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The Regular Deadline is just one month away! Submit your feature, documentary, or short film by June 17 to be considered for the 55th Chicago International Film Festival!
by Cinema/Chicago, we are North America's longest-running competitive
film festival. We screen films from around the world across a wide
variety of competitions and programs:
New Directors Competition
Short Film Competitions
Out-Look Competition (LGBTQ+)
After Dark (Genre)
Cinemas of the Americas
In 2018, the Festival showcased 175 short and feature-length films from 58 countries and hosted 200 guestsfrom around the world. We are an Academy Award-qualifying Festival for the winners of our Best Live Action Short and Best Documentary Short competitions. Submit your film today to be considered for our 2019 Festival!
Regular Deadline of June 17, 2019, your last chance to submit will be
the Late Deadline on July 8, 2019 at an increased price.
Visit our website for guidelines and requirements and to learn more details about our competitive and non-competitive sections.
The 55th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 16-27, 2019.
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 the Chicago International Film Festival, Cinema/Chicago's programs include: the International Screenings Program, CineYouth Festival, and year-round Education Program.
Celebrating its 55th edition in 2019, the Chicago International Film
Festival is North America's longest-running competitive film festival.
THE CHICAGO DOGS HOST HOME OPENER AND SET
VIENNA WORLD RECORD FOR “LARGEST GATHERING OF WIENERS IN ONE LOCATION”
DURING OPENING DAY TONIGHT, MAY 17
NHL Hall of Famer Chris Chelios To Throw Out First Pitch
WHO: American Association baseball team, the Chicago Dogs, along with 6,300 baseball and hot dog fans…
WHAT: ... welcome fans to
its 2019 season home opener where they will set the Vienna world record
for the "world's largest gathering of wieners in one location" during
the Chicago Dogs' May 17 home opener. Every fan in attendance on opening
day will receive a commemorative hot dog costume courtesy of the
Chicago Dogs and Vienna Beef. NHL Hall of Famer and Former Chicago
Blackhawk Chris Chelios is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.
WHEN: Tonight, Friday, May 17 against the Gary Southshore Railcats
Park in the bus lane just past the ticket windows/box office (Impact Field will be on your right).
The Chicago Dogs will play 50 home games
at Impact Field in Rosemont this summer including Saturday, May 18 with a
post-game firework spectacular and Sunday, May 19 with $3 bottomless
popcorn and soda and pre-game autographs.
Single game tickets to the Chicago Dogs home games at Impact Field start at $9. Tickets are available at www.thechicagodogs.com.
The Chicago Dogs are members of the
American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Named after
Chicago’s favorite and oldest culinary tradition, the Chicago Dogs’ logo
features the colors and stars of the iconic Chicago flag. Home games
are played at the state-of- the-art Impact Field located at 9850
Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont, Ill. The team is managed by former Boston
Red Sox Manager, Butch Hobson, who brings more than 30 years of
experience to Rosemont. Chicago Dogs games welcome fans of all ages for a
one-of-a-kind experience where every day is fan appreciation day.
MAYOR EMANUEL ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF 1.25 MILE CHICAGO RIVERWALK WITH THE OPENING OF CHICAGO RIVERWALK EAST
East – the Section Between Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive - Opens
With New Landscape, Seating, Public Art, Vendor Spaces and Community
Opening Kicks-Off Chicago Riverwalk Season Celebrations Through Sunday
Rahm Emanuel, First Lady Amy Rule, city officials, Riverwalk
architects, site designers, artists, vendors and other local
partners celebrated the opening of the newly transformed Chicago
Riverwalk East from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive, completing the
1.25 mile Riverwalk. With the completion of this $12 million
investment, every block of this award-winning 1.25-mile promenade and
recreational amenity has been modernized or developed for the first
time. To mark the completion of the Riverwalk, the City of Chicago is
celebrating the Chicago Riverwalk Season with free public programming
and vendor specials throughout the week.
is reconnecting with the River in a way that improves our quality of
life, protects our environment and enhances economic development that is
sustainable for future generations,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The
completion of Riverwalk East is a major milestone in that journey. We
are finally fulfilling Daniel Burnham’s original vision of Chicago as a
true two-waterfront city.”
