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Chicago Honored in Paris

Published: June 22, 2016  |  Filed under: Year-Round News

Bonjour Chicago! As part of the 20-year friendship between “sister cities” Paris and Chicago, the 5th Champs-Elysées Film Festival focused its urban spotlight on the “Windy City.”  As part of the Chicago celebrations, the Paris-based festival of American cinema invited the Chicago International Film Festival to be part of the event. I was there, representing the Festival, along with a host of films and filmmakers that represented the cinematic “soul” of the city.

From classic films such as Andrew Davis’ “The Fugitive” and Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” to recent Chicago International Film Festival favorites from young Chicago filmmakers Patrick Underwood (“The Middle Distance”), Malik Bader (“Cash Only”) and Erik Shirai (“The Birth of Sake”), Chicago’s movies were all over the French festival.

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Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza on the famous red carpet at Cannes Film Festival

Cinema/Chicago at Cannes Film Festival

Published: June 1, 2016  |  Filed under: Year-Round News

Michael has attended the Cannes Film festival since the year that young French director Claude Lelouch premiered A Man and a Woman back in 1966, and every year since has brought something different. This year was an excellent film year, but the atmosphere seemed lower key for the crowds in attendance. We were treated us to the newest work of many past Chicago International Film Festival favorites and award winners, from The Salesman directed by Asghar Farhadi (Gold Hugo winner for Fireworks Wednesday and Academy Award winner for A Separation) and American Honey directed by Andrea Arnold (winner of the Special Jury Prize for Fish Tank) to After the Storm by Kore-eda Hirokau (Gold Hugo winner for Maboroshi) and Graduation by Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days).[…]

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CineYouth Festival Awards Top Films, Celebrates Student Filmmaking

Published: May 14, 2015  |  Filed under: Year-Round News

CHICAGO, May 14, 2015 – The 11th annual CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival was held May 7-9, 2015, and concluded with an awards ceremony that honored the best films made by student filmmakers 21 years old and younger. The CineYouth Festival is a vital part of the Chicago International Film Festival’s year-round Education Program.

CineYouth, held at Presenting Partner Columbia College Chicago, screened 90 short films made by student filmmakers from around the world, including an hour of films made by female filmmakers and an hour dedicated to films made in Chicago and Illinois.[…]

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CineYouth Festival Announces Full Program

Published: April 27, 2015  |  Filed under: Year-Round News

CHICAGO, April 27, 2015  – The 11th annual CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago and the 51st Chicago International Film Festival, released the full schedule of student made short films that will screen during the Festival, May 7-9, 2015. The three-day festival showcases films by talented young filmmakers, age 21 and younger from the United States and abroad. This year’s program includes 90 films from over ten countries including the United States, Argentina, Canada, Singapore and Iran. Additionally, a hands-on film challenge is taking place, welcoming 30 participants age 12-21 to work in teams to make short films in less than seven hours.[…]

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