Chicago International Film Festival livestream Q&As

1+ Connect with the artists and filmmakers of the Chicago International Film Festival with these livestream Q&As. Livestream Q&As will be hosted on the film’s webpage on our streaming portal. Ticket holders can access the Q&A through the virtual access link emailed with their ticket purchase. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions during the … Continue reading “Chicago International Film Festival livestream Q&As”

56th Chicago International Film Festival announces juries

2+ Mimi Plauché, artistic director of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival, today announced the jury members for its competitions, featuring a host of acclaimed filmmakers and film professionals from across the globe. Juries will review films competing for prizes in the following competitions: International Competition; New Directors Competition; International Documentary Competition; Out-Look; City & State; and Short … Continue reading “56th Chicago International Film Festival announces juries”

Chicago International Film Festival call for entries

5+ Submit work by July 8 (late deadline) to be considered for CIFF’s 55th annual run, October 16-27 The Chicago International Film Festival has announced entries are now being accepted for all programs of the Festival’s 55th edition taking place October 16-27, 2019. Filmmakers can now submit feature-length, documentary, and short films on the Festival’s … Continue reading “Chicago International Film Festival call for entries”

DDB’s spot with apt foreign film feel to screen at Chicago International Film Festival opener

A “commercial” for the Chicago International Film Festival produced by two DDB creatives will be part of the Festival’s Oct. 5 opening festivities at the Chicago Theatre.

ACDs Larry Ziegelman and Jay Manheimer produced the 60-second pro bono promo that screens before the premiere of “Stranger than Fiction” and throughout the two-week cinema extravaganza.

Susan Sarandon takes Career Achievement Award Chicago International Film Festival opening night

Susan Sarandon received the Chicago International Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award at the fest’s opening night at the Chicago Theater.

Roger Ebert spoke with Sarandon before the screening of Cameron Crowe’s new romantic comedy “Elizabethtown,” in which Sarandon delivers a scene-stealing performance as a manic widow.

Ebert: In a career filled with great work, “Dead Man Walking” stands out as a role that came from your heart and from your convictions.

Chicago-produced films recognized this week in Chicago International Film Festival screenings

DANIELLE BEVERLY’S documentary “Learning to Swallow,” about Wicker Park artist Patsy Desmond’s journey to recovery after a suicide attempt destroyed her digestive system, screens at the Film Festival Wednesday, Oct 12 at 4:30 p.m. at AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois.

Beverly has been on the producing team for PBS documtaries.

They include include “Dance From the Heart” about the Joffrey Ballet, “Project Rebirth” about the healing process after 9/11, “Blink,” and the series “Independent View.”

Chicago Filmmakers’ Patrick Friel programs offbeat shows and large international festivals

WHO HE IS: Patrick Friel, since 1996 the program director of 34-year old Chicago Filmmakers.

WHAT HE DOES: He coordinates nine programs a year with his only co-worker, executive director and Chicago Filmmakers’ founder Brenda Webb.

Having just ended the 19th Annual Onion City Experimental Film Festival, he’s sending out a call for entries for the Nov. 8-18 27th annual Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival.

Four Chicago features play in 23rd Annual Chicago Latino International Film Festival April 13-25

THE CHICAGO LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL boasts four Chicago features among the lineup of 59 features and 31 shorts at its 23rd annual fest, April 13-25.

Jaime (“Dusk”) Mariscal’s second feature “Welcome Back To Barrio” follows a college kid (Ramses Jimenez) who returns to his old neighborhood and gets reeled into a gang conflict.

With Tony Ramirez, Carmen Cenko and Phil Camacho. David J. Miller of Mindlight Films produced and co-wrote with Mariscal. April 15 at 4 p.m. and April 17 at 10 p.m. at Facets Multi-Media, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave.

Barbara Scharres retires from Gene Siskel Film Center

0 After more than 45 years of service, Barbara Scharres (MFA 1972) will retire from her position as Director of Programming at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center. For over four decades, Scharres has played a critical role in determining the conceptual vision of the organization, establishing numerous landmark … Continue reading “Barbara Scharres retires from Gene Siskel Film Center”

‘Doll Eyes’ come to life for Chicago director Piñeiro

0 Felix Piñeiro has signed on to direct ​Doll Eyes​ written by award-winning screenwriter Amir Mohabbat. The horror film follows a developmentally disabled man who protects his sister from an abuser with “unique, desired eyes.” Piñeiro is a two-time DCASE Grant recipient and Finalist for the 2018 Chicago Filmmaker in Residence Award. His latest project … Continue reading “‘Doll Eyes’ come to life for Chicago director Piñeiro”

Opening Night: 26th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

0 A Black Harvest Feast, opening night program on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 pm, is hosted by NBC Chicago’s LeeAnn Trotter, our Master of Ceremonies, and features a unique parade of filmmakers in a virtual red carpet to kick off the festivities.  Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshlman serve as the … Continue reading “Opening Night: 26th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival”

37th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Fest

0 The full schedule was announced for Facets 37th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF37) one of only two Academy Award-qualifying international children’s film festivals in the world. Presented this year from Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 22, FACETS ever-popular signature program will be presented virtually in its entirety due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Since FACETS launched the Chicago … Continue reading “37th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Fest”

