CHICAGO — The Chicago Park District is calling for homegrown films to become a part of its 2014 Movies in the Park series.
The park district has asked filmmakers of all ages and skill levels to participate in the first "Chicago on Screen Local Film Showcase," which will include movies made here as well as ones that feature the city or are "inspired by" it.
Three to five feature films plus three to five shorts will be screened in this summer's Movies in the Park, which is free to the public at various parks around the city, officials said. The movies can be narratives or documentaries, and the park district plans to give each film one screening.
The winning titles will be promoted and screened, if possible, in the same neighborhoods where they were made, according to the call for entries.
There's also a prize of up to $500 for the selected filmmakers.
The new program follows some of the city's recent efforts to encourage locally-made films and filmmakers. A slew of Hollywood film and TV projects set up shop here in 2013 with some local crews and extras, and events such as the first Chicago Film and Media Summit and Good Pitch Chicago focused almost exclusively on area moviemakers last year.
To enter, send an entry form and a screener copy of the film to the Chicago Park District, attention Movies in the Park, 541 N. Fairbanks Ct., fourth floor, Chicago, Ill., 60611.
The call for submissions was posted in December, but artists still have time to submit their film by Feb. 28. Movies in the Park takes place at parks around the city from June 12 to Aug. 31.