CineYouth Festival

Created in 2005, Cinema/Chicago’s CineYouth Festival is designed to encourage youth filmmakers in their creative endeavors. The CineYouth Festival helps young people gain insight into positive behaviors, articulate themselves artistically, and have their voice heard. Held annually in Chicago, CineYouth is a three-day festival celebrating and fostering the creativity of youth filmmakers 22 years old and younger by screening officially selected work and encouraging their creative endeavors by presenting a filmmaking workshop, discussions and panels. The 14th Annual CineYouth Festival will take place in May, 2018.

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2017 CineYouth Festival

CineYouth Festival celebrated its 13th anniversary May 4-6 at Chicago’s iconic Music Box Theatre. CineYouth 2017 featured 77 short films from around the world by filmmakers ranging in age from 7-22 years old. CineYouth showcased eighteen films from Illinois filmmakers, forty films from across the U.S and seventeen films spanning the globe from eight countries. Opening Night kicked off with the Chicago premiere screening of My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea with Writer-Director Dash Shaw in attendance. Officially Selected filmmakers attended the rest of the weekend for Q&As, a Film Pitch with a panel of esteemed industry professionals, a Tribeca Flashpoint film workshop, and an Award Ceremony which honored the best of the festival. Thanks to the generosity of CineYouth Sponsors Allstate Insurance Company, Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Download the 2017 CineYouth Program Book

2017 Award Winners

The best films of the 2017 CineYouth Festival

CineYouth Film Challenge

Students ages 10-18 at the CineYouth Film Challenge one-day camp complete a short film with their assigned team. View the completed films from CineYouth 2017 here.

CineYouth Film Pitch

Have a plan for a new student short film? At the CineYouth Film Pitch, participants can pitch their works-in-progress to a panel of industry professionals for invaluable feedback.

CineYouth 2017 Sponsors

Sponsored By

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Film Challenge Sponsor

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Media Partner

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Scholarship Partners

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Film Pitch Partner

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