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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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Artistic Director Mimi Plauché honored by French Ministry of Culture

Published: August 31, 2021  |  Filed under: News & Announcements

Headshot: Mimi PlauchéThe French Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, announced that Chicago International Film Festival Artistic Director Mimi Plauché has been awarded the title and rank of Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Lettres). Given since 1957 by the French Ministry of Culture, this honorary distinction is one of the main distinctions among the four Ministerial orders of the French Republic. Plauché will receive the distinction at a gala event held on Monday, September 13, 7:00pm at Bridge 410, 410 N.[…]

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Winning Poster Design for the 54th Chicago Int’l Film Festival

Published: August 10, 2018  |  Filed under: Festival News, News & Announcements

54th Chicago International Film Festival posterCinema/Chicago and the 54th Chicago International Film Festival has announced the winner of 2018’s poster design competition: Chicago’s own Michael Zhang. Zhang’s design will be the signature look of the Festival, held October 10-21, 2018.

Zhang won a truly global contest, which in the past three years has featured winners from Scotland, Taiwan and the Netherlands. His design was chosen from more than 200 submissions spanning 30 countries. The poster depicts the façade of a vintage movie theater, presenting the exciting thrill of a neon-lit marquee and a classic art deco design.[…]

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