The 2015 Mofilm Chicago winners show off their whale tails
Mofilm’s annual pre-Lollapalooza awards dinner has become one of my favorite mid-summer traditions. (It’s right up there with Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana!) I’ve never actually won a prize in this particular contest but I live in the Chicago area and every year the nice folks at Mofilm remember to send me an invite. I’ve been to this dinner three times now and 2015 was definitely the best year yet. As always the party took place in a private room overlooking the Chicago river at Smith and Wollensky. That’s a fancy-shamncy spot but team Mofilm hooked me up with a +2 so I actually got to bring some friends along. And when I walked in I was surprised to see real-life friend of VCN, Joel Levinson. It turns out that Joel had won 1st place in the 3M category so Mofilm flew him in from Ohio. Actually, Mofilm flew in all the winners (as they always do) and there were even a few filmmakers from Brazil and Mexico.
On the left there are the 3M winners Joel and his wife Randi, me (Dan!) and my friend Marissa are in the center and in the back there’s Thiago the Weber winner and his friend.
The party always happens the night before Lollapalooza because the winners also receive a par of tickets for the weekend-long concert in Grant Park. So the out-of-towners were all buzzing about the show. The dudes from Brazil were especially psyched because they were finally going to get to see Metallica play live. I personally wasn’t going to Lollapalooza so I just kept buzzing about how awesome the pre-dinner seafood spread was.
My friends and I pounded down some champagne and shrimp and after 30 minutes of mingling we went into the next room for a ridiculously wonderful dinner. As we ate we got to watch all the winning commercials. They were….
3M 1st Place: Joel & Randi Levinson “More than just Post Its”
LIPTON 1st Place: Raul Fernandez “A Little Self Help”
YMCA 1st Place: Grace Jackson “So Much More”
GRAVY TRAIN 1st Place: Sean Cunningham & Mary Greenwalt “Working like a Dog”
MANWHICH 1st Place: Jonathan Hayes and Christine Butcher “Welcome Home”
WEBER 1st place: Thiago da Silva & Leandro Romero “We Care”
All of the winning videos were actually damn good! I’m not kidding; it was one of the best slate of Mofilm winners I’ve ever seen. And in another nice surprise, Joel wound up winning the grand prize of the whole fest which means he went home with double whale tails.
I could go on and describe the rest of the night but photos are more fun than words. So how about I just post
a few a bunch of pics from the party. These were all taken by Mofilm’s photographer:
It’s the Mexico City team!
My friend Rujanee does some networking
That’s Lloyd Choi, one of the biggest commercial contest winners of all time
Me taking a blurry pic of the Mexico City crew
There’s the President of Mofilm-North America, Alex Arata
Here’s me pretending not to notice that my picture is being taken
These are the cool dudes from Brazil. They were really stoked to buy some camera lenses while in the US
My friend Marisaa tries the shrimp
One of the best views in the city.
I went with the rib eye
Joel graciously accepts his award
There’s a good chance that I’ll be moving to Milwaukee in a few weeks but that’s only 90 minutes away so hopefully I’ll get to come back and party with the Mofilm crew again next year. And who knows….maybe next time I’ll be the one winning a whale tail! Ok, probably not. But if Mofilm starts handing out a “most jumbo shrimp eaten during the cocktail hour” award I’m sure I’ll win that one in a walk.