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Winner of The Pitch Announced: James Choi’s All Things Considered

Published: October 18, 2022  |  Filed under: Chicago Industry Exchange, Industry Days, News & Announcements

The 58th Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced the winner of The Pitch at the 8th edition of
Industry Days: All Things Considered, written and directed by James Choi. The film follows a young Korean-American man whose spirited mother is determined to reconnect with her son and help him with his depression through a “fake funeral” ritual that promises to deliver people from their despair.

All Things Considered will receive an awards package of in-kind goods and services worth tens of thousands of dollars.[…]

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CineYouth Announces Award-Winning Filmmakers

Published: April 28, 2022  |  Filed under: CineYouth, News & Announcements

The 17th CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced award winners for its 2022 edition in nine categories, as well as the recipient of this year’s Prodigy Scholarship. This year’s award winners include filmmakers from across the country and around the world, with Kyrgyzstan, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Puerto Rico, New York, Louisiana, California, and Illinois represented. This year’s films were screened in person at FACETS April 22 – 24, and the entire slate of 2022 CineYouth Festival films can be streamed virtually online for free from April 25 – May 1, 2022.[…]

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CineYouth Festival Returns to Screens April 24-24

Published: April 8, 2022  |  Filed under: CineYouth, News & Announcements

Highlighting Filmmakers 22 Years Old and Younger, the 17th CineYouth Festival Presents 71 International Short Films

Cinema/Chicago today announced details surrounding the 17th CineYouth Festival, running April 22 – 24 in person at FACETS (1517 W. Fullerton Ave.) and available virtually worldwide April 25 – May 1, 2022. Featuring 71 international short films written and directed by filmmakers 22 years old and younger, this year’s CineYouth slate includes films from 17 countries, with more than half of the titles directed or co-directed by female-identifying filmmakers, and ten by directors identifying as nonbinary.[…]

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Announcing First-Ever Partnership With Dark Matter Coffee

Published: September 24, 2021  |  Filed under: News & Announcements

Containers of coffee and chocolateThe Chicago International Film Festival and Dark Matter Coffee today unveiled the Director’s Cut product line celebrating the 57th edition of the longest-running competitive festival in North America, running October 13 – 24, 2021, and inspired by the conversations films can spark over a cup of coffee. The Director’s Cut line includes a cold brew, a chocolate bar, and a custom coffee blend that is as international as the Festival itself, featuring a flavor profile that suggests classic movie theater concessions and packaged in a bold, exclusive new art piece by Chicago muralist Czr Prz of Pilsen.[…]

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Announcing the Industry Days Schedule, Oct 14-17

Published: September 24, 2021  |  Filed under: News & Announcements, Panels

The 57th Chicago International Film Festival announced today the program for Industry Days, to be held October 14 – 17, 2021, with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.

Highlights include this year’s Keynote talk with Brenda Gilbert, President and Co-Founder of BRON Studios, which has received six Academy Award wins for films such as Fences, Joker, Bombshell, Roman J. Israel, Esq., and Judas and the Black Messiah; a State of the Industry conversation with Nancy Utley, former co-head of Searchlight Pictures, and Chan Phung, Searchlight’s current Senior Vice President Acquisitions and Production; and a Screenwriting Master Class with Oscar-nominated writer Virgil Williams (Mudbound, this year’s A Journal For Jordan).[…]

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