Cinema Chicago Logo

Film Guide – Panels & Free Events

Movies A-ZDirectors A-ZCountries A-ZCategoriesCalendarDownload Schedule

CineYouth: Best of the Fest CineYouth: Best of the Fest

Director:

Cinema/Chicago’s yearly CineYouth Festival celebrates the work of youths 21 years old and younger, highlighting the creativity of the next generation of filmmakers. Best Of The Fest showcases the winning films from the 2013 CineYouth Festival. This screening will include a Q&A with winning CineYouth filmmakers.

90 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 11:00am , EFCNY1 – Free!
Best of INTERCOM Best of INTERCOM

Director:

The 49th International Communications Media Competition (INTERCOM), a competition run by the Festival’s presenting organization, Cinema/Chicago, recognizes the incredible creativity found in corporate, industrial, and educational filmmaking. This screening will showcase some of this year’s winning work, presenting an hour of non-theatrical filmmaking whose level of cinematic truly deserves to be seen on the big screen. This is a free event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.

60 min

Show Times:

  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 5:00pm , EFINT1 – Free!
New Directors: The Political and the Personal New Directors: The Political and the Personal

Director:

As a first time director, do you feel a duty to address the political context in which you are working? Or do you prefer to focus on telling more personal stories? Do filmmakers working in politically volatile environments get pressured or pigeon holed into making political work, and what ethical dilemmas can this produce? Join a group of festival filmmakers who will consider and debate these issues in relation to their own practice.

Panelists:

Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, Director, Of Good Report

Abdeslam Kelai, Director, Malak

Bernard Attal, Director, The Invisible Collection

Diego Quemada-Díez, Director, La Jaula de Oro

Roberto Flores Prieto, Director, Chasing Fireflies

John Rangel, Director, Girls on Liberty Street

Moderator: Dan Rybicky, Columbia College Chicago

This is a FREE event! No ticket required. Event takes place at Columbia College Chicago: 1104 S. Wabash, 502.

60 min

Show Times:

  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 4:30pm – Free!
Panel 1: Documentary: Ethics and Aesthetics Panel 1: Documentary: Ethics and Aesthetics

Director:

Documentary filmmakers have a unique relationship to their subjects, with a responsibility to accurately tell their stories. But they also must consider film form and crafting an engaging narrative for the audience. How do directors strike the right balance between these considerations; is such a distinction even valid?

Panelists:

Mosco Kamwendo, Director, Comrade President

Damon Vignale, Director, The Exhibition

Susanna Helke, Director, American Vagabond

Austin Peck and Anneliese Vandenberg, Co-Directors, Tough Bond

Cecilia Peck, Director, Brave Miss World

Moderator: Bruce Sheridan, Professor and Chair, Cinema Art + Science, Columbia College Chicago


This is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.

60 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 12:00pm , EFPAN1 – Free!
Panel 2: Outlook Panel: Beyond Labels Panel 2: Outlook Panel: Beyond Labels

Director:

As gay issues and subjects become more and more a part of everyday mainstream culture, has it become redundant to classify films as “gay” or “lesbian”? Is it more legitimate to shun these labels, or are there actually advantages to embracing these identifiers? A panel of filmmakers and experts discuss these concerns, considering both films in the Festival and broader contexts.


Panelists:

Moises Sepulveda, Director, Illiterate

Pablo Paredes, Screenwriter, Illiterate

Karen Fahlen, Director, Stockholm Stories

Susanna Helke, Director, American Vagabond

Moderator: Nick Davis, Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies, Northwestern University


This is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.

60 min

Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 12:00pm , EFPAN2 – Free!
Panel 3: Meet the Critics Panel 3: Meet the Critics

Director:

A group of Chicago’s most respected and forward thinking film writers will discuss their views on recent changes and developments in film criticism styles and platforms, the evolving place of film journalism in the industry, and the role that critics can play in shaping a film’s exposure and marketability.

Panelists:

Ben Sachs, The Reader

Brian Tallerico, Rogerebert.com

Erik Childress, eFilmCritic / WGN Radio

Tasha Robinson, Senior Editor, The Dissolve

Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Mubi.com

Moderator: Alison Cuddy, WBEZ Chicago

This is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.

60 min

Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFPAN3 – Free!
Panel 4: Comedy: Improvising Cinema Panel 4: Comedy: Improvising Cinema

Director:

Chicago’s groundbreaking improvisational comedy scene is lauded all over the world. Bringing together the worlds of improv and film takes a host of talented individuals - but what exactly are the key ingredients that make the magic happen? Come hear from a panel of writers, producers, directors, and actors who have worked - often in multiple capacities - with film and improv, and find out what they think makes it all come together.