August 2018, Mayor Emanuel announced plans to improve older sections of
the east end of the Riverwalk from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive,
building upon the success of the Riverwalk and creating even more
opportunities for residents and visitors to interact with and enjoy the
design team, led by Muller and Muller, worked with the landscape
architecture firm of Site Design Group to substantially complete this
reimagination of Riverwalk East. This design emphasizes the transition
from a park-like environment on the east end near Lake Shore Drive to
the urban civic space of Michigan Avenue and creates areas of public
seating surrounded by landscaping. The new Riverwalk East space
includes: 10,000 square feet of “play” space; 94 new LED dark sky
compliant light fixtures; three public restrooms; approximately 150 new
tree plantings from 35 different species to increase the diversity of
the urban tree canopy, and 20 types of furnishings from the Riverwalk
palette increasing public seating by over 500 along the Riverwalk.
have been designing public spaces in the City of Chicago for the past
twenty-five years," said Ernie Wong of Site Design Group. “It is an
honor to have worked with Muller 2 and the Department of Fleet and
Facility Management on the site improvements for Riverwalk East! The
design intent was to take a largely urban hardscape on the west end and
transiting to a natural and lush landscaped corridor. The project adds
valuable open space, better pedestrian access to the river and seating
to view the natural asset in the heart of downtown Chicago.”
line with the Mayor’s goal of bringing more public art to more public
spaces on the Riverwalk and throughout the city, the Department of
Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and and the Department of
Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) led a Riverwalk East Gateway Project
committee to select a new work of art that will create an iconic visual
marker for the south bank of the Chicago River just east of Michigan
Avenue. The committee selected Weather Station by the
Chicago-based artist team Iñigo Manglano Ovalle and Bill Baker.
Manglano-Ovalle is a renowned conceptual and visual artist working
across media to create large-scale installations and architectural
interventions, and Baker is a structural engineering partner at
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), whose innovative structural
engineering design and research have been vital in realizing some of the
world’s most recognizable structures.
Scheduled for completion in fall of 2020, Weather Station comprises
an array of seven slender, stainless steel towers of varying heights –
each culminating in a wind vane and anemometer – collectively rising
from the river bank to a height of 117 feet.
Chicago Riverwalk has become an escape from the everyday with one-of-
a-kind visual art projections at Art on theMART and new works of public
art that enhance what is truly a magnificent urban space,” said DCASE
Commissioner Mark Kelly. “Once complete, Weather Station will become an iconic public art landmark rising from the banks of the Chicago River with its animated stainless steel towers.”
a submarine memorial designed and funded by a group of Navy volunteers
is another new addition to Riverwalk East, and will be dedicated on
Saturday, May 18. The memorial commemorates the twenty-eight submarines
manufactured in Wisconsin that used the Chicago River to connect
through varies waterways to the Gulf of Mexico and on to the war efforts
after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
part of additional investments in the Riverwalk, Mayor Emanuel, the
Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and 2FM
developed the Riverwalk Community Marketplace between Michigan and
Wabash Avenues, a new concessions program to highlight existing vendors
in the City’s culturally diverse communities. Construction on the
marketplace began in the fall of 2018. This investment includes the
expansion of the existing path to create a corridor for the placement of
“We are incredibly proud of our work in Mayor Emanuel’s incredible
vision to expand on Daniel Burnham’s dream of making Chicago a
two-waterfront city and in building a Riverwalk that is the envy of
cities around the world,” said Department of Fleet and Facility
Management (2FM) Commissioner David Reynolds. “I know I speak for all
Chicagoans when I say I can’t wait to enjoy every inch of the new
features and amenities of the east end of the Riverwalk, both this
summer, and for years to come.”
a 2FM public solicitation to identify marketplace vendors that
encouraged minority and women-owned vendors to apply, the new Community
Marketplace will open in June and will feature the following nine new
Beat Kitchen on the Riverwalk, currently operating in the Lakeview neighborhood,will offer food and beverage items, specializing in tacos, pizzas and salads, including vegan options.
Batter and Berries, currently operating in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, will provide soul food inspired dishes, including breakfast.
currently operating in the Logan Square neighborhood, will provide a
variety of chias and interesting curry pies inspired by Nepal.
Gordo’s Homemade Ice Cream,
currently operating in the South Loop and Edgewater neighborhoods, will
provide homemade ice cream bars dipped in a variety of toppings.
Justice of the Pies, currently a Chicago City Market favorite, will provide a variety of quiches and pies.
