IVA Announces 2-Day IVA Expo Featuring Top Speakers and "Mock Wedding" Live Workshop
Posted Apr 25, 2011

The Illinois Videographers Association is holding its fifth annual IVA Filmmakers Expo on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 28-29, 2011 at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, Illinois. This year's event features a blockbuster lineup of nationally known speakers and will offer something for everyone.

For the first time, this premier IVA Filmmakers Expo will be a two-day event. During Day 1, seminars will be conducted by top filmmakers/educators in our industry. An expanded trade show will also be an important element of day one with many of the leading software and equipment manufacturers participating. Details on speakers and sponsors will be released shortly.

On Day 2, the IVA Filmmakers Expo will be offering an industry first: a live camera/production workshop featuring a mock wedding in a church. Industry leaders will show you the techniques they use to create international award-winning films. They will also conduct bridal preps at the hotel and post-ceremony coverage at a local park. This will be a hands-on workshop where the attendees will be able to duplicate the shots that are being taught during the demonstration. This optional program will elevate your skills to new heights!

Bring the whole family and make it a vacation while visiting our world-class city! Network with your peers as plans are also being made for optional field trips on Thursday to visit Downtown Chicago and/or attend the Cubs game at Historic Wrigley Field.

The IVA is very excited to move our event to a new location this year. The Westin Northwest Chicago is a four-star, four-diamond hotel with a wonderful selection of amenities and activities. Enjoy complimentary racquetball, tennis and a full feature gym. The Westin also offers a wonderful pool, whirlpool, and sauna. You can also enjoy basketball or the golf driving range. Bring the little ones too. The Westin Kids Club features fun activities, essential amenities, and helpful services for children under 13. The hotel has reserved the discounted rate for our attendees of only $99 per night.

The complimentary hotel shuttle provides transportation within ten miles of the hotel. Numerous tourist activities and all types of recreation are available within that proximity including the Woodfield Shopping Mall, one of the largest in the world. The shuttle can also bring you to the local Metra Train station where you can take an easy and inexpensive train to downtown Chicago.

Registration will be available shortly via the IVA website: www.ivavideo.com.

Please e-mail Chris Chibucos to get on the event mailing list.