Feb
7
to Feb 17

Berlin International Film Festival

The Berlinale is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year. For the film industry and the media, the eleven days in February are also one of the most important events in the annual calendar and an indispensable trading forum.

The Berlin International Film Festival enjoys an eventful history. The festival was created for the Berlin public in 1951, at the beginning of the Cold War, as a “showcase of the free world”. Shaped by the turbulent post-war period and the unique situation of a divided city, the Berlinale has developed into a place of intercultural exchange and a platform for the critical cinematic exploration of social issues. To this day it is considered the most political of all the major film festivals.

The Berlinale brings the big stars of international cinema to Berlin and discovers new talents. It accompanies filmmakers of all disciplines on their paths into the spotlight and supports careers, projects, dreams and visions.

Thanks to its numerous industry initiatives, the Berlinale is a significant driver of innovation and an important economic factor internationally as well as for companies in Germany and Berlin.

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Feb
24
to Feb 25

91st Academy Awards

Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC's black-ish, and Kumail Nanjiani, THE BIG SICK, announced the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards live this morning. Among the Oscar nominees, THE FAVOURITE and ROMA received the most nominations with 10, including nominations in the categories of Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role, and Actress in a Supporting Role. Other Oscars 2019 nominees with multiple nominations include A STAR IS BORN and VICE with eight nominations, BLACK PANTHER with seven, and BLACKkKLANSMAN with six. The Oscars will air LIVE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24 8e|5p on ABC and will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. You can see the full Oscar nominations 2019 announcement stream below, and read on for the complete Oscar nominations list.

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Feb
26
to Feb 27

Digital Launch of Issue 3, "Strong Island" Edition, Documentary Issue

STRONG ISLAND EDITION (DOCUMENTARY ISSUE) — FEBRUARY 26, 2019

  • Featuring personal essays about Strong Island (2017) documentary (directed by Yance Ford).

  • Interviews with film critic Danielle Solzman, “Head to Head” executive producer Katy Osborn and director Andrea Alberti, and Docademia founder Nassim Abdi.

  • Digital issue release February 26, 2019.

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Feb
27
to Mar 1

Chicago Feminist Film Festival

The Chicago Feminist Film Festival showcases independent, international film, predominantly shorts, spanning documentary, fiction, and experimental genres, and aims to address issues of gender, sexuality, race, and other forms of inequality often missing from mainstream media. This in turn means creating inclusive public spaces for under-represented artists to share their work — particularly women, people of color, queer, and transgender folks, given their struggle for visibility in the mainstream film industry. Another goal is to forge connections between local, national, and international film. The over-arching assumption behind the festival is that art plays a vital role in bringing people together and encouraging them to think deeply about issues of equality and social justice.

The films in the festival cut across genres, including social documentaries, horror, comedies, whimsical films, and romances. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will be delighted by the diversity of representations you see on screen.

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Mar
8
to Mar 17

SXSW Conference & Festivals

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The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.

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Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Dyke Delicious Series: The Rest I Make Up

Social hour: 7PM, Screening: 8PM

Maria Irene Fornes is one of America's greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many know her only as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag. The visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds onstage, writing over 40 plays and winning nine Obie Awards. When she gradually stops writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker Michelle Memran reignites her spontaneous creative spirit and triggers a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off. The Rest I Make Up screened at Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival in 2018 and won two awards: Best Documentary, Jury Award and the AARP Silver Image Award. 

Directed by Michelle Memran, 2018, USA, 79 min

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Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Lecture – An Alternate History of Cinema: Female Pioneers

Lecture presented by Shayna Connelly

Women have played an integral role in cinema from the beginning, but their achievements have not always been recognized. It’s time to set the record straight and credit the pioneering female filmmakers who changed cinema history. Filmmaker and DePaul professor Shayna Connelly invites you to learn about the female filmmakers who pushed the boundaries of cinematic form, starting with filmmakers such as Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber and Germaine Dulac. Celebrate women’s history month with an introduction to the power and influence of these entrepreneurial women. 

Featuring work from Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, Germaine Dulac, Dorothy Arzner, Mary Ellen Bute, Leni Riefenstahl, Marie Menken, Maya Deren, Storm de Hirsch, Shirley Clarke, Carolee Schneeman, Yoko Ono, Chantal Akerman and Shirin Neshat.

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Mar
21
to Mar 24

The Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival

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A Production of Chicago Filmmakers. 

Onion City is one of the premiere international festivals exclusively devoted to experimental film and video.

