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Cinema of the Americas: One Hemisphere, Many Stories

CHICAGO (October 1, 2012) - Dystopian futures. Idyllic love stories. Rites of passage. Sweeping epics. The 48th Chicago International Film Festival’s Cinema of the Americas Program will once again celebrate the fresh and vibrant work of emerging a...

David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook Added to the 48th Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO (September 28, 2012) - The 48th Chicago International Film Festival announced today that David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro has been added to the Festival’s line-up. Sil...

48th Chicago International Film Festival Announces Films in Competition

CHICAGO, IL (September 20, 2012) - The 48th Chicago International Film Festival announced today the full line up of films selected to screen in the International Feature, New Directors, DOCUFEST, After Dark and Short Film Competitions.   ...

Chicago International Film Festival Takes "Flight" With Closing Night Film

CHICAGO, IL (September 20, 2012) The 48th Chicago International Film Festival announces the selection of Flight, Chicagoan Robert Zemeckis’ return to live action movies, as the Festival’s Closing Night Film. Flight will screen on October 25 ...

Chicago Is Ready For Its Close-Up

CHICAGO (September 20, 2012) - The city of Chicago will play a leading role at this year’s 48th Chicago International Film Festival as various films, from Opening Night to Closing Night and everything in between, celebrate the contributions of ...

Joan Allen, Viola Davis and Helen Hunt To Be Honored with the Silver Hugo at the 48th Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO, IL (September 18, 2012) - It’s a “Woman’s World” as three mesmerizing, versatile actors are honored with the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF)’s Silver Hugo for their significant achievements and contributions to the ...

The 48th Chicago International Film Festival Announces the Selection of “Cloud Atlas" As Their Centerpiece Film

CHICAGO, IL (September 11, 2012) - The 48th Chicago International Film Festival announces the selection of “Cloud Atlas,” the much anticipated new film from writer/directors and native Chicagoans Lana and Andy Wachowski (“The Matrix” Trilogy) a...

The World Premiere of "Stand Up Guys" Starring Pacino, Walken and Arkin Opens the 48th Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO (September 05, 2012) - " The eyes of the entertainment world will be on Chicago when the 48th Chicago International Film Festival opens with the World Premiere of the highly anticipated film “Stand Up Guys.” Produced by Chicagoan Tom Ros...

NEW VISIONS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

CHICAGO, IL (August 30, 2012) - As part of a three-year grant from the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the 48th Chicago International Film Festival announces its Spotlight Middle East Program, the second ...

YEAR-ROUND EDUCATION OUTREACH SCREENINGS PROGRAM

The start of the school year can be such an exciting time for students - gathering of supplies, the return of the backpack, reuniting with fellow students and favorite teachers. Back to school also marks the start of our Education Outreach Screenings...

A YEAR OF DISCOVERY - The 48th Chicago International Film Festival Announces First Round of Titles

CHICAGO, IL (August 23, 2012) - " Cinema/Chicago and The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive film festival in North America, are proud to announce the first 22 films out of more than 150 films from over 50 countries that will b...

LEADING THE TEAM

Wake up, watch films, send some emails, watch films, make a few calls, watch some more films, sleep, and maybe eat a little bit in between. This is the typical day of our programmers. Our team has been tirelessly working behind-the-scenes: securing...

Member Screening: HIT & RUN Tuesday, 8/14/12

Dear members,   Cinema/Chicago's Junior Board and Open Road Films will be hosting an exclusive screening of HIT & RUN on Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00pm, at AMC River East 21.   Please RSVP with your name and current membership# to membe...

Member Screening: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Monday, 7/2/12

Dear members,   Cinema/Chicago and Fox Searchlight will be hosting an exclusive screening of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD on Monday July 2 at 7:00pm, at AMC River East 21.   Please RSVP with your name and current membership# to member...

Cannes 2012 - Wet & Wild!

It’s Cannes time again! I was thrilled to be there as the Festival de Cannes celebrated its 65th  year. First, we have to talk about the weather. In all the years I’ve been at Cannes I can’t remember a tailwind and solid downp...

Member Screening: FOR GREATER GLORY Tuesday, 5/22/12

Cinema/Chicago and ARC Entertainment will be hosting an exclusive members-only screening of FOR GREATER LOVE on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7:00pm at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). Due to space limitations, we are unable to accommodate guests...

Member Screening: BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Tuesday, 4/24/12

Cinema/Chicago and Fox Searchlight will be hosting an exclusive members-only screening of BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 7:30pm at AMC Loews 600 North Michigan 9 (entrance at Rush and Ohio). Due to space limitations, we are u...

Kelsey Grammer to be honored with Career Achievement Award at 48th Hugo Television Awards

Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival are pleased to announce that Kelsey Grammer will be presented with the CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the 48th Hugo Television Awards Ceremony on April 19 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.Be...

