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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates 50 Years!
CINEMA/CHICAGO AND THE CHICAGO
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF BRINGING THE BEST IN
INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT CINEMA TO CHICAGO
OCTOBER 9 – 23 2014 Festival to Present More Than 150 Narrative Feature, Documentary and Short Films
From Around the World
Celebrating 50 years of making Chicago an international
destination for acclaimed filmmakers, bold new directors and lovers of
cinema, the Chicago International Film Festival returns
October 9 – 23, 2014. The anniversary celebration will kick off with an
Opening Night Gala presentation at the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph
St.), followed by a Golden Anniversary celebration at the Chicago
Cultural Center. All other Festival screenings will be held at the AMC
River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) Programming and ticket information
will be announced at a future date.
On November 9, 1965, a 22-year-old Michael Kutza
launched the Chicago International Film Festival at the Carnegie Theatre
on Rush Street. A mere eight films competed in the feature category,
but, even in its inaugural year, celebrated figures including King Vidor, Bette Davis and Stanley Kramer
attended to support what would become North America’s oldest
competitive international film festival. Fifty years later, the Festival
has earned an international reputation for discovering groundbreaking
directors, including Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter, Wim Wenders, Liv Ullmann, Peter Weir, Mike Leigh, Margarethe von Trotta, and Chicago’s own William Friedkin and Joe Swanberg, who are but a few of the hundreds of world-renowned filmmakers recognized early on in their careers by the Festival.
“Since its founding, the singular goal of the Chicago International
Film Festival has been to introduce Chicago and the world to new
filmmakers, new stories and new perspectives,” said Founder and Artistic
Director MichaelKutza. “Five decades
later, the Festival has grown to become a highly respected annual
event, showcasing films from more than 50 countries, with filmmakers
from around the world in attendance. Each year we rigorously pursue the
best in international cinema as well as the cutting-edge work of new
talents in our steadfast commitment to share the most innovative and
ambitious cinematic art with our audiences.”
One of the Festival’s most notable features is the vast diversity of
offerings, with numerous competitive categories and several highlight
programs such as Black Perspectives, Cinema of the Americas, ReelWomen,
Out-Look, After Dark, and the City & State program, showcasing films
made in Chicago and throughout Illinois. In 2014, the Festival will
shine a spotlight on Scandinavian cinema.
“As we mark this great milestone, we also celebrate the Chicago
International Film Festival’s position as one of the city’s most vibrant
arts organizations,” said Film Festival Managing Director Vivian Teng.
“Drawing people from all walks of life from across Chicago and beyond,
the Festival is a place where audiences come together in their common
love of film to share in the art of visual storytelling and expand their
The complete Festival schedule will be announced at a future date.
Individual tickets ($7 - $20) and Special Event tickets ($30 - $150)
will go on sale in August. Discounted parking is available at AMC River
East 21(322 E. Illinois Street). For more information, visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com
or call 312-683-0121.
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
Chicago International Film Festival is one of the year-round programs
presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Chicago
International Film Festival Television Awards CineYouth Festival,
INTERCOM Competition, International Screenings Program, and Education