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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 Spring 2019. Submissions for CineYouth 2019 are now open! Please submit using the button below:

CineYouth 2018 Festival Trailer

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.

2018 Award Winners

The best films of the 2018 CineYouth Festival

2018 Sponsors

Logo: Allstate Good Starts Young 214x100Flashpoint ChicagoLogo: Bloomberg - 313x100

2018 Additional Support

Logo: DCASE wide - 500x98Logo: Illinois Arts Council - 133x100Logo: WTTW 11 - 240x100Logo: Loyola University School of Communication 177x75Logo: Prodigy Film Camp - 462x100