Onion City was founded in the 1980s by the Experimental Film Coalition and run by them for many years. Chicago Filmmakers assumed responsibility for the festival in 2001, and expanded the size and opened it up to video work as well as film. It is generally 8-10 programs over four days and features roughly 60-70 works from around the world. Aside from the competition programs, there are occasional special presentations of new or old films of note or guest presentations. Screenings take place at Chicago Filmmakers and other venues during the month of March.

The mission of Onion City is to provide local and regional audiences with an opportunity to view a wide variety of contemporary experimental works, focused on artistic excellence but also with an eye towards representing differing styles, forms, and nationalities.

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Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Women of the Now: Anniversary Screening

Various, 2018, USA, program duration: 60 minutes 

March is Women's History Month! Celebrate it with Women Of the Now's Second Anniversary screening.

Selected films have been carefully curated to feature femme-driven narratives made by some of Chicago's top up-and-coming female-identified filmmakers.

Tickets: https://www.chicagofilmmakers.org/screenings/2845

Golden Voices
Directed by Layne Marie Williams, 2018, 15 mins 
A woman who hosts a radio show documenting her paranormal forensic studies ventures a visit to several towns in Indiana and tracks the emergence of ghastly voices speaking of gold. 

Unknown
Directed by Shannon Metelko & Mandy Work Wetzel, 2018, 6 mins
Unknown is an experimental dance film that explores anxiety from inside the mind.

Women of The Now Presents: Bea Cordelia 
Directed by Laura Day, 2018, 9 mins
Enter the world of Bea Cordelia, writer, director, performer and trans activist, in the first installment in a series of femme-focused documentaries by Women of the Now. 

Exhale
Directed by Akuabba Agbo, 2018, 8 Min, 50 Sec 
An awkward guy finally decides to step out of his comfort zone when he finds himself single on yet another Valentines Day. 

Snuffed 
Directed by Laura Day, 2018, 4 mins
A disgruntled young woman makes her way through a monotonous day only to face a shocking surprise in this millennial mood piece.

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Apr
4
to Apr 6

Chicago Independent Film Festival

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The Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival will support international and national filmmakers and showcase strong independent work in the city of Chicago.

CIFF will fill the long need for a quality international independent film festival in Chicago. Ran by filmmakers with an acknowledged and notable track record, CIFF will not only bring quality projects to Chicago but will also partner with reputable, knowledgeable local film and arts groups. We will use an inside-out approach to championing local creators. After having worked in both Chicago and Los Angeles for nine years we understand the realities of film and video in Chicago and the bulk of the opportunities outside of the region. We see the need to bolster and champion local production opportunities but also the realities of the current industry. 

In our first year we hope to emulate the success we've had in our sister project Chicago Comedy Film Festival. CCFF, now in its seventh year, has become the go-to festival or comedy film and video projects. The fest was named one of MovieMaker Magazines Top 50 film festivals. It is the only Midwest film festival to nationally premiere an Academy Award nominated film. Hosting thousands of film and comedy lovers for a weekend each November, CCFF brings together over 200 industry creators, managers, agents and administrators. We will bring this high level of quality and opportunity to CIFF. 

CIFF will enter its second year in 2019.

“Exhibition platforms such as the new Chicago Independent Film (+TV) Festival are important both to showcase diverse Chicago stories and voices, as well as strengthen our local networks and offer space for creative collaboration and development,” offers Rebecca Stocchetti, outgoing Local Initiatives Coordinator for the City’s Film Office.  

“Chicago has an incredibly vibrant independent film and TV community and the Chicago Independent Film (+TV) Festival is another great opportunity for filmmakers to connect with audiences,” states Jack Newell, filmmaker and director of Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School.

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Apr
5
to Apr 7

Chicago Comedy Film Festival

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Chicago Comedy Film Festival's mission is to support comedy as a vital and influential art form. We are a 501c3 nonprofit and exist to educate and support a diverse network of comedy filmmakers from across the globe. The festival showcases films that range from low budget to studio quality. We champion strong voices in comedic storytelling. 

In researching film festivals our artistic director found that there are limited options for comedy filmmakers. The festival circuit can be highly exclusive and favors experimental and dramatic films. In 2010 Hardy founded the festival with the goal in mind to bring comedy filmmakers to the great city of Chicago and to give comedy filmmakers a meeting place to exchange ideas, showcase their work, and celebrate comedy film.

CCFF is continuously looking to build new relationships and find ways for filmmakers to expand on marketing their work. Combined, our staff has 15 years experience in television, film, education, and comedy production. We spend a great deal of our time making sure CCFF is a well organized event. Many of our films have gone on to distribution on Netflix and other platforms. We are constantly seeking award opportunities for filmmakers and every year we award the Top Female Filmmaker to encourage women to continue creating their own opportunities to write and act in roles that inspire them.

