Attention filmmakers of narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films, the American Film Institute is accepting submissions for its AFI Fest 2014 presented by Audi. Early entry for features and shorts is June 27, with August 8 being the final deadline. The festival is key for filmmakers of shorts (30 minutes or less) since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI Fest as a qualifying festival for Oscar’s Short Films category.
Following the path of Saving Mr. Banks and Inside Llewyn Davis which screened at AFI Fest in 2013, the accepted films will be shown during a red carpet event (November 6-13) in Hollywood, California. Submissions can be accepted via www.AFI.com/AFIFEST or www.Withoutabox.com.
The The Missing Picture, an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, opens this Friday as does the documentary Particle Fever, at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on 3733 North Southport Avenue. Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps is the weekend’s matinee movie and Quentin Tarrantino’s Reservoir Dogs is the midnight movie.
Music Box also presents a special advance screening of Breathe In followed by a pre-taped interview with director Drake Doremus and cast members Felicity Jones and Amy Ryan as part of The New York Film Critics Series®. The one-night showing takes place on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. and costs $14 in advance, and $18 at the door. For tickets, visit https://ticketing.musicboxtheatre.com/Browsing/Movies/Details/h-HO00000171. For more information on the series, visit www.nyfilmcriticsseries.com.
This week, the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library announced that Brokeback Mountain screenwriter Larry McMurtry will receive the 15th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards, along with presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, both of whom have work that’s been adapted into Academy Award-winning films. They will be honored at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner on October 22 at The Forum on 725 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago.