ChiFilmFest Opening Night Block Party
October 11, 2023 • 5:00–10:00pm
Southport from Grace to Waveland (in front of the Music Box Theatre)
The Chicago International Film Festival will kick off Opening Night with an Opening Night Block Party encompassing Southport between Grace and Waveland, home of the Music Box Theatre. Neighbors, community groups, and film fans from across Chicago are invited to enjoy live music, outdoor film screenings, retail kiosks, and local food vendors. Entry to the Block Party is FREE.
Live performances by local bands
Film trivia from Cinema/Chicago
All trivia will take place at the Video Wall on the north end of the block party (Grace & Southport). Participants will use their phone to answer questions projected on the screen via Crowdpurr. The player with the quickest correct responses will win Chicago International Film Festival merchandise!
Chicago International Film Festival Programmers’ Trivia
Starting at 6:15pm
Join Festival Programmers Anthony Kaufman, Sam Flancher and Christy LeMaster for a round of advanced movie trivia: from general questions about crowd favorites to deeper cuts into cult classics, this round of trivia is sure to engage film buffs of many genres!
Cinema/Chicago Associate Board Film Trivia
Starting at 7:30pm & 8:45pm
Gather ’round for this general movie trivia led by Cinema/Chicago’s Associate Board. From blockbusters to indie darlings, movies from many years and many categories will be featured in this round designed to find the film fan with the biggest range in taste and knowledge!
Short films on the outdoor screen
Showing at 5:30pm & 8:15pm
Directed by Ryu Sihyun, Andee Williams, Aniya Carey, Antoinette Green, Iyanna Jordan, Shane Dioneda, Adelaide Wilson, Lua Borges, Adora Midderhoff, Jessica Sarmina, Tatiana Mays, Nariah Walker, and Benji Tucker.
City & State Shorts
Showing at 7:00pm & 9:15pm
Directed by Peter Collins Campbell, Dustin Nakao-Haider, and Brian Zahm
Block Party Partners and Participants
Bad Johnny’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Kitchen • Bill Rush Photography & Design • Cáfe Tola • Camera Ambassador • Chetoni Designs • Chicago Alliance of Film Festivals • CHIRP Radio • Comfortably Queen • Cotacachi Handy Crafts • Dark Matter Coffee • Gene Siskel Film Center • giveash*t • The Illinois Film Office • Indie-Pendant • Japanese Culture Center • Kartemquin Films • Kerwell • Linner Bakery • Lola’s Coney Island • Lolis Designs • Mistura • Mixtape Your Life • Mochinut – Lincoln Park • Music Box Theatre • Nothing Bundt Cakes • NRG • OuroHermetic • Pallay Craft • Peanut Butter Pig • Tori Grace Outfitters • The Bernese Builder • Uncle Nearest • Wander from the Known