We hold the firm belief that we have our own Hollywood of talent right here in the Midwest. A community of writers, directors, cinematographers, and storytellers that have the genius to shoot, execute and develop some of the best content our industry has yet to see.
Stage 18 Chicago is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, community, office space, resources, and employment opportunities to independent filmmakers, visual artists, and entrepreneurs.
Whether you are an established independent producer, a crew member looking to create your own content, or a recent college graduate, we are here to help you achieve your creative dreams, professional goals, and everything in between. Apply today to join our community!
Attending Representatives: Angie Gaffney, Executive Director and Kaleigh Herter, Administrative Assistant
Interested in: Film, Animation & VFX, Digital Media.
Sapphire Entertainment, Inc.
The Sapphire Entertainment Studios staff has worked on award-winning productions for some of the largest film studios in the world. We pride ourselves in maintaining a small-firm feel by treating each project with care and consideration. We’ve hand-picked a high-quality team of creatives with the diverse skills needed to create and produce high-quality award winning film and television productions.
Attending Representative: Siri Hibbler, President, Brian Treadwell, Director of Programs and Dominique Aaron, Administrator
Interested in: Film, Post-Production, Recording Arts, Graphic Design & Visual Communication, Animation & Visual Effects, Digital Art, and Digital Media.
Smart Yeti Creative Agency
A Better Creative Agency
To us, a creative agency should help make a company’s messaging simple and engaging. Simple doesn’t always mean easy. It means taking the time to understand and the effort to find the most concise message to get across an idea.
Built by an Engineer
We bring the principles of engineering to working on creative projects and break down what can seem like a complex subjective choices in simple options tied to budgetary needs.
Without all the bloat
Unlike other agencies, we have no brick and mortar facility – that means no ping pong table, no ideation room. We bolt onto our clients and go to them so we can bring costs down and ROI up.
Content to marketing, start to finish
We do most everything, but more importantly – only what a client needs.
Attending Representative: Jeremy Kanne, CEO / Founder
Interested in: Film, Recording Arts, Animation & VFX, Design & Visual Communication, Post-Production, Digital Art, and Digital Media.
3LF Entertainment is your leading source for distribution and branded content creation. Since 2000, we have provided clients a wide range of content for multiple screens tailored to suit their specific needs. Whether you’re looking for a Television Producer to oversee the whole video production concept, or are interested getting your content on television or theaters, we can do it.
At 3LF Entertainment, we can help clients reposition their brands, providing them with a fantastic look and image! Our passion is our work, and we are committed to bringing my clients’ visions to life to create a lasting impact among their consumers. Get in touch and see what I can do for you today.
Attending Representatives: Darryl Pitts, Content Manager and Danielle Robinson
Interested in: Animation & VFX, Post-Production, and Digital Media.
Stagehands IATSE Local 2
IATSE Local 2 is the labor union representing technicians, artisans and craft persons working in Chicago's entertainment industry, including live theatre, television production, and trade shows.
IATSE Local 2 membership has provided excellent labor and craftsmanship to the Chicago-land entertainment industry for over 120 years.
Attending Representative: Frank Taylor, President
Interested in: Recording Arts.
M1 is an award-winning interactive design and development firm
focusing on the creation of immersive digital environments
We create memorable, sensory experiences by combining video, light, sound and motion to enhance social interaction and branded media. Our team develops interactive content and technology to deliver intuitive and inspiring applications and installations.
Attending Representatives: Brian Dressel, Owner, Jason Senk, Senior Producer, Brian Keller, Producer
Interested in: Animation & VFX, and Graphic Design & Visual Communication.
Mass Audio, Inc.
Mass Audio is Chicago’s leading provider of event solutions and equipment rentals for festivals, concerts, corporate events, and more. We are passionate about what we do and our constant aim is to raise the bar. Our mission is to provide you with the highest level of service and reasonably priced solutions, utilizing our vast inventory of state-of-the-art equipment for events of all sizes.
One of our core focuses is bringing Event Production into the 21st century. We strive to deliver the best kits and engineers for your projects. Here are just some of the ways we accomplish this:
Efficient and rapid deployment of all systems
Powerful large and compact solutions
Flexible customization options
Cloud based tracking software
Client and crew web portals
SMS + Email alerts & reminders
Secure web-based viewing of reports & online quote approval
Strong ability to adapt and solve problems if they arise
Our team of courteous and highly experienced staff members are able to provide your event with the best possible outcome. We pride ourselves in our professional attitude, attention to detail, and constant aim to meet and exceed your standards of service.
