Awards Are Given at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival

Awards night at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival

A party was held for Press and filmmakers, prior to the ceremony. The pictures here represent some of the behind-the-scene action. Many thanks to the organizers of the Chicago International Film Festival for the nice pre-awards ceremony event.

Chloe wine, the official wine of the Chicago International Film Festival. (Photo by Connie Wilson)

The man behind the table was the Chloe wine representative, the official wine of the festival, who told me that the glass of Prosecco (if purchased) would be $13. (Chloe picked up the bar tab). Hors d’oeuvres were also served (small chicken slider sandwiches and macaroni & cheese fried bites), and I schmoozed with a young filmmaker at the bar, who told me his film was up for an award, Alejandro Saevich, President of MAMART jile, whose film win is described below [from the official Chicago International Film Festival website listing all winners].




Since I had an 8:30 p.m. ticket for one of the films still showing (“At Eternity’s Gate” about Vincent Van Gogh, starring Willem Dafoe, Oscar Isaac and Mads Mikkelson, a film by Julian Schnabel) and the cocktail party went from 6 to 8 p.m., the awards ceremony started at 8:15 p.m. As a result, I managed to hear (literally) one category.

The category I attended was:

Live Action Short Film Competition

Alejandro Saevich of Mexico with his award. (Photo by Connie Wilson)

Gold Hugo

Dir. Alejandro Saevich

Recognized for stylistic distinction in direction, cinematography, social relevance, satirical commentary, and performance quality, the film is a timely, subtle, and poignant accusation of the limitations of government told through a smart, humanistic examination of the leaders behind the decisions that shape our world. Such a portrayal is becoming increasingly relatable globally; the film is an exemplary use of the medium.



I told my seat mate, “I’m 100%. The only person I personally know who is up for an award just won! I hope I’m as lucky in the lottery, since it’s at all-time record highs.” Then I left for the film mentioned, taking the time to capture pictures of Alejandro on my way.


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About Connie Wilson

Connie (Corcoran) Wilson ( ) was the Quad City Times film and book critic for 15 years and has continued reviewing film uninterruptedly since 1970. She also publishes books in a variety of genres (, has taught writing or literature classes at 6 Iowa/Illinois colleges or universities as adjunct faculty, was Yahoo's Content Producer of the Year 2008 for Politics, is the author of It Came from the 70s: From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now, and writes on a variety of topics at her own blog, Weekly Wilson is also the name of her podcast on the Bold Brave Media Global Network on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. (CDT).

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