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Call for Submissions: At Home Film Festival From Monday, April 13 - Sunday, April 19

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Call for Submissions: At Home Film Festival Part of the Virtually Gorton

  • Dates: April 13, 2020 - April 19, 2020

We want to hear and see your stories!


At Home Film Festival is a month-long documentary film festival designed to engage families, students and individuals in reflective and creative video storytelling. The festival will have 4 weekly prompts that will be announced every Monday meant to guide filmmakers in their process. Final submissions will be due on Sunday giving all participants a week to work on each prompt. All films will be 1 minute in length and can be created using one’s phone, camera or whatever other equipment they wish to use. The idea is not to have a perfect film but an authentic story told through you/your family’s voice.

If your film is selected then it will be shared via Gorton’s website/social media pages to our community and once we are able to open again all selected films will be shown on the big screen in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater. This event will be our very first At Home Film Festival screenings and it will be a fantastic celebration!


Each prompt is open ended you can answer one of these questions or interpret it however you like.

Week 1’s Prompt: GATHER

Part of Gorton’s mission is “to be the gathering place in the heart of our community”. So our first prompt is GATHER. We want to know what gathering means to you during this time. Some questions to consider:  Where do you gather? How do you gather? Who do you gather with? How has gathering changed? This prompt is meant to be open ended so feel free to address it however you see fit.


  • Films must be a minute in length or less.
  • Films must be submitted by 5pm on the Sunday of the deadline.
  • By submitting your film you are giving Gorton Community Center permission share it as content on our website, social media pages and other channels. It will also be shown on the big screen in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater at a later date.
  • Please write the names you wish us to reference in your title card when you submit it. For example, “Submitted by the Hall Family” or “Submitted by Jamie Hall”.
  • Film content must be agreeable to viewers of all ages. Films containing content that is not such as swear words will not be selected.


Gorton and our partner Lake Forest New Media will be here to help you through the filmmaking process. Please let us know if you have any questions! We can be reached via email jamie@gortoncenter.org or phone (847) 810-4114.

Here are some materials to get you started:

Here are some example films:






We ask that film submissions via google drive link to jamie@gortoncenter.org. Please contact us at that email address if you have any issue or questions about submitting.


Prompts will be announced every Monday giving all participants 7 days to work on their submissions.

  • Week 1: GATHER
  • Prompt 2: Announced April 20
  • Prompt 3: Announced April 27
  • Prompt 4: Announced May 4

Submissions will be due the following Sunday (a week after the prompt is announced):

  • Gather Submissions: April 19
  • Submission 2: April 26
  • Submission 3: May 3
  • Submission 4: May 10

Gorton Community Center will take and may use photos and videos from this event for its promotional purposes. Your attendance indicates your consent to the above.

Film and Event Refund and Cancellation Policy: There is no refund given for unused film or event tickets.

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