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Chicago International Film Festival Call for Entries

Friday, June 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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Chicago, Illinois - USA
October 10 to 21, 2018

Upcoming Deadline
June 18, 2018
Regular Deadline
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In the Spotlight today is the 54th AnnualChicago International Film Festival, the longest-running competitive North American film festival. The Festival features an array of competitive and non-competitive categories, including the New Directors Competition (for first and second-time filmmakers), Out-Look Competition (featuring bold LGBTQ-themed films), After Dark Program (featuring horror films, thrillers, dark comedies, and cult classics), Black Perspectives (featuring films that celebrate the richness and diversity of black cultures around the world), City & State (featuring works from Chicago and across Illinois), and many others.

In 2017, the Festival screened approximately 150 films from around the world - celebrating diverse cultures and the art of storytelling. The top prize in the International Feature Film Competition, the Gold Hugo, went to Diego Lerman’sA Sort of Family. Vahid Jalilvand’sNo Date, No Signaturewon top honors in the New Directors competition, andThe Other Side of the Wallby Pau Ortiz won Best Documentary. Short Film winners includedNight Shiftby Tyler Marshall (Live Action),The Rabbit Huntby Patrick Bresnan (Documentary), andAirportby Michaela Müller (Animation). Winners of the Live Action and Documentary Short Film Competitions were automatically qualified for the Academy Awards.

Throughout this two-week celebration, Festival attendees will have opportunities to meet and mingle with talents in all areas of filmmaking. The Festival’s four-day industry conference, Industry Days, has quickly become a must-attend networking hub for local and visiting filmmakers. Participants enjoy a series of panels, discussions, and networking events with industry professionals designed to illuminate and celebrate the ever-changing art and business of film.
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The Chicago International Film Festival is an annual, not-for-profit, competitive film festival organized to encourage better understanding between people of diverse cultures and to make a positive contribution to the art of the moving image.

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, offers a number of year-round programs dedicated to the art of the moving image. The CineYouth Festival showcases films from the best and brightest young filmmakers from around the world, and the Education Program welcomes thousands of Chicago Public School students to free screenings throughout the year. Additionally, the International Screenings program plays host to weekly screenings of international cinema free and open to the public all summer long and the annual Chicago International TV Festival honors the art of the small screen.

Feature and short films are now being considered. Submit your film today!