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ChiFilmFest Online Streaming

The 58th Chicago International Film Festival once again brings you a selection of features, documentaries, and shorts from the Festival program to stream directly to your home!


Most virtual screenings will be available to stream from October 13 at 12:00pm CT to October 23 at 11:59pm CT.

Feature films will be available only in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
All short film programs are available to stream across the U.S.

Certain films have a shorter watch window. Please check the details on each film page for more information once tickets are available.

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Streaming Films


Clare Weiskopf & Nicolás Van Hemelryck  |   Colombia, Romania, Chile

When the residents of a Colombian youth shelter are asked to imagine a fellow adolescent, “Alis” emerges as an avatar for their own experiences in this innovative and moving portrait of youth and resilience.

Art and Pep

Mercedes Kane  |   United States

A heartfelt tribute to activists Art Johnston and Pepe Peña, whose celebrated gay bar Sidetrack has fueled movements and created community on Chicago’s Halsted Street for decades.


Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir  |   Iceland
English, Icelandic  

In this off-beat send-up of blind ambition that celebrates female friendship, Iceland’s Post Performance Blues Band give themselves one year to become avant-garde pop stars—or relinquish their dream forever.

Before, Now & Then


Kamila Andini  |   Indonesia

Set in 1960s Indonesia, this layered, contemplative drama sees a lonely woman forge a life-saving friendship with her husband’s mistress.

The Big Payback

Erika Alexander & Whitney Dow  |   United States

An inspiring look at rookie Alderman Robin Rue Simmons’ fight to redress the wrongs of “redlining” and the legacy of slavery through a groundbreaking reparations program in Evanston, Illinois.

A Human Position

Anders Emblem  |   Norway

Searching for meaning in her life and work, a young journalist investigates the deportation of a local asylum seeker in this understated yet profound character-driven drama.


Guy Davidi  |   Denmark, Israel, Finland, Iceland

With an uneasy beauty and a blistering moral force, filmmaker Guy Davidi chronicles the militarization of Israeli society and its impact on the lives of young people.

The Killing of a Journalist

Matt Sarnecki  |   Denmark, United States, Czech Republic
English, Slovak  

This exposé of crime and corruption delves into the brutal murder of a reporter, implicating a brazen oligarch connected to the highest echelons of Slovakia’s government.

The Melt Goes On Forever: The Art and Times of David Hammons

Judd Tully & Harold Crooks  |   United States, Canada

A striking portrait of artist David Hammons, who emerged out of L.A.’s Watts Rebellion and whose provocative work was rooted in a deep critique of U.S. society.

My Sailor, My Love

Klaus Härö  |   Finland, Ireland

A retired sea captain’s strained relationship with his adult daughter is further tested when he embarks on a new romance with a widowed housekeeper.

No Ordinary Campaign

Christopher Burke  |   United States

In this inspiring story of love, hope, and activism, former Obama political director Brian Wallach, who was diagnosed with ALS at age 37, fights alongside his wife to find solutions for the debilitating disease.


Marcelo Gomes  |   Brazil, Portugal

A lyrical and intimate portrait of a transgender woman in rural Brazil confronting prejudices as she pursues her dream of a traditional church wedding.

Return to Dust

Li Ruijun  |   China

A surprisingly tender bond develops between two social outcasts in this sweeping meditation on the joys and sorrows of life on the margins in rural China.


Alex Thompson  |   United States

In this deftly directed psychological thriller, a promising young doctor loses his grasp on reality after developing an unhealthy obsession with a patient whose symptoms seem suspect.


Marian Mathias  |   United States, France, Germany

In this visually stunning story of first love, a young woman sets out to bury her father in his rural Illinois hometown and finds connection with a fellow lonely soul.

Collection of four film stills representing Shorts Program 1

Shorts 1: Dimensional (City and State)

Various  |   United States

These shorts reflect the makeup of Chicago in unique visual styles that together form a creative local landscape.

Collection of four animated film stills representing Shorts Program 2

Shorts 2: Expansions (Animation)

Various  |   Portugal, Switzerland, United States

This group of animated shorts stirs the imagination and offers heroic stories of rituals.

Collection of four scary film stills representing Shorts Program 3

Shorts 3: Things Aren’t What They Seem (After Dark)

Various  |   Mexico, United Kingdom, United States

This spine-tingling collection of shorts feels like a fever dream, taking viewers on a harrowing journey of crisis and mischief. Questioning everything becomes a means of survival.

Collection of four film stills representing Shorts Program 4

Shorts 4: Traditions (Documentary)

Various  |   Canada, India, United Kingdom, United States

These powerful non-fiction shorts highlight ambitious missions, modern artistry, and regional heritage.

Collection of four tense film stills representing Shorts Program 5

Shorts 5: Moments (Drama)

Various  |   Croatia, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, United States

These five shorts spanning five countries are bursting with precarious circumstances and unexpected happenings.

Collection of four comedic film stills representing Shorts Program 6

Shorts 6: Risible (Comedy)

Various  |   Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

These impressive comedic shorts pack a punch and make it hard to hold in your laughter.

Collection of four film stills representing Shorts Program 7

Shorts 7: Sudden Waves (Black Perspectives)

Various  |   Ghana, United States

This suite of films revels in themes of memory, grief, and joy.

Collection of four experimental film stills representing Shorts Program 8

Shorts 8: Whirlwinds (Experimental)

Various  |   Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Iran, United States

Radical tools are at play in this daring collection of shorts that take viewers on an experience like no other.

Collection of four animated film stills representing Shorts Program 9

Shorts 9: Outside the Lines (Family Friendly Animation)

Various  |   Belgium, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

This group of fun, energetic, emotional, and beautifully made animated works will capture the imaginations of audiences of all ages.

Somewhere Over the Chemtrails

(Kdyby radši hořelo)

Adam Koloman Rybanský  |   Czech Republic

In this incisive social satire, a small Czech town is riled into xenophobic fervor after the locals are persuaded that a car crashing into an Easter celebration is an act of terrorism.

Sweet As

Jub Clerc  |   Australia

An indigenous teen joins a youth therapy trip into the Western Australian wilderness, discovering photography as a new lens through which to view her world and her dreams.

Vicenta B

Carlos Lechuga  |   Cuba, France, United States, Colombia, Norway

When Vicenta loses her gifts of seeing into the future and communicating with spirits, she must search for her faith among a community that has lost its own.

The Visitors


Veronika Lišková  |   Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia
Czech, English, Norwegian  

A Czech anthropologist discovers her new home on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is threatened both by melting glaciers and a newly hardened stance against open border immigration policies.