ON THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

Midwest Film Festival Is Back at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Celebrating Pride Month with ‘Screams From The Tower’

After last month’s successful Roadshow in Milwaukee, the Midwest Film Festival (MFF) will be back in Chicago on Monday, June 24th at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The festival is…

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First-Ever Taiwan Pride Film Festival at Chicago’s CineCity Studios June 29

The inaugural Taiwan Pride Film Festival will be held June 29th in Chicago, it was announced today by festival producers Zatori Films and the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office. This year’s program features shorts and…

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Larenz Tate, Larron Tate and Lahmard Tate Headline XL Fest in August

It’s time to circle August 15 through the 18th on your calendar. Brothers Larenz Tate, Larron Tate & Lahmard Tate will headline this year’s XL Film Fest in Chicago. Actor…

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John C. Reilly, Jennifer Reeder Highlight 60th Anniversary Gala for Chicago International Film Festival

The 60th edition of the Chicago International Film Festival will arrive in this October, but first, the storied institution will present its annual gala, with very special guests taking center…

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Quad Cities’ Largest Annual Film Festival, Alternating Currents, Reveals Lineup

Alternating Currents, happening August 15-18, 2024, hosts the Quad Cities’ largest annual film festival, featuring dozens of film screenings from rising filmmakers, showcasing many of the best independent and short…

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Inaugural Chicago Mental Health Film Showcase Launches on May 23-24

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Northwestern University’s Pritzker Pucker Studio Lab launches the Chicago Mental Health Film Showcase – two days of films, conversations, and a creative film workshop….

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Award-Winning Artists Reunite for Chicago-Based ‘How’d It Go’ As Their First Film Kicks Off Festival Run

Production has officially wrapped on How’d It Go, a new short film directed by Elizabeth Laidlaw (pictured left) of CBS’s The Red Line and written by award-winning playwright and filmmaker…

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Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces 2024 Rotten Tomatoes 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 Rotten Tomatoes Audience Award winners…

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Al Roker to Host Chicago International Film Festival 60th Anniversary Soireé June 1

Legendary newsman Al Roker is set to host Cinema/Chicago’s 60th Anniversary Cinema Soirée, it was announced today. The event, which celebrates the diamond anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival and its incredible history and…

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‘Super/Man’ ‘Devo’ Lead Doc10 Documentary Film Festival Slate

CMP, Chicago’s leading organization dedicated to supporting social-impact documentary film, today announced the full slate of films being showcased at the 9th annual Doc10 documentary film festival running May 2 – 5,…

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Chicago-Made ‘Ghostlight’ Leads IFC Films’ Four Highly Anticipated Films at Chicago Critics Film Festival

IFC Films today announced that four of its most anticipated films of the summer will screen at the Chicago Critics Film Festival, running May 3 – 9, 2024 at the…

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Shorts-A-Palooza Showcases IL Talent, Location

The fourth annual Shorts-a-Palooza film festival takes place on Wednesday, April 24, at Morrison Tech in Morrison, Illinois. Hosted by the Northwest Illinois Film Office, the celebration highlights a stunning…

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World Premieres, Chicago Filmmakers Highlight Onion City Experimental Film Festival April 4-7

Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce the competition programs for the 34th edition of the Onion City Experimental Film Festival, which will take place Thursday, April 4 to Sunday, April 7 at…

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Photos from SXSW World Premiere of TJ and Dave Pilot ‘Bettendorf Talks’

David Pasquesi and TJ Jagodowski are legends of Chicago’s famed improv scene, and in their latest collaboration, the duo is bringing their acclaimed comedic talents from the stage to the…

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TJ & Dave Go To SXSW Via ‘Bettendorf Talks’

TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi are bringing their wits to SXSW, where the pilot of their new series, Bettendorf Talks, will make its world premiere on Mar 10. Playing a pair…

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Michael Glover Smith’s ‘Handle with Care’ Wins Top Honors in Florence

HANDLE WITH CARE, a new short film written and directed by Michael Glover Smith (MERCURY IN RETROGRADE), has won the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival‘s “Best of Show” award, its…

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Inspiring and Impactful Night at Patrick Lives On Fundraiser [Exclusive Photos]

It was an inspiring and impactful night in Chicago this past weekend. More than a dozen films led the 7th Annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase and Fundraiser at Resolution…

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Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival Announces Official Selections for 21st Edition, April 5-7

Fifty-seven films from across the country, all with an Iowa Connection, will be screened at the 2024 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, April 5-7, 2024 at the Collins Road Theatres,…

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Photos from the Sundance World Premiere of Chicago Indie ‘Ghostlight’

