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 2018

CineYouth’s 14th year will be held in Chicago, IL at the iconic Music Box Theatre April 20-22, 2018 and will include screenings of Officially Selected films, hands on workshops and special events.


Thank you to all the filmmakers who submitted their work to the 2018 CineYouth Film Festival! We will announce this year’s line-up of Official Selections along with our Opening Night film on April 2. Check back for exciting details! 

CineYouth Programs

CineYouth Film Challenge 2018

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 2018

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.

CineYouth Acting for the Camera Workshop

Learn the process of memorizing, rehearsing and filming two-person scenes in front of a camera under the guidance of professional acting coaches.

2017 Award Winners

The best films of the 2017 CineYouth Festival

Download the 2017 CineYouth Program Book

CineYouth 2018 Sponsors

Sponsored By

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Additional Support Provided By

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