Because Everybody Loves Movies

For five decades, we’ve been committed to discovering some of the most exciting films the world has to offer…yours!

Across countries, languages and cultures, film opens a window onto new worlds, demonstrates the promise of new possibilities, and gives expression to different ways of thinking, all the while confirming our shared stories and common humanity. In 2014, we presented more than 150 narrative feature, documentary and short films from more than 60 countries. Many of these films participated in competitive sections, where the highest honor is the Gold Hugo – a standard of excellence in the world of film and a true symbol of discovery.

When we started the Chicago International Film Festival 50 years ago, we had one simple goal: to introduce Chicago and the world to new filmmakers, stories and points of view. We’ve shown first feature films by world-renowned directors like Martin Scorsese (USA), Peter Weir (Australia), Mike Leigh (UK), Gregory Nava (USA), Bertrand Tavernier (France), Jan Troell (Sweden), Joe Swanberg (USA), Tsai Ming-Liang (Taiwan), and Wim Wenders (Germany). Last year we’re proud to say we held fast to that mission by showcasing over 40 films by first-time filmmakers. It’s important to us that we’re always learning, always exploring, always seeing the world in fresh ways.

For our 51st year, we want to discover something new, and that all starts with you, the filmmaker. Submissions open in January, 2015.

Show us your work and your world!

Michael Kutza, Founder & Artistic Director
Mimi Plauché, Programming Director
Alex Kopecky, Competitions Coordinator

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