6:00 PM18:00

Write To Win: How To Develop Films That Will Actually Get Made

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This is a three-course intensive - you are buying ONE TICKET to attend ALL THREE EVENTS.



This three-course intensive is built for writers, directors, and creative producers. Creators will focus on developing their story ideas into commercially viable projects that are engineered for production.


As independent creators, many of us operate as if the world—and more specifically the entertainment industry—is “just waiting” for us to come along and reinvent the wheel. Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Hollywood is a business. Independent cinema is a business. Even in the modern world of self-distribution, a project’s success depends on some form of commercial viability. However you define your own success, this three-course intensive is designed to help your project come down off the shelf and find its way onto the screen.


Patrick Wimp is an award-winning independent filmmaker, writer, and professional educator with over twelve years experience. Pat has written, directed, and produced content all over the world that has exhibited on major cable networks, streaming platforms, and prestigious film festivals including Cannes Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Netflix and Amazon Prime. During that time, he has also maintained a strong commitment to passing on his knowledge to young and aspiring professionals. Pat holds a MFA in Digital Cinema and works as a lecturer at Northwestern University and DePaul University.

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OTV Cycle 4 Celebration
6:00 PM18:00

OTV Cycle 4 Celebration


Tickets available here.

Come celebrate the end of OTV's fourth cycle, with special guests and the artists who exhibited new work in 2019! Drinks and snacks will be available along with remarks from OTV's leadership. Stage18 will also have staff available for all interested in using their membership to gain more access to Chicago's film community. Stick around for DJ, performances and more

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10:30 AM10:30

Rise & Shine: Uniting Chicago's Womxn Filmmakers


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Calling all womxn/girls/ladies/females/femmes/moms/thems/y'alls/babes/matriarchs/champions/filmmakers/producers/directors/editors/writers/artists! We want to invite all of the she/hers and they/thems to come and bask the presense of one another. Our goal is to build relationships, friendships, bridges, and worlds and walk away with contacts you didn't have before.


  • Pancakes, coffee, mimosas, pastries, finger sandwiches! (GF/DF/VEG/CFA)

  • Meeting eachother in a non-threatening enviornment.

  • We will have introductions and information from the host organizations, Mezcla Media Collective, Women of the Now and Stage 18, as well as an open floor time for our attendees to make any announcements they'd like to share! (and don't worry, we'll take notes this time!! And of course, share them with you.


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What else:

Moms are welcome, which means your kids are welcome! We don't have specific childcare but please know that your kids are welcome and there will be some toys and village of people to support you!

If you purchase a ticket, we expect you to please come! If you cannot make it, please let us know as we work with a wait list.

Limited space available, don't worry, we'll do this again!

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