Tuesday, April 03, 2018

2018 CineYouth Festival: FULL SCHEDULE ONLINE NOW! (Chicago, IL. )

Join us at the CineYouth Festival, a three-day international film festival that celebrates the talent of filmmakers 22 years old and younger from around the world. More than 60 short films from 15 countries, ranging from thought-provoking documentaries and quirky comedies to experimental shorts and a showcase of locally made films, will be shown with filmmakers in attendance! 

Click here for full schedule of screenings, festival trailer, and special events!

Screenings are FREE and open to the public. Appropriate for all ages. 

CineYouth is presented by Cinema/Chicago, the parent organization of the Chicago International 
Film Festival.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20 | 7pm
Music Box Theatre | 3733 N. Southport Avenue

Immediately following the screening will be a Q&A with producer Diane Quon and subjects Keire Johnson and Kent Abernathy.
Minding The Gap is a coming-of-age documentary saga of three skateboarding friends growing up in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends all left home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. As the film unfolds, Bing is thrust into the middle of Zack's tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend and Keire's inner struggles with his racial identity and his deceased father. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.

"Combining first-rate skate video footage with a range of confessional moments, Minding the Gap is a warmhearted look at the difficulties of reckoning with the past while attempting to escape its clutches."  - Eric Kohn, IndieWire


Film still: Baby I'm Yours

1:30pm - Youthful Vibes
This program presents a selection of films that highlight the lives of young adults around the world. Whether these youth are real people, or fictional characters living in a world with flying cars and robot parents, their stories are relatable to everyone and showcase the definition of "coming of age". 47 mins. 

Film still: Curious Kaleo

2:30pm - Point of View
Everyone is unique and part of being unique means having your own individual point of view. These five documentaries display some of the many different perspectives on history, gender conformity, societal norms, and more. 49 mins.

Film still: ELLE

3:30pm - Reel Women
This hour presents some of the best work from our female directors. Examining personal stories of self image, confidence, and family, this program explores the varied ways in which women experience and understand the world around them. 54 mins.

Film still: I Love My Robot Boyfriend!

4:30pm - Something About Love
Love comes in all shapes and sizes- touching, humorous, and heartbreaking, love affects us in diverse, unexpected ways. This program showcases the endless complexity of love with impactful stories that will leave your hearts filled to the brim! 45 mins.

Film still: Prom Mom

5:30pm - Cinema of Chicago
These eight films feature powerful home grown narratives and documentaries that pay homage to our city's rich history, culture, and passion for cinema. 65 mins.

Film still: All Kids Go to Hell

11:00am - Animated Array
Bring the whole family to this program of eight short animated films, each of them sweeter and funnier than the last! 38 mins.


12:00pm - Innovative Visions
This program will challenge your role as a viewer. These filmmakers turn their cameras on their worlds and themselves, using subconscious images to create thought-provoking concepts and cinematic poetry. 47 mins.

Film still: Fictional characters

1:00pm - World View
This program features four films from Russia, Belgium, Ireland and England that showcase the diversity and depth of complex family relationships, the banality of evil and and the choices you make when you are young coming back to haunt you. 55 mins.

Film still: We Exist
2:00pm - Looking Outwards
Showcasing the exceptional voices and perspectives of the LGBTQ community, this hour features four films ranging from drama to documentary depicting the powerful and unique stories of individuals from around the world. 53 mins.

Film still: Ballad

3:00pm - Dramatics
These four films present gritty truths and tough life choices, as individuals are placed in unexpected and uncomfortable situations. These films position their characters at crossroads-- between life and death, between contentment and discomfort-- and force them to formulate a response to the most difficult circumstances. 44 mins. 

 Film still:  Degüello

4:30pm - Midwest's Best
Made by filmmakers from across Illinois and Michigan, this hour of narratives highlights the talent of America's Midwest. These films feature powerful variations in perspective and artistry that prove that the Midwest is home to the next generation's emerging filmmaker talent. 37 mins. 

Sunday, April 22

10:00am - 3:00pm - THE FILM PITCH
Open to the public, the Film Pitch will feature up to four young filmmakers pitching their works-in-progress to a panel of industry professionals. Each filmmaker will get direct feedback from experts who know the film business best! The winner will be chosen and announced at the CineYouth Awards Ceremony. RSVP Now.

5:45 - 7:00pm - AWARDS NIGHT
Join us as we award the best of CineYouth 2018! Winning films will go on to be screened at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival in October 2018. We will also screen the winning Acting For the Camera Workshop scenes and the Film Challenge films created by participants ages 13-18 years old. RSVP Now.

All events are FREE and open to the public.
April 4 at 6:30pm | Chicago Cultural Center

About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year round non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. In addition to CineYouth, Cinema/Chicago's programs include: the Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago International Television Festival, International Screenings, and year-round Education Program. Celebrating its 54th edition October 10-21, 2018, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America's longest-running competitive film festival.
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