Because Everybody Loves Movies!

Everybody loves movies and we love you! The generous support of individuals has allowed us to provide hundreds of thousands of individuals of all ages with high-quality programming over the past 51 years. As a year-round nonprofit arts organization, your support is needed to continue our programming, from the Chicago International Film Festival to free Education Screenings. Explore our website to learn more about our programs.

Only 25% of our expenses are covered by Festival ticket sales. Show your love of film and our programming by making a 100% tax deductible donation today. If you have any questions or prefer to donate by phone, please call Rosie Galicia, Membership and Development Coordinator, at 312.683.0121 ext. 108 between the hours of 10:00 – 6:00 CST.


“I love Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, because it brings everything to one place. I am able to see a lot of the films people will be discussing throughout the coming year. I always have interesting conversations with other film-lovers. The Film Festival is truly a celebration of the city’s love of film.”

Jeff Hazlett, Festivalgoer

“We love Cinema/Chicago because it brings us together with a community that shares our love for movies. It feels like a second family.”

Leo and Christina Brady, Cinema/Chicago Members           

“I love Cinema/Chicago because volunteering for the Chicago International Film Festival has been a great way to support an organization that brings international and indie films to Chicago! It’s also the best way to be around my kind of people; film-lovers!”

-Jackie Tan, Festival Volunteer

“I love Cinema/Chicago because no one else brings such a rich variety of stories to Chicago audiences. From polished modern classics to raw, visceral narratives from all-corners of the world, Cinema/Chicago is my way to live a thousand lives, two hours at a time.”

Lauren Robishaw, Board Member

“I love Cinema/Chicago because at age 10, I had my first ever film festival premiere at CineYouth 2013, and it was a transformative experience.  Now, three years later and four festival films later, with more than 60 international festivals behind me and 25 plus filmmaking awards, I feel like CineYouth is one of my artistic touchstones.  It’s the place where I began my artist’s life and where I hope my hard work returns me every year, hoping each year that my new work will shake up the people who see it.”

-Emma Penaz Eisner, CineYouth filmmaker (age 13)


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To make a donation, contact Rosie Galicia, Membership and Development Coordinator, at 312.683.0121 ext. 108.

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