Interview: CIFF Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman

1+ Today is the beginning of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival. Unlike other years, the prestigious festival is a bit different than the ones we have experienced in the past. With an ongoing pandemic and COVID on the rise in Illinois, the fest is combining streaming on-demand and appointment screenings and an in-person drive-in … Continue reading “Interview: CIFF Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman”

CIFF announces ‘Go to the Body’ as winner of The Pitch

3+ The 56th Chicago International Film Festival has announced the winner of The Pitch at the 6th edition of Industry Days: Go to the Body, written and directed by Kyra Jones (co-creator of The Right Swipe) and produced by Angellic Ross.  The film follows Sanaa, a rising racial justice organizer who is sexually assaulted by a fellow … Continue reading “CIFF announces ‘Go to the Body’ as winner of The Pitch”

The CIFF opens tonight with world premiere of Belushi

2+ The Chicago International Film Festival is kicking off their 56th year with the World Premiere of Belushi, celebrating the genius and legacy of Chicago comedy icon John Belushi in the words of those who most closely knew and worked with him. The drive-in screening starts at 6:30pm CT at the ChiTown Movies Drive-In  (2343 S Throop … Continue reading “The CIFF opens tonight with world premiere of Belushi”

CIFF announces Gardner as keynote speaker

1+ The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, has announced this year’s Industry Keynote conversation with Academy Award-winning producer and president of Plan B Entertainment Dede Gardner. Her credits include 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight. Both presented at past editions of the Festival. Additionally, Industry Days will host master classes with Academy Award®-nominated … Continue reading “CIFF announces Gardner as keynote speaker”

Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual

1+ The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, today announced this year’s Industry Days will be held virtually for a global audience, October 12-18, 2020. Early Bird accreditation is now available for qualified participants to secure registration at the lowest price. Registration prices will increase to the regular rate on August 21. Film and media professionals interested … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual”

Round two of the Indie Film Town Hall was held Thursday

2+ Round Two of the Indie Film Town Hall was held on Thursday, May 28th. The Town Hall meetings bring together Chicago’s independent film and media-making community during these difficult times. In a series of lunchtime meetings over Zoom, members of Chicago’s indie film and media organizations will discuss the challenges that face our industries … Continue reading “Round two of the Indie Film Town Hall was held Thursday”

Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual

2+ Today, Thursday May 14th, The Indie Film Town Hall met to discuss the future of production in Illinois.  The panel included Christine Dudley (IPA) Angie Gaffney (IFA), Peter Hawley (Illinois Film Office), Anthony Kaufman (Chicago International Film Festival Industry) Brenda Webb (Chicago Filmmakers), Colette Ghunim (Mezcla Media Collective).  The discussion was led by Angie … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual”

The first Indie Film Town Hall meeting on Thursday

3+ On Thursday, May 14th, the Independent Film Alliance Chicago, the Chicago International Film Festival and Industry days are hosting their first Indie Film Town Hall, bringing together Chicago’s independent film and media-making community during these difficult times. From 1-2 pm CST, grab your lunch and join panelists from Chicago’s indie film and media organizations as they discuss the challenges that … Continue reading “The first Indie Film Town Hall meeting on Thursday”

‘Three Hours’ wins ChiFilmFest’s $20K Pitch

3+ Aemilia Scott, Holli McGinley film follows a single mother living on the edge of Chicago’s Humboldt Park The 55th Chicago International Film Festival has announced the winner of The Pitch at the 5th edition of Industry Days: Three Hours, directed by Aemilia Scott and produced by Holli McGinley. The film follows a single mother … Continue reading “‘Three Hours’ wins ChiFilmFest’s $20K Pitch”

ChiFilmFest announces slate for “The Pitch”

2+ Five film projects to compete for $20,000 awards package of in-kind goods and services   The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced a slate of five narrative feature film projects in active development that will be pitched in front of a live audience and a panel of distinguished industry judges during the Festival’s Industry … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest announces slate for “The Pitch””

Architecture, racecars, and the Blues

2+ The ChiFilmFest 2019 program offers moviegoers art, thrills, and the music that inspired Buddy Guy The Chicago International Film Festival announced an ambitious schedule for its 55th annual run during a press event yesterday morning at AMC Theatres River East. Hosted by Artistic Director Mimi Plauché and programmers Anthony Kaufman, Alissa Simon, and Sam … Continue reading “Architecture, racecars, and the Blues”

ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda

4+ Master Classes with Oscar and Sundance winners are just a few of the events scheduled for October 17-20 program     The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced today the program for Industry Days (October 17-20, 2019) with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.   … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda”

Doc10 screens the year’s best at the Davis Theater

4+ Fourth annual fest of the best opens with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doc, “Knock Down The House” The 4th annual Doc10 Film Festival’s 2019 lineup is an entertaining variety of undeniable relevance taking place April 11-14 at The Davis Theater (4614 N. Lincoln Ave.) The program opens with Rachel Lears’ critically acclaimed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez documentary, Knock … Continue reading “Doc10 screens the year’s best at the Davis Theater”

Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases Industry Days schedule

4+ Headliners include Oscar-­winning director Steve McQueen, Emmy-­nominated writer Bashir Salahuddin, and award-­winning producers Albert Berger and Bob Teitel (Chicago — 26 September 2018) The complete program of Industry Days (Oct. 11­14) at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival was announced today with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the Midwest … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases Industry Days schedule”

Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases 54th annual lineup

5+ Big-budget premieres, exquisite docs, thoughtful shorts, special events, and a deep well of unsung gems create the “stunning variety” of this year’s program The Chicago International Film Festival announced the majority the films screening over its 54th annual run at the AMC Theaters earlier today. Culling from more than 6,000 submissions — the highest … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases 54th annual lineup”

“America to Me” sparks a national conversation

6+ “White people have to more than just think that it’s okay to not act in a racist way … they actually have to actively do something” Director Steve James America to Me explores a national crisis, but that’s just the beginning. The ten-part docuseries, premiering August 26 on the Starz Network, is a call … Continue reading ““America to Me” sparks a national conversation”