Robert Morris University Illinois Announces 2016 Chicago Shorts Festival Winners

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Fifteen awards were presented at the 2016 Chicago Shorts Festival to college filmmakers from US universities and abroad.

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It was a great event that showcases student talent and brings young filmmakers together.

Robert Morris University Illinois held a screening of the 2016 Chicago Shorts Festival winning entries for a packed house April 27 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street. Fifteen short films created by students from around the city, country and world were presented in six different categories.

Shelley LaMantia, dean of Professional Arts and director of the State Street Gallery at RMU, was excited by the audience response as well as the great diversity in participation. “I was so happy to hear people express their appreciation, saying it was a great event that showcases student talent and brings young filmmakers together,” she said. “Another said, ‘What a fantastic way for students to express their views on relevant events happening in the world today.’ It has been very gratifying for all of us involved in the Festival.”

Prizes for winners were provided by Robert Morris University, Boston Bureaus Productions and Linespace Chicago Film Studios. Winning films may be viewed at https://vimeo.com/chishortsfest/albums

The following are the winners in their specific categories:

Animation
First place: "Madeleine" by Michaela Lovecka, Tomas Bata University, Zlin, Czech Republic.

Second place: "TV" by Jens Ericson, DePaul University, Chicago

Third place: "Blockbuster" by Chaz Bottoms, DePaul University, Chicago

Comedy
First place: "Fish" by Saman Hosseinpuor, Elmi Karbordi Sanandaj, Tehran, Iran

Second place: "Best Man" by Tomer Wereschson, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Third place: "Entierro" by Alvaro Martin, University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain

Dramatic Narrative
First place: "Novocaine" by Shanice Allen, Columbia College, Chicago

Second Place: "Don’t Forget Me" by Shanice Allen, Columbia College, Chicago

Third Place: "Jackie" by Irene Yang, Columbia College, Chicago

Documentary
First Place: "Candela" by Maria Clara Dantas, Columbia College, Chicago

Second Place: "The Journey of a Refugee" by Kayla Dutton, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago

Third Place: "Road Elegy" by Linnea Langkammer, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Experimental
First Place: "The Arrival" by Terrian Williams, DePaul University, Chicago

Second Place: "Inventory" by Joseph Shelleh, Columbia College, Chicago

Third Place: "Rocksteady" in Dimension X by Ryan Tynan, Columbia College, Chicago

People’s Choice Award
"Inventory" by Joseph Shelleh, Columbia College, Chicago

Robert Morris University extends its congratulations to the winners and looks forward to next year's competition.

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 4500 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 http://www.robertmorris.edu

*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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