Are you working on Chicago’s next great short film? (First deadline on July 31st)

Local gear rental house and production facility Eleven04 announced last month that it has launched a comprehensive filmmaker support program, the First Backer Initiative. Starting last month and recurring every three months, Chicago filmmakers are invited to submit their projects for consideration. A group of finalists will then be selected to pitch their project and be awarded a support package worth over $10,000, consisting of resources from organizations across the city such as the Chicago Film Office, SAG-AFTRA, the Independent Film Alliance. Eleven04’s aim is to provide Chicago filmmakers the resources to take their project to the next level.


Centered around a $4000 equipment credit and $1500 cash prize, Eleven04 intends to provide comprehensive resources to assist a promising project from pre-production to the big screen. The program is not just about money, however. Organizations across the city are providing their support and expertise through consultation, feedback sessions, free workspace, and more. The First Backer program also gives filmmakers access to Eleven04’s production facility, allowing production teams to utilize office space, conference rooms, audition space, and a production stage.


Submissions for the first round of the First Backer Initiative are open now, and close at midnight on Friday July 31. Once the submission period concludes, a group of finalists will be selected to take part in a pitch event held at the Eleven04 production facility in late August. The finalists will pitch their film to a judge and audience, and the jury will select one film to be backed by Eleven04 Productions.


Eleven04 intends for this program to become a staple in the Chicago independent film community, and will continue to add more valuable resources to the program in subsequent cycles. To submit your film, visit . Good luck!




Eleven04 is an equipment rental house, production facility, and co-working space for filmmakers located in Pilsen. Founded in 2016 by then-Columbia College student Richard Song, Eleven04’s goal is to provide accessible professional resources for Chicago’s film community. With a friendly and knowledgeable staff providing superior service, a comprehensive facility, and a drive to serve the community, Eleven04 is Chicago’s place for filmmakers to #KeepCreating.


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Call (312) 358-6493


The Chicago Film Scene is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to supporting local Chicago film productions.


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