Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Grab your tickets now and vote for your favorite commercial! (Chicago, IL.)

Just one week until the TV Festival - grab your tickets now!

The three-day festival celebrates the art of television productions and commercials from all around the world, honoring the creativity and craft of Television's brightest minds. 

Join us for three days of premiere screenings, panel discussions, and an awards-night ceremony for the best commercials of the year. 

All screenings take place at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.)

Individual tickets: $10 per screening
Day 3 Pass: $15 for two screenings 
Day 3 VIP ticket: $50, includes two screenings and reception

Visit our website for more details and to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, March 20 at 6pm

With the launch of Showtime's The Chi and HBO's upcoming Brown Girls, Chicago is emerging as a hotbed of new, exciting and racially diverse content. This collection of new Chicago-based web series shows an eclectic and fun array of stories about LGBTQ individuals, women, and people of color: Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri's heartfelt The T and Zach Payne's endearing Kissing Walls both examine love and relationships in the LGBTQ community; while Wendy Jo Carlton's Easy Abby follows the comic exploits of a Chicago lesbian; Velvet tells the story of two very different black women in an all black office, and Addison Heimann's Kappa Force is the rollicking story of five diverse superhero sorority ladies investigating the murder of their youngest member. 54 minutes.

Creators from all five programs will be in attendance to discuss their series as well as their experiences producing an episodic show in Chicago.

Tuesday, March 20 at 8pm

Roseanne, the timeless sitcom that broke new ground and dominated ratings in its original run, returns with this special hour-long premiere. Featuring the complete original cast (Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara and Jayden Rey), the revival will explore life, death and everything in between through the relatable, hilarious and brutally honest lens of the Conner household. With the inimitable Roseanne at its epicenter, fresh stories that tackle today's issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that haven't missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of America's favorite working-class family. 60 minutes.

Actress Lecy Goranson and Executive Producer Bruce Helford (original Roseanne) will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.


Wednesday, March 21 at 6pm

Dark, gripping and morally complex, the award-winning new Israeli TV series Your Honor tells the story of a high-powered judge (actor Yoram Hattab from Nina's Tragedies and Kadosh), who is forced to make tough decisions in order to protect his son, who is involved in a hit-and-run accident in which a man is killed. When the identity of the victim is revealed, it sends the judge and his family reeling. This powerful drama, from the writer of popular Israeli TV shows Arab Labor and A Touch Away, shows that even the most honorable men will bend in the face of danger. Your Honor was picked up for a U.S. remake on Showtime from the creators of Criminal Justice and The Good Wife. 52 minutes.  Hebrew with subtitles.

With post-screening discussion.

Wednesday, March 21 at 8pm

Starring German star Julia Jentsch (24 WeeksSophie Scholl: The Final Days) and directed by Hans-Christian Schmid (2006 Chicago International Film Festival winner, Requiem), The Vanishing follows Michelle, a resolute single mother on a mission to find her missing daughter, who disappeared one night in their small town along the German-Czech border. Uncovering a web of secrets and lies, kept under a tight lid by the whole community, Michelle is increasingly horrified by what she finds out about her daughter--and herself. Called "nothing short of a sensation" and "a tremendous achievement" by one of Germany's largest newspapers (Sueddeutsche Zeitung), The Vanishing also won awards for best script and best actress at the recent German Television Awards. 44 minutes. German with subtitles. #TheVanishing 
With post-screening discussion.

Thursday, March 22 at 6pm

From renowned Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order) and co-creator Derek Haas (3:10 to Yuma) comes the high-octane drama Chicago Fire, an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America's noblest professions. The firefighters, rescue squad, and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51 risk their lives week in and week out to save and protect the citizens of their incredible city. In tonight's new episode, "Looking For a Lifeline," Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) respond to a car accident, but become skeptical when a domineering husband continues to answer for his injured wife, while Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) uncovers something meaningful and important to Severide (Taylor Kinney), and Brett (Kara Killmer) discovers some potentially unsettling news. Joe Minoso, David Eigenberg, Christian Stolte also co-star, along with guest stars Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Jon Seda, Marina Squerciati and Gary Cole. 40 minutes. #ChicagoFire
Co-creator Derek Haas and select cast members (TBD) will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.

Thursday, March 22 at 8pm

An evening of celebrating the art of the television commercial as we announce the winners from this year's Commercial Competition. Nominees across a wide variety of categories will be shown on the big screen as we honor the artistry and craftsmanship poured into commercials from all over the world. Come and see some of the top spots from around the globe as we award the very best commercials of the year. 

6:30pm - Reception with cocktails and light appetizers
8:00pm - Television commercials competition screening and award presentations
Includes reception

You choose the winner! 

Chicago International Television Festival
Audience Choice Award presented by Cinema/Chicago and WTTW
Help us determine the Audience Choice Award winner for this year's Chicago International Television Festival!  You can watch some of the most exciting and innovative commercials from the past year and vote for your favorite. Not only will the winning commercial be honored at the Commercials Competition screening and awards presentation on March 22nd at the AMC River East 21, just for voting you'll have a chance to win two tickets to the event. 
You have one last chance to watch the show:

 Channel 11:
 Tuesday, March 13th at 10:30pm


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