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A new indie filmmaking space is coming to Chicago and you’re invited! On Friday July 12th 2019 at 7pm, the Indie Co-Lab will open its doors to all filmmakers with Striking! - a Grand Opening Soiree.

Striking! is a chance for the Chicago filmmaking community to come together and experience the Indie Co-Lab’s brand new space and amenities. Join us for a night of networking with your fellow filmmakers and industry vendors as we all get to know each other better. We want the Indie Co-Lab to be a place for filmmakers to meet, collaborate, and grow alongside each other and Striking! will be your first chance to do so. Additional events of the night will include free food and beverages, short film screenings from local filmmakers, a local artist showcase, a filmmaker-designed Instagram corner, and raffle prizes from sponsored vendors.

The Indie Co-Lab is a coalition of filmmakers and businesses whose aim is to support and grow the independent filmmaking community here in Chicago. Co-founded by Eleven04, an indie focused rental house, and Third Beacon, an all-encompassing post production company, the Indie Co-Lab will serve as a central resource hub for filmmakers of all levels. The co-lab is located in west Pilsen and will be home to both founding companies. In addition, the space will include a 40’x40’ sound stage, editing suite, full kitchen and lounge and co-working space for all filmmakers to take advantage of.

This is an exciting new beginning for Chicago independent filmmaking and we hope you will be a part of it!

Friday, July 12th, 2019. 7 pm to 12 am

2059 W Hastings St, Unit B, Chicago IL 60608

All Chicago Indie Filmmakers and Photographers are invited




Event Overview

  • Indie Co-Lab Launch - We will unveil all the details about the exciting Indie Co-Lab space for all filmmakers and photographers in Chicago area.

  • Filmmaker network - We will have hundreds of guests from all over the film industry joining us at the event. Make sure you take this opportunity to expand your network!

  • Free Food, Beer, and Beverages - We will provide free food, snacks, drinks, and beer all night long!

  • Short Film Screening - Short films from local filmmakers will screen on a 1-hour loop in our stage.

  • Artwork Showcase - Artwork from local artists (photography, painting, drawing, etc) will showcase in the space.

  • Instagram Corner - Take Instagram photos in three different lighting and art setups designed by local DPs & PDs.

  • Raffle - Win amazing raffle prizes from generous sponsors at the end of the night.

  • Space Tour - There will be several guided tours around the space with an in-depth introduction of each area.

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We are calling for submissions of films 15 minutes or less that will be screened throughout the night of the event. Let’s celebrate the Grand Opening of Indie Co-Lab with all Chicago filmmakers!

Rules: 1) 15 minutes or under; 2) Main creators of the film are Chicago filmmakers; 3) No excessive violence or nudity.

Submission Date: Now until July 5th.

Selection Process: All submissions will be reviewed by the Event Organizing Committee after the submission deadline. Selection result will be notified on July 7th via email or phone.

For those get selected: Receive a $100 gear credit that apply to any equipment rental order over $200. More gift coming from our sponsors.

All right reserved by Eleven04 Productions, LLC

how to find us

We are located at 2059 W Hastings St, Chicago IL 60608. It's by Damen Ave and Hastings St. We are toward the end (S Leavitt St) of Hastings St. When you see the AT&T building, you need to keep going on Hastings St towards Leavitt until you see a parking lot south side of the street.

If you are taking public transportation, there are Pink line Damen or Western and Blue line Illinois Medical District nearby. There are several bus lines like 12 or 50 you can take to Hastings St.

We have a parking lot or street parking available for parking. It is also recommended that you take public transportation or ride-share app to transit here due to the limited amount of parking spaces available. 



Do I need to RSVP for the event?

It is highly recommended that you RSVP for the event. It’s completely free of charge, you can RSVP here.

Is there age restriction to the event?

There is no age restriction to enter the event. However, we offer free beer. If you want to drink any alcoholic beverages at the event, you need to over 21 and have your ID present at the entrance and get stamped. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call 312-265-0616 for direct contact with us, or email

Can I bring friends along?

Yes! You are welcome to bring all your friends who are interested! Just RSVP with the number of people you would like to bring here.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No printed tickets needed. You can show us your reservation confirmation email at the entrance. 

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. You can update any information any time for your registration.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. But it's recommended that you register under your name.