Panelists:

Susan Messing, Actress and Comedian, The Annoyance Theater and iO Theater

Frank V. Ross, Director, Tiger Tail in Blue

Denis Declue, Writer, About Last Night

Jimmy Carrane, Comedian and Host of “Improv Nerd”

Moderator: Ron Falzone, Columbia College Chicago


This is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.

60 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 12:00pm , EFPAN4 – Free!
Panel 5: After Dark: The Horror Renaissance Panel 5: After Dark: The Horror Renaissance

Director:

With the popularity of horror and genre films at a seemingly all-time high, opportunities for genre programming and distribution are also growing. Join a panel of programmers, filmmakers and distributors who will discuss the current surge in popularity of both independent and studio-produced horror and genre films, and consider how film festivals, exhibitors, filmmakers, and distributors can make the most of this (blood) thirsty new audience for horror.

Panelists:

Ti West, Director, The Sacrament

Michael Winton, Director of Marketing and Publicity, IFC Midnight

John McNaughton, Director, The Harvest

Lisa Holmes, Home Entertainment Director of Sales, Music Box Films

Moderator: Julian Grant, Columbia College Chicago


This is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.

60 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFPAN5 – Free!
Panel 6: Spotlight Africa: Producers Without Borders Panel 6: Spotlight Africa: Producers Without Borders

Director:

Many of the films - both features and shorts - in this year's Spotlight Africa program are co-productions. Through the experiences of our visiting filmmakers, we look at how creative co-producing can enhance Africa's increasingly vibrant and diverse filmmaking culture, and what can be done to strengthen and support these important international film industry connections.
Panelists:

Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, Director, Of Good Report

Joel Karekezi, Director, Imbabazi: The Pardon

Hakim Belabbes, Filmmaker

Moderator: Donald Smith, Associate Professor, Cinema Art + Science, Columbia College Chicago

This is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.

60 min

Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 12:00pm , EFPAN6 – Free!
Panel 7: Documentary: Current Fundraising Models Panel 7: Documentary: Current Fundraising Models

Director:

A group of documentary filmmakers and funding organizations discuss current trends in fundraising and best practices and strategies for effective documentary financing models.

Panelists:

Kathy Im, Director of the Media, Culture and Special Initiatives Program of the MacArthur Foundation

Cynthia López, Executive Vice President/Co-Executive Producer of the POV documentary series

Rahdi Taylor, Film Fund Director, Documentary Film Program, Sundance Institute


This is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.

60 min

Show Times:

  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFPAN7 – Free!
Q Hugo Film Awards Q Hugo Film Awards

Director:

Join us as we celebrate an evening of LGBTQ excellence in film, music and dance!

The celebration will take place at:

The Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted St.

EVENING PROGRAM:
6:00pm: Cocktail reception and hors d' oeuvres on the rooftop terrace
7:30pm: Awards ceremony with special tribute to Q Hugo honoree, filmmaker Scud, and live performances by:
World Music Singer/Songwriter: Sandra Antongiorgi
The Legendary Joel Hall Dancers
Reigning Miss Continental 2014: Naysha Lopez
9:00pm: After-party at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St.

Show Times:

  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 6:00pm – $20
Script to Screen: You be the Development Director Script to Screen: You be the Development Director

Director:

Want to be part of the development process? Attend a table reading of the new screenplay Midterm Breaks by Ron Falzone and directed by Jack C. Newell, featuring a cast of well-known local actors. Your opinions will help to develop this script as it moves toward production here in Chicago.

This is a FREE event! No ticket required.

Event Location:
Columbia College Chicago
Media Production Center, 1600 S. State

Show Times:

  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 6:30pm – Free!
Spotlight Africa: Meet the Filmmakers Spotlight Africa: Meet the Filmmakers

Director:

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet filmmakers visiting the Festival as part of our Spotlight Africa program.

The informal get together will take place at Black Cinema House, 6901 S. Dorchester Ave.

Panelists:

Alex Pitstra, Director, Die Welt

Joao Viana, Director, The Battle of Tabato

Mosco Kamwendo, Director, Comrade President

Moderator: Vaun Monroe, Columbia College Chicago


This is a FREE event! No ticket required.

60 min

Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 1:00pm – Free!