ON THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

PHOTO BOOTH: 12th Annual Monday on Main Street Brings Filmmakers Together at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival was back in-person and better than ever. If you made the trek to Park City this month, you likely stopped by the 12th Annual Monday on…

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The Online Premiere Is Here for Chicago-Made Festival Fave ‘After (A Love Story)’

On the heels of a wildly successful festival run, including a dozen award nominations, nine wins, playing at Academy-Award qualifiers, local screenings, and more than twenty fests all over the country,…

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TV Pilot ‘Palookaville’ Wins Slamdance Grand Jury Prize for Columbia College Chicago Alum Collatos

A promising TV pilot has won the coveted Grand Jury title at Slamdance and is now looking ahead to series development. Could the series eventually land in Chicago? Pilot creator…

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Slamdance Grand Jury Prize Goes to Chicago Film ‘Waiting for the Light to Change’

A Chicago and Midwest made independent feature has earned one of the most coveted awards on the festival circuit. The Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature at the Slamdance Film…

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‘Relative’ Returns to Chicago Screens, Continues Expansion Throughout U.S.

Michael Glover Smith’s fourth feature Relative, which launched a joint premiere theatrical run at the Music Box Theater and Gene Siskel Film Center last summer, is set to return to…

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The 39th Chicago Latino Film Festival Announced Winner of Its Annual Poster Contest

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF), is proud to announce that Los Angeles-based graphic designer and illustrator Chenwei Xu is…

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Heading to Sundance? Join SCREEN at the 12th Annual Monday on Main Street

The Sundance Film Festival is back in-person and kicks off this week. If you are making the trek to Park City this month, here is a soiree for you to…

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Chicagoland Area Films ‘Waiting for the Light to Change’ ‘Teacher of Patience’ Set to Premiere at Slamdance

It’s time to head to Park City! Slamdance Film Festival is ready to roll and there are two films hailing from Chicagoland and the Midwest awaiting their premiere. Slamdance 2023…

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Santa Barbara International Announces 2023 Program

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announced today the highly anticipated lineup for the 38th edition, which will run February 8 to 18, 2023. The festival will showcase 52…

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Blues Documentary ‘Born In Chicago’ Wins Best of Fest at Palm Springs

Born In Chicago, the music documentary with deep roots in the Chicago music and production communities, has won “Best of Fest” at the 2023 Palm Springs International Film Festival.  The award…

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Reeling 2023: The 41st Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival Now Open for Submissions

Chicago Filmmakers today announces the open call for entries for Reeling 2023: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, now in its 41st edition. Reeling, which has been an annual showcase of the…

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Indigo Girls to Perform at Sundance Opening Night Festivities

The Grammy Award-winning folk rock duo Indigo Girls will perform at Opening Night: A Taste of Sundance presented by IMDbPro on January 19 in Park City. The band will also premiere their new documentary, It’s…

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Meet the Jury Members of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival

The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the 16 jurors granting awards for artistic and cinematic excellence at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, including the five jury members who awarded the…

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Sundance Announces Lineup; Chicago Media Project Brings ‘Mariachi’ to the Party

Sundance is live and in-person once again! Today the nonprofit Sundance Institute announced the slate of independent films selected across the feature film categories for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival….

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Short Film Award Winners Announced for Key West Film Fest; ‘Chicago Fire’ Producer Leads Jury

A diverse collective of filmmakers led the short film award winners for the 2022 Key West Film Festival. The fest assembled a revered jury of industry leaders to judge the…

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Other Worlds Announces Lineup for Its Final Festival

Other Worlds Film Festival has announced the final wave of programming for the 2022, and final, edition. Like the nine-year-old festival itself, this year’s fest will end on a high note, with…

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Sundance Institute Adds ‘The Farewell’ Director Lulu Wang, Patrick Gaspard and Shripriya Mahesh

The nonprofit Sundance Institute today announced three newly appointed additions to the Institute’s Board of Trustees. Lulu Wang, Patrick Gaspard and Shripriya Mahesh have joined the business, cultural, and philanthropic leaders who guide and…

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Emmy Winners, ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers,’ ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘Chicago Fire’ Producers Lead Key West Film Festival Shorts Jury

The Key West Film Festival has assembled a revered group of industry leaders and artists to judge the 11th edition of the festival. The collective includes Hell’s Kitchen Producer Eric…