Groundbreaking film program builds inmates skills

0 The International Children’s Media Center (ICMC), has been invited back into Cook County Jail to present the groundbreaking program, WorldScene. Once a week, detainees enrolled in the Sheriff’s Anti-Violence Effort (S.A.V.E) will view and discuss award-winning multi-cultural short films from around the globe. Created by ICMC Executive Director Nicole Dreiske, WorldScene aims to help … Continue reading “Groundbreaking film program builds inmates skills”

CIFF screens Chicago-made film ‘Finding Yingying’

2+ Chicago made, award-winning feature documentary, Finding Yingying is screening tonight at the Chicago International Film Festival.  Produced by Kartemquin Films, Finding Yingying is Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan “Jenny” Shi’s debut feature documentary. The film follows the story of the Zhang family who, in the summer of 2017, travel to the United States from China in search of their missing 26-year old … Continue reading “CIFF screens Chicago-made film ‘Finding Yingying’”

Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Fest award winners

0 Reeling announces the winners of the 38th annual Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. The festival was held virtually this year from September 24 to October 7 and the event included 39 programs with films from 21 countries. The festival featured 31 Q&As with filmmakers which have been recorded and can be viewed here. We … Continue reading “Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Fest award winners”

The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project begins this weekend

0 The 48 Hour Film Project takes place in Chicago this weekend and you can still be a part of it! Filmmakers are taking over Chicago and turning it into movie-making madness for 48 hours! Teams of filmmakers have a single weekend – this one – to write, shoot and edit their short films! All … Continue reading “The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project begins this weekend”

Two Kino Lorber films to screen at CIFF next week

0 Next week begins the 56th Chicago International Film Festival and Reel Chicago will bring you coverage of the films. This year, we can look forward to two award-winning films from Kino Lorber. THE REASON I JUMPDirected by Jerry Rothwell **WINNER! Sundance 2020 Film Festival Audience Award,World Cinema Documentary** Based on the best-selling book by … Continue reading “Two Kino Lorber films to screen at CIFF next week”

CIFF selects four IL film projects for “The Pitch”

1+ The 56th Chicago International Film Festival announced a slate of four narrative feature film projects in active development that will be pitched live in front of a virtual audience and a panel of distinguished industry judges during the Festival’s Industry Days on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020.  Now in its sixth year, The Pitch at Industry Days has established itself as a leading industry showcase spotlighting bold, original work from the Chicago region. Past projects from The Pitch at Industry Days have gone onto completion, including Jennifer Reader’s Signature Move, and two films showing at last year’s Chicago International Film Festival: Knives and Skin, also directed by Jennifer Reeder, and Haroula Rose’s Once Upon a River. This year’s filmmakers represent a diversity of voices that continue to reinforce the breadth and vitality of Chicago-area filmmakers and projects: from a sci-fi comedy horror film set in the suburbs to a drama set along the Mexico-American border, to the story of a sexual assault within a Black community and an estranged daughter in an Iraqi-American family who impersonates her recently deceased father. See below for loglines. The winning pitch receives an awards package of in-kind goods and services worth tens of thousands of dollars. Contributors include Keslow Camera, IFA Chicago and The Story Stage at CineSpace, Chicago Media Angels, Ramo Law PC, and the Sundance Institute. “Right now, during the pandemic, it’s the perfect time to develop, workshop, hone, and fine-tune feature film projects and make them great,” said Chicago International Film Festival and Industry Days Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman. “The Pitch is a terrific way for the Festival to support and encourage local filmmakers and help push their projects forward.” This year’s Pitch will be hosted by IFA Chicago Executive Director and producer Angie Gaffney, and this year’s jury includes: Bronwyn Cornelius, producer of Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Clemency; Ilyse McKimmie, Deputy Director for Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program; and Yvonne Huff Lee, co-CEO of Lagralane Group. The selected projects for 2020’s The Pitch at Industry Days are: Anchor Baby After witnessing his father nearly beat a Mexican immigrant to death while patrolling the desert border, a thirteen-year-old boy growing up in the Arizona Border Militia finds solace in an unlikely place — the arms of the new undocumented migrant girl in town. Screenwriter: Anna Hozian Director: Danny Mooney Producer: Dale Armin Johnson Go to the Body After Sanaa, a rising racial justice organizer, is sexually assaulted by a fellow activist, she tries to push past her trauma and return to her normal life. The only thing standing in the way is her fianceé, Kendrick, an overprotective boxer who has his own idea of justice. Writer/Director: Kyra Jones Producer: Angellic Ross Invasion of the … Continue reading “CIFF selects four IL film projects for “The Pitch””

Chicago Latino Film Fest announces audience choice wins

0 The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announced today the winners and runner-ups for the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS of the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival. The festival was held virtually from Sept. 18 to Sept. 27 in Chicago and throughout the State of Illinois. In total, the Festival presented 44 feature and 38 shorts. Even though CLFF … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Fest announces audience choice wins”

LA Latino Film Fest, Netflix launch Latinx Fellowship

0 The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announced today the launch of LALIFF’s Inclusion Fellowship Series. This newly established program will focus on building a more inclusive and equitable industry for all members of the Latinx community. Each year, the fellowship will champion an underrepresented group from within the Latinx community. For its … Continue reading “LA Latino Film Fest, Netflix launch Latinx Fellowship”