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CineYouth Festival

Created in 2005, Cinema/Chicago’s CineYouth Film Festival is designed to encourage youth filmmakers in their creative endeavors. CineYouth provides opportunities for young filmmakers to articulate themselves artistically, and have their voice heard. Held annually in Chicago, CineYouth is a three-day festival celebrating and fostering the creativity of filmmakers 22 years old and younger by screening officially selected work and encouraging their creative endeavors by presenting a filmmaking workshop, discussions and panels.

CineYouth 2019

CineYouth’s 15th year will be held April 26-28, 2019 at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre. Submissions for CineYouth 2019 are now closed. Stay tuned for the full schedule and free ticket links coming in early-April!


CineYouth 2018 Festival Trailer

CineYouth Programs

CineYouth Film Challenge

Students ages 13-18 at the CineYouth Film Challenge complete a short film with their assigned team under the thrill of a deadline.

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. Apply now!

CineYouth Pitch Workshop

The art of pitching is a vital skill for any filmmaker. The CineYouth Pitch Workshop invites filmmakers 16-22 years old to join us for a one-day pitching workshop. Apply now!

2018 Award Winners

The best films of the 2018 CineYouth Festival

2019 Sponsors

Flashpoint ChicagoLogo: Columbia College - 273x100

2019 Additional Support

Logo: DCASE wide - 500x98Logo: Illinois Arts Council - 133x100Logo: WTTW 11 - 240x100Logo: Prodigy Film Camp - 462x100