We aim to make your festival experience as a filmmaker fun and memorable. Our volunteers and staff have years of experience in the Chicago arts and aim to honor your talents with a festival that promises to be for YOU. From goodie bags to after parties, CCFF is a festival that knows how to be VIP without being stuffy!

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May
4
7:00 PM19:00

"Rendezvous In Chicago" Screening

Rendezvous In Chicago is a short comedic feature film comprised of three vignettes corresponding to the beginning, middle and end stages of a relationship: Paul (Kevin Wehby), a charming young man, attempts to pick up Delaney (Clare Cooney), a bookish grad student, in an otherwise empty wine bar. She turns the tables on him in a most unexpected manner. Rob (Matthew Sherbach) and Andy (Rashaad Hall) are enjoying the bliss of newly formed couplehood. Rob has planned to propose marriage as they walk from their apartment to the lakeshore nearby, but has he made the right decision? Julie (Nina Ganet) comes home from work early to find her boyfriend, Wyatt (Shane Simmons), in bed with another woman. After violently ejecting them from her apartment, Julie begins to fall in love with . . . you the viewer!

Tickets: https://www.chicagofilmmakers.org/screenings/2843

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May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Dyke Delicious Series: May Shorts

7pm (social hour) 8pm (screening)

As part of the Dyke Delicious Series, we will feature a program of locally-produced and female-directed short films.

We are currently accepting submissions for this program and invite filmmakers to send us their works via this form. 
Deadline for submissions: April 19, 2019

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May
17
to May 23

The Chicago Critics Film Festival

THE CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION presents the return of the CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL May 17-23, 2019 at the MUSIC BOX THEATRE

November 12, 2018—The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that has celebrated the art of film and film criticism for over 25 years, is pleased to announce the dates and location for the 7th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF). The festival will run from May 17-23, 2019 and will once again take place at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre.

The event, voted first runner-up for Best Film Festival in the Chicago Reader’s 2017 “Best of Chicago” poll, annually features a selection of acclaimed films chosen by members of the organization, a combination of recent favorites from the festival circuit and as-yet-undistributed works from a variety of filmmakers ranging from established favorites to highly promising newcomers. It is the only current example of a major film critics group that hosts its own festival.

Over the past six years, the festival has given Chicagoans the opportunity to see the some of the year’s most talked-about films weeks or even months before making their official commercial rounds. The 2018 installment alone saw the local premieres of such acclaimed films as Eighth Grade, First Reformed, Three Identical Strangers, Searching, Revenge, Damsel, Madeline’s Madeline and a special 25th anniversary screening of Jurassic Park and appearances from the likes of Paul Schrader, Bo Burnham, Joseph Kahn and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

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May
18
7:00 PM19:00

"Mercury In Retrograde" Screening

Directed by Michael Glover Smith, 2017, USA, 105 mins

Three couples from Chicago vacation together for a weekend at a lakeside cabin in Michigan. Isabelle (Roxane Mesquida) and Richard have been together for five years and are deeply unhappy; Jack and Golda have been happily married for 10 years; and Peggy (Najarra Townsend) and Wyatt just started dating and don't yet know each other well. Over the course of three days in this relationship drama, hidden tensions and secrets will slowly come to the surface.

Tickets: https://www.chicagofilmmakers.org/screenings/2842

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Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Open Screening *Free Admission!*

This is your time to shine! Bring your work—insane comedies, touching dramas, high-energy music videos, odd animation, hot topic documentaries, neighborhood portraits, and any mind-expanding experimental visions. Maximum length per person is 20 minutes, and we will screen at least one work from everyone who brings something up to that time length. Accepted formats: Blu-Ray, DVD, or digital files. Nothing X-rated—sorry! Enjoy with friends and community!

**FREE ADMISSION!** 

Tickets/More info: https://www.chicagofilmmakers.org/screenings/2761

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Jun
6
to Jun 10

25th Chicago Underground Film Festival

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The Chicago Underground Film Festival, presented by IFP Chicago, is dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions.

The Chicago Underground Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent, experimental and documentary films from around the world. Widely recognized as a world-class event, the festival showcases the best in new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers and emerging talent from around the world. Our mission is to promote films and videos that dissent radically in form, technique, or content from the “indie” mainstream and to present adventurous works that challenge and transcend commercial and audience expectations. 25 programs comprised of narrative, documentary and experimental features, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 20 countries, make up the main body of the festival, along with nightly parties and live music, discussions and other networking and community building events.

