Film Festival Round-Up April 2016

FilmFestival Round Up

Film Festivals Sent Our Way This Month!

Check SoConnect announcements through the month for updates or more information.

2016 Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Deadline: May 1st, 2016

The Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Chicago Film Office are proud to announce that the 2016 Millennium Park Summer Film Series will include short films by local filmmakers. The ChicagoMade Shorts series will showcase a short film by a Chicago-based filmmaker prior to each feature presentation, June 21–August 30 (Tuesdays at 6:30pm), on Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion stage.

We are now accepting submissions for original, entertaining short films a maximum of 5 minutes in length. A copy of our submission requirements is online.

CineSpace 16

Submissions: Opens June 1, 2016 – Deadline July 31, 2016

CineSpace is a collaboration between NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) that offers filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a short film competition.  Winners will be announced and screened along with all finalists  at Houston Cinema Arts Festival, November 10-17, 2016.

Visit the website for more information on submissions.

PLURAL+ Competition on Migration, Diversity and Social Inclusion

Submission Deadline: May 29, 2016

PLURAL+ is a youth-produced video festival/competition that encourages young people to explore migration, diversity, and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world. Sponsored by the UN Alliance of Civilizations and International Organization of Migration.

Visit their website for information about rules and to submit a video.

Employer Spotlight: 360i

360i_logo360i is an award-winning agency that drives results for Fortune 500 marketers. Our people work across capabilities with a shared ambition: to challenge one another to reach better solutions and more breakthrough work—and help our clients not just thrive, but lead in the digital age.

Our culture of curiosity challenges us to push the status quo and motivates us to keep pace with where technology and consumer behavior are going next.  We don’t rest on our laurels. Our team and culture stand apart because we dare to think differently. 360i has been named to Advertising Age’s Agency A-List four years in a row, and recognized as MediaPost’s OMMA Agency of the Year three years straight.

We inspire our teams to create, experiment and give back.

We make a significant investment in our in-house education arm, 360iU, which provides opportunities for learning and knowledge-sharing. To promote diverse thinking, we foster an environment where people are comfortable being who they are. For that reason, our management philosophy centers on emotional intelligence (EQ). All of our employees go through training in EQ that addresses and celebrates different styles and how best to leverage diversity in thought for greater outcomes.

We use creativity for good, whether it’s enhancing education at Harlem Children’s Zone, or launching ‘the den’ this May – a free 1-day workshop designed to arm nonprofit organizations with best practices and tricks of the trade for being smart, nimble marketer s in the digital age.

Collaboration and shared accountability are core to our model.

At 360i, we ensure there are no barriers between traditional, digital, media or creative teams, allowing ideas to flow freely between creatives, strategists, account leads, Ph.D.’s, puppeteers, rocket scientists and analysts. Knowledge sharing is also important to stay informed in an always on, always evolving industry. Specific groups are accountable for keeping our teams up-to-date and in the know about all of the technologies, updates and opportunities emerging week-to-week.

We create office spaces and social activities to help balance work and play.

We look to infuse fun into the routine, and we celebrate the wins together through bigger events, but also during in-house themed parties – and don’t forget the weekly beer cart in our Chicago office.  Open floor plans with a variety of cafes, lounges and meeting spaces offer just the right setting for creativity to flow and for teams to collaborate.

If you’re interested in visiting our offices, EPICS will be hosting a leadership journey to the 360i offices on Friday, April 29.  For more information, or to sign up click here and log into SoConnect.

Employer Spotlight: Psychic Bunny

Psychic Bunny’s owners in flight (except for Doug)
Psychic Bunny’s owners in flight (except for Doug)

It was a not-unusually-cold day in January when Psychic Bunny founder Doug Spice was born in Lake Forest, IL in a year known as 1980. It was about 20° at the time of birth, and while he can’t quite recall it, there was probably a blustery wind from the north-northeast contributing to the overall scene of misery and sadness that we’re trying to get across here.

This historical weather report is a meaningful distraction from your regular reading only insofar as Psychic Bunny founder Doug Spice suspects that you, too, might be dismally sick of bleary, bone-chilling Midwestern winters and might want to follow him to a magical land called California in the glorious glowing west, where the average January temperature is 55° and the warm El Niño breezes glide past you with a smile, like something off an unreleased Beach Boys EP.

Psychic Bunny Office


With the sales pitch out of the way, here’s some information about Psychic Bunny, founded in 2005, Psychic Bunny, Inc. is a Los Angeles creative media studio doing primarily short-form for-hire and original content. Our clients are in advertising, games, movies, education, government, small business, and more and feature names like Riot Games, Endemol, the University of Southern California, Harvard, LA County Emergency Medical Services, and the US Army and Marine Corps.