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Doc Chicago Is Here This Saturday; SCREEN Chats with Founder Ines Sommer

Doc Chicago is here, and we have the founder with us today to tell you why you should be heading to the Chicago Cultural Center this Saturday. The schedule for this year’s…

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Chicago Indie ‘Relative’ Earns Festival Wins, Box Office Success

Coming off a prestigious win at a film festival in New York and a high-profile Los Angeles premiere, a Chicago indie will continue to add more screening dates at fests and…

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Jayce Baron and Hailie Sahar Kick-off Black Alphabet Film Festival with ‘Beyond Ed Buck’ Screening

Black Alphabet, a nonprofit committed to promoting equity awareness on behalf of the Black LGBT+ community through the use of media and the arts, has announced the 9th Annual Black…

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Doc Chicago Set for Saturday November 5, Here’s the Full Schedule

Documentary filmmakers from across the Midwest will be en route to Downtown Chicago next weekend. The schedule for this year’s DOC CHICAGO – the free mini-conference for and by Midwest documentary filmmakers…

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Black Harvest Film Festival Launches November 4th, Here’s the Lineup

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center has revealed the full festival schedule for its 28th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, which will take place…

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World Premieres, Sundance Faves Highlight Key West Film Festival Short Film Lineup

Riding the wave of being named to Moviemaker Magazine’s esteemed “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World,” the Key West Film Festival has launched its short film lineup for…

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Best of The Midwest Awards Set for November 3rd

After a successful year with several sold-out shows, the Midwest Film Festival (MFF) honors the work of multiple filmmakers featured in their monthly First Tuesdays series in 2022. These creatives…

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Winners Announced for Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

Reeling: The 40th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival has announced the winners of the Best Narrative and Documentary Feature Jury and Audience Awards, recognizing artistic achievements in global LGBTQ+ independent…

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Katie Couric Joins List of Chicago International Film Festival Special Guests

The Chicago International Film Festival today announced that award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Katie Couric, executive producer of NO ORDINARY CAMPAIGN, will appear at an encore presentation of her film. Meanwhile, two new…

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Nashville Film Festival Announces Festival Winners, Including Chicago Film ‘The Year Between’

The Nashville Film Festival announces the 53rd edition’s award winners, including best films in each category and the winning scripts in the organization’s esteemed screenplay competition. Brazilian film MARS ONE, written…

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Chicago Alliance of Film Festivals Announced, Will Begin Operations in 2023

Together we are stronger. And with that in mind, an all-new unifying organization has been formed in Chicago. It was announced at FACETS’ annual Screen Gems Benefit last week, honoring the life and career…

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Reeling Film Festival Launches 40th Run with Celeb Style

The Reeling Film Festival launched its 2022 program with the US premiere of The Tiny Shrimps Strike Back at the Music Box Theatre on September 22. Now on its 40th annual run, the…

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Chicago International Film Festival Lineup Packed with Premieres; Kathryn Hahn Among Honorees

The Chicago International Film Festival has announced the full lineup of films and programs for this year’s 58th edition of North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, running October 12 –…

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Big NYC Win for Michael Glover Smith’s ‘Relative’ As Theatrical Expands through Chicago, Midwest

A Chicago indie is celebrating a prestigious win in New York as its theatrical run heats up in the final months of summer. Michael Glover Smith’s fourth feature film, the…

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West Coast Premieres at LA Shorts, Cordillera for Chicago Film; ‘Walking Dead’ ‘Chicago Med’ Stars Lead Cast

The prolific festival run continues for Chicago-made short film After (A Love Story). The dramatic piece launches its West Coast leg this week, with a Los Angeles Premiere at the…

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Chicago Southland International Film Festival Set for July 29th; Social Justice Issues In Focus

Chicago Southland International Film Festival (CSIFF) presented by Governors State University (GSU) is hosting its inaugural Summer Showcase event on July 29. The festivities will be hosted at Governors State…

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Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival at Chicago Filmmakers July 15-21

The 12th Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) will be held at Chicago Filmmakers, 1326 W. Hollywood Avenue in Chicago, from July 15-21. The festival will exhibit nightly screenings of…

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The 29th Chicago Underground Film Festival Lineup Is Packed with World Premieres, Panels, and Parties

Anyone who’s been to CUFF knows that a ticket to the festival doesn’t just get you admission to the films, it’s an admission to a subculture. Set for July 27-31…