Luxury Cake will provide a variety of desserts including special orders for birthdays or other occasions.
Neighborly will provide retail options from a variety of artists and local makers.
Shop Small Chicago will provide retail options from a variety of artists and local makers.
Twisted Eggroll will provide interpretations of the traditional eggroll representing American favorites to cultural-inspired dishes
founded Justice of the Pies in honor of my late father and have
operated in the City Market program for the past few years,"
said Maya-Camille Broussard. "I am thrilled to be part of the Community
Marketplace program and to bring my specialty pies and quiches to the
Chicago Riverwalk! This is a great opportunity for a small, minority and
woman owned business.”
conjunction with the completion of the 1.25 million Chicago Riverwalk,
DCASE, 2FM and local partners are kicking-off the Chicago Riverwalk
Season celebration today with a week of free public programming and
vendor specials. The celebration features a new Art on theMART program,
pyrotechnic display, lantern procession, public programming, vendor
specials and more. Starting today, the Chicago Riverwalk will offer a
preview of summer programming including Art on theMART, new works of
public art, fireworks, tours, kayaking, Fishing at the Jetty led by the
Chicago Park District, walking tours led by the Chicago Architecture
Center and Chicago Greeter tours. For complete details, visit ChicagoRiverwalk.us
the evening of August 22, Beam Suntory will host Between Two Bridges: A
Jim Beam & House of Suntory Highball Experience on the Jetty. This
inaugural ticketed event is a vibrant experience that takes people on a
journey of music, art, and food – all highlighting the refreshing
highball cocktail featuring Jim Beam® Bourbon and House of Suntory
spirits, which include Suntory Whisky Toki™, Suntory Roku™ Gin and
Suntory Haku® Vodka. All proceeds from the event will benefit City
Colleges of Chicago.
2011, Mayor Emanuel tasked 2FM, the Chicago Department of
Transportation and leading architects, engineers and designers to expand
the Riverwalk from State Street to Lake Street, creating a new
connected path system. To create this vision, the Mayor worked with the
United States Department of Transportation to identify funding for the
continuation of the Riverwalk through a federal program called the
Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA). Nearly
$100 million was secured to construct the segment on the Main Branch of
the Chicago River from State Street to Lake Street. Designed by a team
lead by Sasaki Associates, including Ross Barney Architects, Benesch and
Jacobs Ryan Landscape Architects. State Street to LaSalle Drive was
completed in May of 2015 and LaSalle Drive to Lake Street was completed
in the fall of 2016.
1983, the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) launched the first
architecture river cruise to tell the stories behind the iconic
buildings lining the river. In 2019, Chicago has public spaces on the
banks that match the design excellence of the skyscrapers above,” said
Lynn Osmond, President and CEO of the CAC. “The Riverwalk is Mayor
Emanuel’s enduring legacy, but not the whole story. The Riverwalk tops a
diverse list of design initiatives that elevate the civic space and
public role: co-located libraries and senior housing, Lake Shore Drive
pedestrian bridges, mixed income residential projects, awarding the high
profile O’Hare Global Terminal project to a thriving, woman-led Chicago
architecture practice. Mayor Emanuel’s support has put architecture and
design at the center of Chicago’s debates. In 2015, he established
North America’s largest architecture and design exhibition, the Chicago
Architecture Biennial. In 2018, he was a vocal supporter as the CAC
moved to a larger, high profile new home above the Riverwalk where we
introduced expanded exhibits and a larger civic role.”
Chicago Riverwalk Season Celebration activites on Monday, May 13
through Sunday, May 19 are free unless otherwise noted. The Riverwalk is
open to the public from 6 a.m.–11 p.m.
throughout the year. For more information about the Chicago Riverwalk
and a complete schedule of events, visit chicagoriverwalk.us and join the conversation on social media using #ChiRiverwalk.
About the Chicago Riverwalk
The City of Chicago’s award-winning Chicago Riverwalk,
a 1.25-mile promenade through the heart of downtown, has quickly become
one of the city’s most popular destinations for art, music, dining and
the enjoyment of natural habitats, beloved by Chicagoans and visitors
alike. The Riverwalk is managed by the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management with programming support from the Access to the space is free and open to the public daily from 6 a.m.–11 p.m.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural
vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s
non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts
businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural
and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the
City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting
high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and