2012 International Screenings Program, Apr 11- Sept 29

See the World for Free! Together with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and our consular and cultural partners, the International Connections Committee of Cinema/Chicago is pleased to present the 9th annual International...

Member Screening: INTOUCHABLES Tuesday, 4/3/12

Cinema/Chicago and The Weinstein Company will be hosting an exclusive members-only screening of INTOUCHABLES on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 7:30pm at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). Due to space limitations, we are unable to accommodate guests ...

Spotlight Middle East

By Mimi Plauché, Head of Programming From the Festival’s earliest years, we have been proud to showcase the artistic brilliance and storytelling virtuosity that has made Iranian cinema the focus (and envy) of the international film world. It was ...

THE BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL- THE BERLINALE 2012

By Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director If you are a real film fanatic, you should put the Berlin Film Festival on your radar for next year and consider a trip to Germany!  Berlin is truly an audience-friendly film festival. It’s said to ...

CINEYOUTH 2012 ANNOUNCEMENTS: EVENT DATE CHANGE AND EXTENDED CALL FOR ENTRIES

Because of the G8/NATO Summit taking place in mid-May in Chicago and the subsequent business and school closures, Cinema/Chicago has changed the dates of CineYouth 2012. CineYouth will now be taking place from May 31 – June 2. Additional ...

REELY TEENY WEENY FILM SPECATCULAR: Cinema/Chicago’s Junior Board Announces Film Contest Call for Entries

CHICAGO, February 17, 2012 – The Junior Board of Cinema/Chicago and The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive film festival in North America, last week announced the Call for Entries for The Reely Teeny Weeny Film Spectacula...

CineYouth Festival entries rolling in!

Now celebrating it's 8th year, Cinema/Chicago's youth film festival CineYouth is currently accepting entries from young filmmakers 21 years old or younger. Short films (10 minutes or less) are accepted from all over the world. Entry guidelines and regu...

Member Screening: BEING FLYNN Wednesday, 2/22/12

Cinema/Chicago and Focus Features will be hosting an exclusive members-only screening of BEING FLYNN on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 7:00pm at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). Director Paul Weitz will be present for a post-screening Q&A. D...

Chicago International Film Festival Oscar® picks, favorites and snubs!

Like many of you, the Oscar® telecast is our Superbowl - for the past year we’ve watched all of the ‘teams’, ‘coaches’, and ‘players’ and we can’t wait to root for our favorites during the big game on February 26th (show will be tel...

MY DINNER WITH WIM!

For every single Festival, there are countless stories… The night of our sold out premiere screening of Pina in 3D during the 47th Chicago International Film Festival, director Wim Wenders was scheduled to introduce the film and participate...

Member Screening: RAMPART Thursday, 2/9/12

Cinema/Chicago and Millennium Entertainment will be hosting an exclusive members-only screening of RAMPART on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 6:30pm at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). Due to space limitations, we are unable to accommodate guest...

2012 HUGO TELEVISION AWARDS NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES

Deadline: March 9

CHICAGO, January 18, 2011 - The Hugo Television Awards, now in its 48th year, is accepting entries for the 2012 competition. Presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, the Hugo TV Awards is an international competition tha...

Member Screening: CARNAGE Wednesday, 1/11/12

Cinema/Chicago and Sony Pictures Classics will be hosting an exclusive members-only screening of CARNAGE on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:00pm at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). Due to space limitations, we are unable to accommodate guests...

Member Screening: YOUNG ADULT with director Jason Reitman Wednesday, 12/7

Cinema/Chicago and Paramount Pictures will be hosting an exclusive members-only screening of YOUNG ADULTS on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:30pm at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). Immediately following the screening will be a Q&A with director ...

Member Screening: PARIAH with director Dee Rees and actress Adepero Oduye Monday, 12/12

Cinema/Chicago and Focus Features will be hosting an exclusive members-only screening of PARIAH on Monday, December 12th at 6pm at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). Immediately following the screening will be a Q&A with director Dee Rees and ac...

Member Screening: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, with director Tomas Alfredson and actor Gary Oldman, Thursday 11/17

Cinema/Chicago and Focus Features will be hosting an exclusive members-only screening of TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY on Thursday, November 17 at 7pm at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.Immediately following the screening will be a Q&A with direct...

IT’S TIME FOR…THE BEST OF THE FEST!!!

As the 47th Chicago International Film Festival comes to a close, Chicagoans will be given one more chance to experience the Festival’s most celebrated films, with this year’s award-winning and most popular films being screened one more time for...

CHICAGO TOP AWARDS GO TO THE BEST OF WHAT THE WORLD IS WATCHING

Chicago, IL -- Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, Mimi Plauché, Head of Programming, and Programmers Penny Bartlett and Lee Ferdinand proudly announce the winners of the 47th Chicago Internatio...

