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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.

Submissions for 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 open! Please submit using the button below:

CineYouth 2018 Festival Trailer

CineYouth Programs

CineYouth Film Challenge 2019

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 2019 – COMING SOON

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. SIGNUPS COMING SOON

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: Loyola University School of Communication 177x75Logo: Prodigy Film Camp - 462x100