We value eclectic, self-motivated, multi-talented individuals looking to learn and build on skills such as design, filmmaking, animation, code, and emptying the paper shredder. Our previous interns have gone on to find work at places like Activision, Dreamworks, CBS, Riot Games, FOX Animation Domination, or even find continuing employment here at Psychic Bunny!

If this describes you and your dreams, or if you just want to know who the Beach Boys were, get in touch!

If you are interested in an internship with Psychic Bunny, log into SoConnect and view job ID #2351!

Lord Byron (our office dog) with actor Chuck McCarthy on set for a promo
Lord Byron (our office dog) with actor Chuck McCarthy on set for a promo

Weekly Round-Up (4/9 – 4/15)

Weekly Round Up

Log into SoConnect to apply for these internships and full-time opportunities!



  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art – Communications & Marketing Internship
  • 247HH- Video Editing Internship
  • Bright Pink
    • Marketing Intern
    • Programs Intern

Los Angeles, CA

  • Center Theatre Group – Center Theatre Group Internships Summer 2016
  • Psychic Bunny – Psychic Bunny Cream Soda Media Production Internship

EPICS Career Corner! Leveraging LinkedIn

LinkedInBeing connected is a good thing.  LinkedIn has become a de facto site for finding alumni, professional contacts and searching for a job.  Creating a professional online presence and leveraging your network to research companies and positions should be one of the first things you do when searching for either an internship or a full-time position. To truly leverage all of LinkedIn’s features, we’ve compiled a list of several top tips to help you maximize your profile and bring your online resume to life.

Broadcast Your Career Goals

Don’t hide!  Your profile should give employers an indication of your career goals. Creating a descriptive headline to capture the skills and attributes you offer can draw an employer’s attention. For example, if you are interested in social media marketing, then highlight those skills and indicate this to an employer.

Example: “Innovative Communications Student Seeking Social Media Internship”

Professional Summary

With your headline written, it’s now time focus on a summary detailing past experiences and your goals and professional skill set.   This is similar to an elevator pitch.  LinkedIn recommends this section be “concise and confident.”  Remember to focus on what you can offer an employer instead of focusing on what you are looking to learn in your new position.   As you begin to leverage your network, your career goals and professional summary will be one of the first sections people will view.

Build Your Connections

LinkedIn is only effective if you actively build your network of connections.  Remember, you will be building your network over time—and we all have to start someplace.  This may sound obvious, but donate time each week to seeking out new contacts.  Begin with classmates and former coworkers. Begin a strategic outreach for connections for informational interviews or simply connect to build your network.  Remember, quality over quantity!

Alumni Search

As a student, you automatically have a default network of Northwestern University alumni to draw upon.  Because LinkedIn is built on the power of networks, you can search for alumni from Northwestern in specific positions or at specific companies.

Start with “My Network” and LinkedIn will generate a list of alumni from Northwestern to help you begin the connection process.    The search will generate Northwestern alumni based on what they do, where they work and where they live.  This search can be helpful if you are, for example, searching for media and communication alumni (there are over 13,000 listed!).

Additionally, by searching for a specific company and then narrowing down employees by Northwestern alumni, you are able to focus your outreach.


LinkedIn also offers you the ability to connect with other members through a variety of groupsGroups allow you to join professional areas that demonstrate your interest in an industry or topic and facilitate outreach to new contacts because of your shared interest in a group. If you are considering a career in marketing, a quick search resulted in 41,000+ groups dedicated to various aspects of marketing.  It’s an excellent way to create a digital profile of your interest in a number of industries.

Honors / Awards / Recommendations

Employers look for employees who are well-rounded candidates.  Use the honors, awards and volunteering sections of LinkedIn to promote any clubs and organizations you are involved with.  These out-of-the-classroom experiences give entry-level job seekers the opportunity to show an employer their passions and campus recognitions.

To leverage your networks effectively, consider asking a former supervisor or coworker to endorse you.  Endorsements are an opportunity to showcase your talents and add additional information about your work ethic.  These recommendations, honors and awards give your profile extra pizzazz that don’t always translate well in a resume.

Follow Companies

LinkedIn is increasingly a platform for companies to advertise open positions.  You can follow specific companies and engage with them online.  These online connections can open an entirely new set of potential employers allowing you to research new opportunities.

Recruiters are increasingly using LinkedIn as a method to source talent and recruit new hires for their organization.  Companies frequently begin searching for candidates before positions are open to create a pipeline of talented individuals who specifically meet their hiring criteria.

