CineYouth is the Chicago International Film Festival’s yearly film festival that showcases short films made by filmmakers 22 years old and younger from around the world. CineYouth encourages the talent of young filmmakers and supports diverse youth voices by providing opportunities to have their work showcased, to learn about filmmaking from industry experts, and network with their peers. CineYouth 2022 will offer both in person and online film screenings, filmmaking workshops, live Q&A’s, and more! All events at CineYouth are FREE and open to the public.
Select award-winning CineYouth films will be screened at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival at the CineYouth “Best of the Fest” screening in October 2022.
CineYouth Festival 2022
Submissions are now open for CineYouth 2022!
CineYouth 2022 will be held in Chicago April 22-24, 2022, and will include screenings of Officially Selected films, hands-on workshops and special events.
- Early Bird Deadline: January 21, 2022
- Regular Deadline: February 18, 2022
- Final Deadline: March 4, 2022
- Filmmakers must be 22 years old or younger at the time of the film’s completion. (Can currently be 23 if the film was finished while 22.)
- Films must be 15 minutes or less.
- All entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway.
- We accept the following genres: drama, comedy, animation, horror, thriller, music video and experimental.
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Commitment to Diversity
As a step towards a more inclusive and accessible festival that addresses the systemic inequity and underrepresentation in film, CineYouth is offering a 50% discount to all films submitted by BIPOC filmmakers, as well as filmmakers with disabilities and/or films featuring performers with disabilities using the following codes:
Additional discount and waiver requests are considered by CineYouth on a case-by-case basis. To make a request, please fill out this short form
Join the CineYouth Programming Team with this hands-on internship that provides experience managing and assisting with operations related to the CineYouth Festival! Learn more…
CineYouth Festival 2021
CineYouth 2021 streamed globally for a week-long virtual event from May 6-13, 2021. CineYouth 2021 presented 14 international short film programs of films as well as panel discussions, live filmmaker Q&As, and more.
2021 Short Film Programs
Lights, Camera, Lock Down
COVID-19 may have locked everything down, but it couldn’t stop the creative and journalistic energy of these filmmakers who provide a fresh look at our tumultuous now.
A Personal Climate Crisis
The climate crisis takes a personal toll in these five films which investigate humanity’s relationship to nature through dystopian (but not so distant) futures, the effects of commerce, and pressures on individual growth.
When it feels like the world has failed to provide us with an adequate instruction manual for life, we sometimes need to forge our own path to understand our place in the universe.
Speak, Memory: Documentary
Memory and history inform the future in these six documentaries that consider the legacy of language, the power of collective identity, and the ripple effects of incarceration and climate change.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so make sure you don’t forget (1) to get a card and (2) share with Mom these beautiful films that reveal the powerful influence matriarchs have over our lives.
Jam Session: Music
Bandmates and artists find their music and personal lives blend together in these visually arresting films, featuring energetic music videos to reflective dramas and absurdist comedies.
The Cinemas of Chicago
Our city has proven once again to be fertile ground for filmmakers to find sources of creative self-expression, and these shorts a mere sample of what the future holds for Chicago cinema.
About the CineYouth Festival
Created in 2005, Cinema/Chicago’s CineYouth 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 festival celebrating and fostering the creativity of filmmakers 22 years old and younger by screening officially selected work and encouraging their creative endeavors with workshops, discussions, and panels. CineYouth encourages the talent of young filmmakers and supports diverse youth voices by providing opportunities to have their work showcased, to learn from industry experts, and to network with peers.
Brian Dailey • Adrienne Davis • Corbin Horn • Tom Kehoe • Rick Nicita • Cynthia Olson • Judy Pollock
Joe Swanberg • Kathleen Turner • Paula Wagner • Mamie J Walton