Saturday, October 20, 2012

The 48th Chicago International Festival announces the winners of its competitions


The 48th Chicago International Festival announces the winners of its competitions
For select photos from the Awards Presentation, click HERE
  Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director, Mimi Plauché, Programming Director, and Programmers Alex Kopecky and Penny Bartlett proudly announce the winners of the 48th Chicago International Film Festival Competitions.
French filmmaker Leos Carax’s exuberant and euphoric HOLY MOTORS leads this extraordinary group of films with three awards. Carax’s first film, BOY MEETS GIRL, premiered in Chicago in 1984 as part of the 20th Chicago International Film Festival’s International Competition.
Many of the winners will be showcased during the Festival’s Best of the Fest program, Wednesday, October 24 at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). The Festival runs until Thursday October 25 when Closing Night film FLIGHT, directed by Chicago-born filmmaker Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington, receives its Chicago Premiere.
International Feature Film Competition
Representing a wide variety of styles and genres, these works compete for the Festival’s highest honor, the Gold Hugo, a symbol of discovery.
The Gold Hugo for Best Film goes to HOLY MOTORS (France/Germany) for the sheer beauty, originality and breathtaking scope of its cinematic vision. Director: Leos Carax.
The Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize is awarded to AFTER LUCIA (Mexico/France) for being a film of great simplicity and restraint, that nevertheless moved and shocked the jury. Director: Michel Franco.
The Silver Hugo for Best Actor goes to Denis Lavant in HOLY MOTORS (France/Germany) for breathing life into a character who is alternately tragic, hilarious, shocking, profound, hideous, beautiful, wise - but always human - and, quite simply, unlike anything we've ever seen before.
The Silver Hugo for Best Actress goes to Ulla Skoog in THE LAST SENTENCE (Sweden) for showing, with great subtlety and skill, the depth, complexity and humanity of a seemingly "ordinary" human-being. Director: Jan Troell.
The Silver Hugo for Best Cinematography goes to Yves Cape and Caroline Champetier of HOLY MOTORS for images that were achingly beautiful and inventive, and somehow managed to be always perfectly in sync with the confounding universe of the narrative.
The Silver Hugo Special Mention goes to THE REPENTANT (Algeria/France) for exploring with great sensitivity the aftermath of atrocities in Algeria and the challenges of reconciliation. Director: Merzak Allouache.
The International Feature Film Competition Jury includes Danièle Cauchard, Patrice Chéreau, Alice Krige, Joe Maggio and Amr Waked.
New Directors Competition
This selection of first and second feature films receiving their U.S. premiere in Chicago celebrates the spirit of discovery and innovation upon which the Festival was founded.
The Gold Hugo goes to THE EXAM (Hungary), a film which combines the intricate plotting of a Cold War secret agent thriller with the serious undercurrent concerning deeper issues of personal loyalty versus the police state; it exudes a quiet confidence, remarkable in a new filmmaker. Director: Petér Bergendy.
The Silver Hugo is awarded to FLOWERBUDS (Czech Republic), a glum image of current Czech society that is illuminated by quirky observation and even an occasional touch of humor. An impressive and sophisticated beginning. Director: Zdenek Jirasky.
The New Directors Competition Jury includes Dan Berger, Rebeca Conget, Jonathan Miller and John Russell Taylor.
Docufest Competition
This selection of international documentaries competing for the Gold Hugo go beyond the headlines in telling those true stories that surprise, entertain and challenge us.
The Gold Hugo goes to THE BELIEVERS (USA). This tightly constructed cinematic argument with strong characters puts a human face on scientific research and discovery acknowledging our universal understanding of human failings in our desire to achieve success. In THE BELIEVERS, the filmmakers remind us just how inexact science really is sometimes. Directors: Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross.
The Silver Hugo goes to NUMBERED (Israel). Visually stunning, compelling stories with surprising humor and wit edited into an impactful whole to remind us that the past lives on for the next generations. NUMBERED clearly demonstrates the importance of documenting the collective story of the Holocaust and other world genocide. Director: Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai.

The Docufest Competition Jury includes Reiner Veit, Alicia Sams and Ruth Leitman.