It pays to be proactive!  Make sure you are leveraging your LinkedIn profile to its fullest by engaging with alumni and employers through this professional social media platform.  For more information, LinkedIn has several resources useful for college students.  They offer step-by-step ways to create an engaging profile.

Written by EPICS Associate Director Michael Johnson, who serves as the main point of contact for all students enrolled in the Master of Science in Communication program.

Weekly Round-Up (4/4 – 4/8)

Weekly Round Up

Log into SoConnect to apply for these internships and full-time opportunities!



  • 247HH- Digital Marketing Intern
  • Auditorium Theatre
    • Teacher/Specialty Counselor
    • Group Leader
  • Chicago Splash Magazine – Design Intern Summer 2016
  • Edzo’s Burger Shop – Marketing Social Media Intern
  • Flowerbooking, Inc. – Music Booking Agency Intern
  • Glencoe Park District – Graphic Design & Social Media Intern
  • Havas Worldwide – Havas Summer Intern Draft
  • TMK Productions, Inc. – Summer Internship

Los Angeles, CA

  • Cohen Media Group – Independent Film Distribution and Sales Internship
  • NBC Universal – Universal Kids & Family Productions Summer 2016 Internship
  • Sean Daniel Company – Summer 2016 Development Internship

New York, NY

  • A24
    • Summer Publicity Intern
    • Summer Distribution Intern
  • First Look Media – Summer 2016 FLM TV/Digital Programming Internship
  • Havas Worldwide – Havas Summer Intern Draft


  • National Cancer Institute – Health Communication and Informatics Research Fellow at the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (Washington, D.C.)

Weekly Round-Up (3/21 – 4/1)

Weekly Round Up

Log into SoConnect to apply for these internships and full-time opportunities!



  • Auditorium Theatre- Summer Dance Intern 2016
  • Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing- Fall 2016 Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing Internship
  • Chicago Humanities Festival- Marketing/PR Internship
  • Collaboraction
    • Arts Administration/Fundraising Intern
    • Artistic Intern
  • Conspiracy- Summer Internship
  • Cutters – Cutters Internship Summer 2016
  • Groundswell Educational Films- Summer Internship
  • Jack Morton Worldwide- Creative Intern Summer 2016
  • Living Room Playmakers- Development Intern
  • Living Room Playmakers- Community Outreach Intern
  • Media Process Group- Production Internship Summer 2016
  • Music Box Films- Summer Distribution Intern
  • Northwestern University, IMPACT Program- LGBT Health Research & Communications Internships
  • Optimus- General Internship  Summer 2016
  • Pegasus Theatre Chicago
    • Artistic Intern Summer 2016
    • Administrative Intern Summer 2016
    • Development Intern Summer 2016
    • Marketing and PR Intern Summer 2016
  • Production Craft, Inc.- Production Craft Internship
  • Protokulture- Summer Animation Internship
  • Quriosity Productions
    • Production Internship
    • Post Production Internship
  • Ravinia Festival- Production Intern
  • RGB Lights
    • Shop Technician
    • Shop Technician – Part-time
  • Two Pence Theatre Company- Production and Design Intern Summer 2016
  • WTTW Chicago / 98.7WFMT
    • WFMT Relevant Tones Internship
    • Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin and Studs Terkel Streaming Websites Internship
    • WFMT Radio Internship
    • WTTW/WFMT Website and Interactive Media Internship (technical)
    • WTTW/WFMT Interactive Content Production Internship (content)
    • WTTW11 Soundstage
    • Chicago-area History and Architecture Research Internship
    • WTTW Marketing Internship
    • WTTW National Productions Social Media Internship
    • Chicago Tonight Website/Interactive Internship (content)

Los Angeles, CA

  • Color Force- Film and TV Development Intern
  • Gettin’ Rad Productions- Summer 2016 Development Internship
  • Hollywood Fringe Festival
    • FringeTV Production Internship
    • FringeTV Production Internship
    • Hollywood Fringe Festival Volunteer Internship
    • Hollywood Fringe Festival Fringe Central Production Internship
  • OddLot Entertainment- Film Development Intern
  • Psychic Bunny- Psychic Bunny Cream Soda Media Production Internship

New York, NY

  • Jack Morton Worldwide
    • Production Intern
    • Creative Intern
    • Growth & Ideas Intern

Other Markets

  • Anne Arundel Medical Center- Surgical Innovations Research Intern (Annapolis, MD)
  • Jack Morton Worldwide- Creative Intern Summer 2016 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars- Summer 2016 Research Assistant Internship (Washington, DC)


  • Brookside Artist Management- Assistant to the President (New York, NY)
  • IMG Artists- Tour-Production Associate (New York, NY)
  • WHBF-TV- Digital Marketing Services Account Executive (Rock Island, IL)