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Tribeca World Premiere for Illinois Indie; Interview with Director Alex Heller and Producer Eugene Sun Park [Exclusive]

A very personal story for an up-and-coming director is about make a very public World Premiere. The Year Between will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City…

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Tabitha Jackson Leaving Sundance; Kim Yutani Joins Senior Leadership

Tabitha Jackson, Director, Sundance Film Festival and Public Programming, will be leaving the Sundance Institute. Director of Programming Kim Yutani will join the senior leadership team of the Institute. Sundance…

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Special ADIFF Chicago Film Series Lands at Facets June 10-12

Watch 10 films from 10 countries with 9 U.S. Premieres at the special African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) Chicago Film Series from June 10-12, 2022.   For the 19th consecutive…

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Oak Park Filmmakers Winning Big at Film Festivals and Fighting for Social Change

Oak Park residents Adria Dawn and David Tarleton, of Tarleton/Dawn Productions, are making their mark through their films for social change.  On May 24th, Dawn’s birthday, the filmmaking partnership and…

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Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces Audience Award Winners

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the Audience Award winners following the…

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Doc10 Film Festival Is Here! SCREEN’s Exclusive Chat with the Programmers

Doc10 is Chicago’s only all-documentary film festival and provides a one-of-a-kind experience for its audiences, reaching thousands of local cinephiles over the last several years. The festival runs through this Sunday,…

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Elevated Films Chicago Kicks Off Season Thursday

Go big or go home. That’s the mantra as Elevated Films Chicago will be taking over the 17th floor Town Hall – which also happens to be an NBA-sized basketball…

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Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces Complete Line-up, Guests

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, announces the complete lineup, schedule and special guests…

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EarthX Film Festival 2022 Announces Closing Night Lineup

EarthX Film Festival 2022 presented by Curiosity proudly announces its Closing Night films and events. Set to take place May 12-15 in the Dallas Arts District, the EarthX Film Festival will…

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CineYouth Festival Announces Award Winners

The 17th CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced award winners for its 2022 edition in nine categories, as well as the recipient of this year’s Prodigy Scholarship. This year’s award…

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Ohio, Kansas, Iowa Festivals Crack Top 50 List

Did your favorite film festival crack the Top 50? Moviemaker Magazine has released its annual list of ’50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,’ and there are quite a few…

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World Premiere Announced for Chicago Film ‘The West Virginian Starfish’

Multiple Hats Productions in partnership with Dune Grass Pictures announces that their new short film drama, “The West Virginian Starfish,” will hold its world premiere on April 22nd as part…

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The Full Slate of World Premieres at Chicago Latino Film Festival, Including ‘Bye Bye Chicago’

As the countdown for the 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by Corona Extra, begins, organizers unveiled the list of films that will receive their World, North American, U.S. and…

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World Premiere at Oscar Qualifying Festival for Chicago Film; ‘Walking Dead’ ‘Chicago Med’ Stars Lead Cast

Chicago-made short film After (A Love Story) will have its World Premiere at the Academy-Qualifying 46th Cleveland International Film Festival. The film, which tells the story of a surviving couple…

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Chicago Latino Film Festival Announces Two Special Screenings

The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival announced today two special screenings at Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St.: Nicolás Postioglione’s feature debut Immersion on Sunday, April 24th and the U.S….

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Midwest Film Festival Presents Chicago Indie ‘Relative’

The Midwest Film Festival (MFF) presents its second entry of their 2022 season. On Tuesday, April 5, at 7 pm, MFF will host an hour-long networking soiree before featuring the…

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Full Frame Announces Lineup; Festival Will Take Place Exclusively Online

Full Frame announces the official festival selections for the virtual 25th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which takes place online April 7–10, 2022. The NEW DOCS lineup and Invited Program…

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Chicago Latino Film Festival Announces Closing and Late Night Selections

The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival announced today its selections for their Closing and Late Night screenings at ChiTown Movies Drive-In, 2343 S. Throop St., Saturday, April 30th.  The Festival…

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9th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces First Seven Films

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, announces today the first seven films selected…

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Chicago Latino Film Festival Announces Opening Night and Centerpiece Screenings

The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival announced today its selections for their Opening Night and Centerpiece screenings at ChiTown Movies Drive-In, 2343 S. Throop St.  The Festival opens Thursday, April…

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World Premiere Announced for Michael Glover Smith Feature ‘Relative’