After Dark Competition
This competitive program of scary movies from around the world takes audiences on a journey to the darkest corners of the human soul.
The Gold Hugo goes to ANTIVIRAL (Canada/USA), one of the more ambitious feature film debuts in recent memory. Writer-director Brandon Cronenberg's ANTIVIRAL is a work obsessed with perversions of the flesh, in the areas of science and sexuality. The film is the work of a budding visionary--full of inventive and effective artistry, and a clear sense of where we are going as a celebrity-worshipping society. Director: Brandon Cronenberg.
The Silver Hugo goes to SLEEP TIGHT (Spain). Jaume Balagueró's gift as a director of thrillers is his way with psychological tension, digging out worrying new ways to describe how the world is simply not ever a safe place to be. In SLEEP TIGHT, not even bed and a little bit of sleep are safe. Director: Jaume Balagueró.
The After Dark Competition Jury includes Jayme Joyce, Steve Prokopy and Ray Pride.
Short Film Competition
The Gold Hugo for Best Short Film goes to RETURN (Israel), awarded for its extraordinary exploration of cultural dislocation as seen through the eyes of a young man who returns to his Israeli home after a life-changing trip to India, director Shay Levi wisely chooses to avoid obvious melodramatic touches. Instead, he tells the story through nuance and the subtle play of a moving camera. The result is that we are taken into the pained and confused mind of the protagonist yet given enough information to empathize with the people to whom he can no longer relate. The jury wishes to recognize that this achievement is all the more noteworthy because RETURN is the work of a student filmmaker. It gives us hope for a future of challenging and rewarding films from Mr. Levi. Director Shay Levi.
The Silver Hugo for Best Narrative/Live Action Short goes to PAUL (Israel), awarded for its effective mix of a fantastical story with the visual elements of noir, and for a central character whose plight is lovingly conveyed with Keatonesque simplicity. This tale of a dog-faced man who sets out to find his stolen pet fish brilliantly walks the tightrope between magical realism and a dark night of the soul. The fact that there are no missteps is due to its effective mixture of cinematic dexterity and a keen eye for the foibles of human behavior. The jury was particularly impressed by the central performance. Little more than a bodysuit made of crepe, Paul proved to be one of the most fully rounded and emotionally affecting characters that we have seen in a long time. Director: Adam Bizanski.
The Silver Hugo for Best Short Documentary goes to PARADISE (USA). With a moment of calm daybreak followed by harnesses, ropes, and the calculated preparation of a great heist movie, director Nadav Kurtz drops the audience of his short film PARADISE into a meditation through the perspective of three Chicago window washers. Topically a film about men at work, this documentary incorporates fluid camera movements, beautiful photography, steady editing, and a lovely yet understated guitar soundtrack. The subjects discuss marriage, growing old, death, the afterlife, and teaching the next generation while building inhabitants continue downtown - living, working, playing, and going to Starbucks. Director: Nadav Kurtz.
The Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short, the highest for an animated short film, goes to OH, WILLY (Belgium) due to its stunning originality. The jury found the film to be a treat, full of narrative surprises and delightful tonal shifts, and that rare beast of a film – one where the material design itself (a world covered in fuzzy wool) lends an unmistakable expressivity to the landscape of the film and characters in it. The narrative’s tender, scary, and surreal episodes culminate in a fantasy with an unexpected and captivating conclusion. Directors: Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels.
The Gold Plaque for Best Student Film is awarded to NEXT DOOR LETTERS (Sweden) both for its brave style (balancing a digi-folksy aesthetic with a hint of the grotesque), and its effectively shaped narrative. Based on a true story of teenage longing and burgeoning queer identity, the jury found it a touching and an impressive achievement. Director: Sascha Fülscher.
The Gold Plaque for Animated Short is awarded to EDMOND WAS A DONKEY (Canada/France) for its unique story of a young office drone who comes to accept the image others have of him, as well as for its ability to effectively and cinematically capture the essence of fable. Mixing black and white imagery, ironic voiceovers and a Buñuelian sense of the absurd, EDMOND WAS A DONKEY is that rare film that delights us with what it has to say as much as how it says it. Director: Franck Dion.
The Silver Plaque for Narrative/Live Action Short is awarded to VOICE OVER (Spain). On another planet, attacked by monsters, crawling through mud to save loved ones, and being dragged to murky depths by a vessel thought to be your salvation - there is no explicit way to describe the feelings outlined at the culmination of Martin Rosete’s VOICE OVER. The jury awards a Silver Plaque for the film’s art direction, technical mastery, riveting script, compact editing, elegant yet tongue-tied narrator, and a reminder of adolescent and adult struggles for life and love. Director: Martin Rosete.

