The Illinois Film Office is looking for entries for this year's Shortcuts contest for makers of short films.

The office said in a news release Thursday that entries will be accepted through Sept. 2.

The seventh annual contest offers a cash prize and the winning entry will be screened at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival this October.

Film makers must be over the age of 18 to enter. The films must be 15 minutes or shorter, but can be in any format. That includes animation.

Last year's winner was "The Painter." The film by Kevin Cooper and Deanna Cooper is about a boy who uses art as an escape from a violent world.

Ken Misch

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