2024 has launched with a prestigious world premiere from a promising Chicago directing duo. Kelly O’Sullivan and Alex Thompson made a splash on the national indie film scene when their…

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Patrick Lives On Reveals Lineup For Feb 24 Showcase

More than a dozen films will screen during the 7th Annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase and Fundraiser at Resolution Studios on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Created by seasoned vets…

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Michael Glover Smith Sets World Premiere for New Short ‘Handle With Care’

HANDLE WITH CARE, a new short film written and directed by Michael Glover Smith (RELATIVE) and starring Alyssa Thordarson (AFTER: A LOVE STORY) and Mickey O’Sullivan (CHICAGO PD), will have…

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Heading to Sundance? Join SCREEN at the 14th 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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Chicago-Made ‘Desire Lines’ to World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

This week is all about Sundance, and a Chicago-made feature is set to debut at the prestigious festival in Park City, Utah. The feature film Desire Lines, directed by Jules Rosskam, will…

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TJ & Dave Pilot ‘Bettendorf Talks’ to World Premiere at SXSW in March

David Pasquesi and TJ Jagodowski are legends of Chicago’s famed improv scene, and in their latest collaboration, the duo is bringing their acclaimed comedic talents from the stage to the…

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Patrick Lives On Film Submissions Open Through January 15

The 7th Annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase sponsored by Resolution Studios and Cinespace Studios takes place at Resolution Studios on Saturday, February 24, 2024. And there is still time…

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Sundance World Premiere for Chicago Indie ‘Ghostlight’

2024 will launch with a prestigious world premiere from a promising Chicago directing duo. Kelly O’Sullivan and Alex Thompson made a splash on the national indie film scene when their…

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LA World Premiere for Chicago Short Film ‘Fitting Descriptions,’ ‘One Chicago’ Actors Lead Cast

Fitting Descriptions, a short film co-directed by Tiffany Bedwell and John Mossman, launched its festival run with a west coast world premiere on December 7th, the final day of the…

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Oscar Nom Bing Liu’s Rockford Premiere of “What the Hands Do” Headlines 815HORTS Dec 2

Plus Seven Company announced today that 13 short films have been selected for screening at 815HORTS: A 5HORT Film Festival, including Academy Award nominee Bing Liu’s Rockford premiere of “What the Hands…

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Call for Submissions Now Open for Patrick Lives On Showcase and Fundraiser

Great films for a great cause. The 7th Annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase, sponsored by Resolution Digital Studios and Cinespace Film Studios, takes place at Resolution Studios on Saturday,…

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Sean Fahey’s ‘For Kicks’ Premieres At 11th Urban Action Film Fest in NYC

Get ready to kick off an unforgettable cinematic experience as Sean Fahey’s For Kicks makes its grand entrance at the 11th Urban Action Film Festival in the heart of NYC!…

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Best of the Midwest Awards Winners Announced; Mossman Wins Best Director

The Midwest Film Festival hosted an unforgettable evening celebrating the remarkable talent of Midwest filmmakers at the 2023 Best of the Midwest Awards (BMAs) last night, on Tuesday, November 2nd….

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Oscar Contenders, Tribeca 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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‘Dungeons and Dragons’ Scribe, ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘Chicago Fire’ Producers, MarVista VP Lead Key West Film Fest Shorts Jury

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 assembled a revered group of industry…

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The 29th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival Opens Friday

The 29th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival is right around the corner. Presented from November 3 through 16, this year’s Black Harvest boasts 20+ feature films, 10 shorts programs, filmmaker…

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Christopher Nolan to Be Honored with First-Ever Sundance Institute Trailblazer Award

The nonprofit Sundance Institute today unveiled details for the 2024 Sundance Film Festival’s fundraiser, Opening Night Gala: Celebrating 40 Years Presented by Chase Sapphire® which will take place on January…

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‘Room Tone’ A Silent But Deadly Day On The Set

Sound Designer Mark Ruff helped Director Michael Gabriele transform one of the least noticeable yet most important filmmaking tasks into a short titled, Room Tone, that will screen at the Facets’ Chicago…

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Exclusive: Willie ‘JR’ Fleming Talks About ‘We Grown Now’

Chicago activist and entrepreneur Willie ‘JR’ Fleming attended the Chicago International Film Festival’s Opening Night Block Party with his sister Marlene Mcintosh on Wednesday October 11. Intending to see Minhal…

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A Legend Gets Her Due: Cutters Editor Michael Lippert Debuts Feature Doc at Heartland Intl FF