A Special Mention for Narrative/Life Action Short goes to CAFÉ REGULAR, CAIRO (Egypt) for its effective and well-directed use of improvisation to create an intimacy not only between the characters onscreen, but between them and the audience as well. Director: Ritesh Batra.
The Short Film Competition Jury includes Melika Bass, Ronald Falzone and Andrew Suprenant.
INTERCOM Competition
One of the longest-running international competitions of its kind, INTERCOM honors a wide range of corporate-sponsored, educational and branded films.
The Gold Hugo goes to HANDTMANN – IDEA FOR THE FUTURE by Naumann Film, a compelling and elegantly cinematic evocation of the ways manufacturing and technology connect human beings in the 21st century.
The Gold Plaque go to SAVE BOWLING by Brad Bischoff. BBBS by Bengar Films; MAY FOOD KEEP US TOGETHER: "LAST STALL STANDING" by Peoples Production Limited; and SWISS LIFE - CORPORATE MOVIE by Seed Audio-Visual Communication AG.
The INTERCOM Competition Jury includes Ronald Falzone, Anne Willmore, Hannah Dallman, Zoran Samardzija, and Dan Rybicky.
Chicago Award
The Chicago Award, presented to a Chicago or Illinois artist for the best feature, short film or documentary, goes to CONSUMING SPIRITS, directed by Chris Sullivan, a truly independent and lovingly crafted portrait of Americana that is by turns surprising and touching.
The Chicago Award jury includes Julie Ford, Kevin B. Lee, and Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Special Awards
The 48th Chicago International Film Festival recognized JOAN ALLEN’s outstanding achievements and contributions in both theater and film with a Silver Hugo Career Achievement Award on October 14. HELEN HUNT’s rich career will be similarly recognized on October 20 during a Special Presentation of Ben Lewin’s much anticipated film THE SESSIONS at the AMC River East 21. The red carpet event starts at 6:30 pm.
VIOLA DAVIS will be presented with the Career Achievement Award, Monday October 22 at the Festival’s annual Black Perspectives Tribute to be held at the AMC River East 21. A powerhouse talent of stage, television and film, the Academy Award®-nominated actress (DOUBT, THE HELP) will join the ranks of past recipients including Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry and Sidney Poitier as she accepts a Silver Hugo for the rich characters and nuanced performances she has embodied throughout her career. The red carpet event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by the tribute presentation and celebration of Davis’ work.
The Festival also honored Spanish filmmaker JUAN ANTONIO BAYONA with the Emerging Visionary Award for bringing fresh insight, dynamism, and humanity to familiar genres during a Special Presentation of his critically-acclaimed film THE IMPOSSIBLE on October 18.
Tickets for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale starting September 20th and can be purchased online at the Festival Store:; via Ticketmaster; by phone at 312-332-FILM (3456); or by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.).
Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 48th Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include: Official Airline - American Airlines; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partner: Intersites;

Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, Chris Pagano - Realtor, Land Rover, WBBM NEWSRADIO 780 AND 105.9FM, ShutterBox Photobooth, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: iN Demand, EC Charro, Brugal Rum, Creative America, Gibsons Restaurant Group, Second City Computers, Optimus; and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago.
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Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Chicago International Television Competition (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.

Friday, October 19, 2012

S Factor Launches Breast Cancer Awareness Month #RedefiningSexy Campaign

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month S Factor founder (
), author and Hollywood actress Sheila Kelley is launching a new campaign entitled, Redefining Sexy: Believe in Your Beauty, which aims to redefine the terms "sexy" and "beauty" through a provocative video featuring true stories of real women.  The video campaign, “Cancer Warrior,” features Diana Schlobohm, a breast cancer warrior who needs a spotlight.  Diana lost both breasts to cancer, but one thing she did not lose is the knowledge that she is a sexy and beautiful woman.  The raw and gritty video (
), shot 6 days post-op challenges the viewer to answer the question, "Are cancer survivors sexy?" The video has just gone viral, with celebrities like Rita Wilson, Lana Parrilla, and Apolo Ohno asking their Twitter and Facebook followers to “Believe in your Beauty’ and “Embrace your Beautiful, Powerful Self!” 

