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Chicago International Film Festival

54rd edition

Chicago International Film Festival

where:Chicago (USA)
when:October 11th - 25th, 2018
address:212 W Van Buren St., Suite 400
Chicago, Illinois 60607 - USA
deadline:July 9th, 2018
entry form:Online Submission

When we held the first Chicago International Film Festival in 1964, we couldn't have imagined where the medium of film was headed.
Today, you can have a film delivered straight to your door. You can download a film to your cell phone or stream it to your computer screen. Call us old school, but we still love settling into a dark theater full of people to watch that giant screen come alive with pictures of far-off lands. Each year we travel the world to find the films we think will move you, films that show us what's happening on every continent and right in our own backyards.
Nothing quite compares to that electrifying sense of discovery you get when you see something fresh and exciting for the first time on the big screen. We’ve brought you the first feature films by world-renowned directors like Martin Scorsese, Peter Weir, Mike Leigh, Taylor Hackford, Gregory Nava, Bertrand Tavernier, Jan Troell, Joe Swanberg, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and many more. Last year we presented more than 150 films from 50 countries, including over 40 films by first-time directors. Here you can explore highlights from last year's Festival, or submit your work for this year's!
Films are programmed for public screening in a diverse selection of competitions and categories. Each film is presented in one or more of the following sections and is placed at the discretion of the programming committee.
International Feature Film Competition
Films that meet a global standard of excellence compete for the Festival's highest honor, the Gold Hugo Award. The competition is judged by an international jury of film professionals, including directors, producers, actors, and critics.
New Directors Competition
Directors who are presenting their first or second feature film are eligible to participate in this competition that recognizes and celebrates the work of fresh, creative talents. To be eligible for the competition, films may not have U.S. distribution and must be a U.S. premiere if selected for the Festival.
The Docufest competition honors nonfiction films that surprise and challenge us. The competition is comprised of feature-length documentaries that exhibit the highest level of merit.
Short Film Competition
Annually showcasing the best short films from around the globe, this competition highlights the work of both upcoming artists and established masters in the short subject form. The winner of the Short Film Competition is eligible to be considered by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for the Academy Awards®.
After Dark Competition
Gathering genre films from horror and thrillers to edgy animation and dark comedy, this section showcases films not often presented in the Festival context for the chill seekers and lovers of camp.
Gala Presentations
This non-competitive section of highly anticipated and critically acclaimed films showcases works that are believed to have a powerful impact on audiences in the U.S. and around the world.
World Cinema
This non-competitive series presents new work by internationally acclaimed filmmakers and spotlights new talent and unique voices from across the globe, representing a diverse spectrum of the world's experience and filmmaking trends.
Black Perspectives
A showcase for the varied and diverse talents of black filmmakers from all nations, this section annually spotlights new discoveries and honors such film icons as Sidney Poitier, Halle Berry, Terrence Howard, Morgan Freeman, Lee Daniels, Pam Grier, Forest Whitaker, and Spike Lee, among others.
Cinema of the Americas
This program features innovative works by Latino/a filmmakers and exciting new voices from South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The films in the program are complemented by a series of master classes, panel discussions, and a tribute to a distinguished filmmaker.
Highlighting the finest of Illinois and Chicago productions, this section features the Chicago Award, which is given to the best film (feature, documentary or short subject) either produced in Illinois or by an Illinois resident. The Chicago Award celebrates the creativity of local talents devoted to the art of cinema.
The International Communications Film & Video Competition celebrates the enormous technical and creative energy behind corporate sponsored and industrial films, educational videos, business communications, and interactive productions. A jury of distinguished media professionals judges all aspects of each production's technical execution, including the work's professionalism, creativity, and effectiveness in achieving its goals.
From the edgy to the tender, the bold gay-themed films in the OUTrageous program exhibit new artistic perspectives on sexuality. The ever-exciting program is supplemented by a tribute event.
ReelWomen celebrates the depth and diversity of work by women and highlights the inspirational filmmakers behind the films. Panels, roundtables, and a tribute event augment the film series.

  • Antichrist by Lars von Trier: Gala Presentation

  • Videocracy - Basta apparire by Erik Gandini: Docufest

  • Vincere by Marco Bellocchio: Silver Hugo for Best Director; Silver Hugo for Best Actress (Giovanna Mezzogiorno); Silver Hugo for Best Actor (Filippo Timi); Gold Plaque for Best Cinematography (Daniele Ciprì)

  • Another World by Fabiomassimo Lozzi: World Cinema

  • The Girl by the Lake by Andrea Molaioli: World Cinema

  • Gomorrah by Matteo Garrone: Silver Hugo Award for Best Screenplay (Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso, Roberto Saviano)

  • QUIET CHAOS by Antonello Grimaldi: Silver Plaque" for the Screenplay (Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolocci)

  • Sonetàula by Salvatore Mereu: World Cinema