CHICAGO, April 30, 2014 – The 10th annual CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival and held May 8-10, 2014, has announced the Festival’s full screening schedule and education program, which includes a spotlight program of locally made short films and a number of master classes.  The Chicago International Film Festival is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The Festival, held at Presenting Partner Columbia College Chicago’s Film Row Theater (1104 South Wabash), CineYouth will screen 75 short films made by student filmmakers 21 years old and younger. “CineYouth is focused on embracing youth-made media and celebrating the achievements of young artists,” said CineYouth Festival Director Rebecca Fons. “We are especially proud of the films being produced by Chicago and Illinois filmmakers, and we showcase a number of those films in our ‘Check Your Local Listings’ program on Saturday, May 10 at 5 p.m.” The ten films in the program include the Free Spirit Media documentary ‘Red Moon Summer Parks Series’ by 21-year-old students Paris (Twiggy) Brown and Montel Williams and the dark comedy ‘Dissolve’ by 19-year-old Justin Lebya.

“To have my film play alongside other films from around the world, by youth filmmakers like me, is very exhilarating,” said Lebya.  “I really am proud and honored to be a part of not only a film festival, but a celebration of the emerging young talents in film. I can't express how excited I am to meet other filmmakers and watch their work.”

Fred Savage will open CineYouth on Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. with a discussion of his experiences in the film and television industry.  CineYouth will also offer two master classes: a discussion with Academy Award® winning producer and Columbia College Chicago alum Caryn Capotosto (“20 Feet From Stardom”) and an introduction to improvisational acting, offered by The Second City’s Training Center. Additionally, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education will be offering a presentation of films made by Chicago students from seven Chicago Public Schools.

CineYouth concludes with an awards ceremony. Twelve awards will be given to films and filmmakers chosen by a jury of Columbia College Chicago Cinema Art + Science students. Winning films are screened in their entirety at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival in October.

“CineYouth is a creative event, focused on supporting and empowering young filmmakers and aspiring artists, as well as their families and teachers,” said Fons.

Admission to all CineYouth events, screenings and presentations is free and open to all ages. Additional details and the full schedule can be found at

Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The CineYouth Festival is one of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Chicago International Film Festival, the Hugo Television Awards, Intercom Competition, International Screenings Program, Black Perspectives and Education Outreach.