Sheila Kelley stirred up pre-conceived notions about "stripping" when she debuted her striptease inspired workout, S Factor, on the Oprah show in 2003.  There are now seven S Factor fitness studios across the nation and Kelley is widely regarded as the worldwide originator of pole dance fitness.  Her book The S Factor: Strip Workouts for Every Woman, not only thought outside the box, it smashed it.  The Redefining Sexy: Believe in Your Beauty campaign will do the same.


Day 9 At the Festival: The Sessions with Helen Hunt and more...

Break on Thru to the Other Side
Alejandro Riera, Publicity Manager
Breathtaking !!!! Exhilarating!!!! THE BEST ACTION SEQUENCES SINCE (take your pick)!!!! ALL IN EYE-POPPING 3D!!!! Well, not really. But, as the publicity manager for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival, I could easily come up with a half dozen more adjectives that could describe what these past two months have been like for me. This is my second year with the Festival and, after having covered it for so many years as a reporter, critic and editor for Hoy and Exito, this experience has once again given me a deeper appreciation for the hard work that goes behind the scenes, and the role the Festival plays as a key destination for local, national and international filmmakers.
None of this would be possible without the support of my colleagues in the media. The coverage the city’s newspapers (dailies and weeklies), television and radio stations, film critics, bloggers and online media have given to the Festival has been fantastic. Thank you! A big shout-out and thanks also go to Nick Harkin and Carly Leviton, our publicity partners at Carol Fox and Associates, who have worked so hard and so diligently at each and every single one of our special red carpet events and photo opps. And finally, to the good folks at Allied-THA, thanks for all your help. I will see you at the next screening. MORE
  6 Questions For... Esmaeel Monsef
(director of Under the Colors
What is the first film you remember seeing and loving?
A Man Escaped.
If you could work with any actor, living or dead, who would it be?
Marlon Brando.
Do you like to watch your own films?
What movie will you stop on when flipping channels, no matter how many times you’ve seen it and no matter what time it started?
A film in which silence speaks louder than words.
Where do you sit at the movies – front, middle, or back row?
I am a(n) _________ filmmaker. Or What defines you as a filmmaker?

For further event and ticket information,
or call 312.332.FILM. 
Saturday's Highlights Festival guests are scheduled to attend. Subject to change.

The Believers
Directors: Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross
Directors Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross scheduled to attend.*
In 1989, the future of energy production seemed at hand, when Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announced to the world the discovery of "cold fusion." Garnering sensational media attention, their fast-rising reputation quickly faded when nobody could reproduce their claimed results. The Believers is not only the story of a quirk in the history of science, but a personal tale of belief, integrity, disappointment, and acceptance. 80 min.
*Sat Oct 20, 2:00 PM
Program Partners: Robert and Penelope Steiner, Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation, and John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Black's Game
Director: Oskar Thor Axelsson
Director Oskar Thor Axelsson scheduled to attend.*
A nitro-fueled narco-thriller from director Oskar Thor Axelsson and executive producer Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Black's Game chronicles the evolution of Iceland's homegrown drug industry from boutique trade to deadly big business. Stebbi sets out to take over the Reykjavik drug trade by any means necessary. Axelsson captures the drug-induced rhythm of Stebbi and his cohorts in this stylish, thrilling tale of Reykjavik's criminal underground. Icelandic with subtitles, 104 min.
*Sat Oct 20, 2:00 PM
Program Partner: American Airlines

The Last Sentence (link)
Director: Jan Troell
Sweden Director Jan Troell scheduled to attend.*
Based on a true story, The Last Sentence follows celebrated Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt, who conducted his own campaign against the Nazis while navigating a fraught personal life. Officially neutral, Sweden's leaders did their best to silence Segerstedt, fearing German reprisal, especially as the journalist began inciting the ire of top Nazi officials. Illustrious director Jan Troell (The Emigrants) brings a Swedish hero to life in this gripping, lyrical epic. Swedish with subtitles, 120 min.
*Sat Oct 20, 4:30 PM
Competition Partner: American Airlines

The Land of Eb
Director: Andrew Williamson
Marshall Islands, USA Director Andrew Williamson and Cinematographer Josh Harmsworth
scheduled to attend.*

