The Patrick Lives On Annual Film Showcase & Fundraiser is a Chicago film showcase, fundraiser and industry networking event sponsored by Resolution Studios supporting the non-profit Patrick Lives On. Our founder, Patricia Frontain, lost her son Patrick to a senseless act of gun violence, then took her grief and turned it into a powerful non-profit to help at-risk teens. Patrick Lives On is a group of loving and determined citizens taking a stand in support of the safety of Junior High and High School age children in the Chicagoland area with funding for after-school programs. Patricia is the Script Supervisor for NBC’s Chicago PD. She is also a Director/Producer of various film projects throughout the United States.

Film Guidelines
- Run Time: 25 minutes or less including all credits
- Year of Completion: Must have been completed within the last 5 years
- Genre: All genres welcome (short, student, documentary, animation, music video, feature trailers, experimental, etc.)
- Philosophy: Enlightening, inspirational and uplifting storylines preferred
- Violence: Minimum accepted; no glorifying violence - especially guns

Submission Criteria
- You must apply via FilmFreeway:
- Anyone from the Midwest film community who has worked on a film in any capacity is eligible to apply. We follow The Census Bureau's definition of Midwest consisting of 12 states in the north central United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
- A $35 non-refundable donation fee per film ($25 for students) is required with each submission. Note that all submission fees directly support the work of Patrick Lives On.
- Notice of acceptance will be sent by January 31, 2024.
- Selected filmmakers will receive 1 complimentary ticket.
- Contact with any questions.

Overall Rating
  • Anah Ambuchi

    I had a great time at the Patrick Lives On Film Showcase! This festival has been showing me so much love since I started making films at 11yrs old! It's an absolute joy for any filmmaker to have their film premiere here, but the real highlight was connecting with all the talented and passionate artists and filmmakers - it made for a truly unforgettable event! I love Ms. Patricia!

    March 2024
  • It was such an honor to have my short film selected to be a part of the 7th Annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase. I met so many wonderful fellow midwest filmmakers and viewed some truly incredible films. It was such a great time. 10000/10 would recommend. It's the best event I've attended for my short film to date.

    March 2024
  • Emily Schumann

    I was thrilled to have a short film featured at the Patrick Lives On Film Showcase this year. Patricia and her team were so gracious and kind, and made me feel very welcome. The event itself was well planned and beautifully presented at Resolution Studios, with food/drinks, a spot for photos with friends and family, and a packed program. Thank you to the Patrick Lives On team for a wonderful experience!

    March 2024