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CineYouth Festival is Cinema/Chicago’s annual film festival showcasing short films made by filmmakers 22 years old and younger from around the world. CineYouth encourages the talent of young artists and provides them with opportunities to tell their stories, network with their peers and be recognized for their creativity.

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.

2017 CineYouth Award Winners

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CineYouth 2017 was presented by Cinema/Chicago, the parent organization of the Chicago International Film Festival and is made possible by the generous support of Allstate Insurance Company and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

CineYouth 2017 Sponsors

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Film Challenge Sponsor

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Media Partner

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Scholarship Partners

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CineYouth 2016

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