In the stark volcanic landscape of a remote Hawaiian community, Marshallese patriarch Jacob struggles to provide for his large family. When diagnosed with cancer, he eschews treatment in favor of earning as much as possible for his children and grandchildren. As his illness worsens, Jacob turns a small video camera on himself and begins to tell his own story and the tragic history of the Marshallese people in this hauntingly beautiful affirmation of family. Marshallese with subtitles, 87 min.
*Sat Oct 20, 4:45 PM - Mon Oct 22, 5:00 PM
Competition Partner: Columbia College Chicago

Valley of Saints
Director: Musa Syeed
India, USA Editor Ray Hubley scheduled to attend.*
Gulzar, a boatman on Kashmir's gorgeous, peaceful Dal Lake, plans on leaving his home for the city alongside his best friend Afzal. A military curfew puts their plans on hold, however. Forced to remain in his hometown, Gulzar meets Asifa, a pretty Kashmiri-American researcher studying the lake. A sweet and tender romance soon develops against a backdrop of jealousy, competition, and ongoing political turmoil. Kashmiri with subtitles, 82 min.
*Sat Oct 20, 6:30 PM - Sun Oct 21, 8:30 PM - Mon Oct 22, 1:15 PM
Program Partner: American Airlines

Director: Umut Dag
Austria Director Umut Dag scheduled to attend.*
Under the auspices of a more age-appropriate marriage to his handsome son, a stately Viennese patriarch brings Ayse, a pretty teenaged girl from the Turkish countryside, to live with him as a second wife. A special friendship develops between Ayse and Fatma, the first wife who is suffering from cancer and appreciates both the help and the companionship. Soon, however, an unexpected twist of fate puts this relationship to the test. Turkish and German with subtitles, 93 min.
*Sat Oct 20, 7:00 PM - *Sun Oct 21, 5:15 PM
Program Partner: American Airlines
Additional cultural support provided by the Austrian Consulate General in Chicago

Mr. Sophistication (link)
Director: Danny Green
USA Director Danny Green, Producer Albena Dodeva, Producer Jon E. Edwards and
Actor/ Executive Producer Harry Lennix scheduled to attend.*

In the 90s, Ron Waters (Harry Lennix) was the hottest comic in Hollywood. Richard Pryor-like in his trenchant social and political commentary, Ron ultimately was driven away by controversy that increased as he grew more successful. Now settled in Chicago doing regular standup routines at his wife's (Tatum O'Neill) club, he is given a second shot at the big time. But, as he learns once again, fame and fortune come at a price. 97 min.
*Sat Oct 20, 7:15 PM - *Sun Oct 21, 12:15 PM
Program Partners: American Airlines, Columbia College Chicago, and Robert and Penelope Steiner

A Royal Affair
(En kongelig affære) (link
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Denmark Director Nikolaj Arcel scheduled to attend.*
In this epic historical romance, Queen Caroline falls passionately in love with an idealistic German doctor while her husband, King Christian VII, grows increasingly deranged. Directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel (co-screenwriter of the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), A Royal Affair is a powerful story about brave idealists who risk everything for love and for their commitment to the freedom of the Danish people. Danish with subtitles, 131 min.
*Sat Oct 20, 8:30 PM - *Sun Oct 21, 2:30 PM
Program Partner: American Airlines

Simon Killer
Director: Antonio Campos
USA Director Antonio Campos scheduled to attend.*
Desperately needing a change after a painful break-up, Simon relocates to Paris to find solace and affection in the "city of love" in this unsettling chronicle of a young man's descent into madness. As he becomes involved with both a young prostitute and a sweet, perky college student, Simon's fundamental mental instability becomes increasingly apparent, and it appears he may have an ominous potential for violence. 105 min.
*Sat Oct 20, 8:30 PM - *Sun Oct 21, 9:15 PM
Program Partner: American Airlines

F*ckload of Scotchtape
Director: Julian Grant
USA Director Julian Grant scheduled to attend.*
From Chicago filmmaker Julian Grant comes this "neo-noir musical crime drama." Benji is set up to take the fall for an ill-fated kidnapping, but still finds time to sing when he isn't hastily bandaging injuries or trying to determine the motivations of a stripper with questionable loyalties. Mixing visual styles and utterly defying any attempt at clear categorization, this catchy, gritty film is not to be missed. 84 min.
*Sat Oct 20, 9:30 PM - *Tue Oct 23, 1:00 PM
Program Partners: American Airlines and Robert and Penelope Steiner

