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The Chocolate City International Short Film Festival


History of Chocolate City Short Film Festival

On June 7th, 2011, the first biennial Chocolate City Short Film Festival debuted in Burlington, WI.  Burlington is known as "Chocolate City USA" and has strong connections to the Nestle company (Hosting the huge "ChocolateFest" three day festival over labor day weekend).  This short film festival was dedicated to showing short films from amateurs (students elementary through high school) as well as adult professionals.  The event is held in downtown Burlington at the historic Plaza Theater.  It is the intention of The Chocolate Short Film Festival to take place every odd year in the week following ChocolateFest.

On June 2nd, 2013, the second ever Chocolate City Short Film Festival was held again at the Plaza Theater in downtown Burlington, WI.  The response was even greater with a full house and many other firsts.  Local celebrities (Miss Burlington Ashely Monti) and national celebrities (Ron Kohlman, filmmaker and former producer of the number hit show ER) were in attendance.

One June 7th 2015, four years to the day the first festival began, The Chocolate City Short Film Festival went world wide.  Almost two thousand entries from over 80 countries poured in, bringing the festival to a whole new level.  It was only fitting that the festival rename itself as the Chocolate City INTERNATIONAL Short Film Festival.  A whole new chapter had begun.

On June 4th, 2017, the fourth ever biennial festival was held.  OVER 3,000 submissions from all over the world were submitted.  Filmmakers from 9 to 79 submitted their works and the proud tradition continued.  Local celebrity and filmmaker BJ Rayni was on hand to present awards.  In addition trailers of independent filmmakers kicked off the fest.  

In the spirit of community service, the Chocolate City Short Film Festival is free to the public.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a food item for the local food pantry or a small monetary donation.  The fifth biennial Chocolate City International Short Film Festival is slated to be held the first weekend of June 2019.  We look forward to continuing the tradition.

Film Categories / Prize Winners

Best Adult Animated Film 2015- Kevin Temmer

Best International Film Award Finalist 2015- Amin Haghshenas‎- IRAN

Best Young Filmmaker Award 2015- Lakewood Art Club

Best Student Fictional Film Award 2015- Evan Hisey

Best Adult Fictional Film 2015- Borja Alvarez Ramirez

Best International Film Award Finalist 2015- Vijay Jodha- INDIA

Best Student Documentary 2015- Eli Miller

Best Young Filmmaker Award Finalist 2015- Documentary- ‎(Elementary)‎

Best Student Animated Film 2013- Elijah Harry

Best Student Music Video ‎(Original Score)‎ ‎2013- Adam Loeffler

Best Student Fictional Film 2013- Joel Vojta

Young Filmmaker Award 2013- Sean O'Dowd

Best Student Documentary 2013- Clayton Moss

Best Student PSA 2013- Eric Beets

Best Adult Filmmaker 2013- Troy Perkins


Proposed Categories for 2017
Young Filmmaker (Elementary/Middle- All Genres), (3rd, 2nd, Grand Prize)
Student PSAs/Commercials (3rd, 2nd, Grand Prize), Suggested RT:  30-60 secs
Student Music Videos (3rd, 2nd, Grand Prize), Suggested RT: 1-3 minutes
Student Animation (3rd, 2nd, Grand Prize), Suggested RT: 1-10 minutes   
Student Documentaries (3rd, 2nd, Grand Prize), Suggested RT:  1-10 minutes  Student Dramas and/or Trailers (3rd, 2nd, Grand Prize), Suggested RT: 1-10 min   
Adult Community/Open Genre (3rd, 2nd, Grand Prize), Suggested RT: 1-10 min
International Film (Non-U.S.) (3rd, 2nd, Grand Prize), Suggested RT: 1-10 min       
(Proposed value of prizes is as follows: 3rd $25, 2nd $50, GP $100)

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