View the 56th festival selection in carefully curated thematic Programs chosen by our programmers.
Kick off this year’s festival with our special drive-in screening of Belushi, a documentary that captures the complicated and singular essence of a beloved American iconof comedy.
The festival comes to a close with a drive-in screening of Nomadlandstarring Frances McDormand.
The most highly anticipated films of the season from celebrated filmmakers feature unforgettable real-life stories and amazing performances from the best actors working today.
This program of striking and masterfully crafted films from around the world showcases the best in current cinema.
Screening for the first time in the U.S., these bold works from emerging talents represent the most exciting new voices in international cinema.
These films—which compete for the Festival’s Q Hugo Award—reflect superbly crafted perspectives on sexuality and identity from across the globe.
This program salutes the latest movies from the world’s most venerable and celebrated filmmakers.
These real-life stories bring you up-close and personal with the people and issues that define who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going.
From the flutters of first attraction to the anguish of unrequited affection to late-in-life passion, these tales of romance take you on a tour of the many faces of love.
From slapstick to satire, romantic hijinks to surrealist wit, this program presents a range of films that are funny and about funny people.
These sinister, shock-filled, and spine-tingling movies will keep your adrenaline pumping late into the night.
This program celebrates the richness and diversity of African-American and Black storytellers from Chicago to the Ivory Coast to Venezuela.
This program highlights powerful and provocative films by both leading women filmmakers and exciting new voices.
This stellar collection of films—competing for the Festival’s Chicago Award—showcase the year’s best stories and brightest talents from our own backyard.
A dynamic showcase of fresh work by emerging and veteran filmmakers from South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
A robust collection of films that reflect the diverse artistry and craft of the short format.