World-renowned singer, the late Carol Sloane is the subject of the new feature-length documentary, Sloane: A Jazz Singer, directed by Michael Lippert. The film recently took First Prize in the Feature…

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Oscar Noms Highlight Industry Days for Chicago International Film Festival

The 59th Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, has announced the program and schedule for Industry Days, running October 12-15 in downtown Chicago. Now in its 9th year, the four-day conference…

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The 30th Chicago Underground Film Festival Is Here

The 30th edition of the Chicago Underground Film Festival–the longest-running underground film festival in the world–Opening night for CUFF30 is tonight at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., in…

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‘We Grown Now’ to Open Chicago International FF; ‘The Bear,’ ‘Chicago Fire’ Vets Highlight Team

The 59th Chicago International Film Festival is set to open Wednesday, October 11th at the Music Box Theatre and it will do so with a highly anticipated hometown indie. The…

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XL Film Festival a Smashing Success; Townsend, Riddle Among Special Guests

Five years ago, Creative Cypher launched an accelerator lab for rising content creators. Founder Troy Pryor’s goal was to then provide those creators an opportunity to showcase their work and…

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PHOTO BOOTH: Midwest Film Festival’s 14th Annual Women & Gender Non-Conforming Filmmakers Night

For the 14th consecutive year, the Midwest Film Festival (MFF) hosted its Women & Gender Non-Conforming Filmmakers Night. The event showcases and celebrates the work of historically underrepresented filmmakers and…

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Fahey’s ‘For Kicks’ Is A Journey Beyond Fame With Eugene Thomas

Filmmaker Sean Fahey details the life of action star Eugene Thomas in For Kicks, a feature-length documentary premiering at the Chicago Underground Film Festival on September 17. Besides telling the story of an actor who…

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Midwest Film Festival’s 14th Annual Women & Gender Non-Conforming Filmmakers Night Set for August 28

For the 14th consecutive year, the Midwest Film Festival (MFF) will host its Women & Gender Non-Conforming Filmmakers Night. The event showcases and celebrates the work of historically underrepresented filmmakers…

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Chicago Underground Film Festival Moves to Hyde Park in Celebration of 30th Edition

The 30th edition of the Chicago Underground Film Festival–the longest-running underground film festival in the world–is moving to Chicago’s South Side Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., September 13-17, 2023. Opening night will…

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XL Film Festival Official Lineup Announced; Speakers Include Robert Townsend, Diallo Riddle

Creative Cypher’s XL Film Fest has released its official lineup for the three day festival beginning August 17th until August 20th. August marks the launch for the Black-owned and operated…

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DisFest Presents Short Films At Cultural Center Event

A half-dozen shorts will screen continuously at the Cultural Center during DisFest, a free and accessible celebration of artists and performers with disabilities, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday,…

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Chicago Premiere of ‘Ghosts of the Void’ Coming Up July 31st

July 31st marks the Chicago Premiere of “Ghosts of the Void,” a psychological thriller written and directed by Jason Miller and produced by Mike D. Ware, Seth Savoy, and Tony…

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World Premiere at UK’s Legendary Frightfest for Clare Cooney’s Filmed-In-Chicago ‘Departing Seniors’

The legendary FrightFest, the UK’s biggest horror and fantasy film festival, returns to London’s Cineworld Leicester Square this August 24 – 28 for its 24th edition, and a filmed-in-Chicago feature is among the jaw-dropping…

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XL Film Festival to Collaborate with Streaming Platform Mansa

The XL Film Festival, powered by Creative Cypher, will feature a top tier collaboration with Mansa. Mansa is a free, ad-supported streaming platform highlighting Black content for a global audience,…

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‘I Didn’t Mean to Go Mental’ Celebrates L.A. Premiere at Dances with Films

The half-hour Chicago-made TV pilot “I Didn’t Mean To Go Mental” made its L.A. premiere at the iconic TCL Chinese Theater as part of the Dances With Films festival on…

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XL Film Festival Set for August 18-20 in Chicago; Speakers Include Robert Townsend, Lil Rel

Creative Cypher will host the XL Film Festival Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20, and continue to host events throughout the year. The XL Film Festival is Chicago’s growing…

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‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Breaking Bad’ Stars Lead ‘The Unseen’ To Dances With Films Premiere

The premiere is here for a Chicago-made thriller. The Unseen will debut at the 26th annual Dances With Films at the historic TCL Chinese Theater on Friday, June 23 at 11:45 pm….

