entertainment Value, Overall Quality of Production and/or Script.

Prizes provided by Robert Morris University, Boston Bureau Productions and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, including $1000 cash to the first place winner in each category.

The Judges:
Dawn Westlake, Ron de Cana Prods., Inc.
Josh Hester, The Storyteller Studios
Blake Goble, Consequence of Sound

We are thrilled at the response to this competition and are excited to reward these students for their outstanding work! We hope to see a big crowd at the event to help them celebrate! The event is free and open to the public.

Robert Morris University Illinois is a not-for-profit, baccalaureate and graduate degree granting institution, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.* The University serves over 6500 students interested in getting an education in business, graphic arts, nursing and health care, culinary and computer studies at its main campus in Chicago, as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Bensenville, Springfield, Peoria, Schaumburg and Lake County. In all communications, please refer to the university by its full name, Robert Morris University Illinois. For more information, call 800-RMC-5960 or visit the web site at

*Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602, 312-263-0456.

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