Elgin Short Film Festival returns for its fourth year
From Staff Reports September 19, 2012 4:08PM
Updated: October 21, 2012 2:26PM
ELGIN — People can enjoy a night at the movies when The Elgin Short Film Festival returns at 7 p.m. Saturday to The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way in downtown Elgin.
Five of the top short films submitted — 20 minutes or less — will be shown in the competition.
The festival is open to all ages, and general admission tickets are just $5.
The Elgin Short Film Festival consistently draws submissions of high-quality film entries from professional and semi-professional filmmakers from around the country.
Films in any genre and subject matter will be shown during the festival.
Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three films.
The film festival is sponsored in part by the city of Elgin, Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, Martini Room, Villa Verone Restaurant, Toom Toom Thai Restaurant and Columbia College Chicago.
Mike Toomey, a regular performer on the WGN Morning News, will bring his comedic talents as master of ceremonies.
Winners will be selected by a panel of judges, and audience members will cast their vote for their favorite film.
Thirty-second trailers of ALL the submitted films will be shown in a montage during the awards ceremony.
The Elgin Short Film Festival began in 2009 to give area filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their talents while competing for cash prizes.
Both filmmakers and audience members have expressed such positive feedback that the city of Elgin, Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and other sponsors are committed to presenting the film festival as an annual event.
The Hemmens Cultural Center is located at 45 Symphony Way, Elgin.
General admission tickets are $5 and may be purchased at The Hemmens Box Office, online at www.hemmens.org or by phone at 847-931-5900. Parking is free.