Attending Representative: Sean Lathan, CEO
Interested in: Recording Arts.
Barbizon Lighting Company
The Barbizon Lighting Company specializes in sales and service of lighting and rigging equipment for houses of worship, live productions, performing arts, themed environments, film, and television. We are an industry leader based on our knowledgeable staff, quality products, and our on-going commitment to customer service. We stock over 20,000 products in fifteen offices for same-day or overnight service. Our Systems group specializes in entertainment systems integration, project management, technical services, and turnkey installations. Barbizon is also open 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at www.barbizon.com.
Attending Representative: Ned McGregor, Lead Sales and Zach Rudd, Sales
Interested in: Film.
tastytrade is one of the fastest growing online financial networks in the world.
tastytrade was founded in 2011 and currently produces eight hours of live, original programming each weekday to provide financial information, investment strategies, and entertainment related to options trading and the stock market. tastytrade gives you actionable information rooted in research and experience that can help you grow your investments. Basically, this ain't yo momma’s financial network. But you can tell her to watch and learn!
tastytrade is distributed through www.tastytrade.com, the tastyworks trading platform, iTunes, Apple TV, Apple Radio, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube and through the #1 financial grossing app in iTunes, Bob the Trader.
Tom Sosnoff and Kristi Ross are the co-CEOs of tastytrade, Inc., which includes tastytrade and tastyworks (our very own brokerage firm launched in 2017).
tastytrade's trading segments and products are free (yes, free!).
Attending Representative: Garrett Roodbergen, Director of Photography & Carbonite Director
Interested in: Film, Animation & Visual Effects, Graphic Design & Visual Communication, Post-Production, and Digital Media.
WHO WE ARE
Framestore is home to a collective of visionaries working across film, advertising and content. Our work and skillset is wide-ranging, thanks to a pool of 2400 talented artists and producers in offices across the globe.
WHAT WE DO
Known globally for our visual effects, we have a proud history creating extraordinary images and scenes for some of Hollywood’s biggest pictures, collecting every possible industry award along the way.
Our work is also seen across the advertising industry, bringing magic to the small screens that surround us every day.
Framestore has grasped the opportunities afforded by new technologies, and works with brands, studios, artists and organisations to bring immersive experiences to both new and existing audiences. Fuelled by a relentless curiosity we continue to look to the future, carving out new spaces, screens and media through which to tell stories.
Attending Representatives: Matt Doll, Compositing Supervisor and Andrea Staley, Studio Coordinator
Interested in: Film, Animation & Visual Effects, Post-Production, Digital Media, Digital Art.
Newsy is your source for honest, in-depth context on stories that matter. We're a national news network created for people who aren’t satisfied with getting only the loudest part of the story. We strive to deliver more — more context, more solutions and greater understanding on the people and events that shape our world.
Attending Representative: Sarah Giroux, Senior Videographer and Christian Bryant, Senior Culture Editor
Interested in: Animation & Visual Effects, Graphic Design & Visual Communication, Post-Production, Digital Art and Digital Media.
Since 1937, PSAV has been connecting and inspiring people around the globe with impactful meeting and event experiences. Working closely with our customers, our talented professionals deliver strategic planning, creative production, advanced technology and staging services to make dynamic and impactful meetings and events of all sizes – always with an unwavering focus on you.
Our experienced professionals are passionate about successful events, and take the time to learn about you and your goals. That close working relationship, along with our vast resources and ready-for-anything approach, gives you the peace of mind that PSAV can help create a unique event tailored to realize your vision and achieve your goals.
We’ve earned a reputation for providing reliable, world-class service. It’s earned us the privilege of supporting more than 1,000 meeting planners and event organizers each day. We’re proud of our long-term relationships and position as the trusted, on-site provider of choice at more than 1,500 leading hotels, resorts, convention centers and sports/entertainment venues around the world. Our global footprint in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East, along with our 40+ production branches, allows us to produce inspiring events anywhere you want to be.
Attending Representative: Kaitlyn Swift, Recruiting Coordinator and Jake Wail, Technical Specialist
Interested in: Recording Arts, Film, Post-Production, Graphic Design & Visual Communication, Animation & VFX, Digital Art, and Digital Media.
