Filmmaker Initiative

Supporting independent filmmakers in every stage of the process!

Filmmaker Resources:


The Gene Siskel Film Center offers theater rental during non-programming hours at very reasonable rates. Our facility is perfect for Kickstarter or Indiegogo screenings, press or publicity screenings, or even just to test the exhibition quality of your film! Special independent filmmaker rates are available for non-admission screenings during non-programming hours. To book your screening, please contact us at (312) 846-2600 or filmcenter@saic.edu.

Screening your film at the Film Center:


There are a couple of ways to get your film to be a part of our regular programming. We have many festivals and series series throughout the year, as well as our regularly scheduled programming. The Gene Siskel Film Center is passionate about supporting local filmmakers and providing opportunity for exposure. To submit your finished, feature length film for programming consideration, mail a screener of the entire film (not trailers!) to the attention of Director of Programming Barbara Scharres at 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601. Make sure to include your contact information.

Technical Capabilities:


THEATER 1 THEATER 2
CAPACITY 197 61
VIDEO
  • 2K or 4K Projection for DCP
  • Apple Pro-Res Email us for specs if needed
  • HDCAM Prologic, Stereo, or Dolby-E
  • Digibeta / Betacam NTSC or PAL
  • HDV / MiniDV / DVCAM
  • Blu-ray
  • Common height screen, adjustable masking on sides
  • Podium with mic
  • AMX control in front of house
  • 2K or 4K Projection for DCP
  • Apple Pro-Res Email us for specs if needed
  • HDCAM Prologic, Stereo, or Dolby-E
  • Digibeta / Betacam NTSC or PAL
  • HDV / MiniDV / DVCAM
  • Blu-ray
  • Common height screen, adjustable masking on sides
  • Podium with mic
  • AMX control in front of house
FILM
  • 35mm reel-to-reel system
  • 16mm
  • 35mm reel-to-reel system
  • 16mm

For specific questions regarding film, video and audio, contact Technical Manager Brandon Doherty at (312) 846-2080 or bdoher@saic.edu