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‘Room Tone’ World Premiere Set for Dances With Films at the Chinese Theatre in LA

Daily Planet Productions’ latest short film, Room Tone, will make its World Premiere at the Dances With Films Independent Film Festival in Hollywood on June 24th. “Everyone that has ever…

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Black Harvest Film Festival Names New Lead Curator and Coordinator

The Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has named filmmaker, curator, and programmer Jada-Amina to lead the artistic vision and direction as lead…

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Award Winners Announced at the 49th Annual Seattle International Film Festival

SIFF closed out its 49th Seattle International Film Festival this weekend, announcing the winners of the 2023 Golden Space Needle Audience and Juried Competition Awards. The awards were presented at a…

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‘Dear Grandma’ Leads Audience Award Winners at Chicago Latino Film Festival

The International Latino Cultural Center announced today the winners and runner-ups for the 39th Chicago Latino Film Festival’s Audience Choice Awards. The Audience Choice Award for Best Fiction Feature went…

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Chicago Premiere of ‘Greener Pastures’ Set for April 24th

Midwest Film Festival (MFF) is proud to feature Greener Pastures at the Gene Siskel Film Center on April 24th at 6:30pm. This documentary follows the lives of four dairy farmers…

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Chicago Critics Film Festival Unveils Full Program, Special Guests, Grant Recipients

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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2023 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival Announces Winners

Fifty-one films from around the world were screened at the 2023 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival April 14-16 at the Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Road, Marion, Iowa. Awards…

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Alyssa Thordarson and Michael Glover Smith set World, Int’l and Local Premieres for ‘Paper Planes’

PAPER PLANES, a new short film co-directed by Alyssa Thordarson [AFTER (A LOVE STORY)] and Michael Glover Smith (RELATIVE), based on an original screenplay by Thordarson, will have its world,…

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Sanctuary Director and Texas Filmmaker Kayla Abuda Galang Wins Special Jury Award at SXSW

Texas filmmaker Kayla Abuda Galang, the Filipino-born, U.S.-raised filmmaker known for dynamic, character-driven stories that explore themes of home, family, and belonging, received the SXSW 2023 Special Jury Award in…

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Chicago Latino Film Festival Unveils Full Program of Premieres and Special Events

The 39th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) is right around the corner, and this week, the renowned festival announced its full slate of films and special events. Produced by the…

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39th Chicago Latino Film Festival Opens and Closes with Films Directed by Women

The 39th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces today the selection of Claudia Sainte Luce’s offbeat comedy about second chances, Love & Mathematics, as its Opening Night film on Thursday April…

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33rd Onion City Experimental Film Festival Announces Opening Night Film and Competition Programs

Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of the Onion City Experimental Film Festival, is pleased to announce the full slate of programs for the 33rd edition, running March 30 – April 9….

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10th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces First Films, Returns to the Music Box

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) announces the first seven films selected for the 2023 Chicago Critics Film Festival. First titles include the Chicago premiere of Paul Schrader’s MASTER GARDENER and a…

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Chicago Latino Film Festival Announces First Wave of Titles

The 39th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces the first wave of titles from the close to 100 feature and short length films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United…

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Sojourner Truth Festival for the Arts and Symposium Slated for March 2-4 at University of Chicago

In 1976, an extraordinary group of Black feminist artists and activists—Michele Wallace, Faith Ringgold, Patricia Jones, Margo Jefferson, and Monica Freeman—co-organized the first ever Black women’s film festival: the Sojourner…

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Holba’ Pisachi’ Native Film Festival Set for March 11 in Oklahoma

“Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher will be in the spotlight Saturday, March 11, as the Chickasaw Cultural Center’s Holba’ Pisachi’ Native Film Festival returns. The Holba’ Pisachi’ (“Showing Pictures”) Native Film…

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Creative Cypher Acquires the Chicago South Side Film Festival

During the last quarter of 2022, Creative Cypher, founded by Troy Pryor, agreed to merge its sister brand Cypher Foundation with the Chicago South Side Film Festival, founded by Michelle Kennedy….

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Reel Black Filmmakers Hosts First In-Person South Side Short Film Series

For the last three years, the South Side Short Film Series hosted by Reel Black Filmmakers was virtual. On Saturday, March 4th from 2-4pm, the free screening will be in-person at Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Avenue, where the Community Film Workshop of…

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Here’s the Lineup for the 26th Chicago European Union Film Festival, Coming Up in March 

The 26th Chicago European Union Film Festival starts in just a few short weeks! This year’s Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) is a celebration of emerging voices and a showcase of…

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PHOTO BOOTH: Kentucky Film Party in Park City

All eyes were on Park city this year with the first in-person Sundance since 2020 and the Kentucky crew showed up in full force… despite the below freezing temperatures! The…

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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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