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Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Dyke Delicious Series: Stonewall Uprising

7pm (social hour) 8pm (screening)

"It was the Rosa Parks moment," says one man. June 28, 1969: NYC police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement.

Told by Stonewall patrons, reporters and the cop who led the raid, Stonewall Uprising recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and advised aversion therapy, and even lobotomies; public service announcements warned youngsters against predatory homosexuals; and police entrapment was rampant. At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history. (Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum)

Directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, 2010, USA, 80 mins. 

Tickets: https://www.chicagofilmmakers.org/screenings/2840

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Sep
16
to Oct 27

Chicago International Film Festival

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. We serve Chicago’s diverse and under-served citizenry by providing access to world-class cinema. We aim to enrich Chicago’s cultural environment by presenting film in contexts that encourage discussion and debate.

Through the Film Festival, our Education Program, and our year-round programming and membership program, we enhance the cultural assets of the city of Chicago by exhibiting film from around the world. We also strive to promote a deeper understanding of a diverse body of cultures, thus contributing to Chicago’s identity and orientation as an international city.

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Oct
12
to Oct 14

Film Girl Film Film Festival

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The festival was founded by Andrea Thompson, who became inspired when people in the local film community and Hollywood insiders alike started having in-depth discussions of the obstacles and disparate treatment women in the industry continue to endure. As the festival grew, Andrea decided to rename it the Film Girl Film Festival to foster partnerships across the worldwide community while featuring and supporting the Milwaukee arts scene.


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Feb
8
to Feb 13

"Rendezvous in Chicago" (2018)

Like Chicago-based critic/filmmaker Smith's COOL APOCALYPSE and MERCURY IN RETROGRADE (both of which received their first Chicago runs at the Gene Siskel Film Center), his third film is built upon sharply observed parallels between multiple couples at crucial turning points in their relationships. This time he adopts a more comic tone and segregates the couples into separate episodes of a three-part anthology film. In the tense and sexy "The Brothers Karamazov," a Russian-lit major (Cooney) calls a pickup artist's bluff by challenging him to a game of Strip Literary Trivia. "Cats and Dogs" is a Rogers Park stroll with a gay couple (Sherbach, Rashaad Hall) who seem made for each other--but can they bridge the gulf between cat-people and dog-people? In the metafictional "The End Is the Beginning," an enraged woman (Ganet) throws her unfaithful mate out of the apartment, then transfers her affections to an unexpected replacement. A cast of prominent Chicago stage actors is augmented with an opening cameo by Haydée Politoff, best known as the star of Eric Rohmer's New Wave classic LA COLLECTIONEUSE. DCP digital. On Monday only, the feature will be followed by Haley McCormick's short film DANCER (7 min.). (MR)

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Jan
24
to Feb 3

Sundance Film Festival

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Every winter in Utah, the Sundance Film Festival becomes the ultimate gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives. Our annual program includes dramatic and documentary features and short films; series and episodic content; and New Frontier, showcasing emerging media in the form of multimedia installations, performances, and films. We also host daily filmmaker conversations, panel discussions, and live music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films that have launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition and acclaim, reaching new audiences worldwide.

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Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Midwest Independent Film Festival - Best of the Midwest Awards Gala

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It's time for the Best of the Midwest Awards and this year’s gala will be extra special-- and on a special night!

On Thursday, January 17th, we will be celebrating the finest in Midwest filmmaking as well an exceptional year and new era for the Midwest Independent Film Festival. The Best of the Midwest Awards will recognize the premier films and filmmakers featured throughout the 2018 season at the festival and recognized by your nominee votes!

A new tradition calls for a new venue. We’ll be holding the event at The Promontory in the heart of Hyde Park. The Promontory’s upstairs music venue is dedicated to celebrating the eras when spacious ballrooms and jumping jazz clubs made Chicago’s South Side the capital of American music.

“The Best of the Midwest Awards honors and spotlights not only the nominees and award recipients, but, in fact, shows the strength of the entire Midwest film community. We’re excited to have The Promontory as our partners in elevating the celebration this year, and are thrilled to have a partner so very aligned with our values of serving the entire creative community.” said Midwest Independent Film Festival Executive Director Amy Guth.

The soundtrack for the evening will be provided by very special musical guest, renowned DJ Ca$hEra, on the heels of her performance at this summer's North Coast Music Festival, and recent UK tour.

In addition to the awards ceremony itself, the evening will feature food, drinks and a special guest emcee.

Now through Dec 31, Early Bird tickets are $45. After January 1st tickets move to regular price of $60, and will be $75 at the door.

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