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Poster: masondixon Date: Jul 24, 2004 4:16am
Forum: machinima Subject: Gaming Section, Chicago Motion Graphics Fest

Chicago Motion Graphics Festival 2004
Gaming Film Selection
Call for Entry

About the Festival

The Chicago Motion Graphics Festival (CMGF) was founded out of a need to give the motion graphics artists and producers of the Midwest a forum for their cutting edge creations. We are looking through a wide-angle lens at the motion graphics landscape, searching for the most innovative designs. We seek to promote those who are creating pioneering visuals and we hope to inspire everyone else in the process.

The CMG Festival Premiere will be held the second week of October in Chicago.

Call For Entry Deadline: 9 September 2004

For more information and Entry Form see:


Stephany Andrews, SAIC / Pixar

Stephanie Andrews is currently an Instructor of 3D Animation and Rendering at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and works with the University of Chicago, creating animations to illustrate cosmology for the Adler Planetarium and SciTech Museum. Andrews was a Technical Director for Pixar Animation Studios on the films A Bug?s Life and Toy Story 2, and has also been a long-time organizer and artist for the Burning Man Festival.

Katie Salen, New School

Katie Salen is Director of Graduate Studies, Design and Technology Program, Parsons School of Design, New York and co-author of Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals. She is a former core team member of gameLab and Playground, a design team focused on large-scale, experimental, real-world games. In 2002 Katie worked in the XEN division of Microsoft to develop the script for an animated storytelling experience distributed through Xbox Live. She is a contributing writer for RES magazine, and worked as an animator on Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed animated feature Waking Life.

Jury also includes:

Susie Dittmar, Director, CNN Entertainment
Rocco Smeriglio, Partner, Yahoo!
Stacie Boney, Executive Vice President, BBDO Chicago
Dan Dunn, Director of National Advertising, Chicago Tribune
Amy Hoffar, VP of Marketing Communications, DDB Chicago
Ellen Oberman, Senior Vice President, Foote, Cone & Belding
Anne O'Malley, Director of Advertising, USA Today
Marlena Peleo-Lazar, Chief Creative Officer, McDonald's Corporation
Robert Ross, Midwest Sales Manager, Wall Street Journal
Jerry Bryant, JBTV (Alternative Music Video Programming)
Brian Dressel, OVT Visuals

Festival Tour

The festival tour is designed to promote Midwestern motion graphics talent to a wide variety of professional, artistic and popular audiences. Tour venues currently include:

SXSW (South by Southwest), Austin
Festival selections will play at Conduit, a featured SXSW Film and Interactive event.

Lumen Eclipse Experimental Video Night, Boston
Festival selections will be shown at this small, well-respected and well-reviewed experimental video night.

Subtle Technologies, Toronto
Festival selections will be presented as a evening feature event at this multidisciplinary Toronto conference. Subtle Technologies' mandate is to blur the boundaries between art and science, presenting symposia, exhibitions and performances that juxtapose cutting-edge artistic endeavors and scientific exploration.

"ArtAfterNext", Austin Music Network
Festival selections will be broadcast on these music and art video television shows.

National Motion Graphics & Game Development Users Groups
A tape of Festival winners will play at venues in cities including San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, Dallas, Toronto, and Atlanta.


Daily Planet ::
Design After Next ::
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Buena Software
Midwest Media Group
Spot Sports Animation
Sterling Ledet & Associates

Any Questions about the festival or sponsorship opportunities can be directed to