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THE 57th CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  |  October 13-24, 2021

Welcome to the 57th Chicago International Film Festival, North America’s longest-running competitive film festival. This year’s Festival features screenings in theaters, at the drive-in, and streaming virtually to your home. We’re thrilled to screen over 80 films and more than 60 shorts films from around the world, ranging from heart-wrenching dramas to eye-opening documentaries to midnight shockers!

Downloads:Festival GuideTheatrical ScheduleVirtual Schedule

(Documents updated: Oct 14)

WHAT TO WATCH

Submit Your Film

Complete Film List
A searchable list of every film in this year’s Festival

Festival Programs
View films curated around unique themes by our Festival programmers. Also available: View films by genre.

Tickets & Passes

Tickets & Passes
Purchase multi-ticket passes now for the Festival.

WHERE & HOW TO WATCH

ChiFilmFest @ the Theater
The Festival returns to in-person screenings at multiple events around the city. Learn more here.

ChiFilmFest @ the Drive-In
We return to ChiTown Movies Drive-In for a collection of exclusive film screenings. Learn more here.

ChiFilmFest @ Streaming
This year’s festival features many films available to stream directly to your home. Learn more here.

Festival How-To
Not sure how to get tickets, set up online streaming, or troubleshoot an issue? Try here.

Festival Schedule

Festival Events Calendar
Browse the Festival screenings & events calendar, or plan your visit with our Festival schedule grid.

Safety Protocols

Safety Protocols
Learn what rules and protocols have been put in place to guard your safety at this time.

Attending Artists
See which artists and filmmakers who are scheduled to attend the Festival.

Virtual Q&As

Livestream Q&As
Join us for these live streaming discussions with Festival filmmakers.

Tributes

Tributes
Special tribute events honoring luminaries of the film industry

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about the Festival.

Festival Awards

Award Winners
Winners of the Festival’s coveted Hugo Awards in seven different competition categories.

FOR INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

Industry Days
Industry Days is the Chicago International Film Festival’s hub for filmmakers and industry professionals to connect, share ideas, and be inspired

Press Accreditation
Apply for media access to the Festival and review all of our press materials.

Festival Juries
Meet the jurors for this year’s Festival.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Festival History

Festival History
Learn about the Festival’s 57-year history and other Cinema/Chicago year-round programming.

Festival Travel and Hotels

Festival Hotel
Experience the Festival while staying with our official Hotel Partner.

Hotspots

Festival Hot Spots
Keep the Festival going at some of the best restaurants and hangouts in the city.

Festival Sponsors

Festival Sponsors
Thank you to all of the partners and sponsors that make the Festival possible.

Full Films List

Film Submissions
Submissions for the 57th Chicago International Film Festival are now closed.

First Look 2021

First Look
Get a sneak peek at the first films coming to the 57th Chicago International Film Festival.