See the next generation of filmmakers at CineYouth 2021, streaming globally for a week-long virtual event from May 6-13, 2021. CineYouth 2021 presents 14 international short film programs of films as well as panel discussions, live filmmaker Q&As, and more! Tickets and all events are free and open to the public.
CineYouth film programs were available to stream globally on the Chicago International Film Festival streaming platform from Thursday, May 6 at 12:00pm CT until Thursday, May 13 at 11:59pm CT.
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