CineYouth 2019 Film Festival call for entries

North America’s
competitive film
festival seeks
work by filmmakers
aged 22-years-old
and younger

Submissions for CineYouth 2019 are now open!

Created in 2005, Cinema/Chicago’s CineYouth Film Festival is designed to encourage youth filmmakers in their creative endeavors. CineYouth provides opportunities for young filmmakers to articulate themselves artistically, and have their voice heard.

Held annually in Chicago, CineYouth is a three-day festival celebrating and fostering the creativity of filmmakers 22-years-old and younger by screening officially selected work and encouraging their creative endeavors by presenting a filmmaking workshop, discussions and panels.



Submissions for CineYouth 2019
CineYouth’s 15th year will be held Spring 2019. Submissions for CineYouth 2019 are now open! To learn more or submit a film, click here.

Entry requirements

Filmmakers must be 22-years-old or younger at the time of the film’s completion (can currently be 23 if the film was finished while age 22)
Films must be 15 minutes or less
All entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway
We accept the following genres: drama, comedy, animation, horror/thriller, music video and experimental
Regular/Final deadline: February 25, 2019

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 15th annual CineYouth Film Festival: April 26-28, 2019 at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre!

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About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year round non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. In addition to the Chicago International Film Festival, Cinema/Chicago’s programs include: the International Screenings Program, CineYouth Film Festival, and year-round Education Program. Celebrating its 55th edition in 2019, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running competitive film festival.

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