Michael Glover Smith‘s fourth feature, Relative, which was shot in Chicago last summer and produced by Brian and Jan Hieggelke’s Chicago Film Project, will have its world premiere at the…

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Here’s the Lineup for the 25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center will present its 25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF), from Friday, March 4 through Thursday, March 17. After a COVID-truncated 2020 festival and…

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Sundance 2022 Top Jury Prizes Go To ‘Nanny,’ ‘The Exiles,’ ‘All That Breathes, ‘Utama’

After nine days, 84 feature films and 59 short films, the juries have deliberated and the audience has voted, and tonight the 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards were announced. The…

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Abigail Disney Doc Marks Chicago Media Project’s Sixth Sundance Film

The Sundance Film Festival is underway, virtually so, with filmlovers (and hopefully filmbuyers) experiencing world premiere cinema from the small screens in their respective living rooms. The festival has marked…

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Final Call for Submissions for 5th Annual ‘Patrick Lives On’ Film Showcase

The 5th Annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase sponsored by Resolution Digital Studios and Cinespace Film Studios takes place at Resolution Studios on Saturday, March 12, 2022. This fundraiser is…

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Sundance Cancels In-Person Festival, Moves Forward with Virtual Fest

Here we go again? Hopefully not. And while it’s not the best start for 2022, it’s likely the right decision… and there is hope ahead (see below). Just two weeks…

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Slamdance Cancels In-Person Fest, Goes Virtual; Sundance Moving Forward

There are two major festivals that kick off the new year, and one of them will now be going virtual-only. Is this is harbinger of decisions to come for centerpiece…

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Sundance Lineup Announced; Chicago Media Project Soars with Five Selections

Sundance is live and in-person once again on the snowy streets of Park City this January. The lineup is here, and anticipation is in the air. The festival, which will…

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Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces Audience Award Winners, 2022 Festival Dates

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the audience choice award winners at the…

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The 28th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival Is Underway, with A New Partner and Packed Lineup

In a collaborative re-envisioning of the 28th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)—the world’s longest-running underground film festival—Full Spectrum Features (FSF) is the official presenter of CUFF this year to…

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Black Harvest, Chicago’s Black Film Festival, Soars All November with Dionne Warwick Biopic, Will Smith’s ‘King Richard’

Dancing, drinks, and Dionne (and dessert, too!). An epic weekend of film festivals in the Windy City is headlined by the 27th Black Harvest Film Festival.

Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces Full Film Lineup, Schedule and Guests

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the complete lineup, schedule and special…

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Chicago International Film Festival Opens with Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes Premieres

A trio of highly anticipated films will open this year’s Chicago International Film Festival, here is the rundown for tonight’s famed festivities… TONIGHT AT 7 PM AT THE MUSIC BOX…

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Nashville Film Festival Announces Festival and Screenplay Award Winners

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) tonight announced the 52nd edition’s award winners, including best films in each category and the winning scripts in the organization’s esteemed screenplay competition. The debut…

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8th Annual Black Alphabet Film Festival Returns to Chicago this November

“Together Again.” That’s the goal as many film festivals and small businesses reopen around the country and welcome people back through their doors. And it’s also the theme for one…

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Telluride Film Festival Is Underway, Here’s the Lineup

The Telluride Film Festival is underway now, and here’s the lineup. TFF’s celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and artists to discover the best in world cinema…

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Could SXSW Face A Boycott in the Wake of New Texas Abortion Laws?

With the cornerstone U.S. festival South By Southwest preparing for its live and in-person film, music, and interactive mega-showcase this coming Spring, there may be an unexpected roadblock in its…

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Gene Siskel Film Center Presents Chicago Favorites; Chaz Ebert, Steve James, Ayana Contreras Highlight Presenters

The Gene Siskel Film Center is pleased to present Chicago Favorites, a series of eight films curated by a cross-section of notable Chicagoans. On eight dates between August 21 and September…

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Elliot Page to Be Honored at Outfest With Achievement Award

Outfest is thrilled to present Academy Award®-nominated actor, Elliot Page with the Oufest Achievement Award at the Outfest Los Angeles 2021 Closing Night Gala being held Sunday, August 22, 2021 at…

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A Fully Vaxxed Sundance: Will Other Festivals Follow Suit?

The Sundance Film Festival declared today they will be requiring all participants attending the Festival, or Sundance-affiliated events, in person in Utah to be fully vaccinated. This move will likely…

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