A Secret World
(Un Mundo Secreto) (link
Director: Gabriel Mariño
Mexico Director Gabriel Marino scheduled to attend.*
A poetic, tender road movie, A Secret World follows tormented teenager Maria as she makes her way through Mexico seeking her place in life. The film focuses on the pleasant beauty of the landscape and the eccentric, endearing personality of Maria as she comes into her own. Gorgeously filmed, this lyrical coming-of-age story doubles as a wistful hymn to a young woman's self-discovery. Spanish with subtitles, 87 min.
*Sat Oct 20, 9:45 PM - Tue Oct 23, 1:15 PM
Program Partners: American Airlines and E.C. Charro Tequila

In Their Skin
Director: Jeremy Power Regimbal
Canada Director Jeremy Power Regimbal scheduled to attend.
A relaxing trip to the country for a family of stylish urbanites takes a dark and disturbing turn when they are visited by their seemingly harmless neighbors. As their unsophisticated guests' behavior becomes increasingly strange and menacing, the family realizes that they are trapped in a terrifying and potentially deadly situation. Skillfully building the claustrophobic atmosphere with masterful control over mood and pacing, In Their Skin is a chilling, sophisticated slice of terror. 96 min.
*Sat Oct 20, 11:00 PM
Competition Partner: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media
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Director: Ben Lewin
USA Actress Helen Hunt scheduled to attend.
Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality. Starring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes. 95 min.
Screening sold out. Rush Tickets only.
Saturday, October 20
Ticket Code: EFALL1 ($25, Tribute Only)
Ticket Code: EFALL1P
($50, Tribute and Reception)
6:30 PM
Red Carpet
7:00 PM Award Presentation and premiere of The Sessions, followed by Q+A with actress Helen Hunt
9:00 PM Junior Board After-Party at the Festival Filmmakers Lounge at Lucky Strike Lanes
Event ticket and wristband required for admission to Junior Board after-party.
Presented by the Junior Board of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival
Media Partner: TimeOut Chicago

Industry Panel: Distribution and Marketing
) You've secured funding, made your film, and navigated the festival circuit. Now what? Opportunities for distribution are more varied than ever before. Join a group of distributors, filmmakers and other experts to discuss distribution platforms, successful marketing strategies, and more. 60 min.
Sat Oct 20, 12:00 PM – Free!
Upcoming Events Click here
for more information.

Surprise Film
Director: ???? ???? Grab an extra-large cup of your favorite soda, “shaken-not stirred,” and join Team Surprise Film in a triumphant sing-along at the barricades inside the AMC River East for the most precious FREE ticket in town, Monday October 22 at 8 p.m. The only way to get a ticket is by wearing a Chicago International Film Festival shirt, sweatshirt or hoodie. 90-120 min.
Mon Oct 22, 8:00 PM

A Conversation with Joseph Cedar
) With four feature films to his name, Joseph Cedar has become one of Israel's most celebrated filmmakers: his films have won an astonishing 24 Israeli Academy Awards, have twice been nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscars®, and have won prestigious prizes at the Berlin and Cannes film festivals. Join us for a discussion with Cedar about his films, followed by a screening of last year's Footnote, a charming satire called "genius" by the New York Times. 90 min.
Mon Oct 22, 4:30 PM

An Evening with Viola Davis – A Black Perspectives Tribute
) A powerhouse talent of stage, television, and film, Viola Davis has deservedly been recognized as one of the most versatile and commanding actresses of our generation. From her Academy Award® nominated performances in Doubt and The Help to her acclaimed work in SolarisAntwone FisherFar From Heaven and this year’s Won't Back Down, Viola Davis has provided audiences with rich characters and nuanced performances. We are proud to present her with our Career Achievement Award, placing her alongside fellow recipients Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry, and Sidney Poitier. Join us for this conversation with Viola Davis as we celebrate her talent and career. 90 min.
Monday, October 22
Ticket Code: EFDAV1 ($35, Tribute Only) (link
Ticket Code: EFDAV1P
($75, Tribute and Reception) (link)
6:30 PM
Red Carpet
7:00 PM Tribute and award presentation
9:00 PM Reception at Cibo Matto at theWit (201 N. State St.)

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