Chicago International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Chicago International Film Festival

SINCE: 1964

WHERE: Chicago, Illinois, USA

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Chicago International Film Festival is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America. The Festival was started in 1964 by filmmaker and graphic artist Michael Kutza to provide an alternative to the commercial Hollywood movies that dominated the city's theaters. The Festival opened in 1965 at the Carnegie Theater, where King Vidor, Bette Davis, and Stanley Kramer were honored for their contributions to American cinema. Since then, the Festival has grown to become a world-renowned annual event. The Festival is dedicated to fostering better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image.

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2015 Chicago International Film Festival Announces Films in Premiere Heavy International Documentary Competition

2015 Chicago International Film Festival Announces Films in Premiere Heavy International Documentary Competition

2015 Chicago International Film Festival announces the lineup for its International Documentary Competition.  Highlights of the International Documentary Competition include the World Premieres of Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows (pictured above), a Chicago-based portrait of the most sampled artist in hip-hop, and Motley’s Law, which follows tough-as-nails lawyer – and former Mrs. Wisconsin – Kimberley Motley, the only American allowed to practice law in Afghanistan. This diverse lineup of official selections includes the multi-award-winning Polish […]

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2015 Chicago International Film Festival New Directors Competition Lineup Revealed

The Chicago International Film Festival taking place October 15 to 29, 2015, announced the lineup for its New Directors Competition. Films in the New Directors Competition are receiving their World, North American, or U.S. Premiere at the Festival. This diverse lineup includes the stunningly composed GREATER THINGS receiving its World Premiere; EMBERS (pictured above), a thought-provoking sci-fi film having its NorthAmerican Premiere; HECTOR with powerhouse actor Peter Mullan (War Horse) in his best performance in years; SPARROWS, a […]

Chicago International Film Festival Reveals City & State Lineup of Local Films

Chicago International Film Festival Reveals City & State Lineup of Local Films

The 51st Chicago International Film Festival, taking place October 15 to 29, 2015, announced the film lineup for this year’s City & State program. The City & State program of narrative, documentary, and short films celebrates Illinois’ rich filmmaking tradition and showcases the best films with Illinois roots. Each Official Selection is eligible for the Chicago Award. With the largest number of local film selections to date, this year’s City & State program is led by […]

Pop Art-Inspired 2015 Chicago International Film Festival Official Poster Designed by Tsung-Hui Kuo-Crary

Pop Art-Inspired 2015 Chicago International Film Festival Official Poster Designed by Tsung-Hui Kuo-Crary

The 51st Chicago International Film Festival held this October 15-29, 2015, has selected Tsung-Hui (aka “Mavis”) Kuo-Crary! from Taiwan, the winner of its first-ever international poster design competition. The pop art-inspired design is the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival Official Poster. “We were overwhelmed by the impressive quality of each poster submitted to our worldwide design competition,” said Michael Kutza, the founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival. “We can’t wait to do this again next year!” […]

“THE IMITATION GAME” “RED ARMY” Among Winners of Audience Choice Awards at Chicago International Film Festival

“THE IMITATION GAME” “RED ARMY” Among Winners of Audience Choice Awards at Chicago International Film Festival

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The 50th Chicago International Film Festival announced the winners of the Audience Choice Awards, THE IMITATION GAME (UK/USA), directed by Morten Tyldum won the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative English-Language Feature, THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED (SWEDEN), directed by Felix Herngren won the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Foreign-Language Feature, and RED ARMY (USA), directed by Gabe Polsky won the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Mohsen Mahkmalbaf’s “The President” Wins Gold Hugo For Best Film at Chicago International Film Festival

Mohsen Mahkmalbaf’s “The President” Wins Gold Hugo For Best Film at Chicago International Film Festival

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Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Mahkmalbaf’s “The President” received the Gold Hugo for Best Film, the Festival’s highest honor, in the 50th Chicago International Film Festival Competitions. In this dark satire of power, dispossession and revenge from Iranian New Wave master Mohsen Makmalbaf (Kandahar), a dictator comes face to face with the people he previously subjugated. When a coup d’état overthrows a leader’s brutal rule and the rest of his family flees the country by plane, The President becomes a fugitive, along with his young grandson, and confronts, first-hand, the hardships and anger experienced by his own people.  The Silver Hugo, Special Jury Prize went to “Refugiado” directed by Diego Lerman.

African Films Under The Spotlight at 49th Chicago International Film Festival

African Films Under The Spotlight at 49th Chicago International Film Festival

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African films will get international exposure at 49th Chicago International Film Festival, thanks to a three-year grant from the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The Spotlight Africa Program, the third year of the World Cinema Spotlight Program will highlight films from across the African continent including MANDELA: A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, OF GOOD REPORT and the World Premiere of BLACK SOUTH-EASTER.  The 49th Chicago International Film Festival runs October 10 to October 24, 2013.

“THE IMMIGRANT” Starring Joaquin Phoenix is Opening Night Film of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival

“THE IMMIGRANT” Starring Joaquin Phoenix is Opening Night Film of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival

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THE IMMIGRANT, directed by James Gray, and starring Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, has been selected as the Opening Night Film of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival which runs October 10 to October 24, 2013. The Opening Night Gala is dedicated to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, a long-time supporter and friend of the Festival. 

Thirteen Films to Compete in 49th Chicago International Film Festival LGBTQ Program

Thirteen Films to Compete in 49th Chicago International Film Festival LGBTQ Program

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Thirteen films will compete for the inaugural Q-Hugo Film Award, the Festival’s recently rebranded LGBTQ program, at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival which runs October 10 to October 24, 2013. Films include the Chicago Premiere of the much buzzed French film STRANGER BY THE LAKE directed by Alain Guiraudie and the World Premiere of the Taiwanese film VOYAGE by director Scud.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS to Close, NEBRASKA is Centerpiece Film and Full Lineup for 49th Chicago International Film Festival

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS to Close, NEBRASKA is Centerpiece Film and Full Lineup for 49th Chicago International Film Festival

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The 49th Chicago International Film Festival which runs October 10 to October 24, 2013, has selected Joel and Ethan Coen’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS as the Festival’s Closing Night Film; and NEBRASKA, directed by Academy Award®-winner Alexander Payne, as the Festival’s Centerpiece Film.  In addition, the festival announced the full lineup of films selected to screen in the International Feature, New Directors, Docufest, After Dark, Q Hugo, and Short Film Competitions.