NetherRealm Studios, wholly owned by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a leader in the development of interactive entertainment as the creator of the billion dollar Mortal Kombat franchise. Mortal Kombat has spawned two theatrical films, multiple television series, and has sold over 28 million games to date. Located in Chicago, Illinois the award-winning NetherRealm team has been working and creating games together since 1992.
NetherRealm Studios is a collaborative and creative environment, constantly striving to up the ante on what is possible in interactive entertainment. We encompass the best of both worlds – a team of dedicated professionals with years of experience, who are also at the forefront of an industry taking over the entertainment landscape. The passion and energy that made Mortal Kombat a reality is still on display every day in our offices, our hallways and most definitely the studio’s arcade room!
Attending Representative: Laura Dawson, Associate Recruiter
Interested in: Animation & VFX, Digital Art, Graphic Design & Visual Communication.
NOTICE: NetherRealm will no longer be attending the Career Fair due to a last minute company training, BUT - they currently looking for junior artists, animators and FX folks. So if anyone is interested in NetherRealm, you are welcome to email Laura Dawson directly at
Magnanimous Rentals offers professional high definition video production assistance. Affordability makes us unique and provides our customers greater opportunity to achieve their goals. Whether you need a camera or a lite panel to supplement your own production or more involved professional guidance, Magnanimous Rentals stands ready to assist you. Most importantly, with us, you'll save money. In the short term, we aim to expand our rental inventory and customer services. In the long term, our goal is to produce a massive variety of web content. Combining our minds and efforts, we can actualize our goals together.
Attending Representative: Craig Maltby, President and Sean Patrick, Vice-President
Interested in: Film.
Encore Event Technologies
Encore Event Technologies is the leading provider of unique, creative and innovative in-house audiovisual services for hotels, conference centers and resorts throughout North America.
Encore Productions, the production division of Encore Event Technologies, is a full-service creative production and A/V equipment rental company, helping clients tell their stories around the world.
Under the umbrella of the Freeman Company, AVT Event Technologies and Encore Productions have come together to form the most unique, creative and innovative company in the industry.
Attending Representative: Rachel Adams, Talent Acquisition, Tony Oliva, Regional Director, Colin Burke, Director of Event Technologies, Elisabeth Dwyer, Talent Acquisition, and Anna Oleksinski, Talent Acquisition
Interested in: Recording Arts and Post-Production.
Richard Harris Art Collection
Richard Harris is an avid art collector who has accumulated over 1,500 art pieces exploring the related themes of death and mortality. He is interested in meeting Flashpoint candidates who may be interested in assisting him in creating a digital and animated method of displaying his extensive art collection.
Attending Representative: Richard Harris, Art Collector
Interested in: Animation & VFX.
Robo Aerial is a Chicago based full service video production house specializing in drone media and 360 video production. We capture high quality aerial photography, aerial video and virtual reality video for clients that dream of telling their story from a unique perspective.
Robo Aerial’s highly skilled team of artists, technicians, VR Specialists, and drone pilots are ready to help brands create next-gen visual stories.
We work closely with ad agencies, marketing agencies, film production companies, auction houses, and real estate developers to produce rich drone media and virtual reality video that is on-time and on-budget.
Attending Representative: Christopher Morrison, Director of Operations
Interested in: Film, Post-Production, Recording Arts, Animation & VFX and Graphic Design & Visual Communication.
Victor McCullum is a Children's Author currently seeking Illustrators to illustrate characters for five children's books he has written. Two of the five books are geared towards elementary age kids. The other three are written for middle school children.
Attending Representative: Victor McCullum, Author
Interested in: Animation & VFX and Graphic Design & Visual Communication, Digital Art, Digital Media.
For over 30 years, AV Chicago has specialized in audio, video, lighting, staging, event services and equipment rental. We provide our clients with second to none production and event services for small and large meetings, conferences, galas, fund raisers, private gatherings and live performances.
We also rent audio visual equipment directly to consumers for their own use via easy pick up or delivery to their location.
We work with each client to understand and execute his/her vision and well over 80% of our business each year is generated from repeat and referral events. Our team has more than 300 years of combined experience and serves more than 2,500 events each year.
Attending Representative: Andy Abrisz, Director of Operations and Andrew Hagen
Interested in: Film, Recording Arts.