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The 47th Chicago International Film Festival Has a Surprise for You!

Could there actually be a music-thriller-vampire movie about Wall Street with penguins and swashbuckling cats shot on 3D? Of course not! But you sure can brag about having seen that hotly anticipated movie your family, coworkers and Facebook friend...

JOHN C. REILLY TIPS HAT TO CHICAGO ROOTS

Chicago, IL -- Actor John C. Reilly took a sold-out crowd on a trip down memory lane during a special event held at the AMC River East on October 12.  The one-on-one with Reilly (Chicago, Boogie Nights, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) was part ...

WIM WENDERS IN 3D!

The director of the acclaimed Wings of Desire and Buena Vista Social Club introduces dance to a new dimension

The 47th Chicago International Film Festival welcomes back legendary German filmmaker Wim Wenders, winner of the Festival’s 1976 Gold Hugo for Kings of the Road. Wenders will be presenting his latest feature film Pina, shot in state-of-the-art 3D...

ZOMBIES, MURDERERS AND H.P. LOVECRAFT SET LOOSE IN FIRST EVER AFTER DARK COMPETITION

Chicago, IL-- The Chicago International Film Festival’s After Dark program—a perennial October favorite in the lead up to Halloween—has been expanded in its first ever competitive year to include an international mix of ten thrilling feature l...

FIRST-TIME DIRECTORS MAKE WAVES AT THE 47TH CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Chicago, IL-- Since its founding in 1965, the Chicago International Film Festival has welcomed to Chicago the new visions and generations of filmmakers from around the world. At this 47th Festival, more than 45 feature directorial debuts from 29 co...

REELWOMEN PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS THE WORK OF FIRST-TIME WOMEN FEATURE FILMMAKERS AND DOCUMENTARIANS

Chicago, IL-- Created to celebrate the contributions that female writers and directors continue to make to film around the world, the REELwomen program at the 47th Chicago International Film Festival will introduce Chicago audiences to the works ...

FARINA SHINES AT OPENING NIGHT

47th Chicago International Film Festival opens in style with The Last Rites of Joe May

Chicago, IL-- Chicago’s own Dennis Farina won the hearts of more than 1,200 guests at the 47Th Chicago International Film Festival’s Opening Night presentation of the locally produced and shot The Last Rites of Joy May, in which Farina stars.  ...

47TH CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA’S BOLD VISIONS

Chicago, IL -- The 47th Chicago International Film Festival will celebrate the vibrant and innovative work coming from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America in its Cinema of the Americas program. The 13 films featured in this year's...

“VIVE LE CINEMA!” CLAUDE LELOUCH CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF FILMMAKING IN CHICAGO

Chicago, IL-- The 47th Chicago International Film Festival welcomes back French film director/producer Claude Lelouch to celebrate his rich fifty year history as a filmmaker. The Festival will present Lelouch with a Silver Hugo award at the Saturday...

47th CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO HOST FREE PANELS

Filmmakers to Discuss the Latest Trends

Free tickets will be available on a first-come first-served basis at Festival box offices, AMC River East 21 (322 East Illinois St.) and Cinema/Chicago (30 E. Adams St.), starting at 10 a.m., Monday, October 3rd. Eight free discussion panels ho...

BUTTER AND THE DESCENDANTS ADDED TO THE 47TH CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

WHAT:   The 47th Chicago International Film Festival announces the addition of two highly anticipated movies to their Special Presentations program: The Descendants, Alexander Payne’s first film in seven years since the Academy Award®-winning S...

RISING STAR ANTHONY MACKIE TO BE HONORED AT THE BLACK PERSPECTIVES TRIBUTE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15TH

CHICAGO, IL -- Cinema/Chicago announced today that rising star Anthony Mackie will be honored Chicago at the annual Black Perspectives tribute on Saturday, October 15th. The 47th Chicago International Film Festival's Black Perspectives Committee wi...

FOCUS ON CHICAGO FILMMAKERS AT THE 47th CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

CHICAGO, IL-- Cinema/Chicago announced that the 47Th Chicago International Film Festival will spotlight a diverse group of actors and filmmakers with Illinois and Chicago connections through two unique Festival programs: City & State and Chic...

CINEMA/CHICAGO TO SHOW CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WHAT THE WORLD IS WATCHING AT THE 47th CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Student/Director Discussions to be Held after Select Screenings

WHAT:            Cinema/Chicago will hold 8 free Festival screenings for audiences of public school students as part of its year-round Education Outreach Screening Program. A select number of seats will be available to credentialed media.  ...

47th Chicago International Film Festival Announces Films In Competition!

A Little Closer USA (Director: Matt Petock) This lyrical portrait of life in small town Virginia finds a single mother struggling to keep it together, working as a housekeeper and looking for love. Meanwhile, her two adolescent sons explore their ...

SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTH ASIA AT THE 47th CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Opening Night Film Announced: THE LAST RITES OF JOE MAY

CHICAGO FILM TO OPEN 47TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WITH THE LAST RITES OF JOE MAYCHICAGO, IL - Cinema/Chicago today announced that the 47th Chicago International Film Festival will officially open with THE LAST RITES OF JOE MAY, showcasing a tour-de...

Passes Now on Sale!

FESTIVAL PASSES AND THEATER INFOA variety of Festival Passes are already on sale. Pass options include: Moviegoer (10 regular admissions): $90 for Cinema/Chicago members, $120 for non-members. Passport (20 regular admissions): $170 for Cinema/Chicago m...

First 25 Films released!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WHAT THE WORLD IS WATCHING The 47th Chicago International Film Festival announces its first 25 titles CHICAGO, August 26, 2011 - Cinema/Chicago and The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive film festival in N...

Governor Pat Quinn proclaims August 19 as Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez Day!

CHICAGO, AUGUST 10, 2011 – Martin Sheen will go home with more than just the Silver Hugo for Career Achievement when he visits Chicago this August for the Chicago International Film Festival’s Annual Summer Gala.  Governor Quinn has an...

Member Screening: CATCHING HELL with director Alex Gibney, 8/25, 7pm

Cinema/Chicago and ESPN FILMS will be hosting an exclusive screening of CATCHING HELL, directed by Oscar winning director, Alex Gibney, on Thursday August 25 at 7pm at The Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave.A panel discussion will immediately fol...

INTERCOM Open For Business!

2011 INTERCOM Competition Accepting Entries

CHICAGO, August 3, 2011 - The 47th Chicago International Film Festival’s International Communications Video & Interactive Media Competition (INTERCOM) is now accepting entries in the following categories: Business Communications, Corporate Sponsore...

2011 Summer Gala honors Martin Sheen, 8/19, 7pm

Cinema/Chicago and the 47th Chicago International Film Festival, are pleased to present the 2011 Summer Gala, honoring Martin Sheen with special guest Emilio Estevez.  This memorable cinematic event will be held on Friday, August 19th at AMC River E...

Cinema/Chicago member screening:SARAH'S KEY, 7/12, 7:30pm with director in attendance!

Cinema/Chicago and The Weinstein Company will be hosting a members-only screening of SARAH'S KEY, on Tuesday, July 12, at 7:30pm at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois.Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A!Cinema/...

2011 CineYouth welcomes Academy Award winning director Luke Matheny, 5/5

CineYouth welcomes 2011 Best Live Action Short Film Academy Award Winner Luke Matheny! His winning film God of Love and other selected work will be shown and he will discuss the journey from student filmmaker to Oscar winner. Thursday, May 5, 7pm Colum...

Cinema/Chicago members screening: BEGINNERS, 5/12, with director Mike Mills in attendance!

Cinema/Chicago and Focus Features will be hosting a special advance screening of BEGINNERS, on Thursday, May 12, at 7pm, at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois).Director/writer Mike Mills will be present for a post-screening Q&A, moderated by Richar...

2011 International Screenings Program, May 4-September 24

Experience the Chicago International Film Festival all summer long!Together with the Chicago Cultural Center and our consular and cultural partners, the International Connections Committee of Cinema/Chicago is pleased to present the 8th annual Internat...

VIDEO: Highlights from the 46th Chicago International Film Festival

VIDEO: 46th Chicago International Film Festival Awards Night

VIDEO: Alan Cumming, OUTrageous Award Winner, talks The Tempest

On Monday, October 18, the Chicago International Film Festival presented Alan Cumming with the Artistic Achievement Award as part of the OUTrageous program. From the edgy to the tender, the bold gay-themed films in the OUTrageous program fearlessly exh...

VIDEO: Slam Poets featured in LOUDER THAN A BOMB participate in a post-screening Q+A

Who ever said poetry was boring? Four teams of supremely talented Chicago high school students harness the ecstatic power of words as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth poetry slam right here in Chicago. Come see this rousing...

VIDEO: Actress Cécile De France answers questions with Richard Roeper atfter the showing of HEREAFTER

Hereafter is a drama centered on three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. George (Damon) is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (de France), a French journalist...

VIDEO: Visionary Award Recipient Guillermo del Toro talks with Ron Perlman about his distinguished career

Guillermo del Toro’s incomparable imagination, distinctive visual style, and thematically charged narratives have earned him a place at the forefront of the thriving Latin American filmmaking community. With The Devil’s Backbone, the Hellbo...

BEST OF FEST ANNOUNCED!!

BEST OF THE FEST!
Wednesday, October 20 As the 46th Chicago International Film Festival comes to a close, Chicagoans will be given one more chance to experience the Festival’s most celebrated films, with this year’s award-winning and mos...

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