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46th Chicago International Film Festival's 2010 CineYouth Festival Announces Opening Night, Workshops, and Screening Schedule

May 6-8, 2010, Columbia College Chicago, 1104 South Wabash


Cinema/Chicago, parent organization of the 46th Chicago International Film Festival, proudly presents the 2010 CineYouth Festival. CineYouth, held May 6-8, 2010 at Columbia College Chicago (1104 South Wabash), showcases the work of filmmakers from across the country under the age of 20 and holds numerous filmmaking workshops. CineYouth kicks off with its Opening Night Celebration on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 6PM. CineYouth will welcome 2009 Student Academy Award winners Joaquin Baldwin (Sebastian’s Voodoo) and Brendan Bellomo (Bohemibot) to screen their winning films, present their early student work, and share advice with young filmmakers. The night will wrap up with a reception where audience members will have the chance to speak one-on-one with the featured filmmakers.  

This year’s Festival features 100 student films, with screenings and workshops held on May 7 and 8 at Columbia College Chicago. All screenings and workshops are free to the public. Workshops include:

  • Set Design/Costume with Emmy Award-winning set designer Mary Margaret Bartley
  • Special Effects with producer Julian Grant
  • Storyboard with local filmmakers Jack Newell and Rudra Banerji
  • Story development with Columbia College Chicago Film & Video Professor Dan Rybicky
  • Editing with independent filmmaker Steven Delisi
  • Acting/Casting with local casting director Cheryl Graeff

CineYouth will conclude with an Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 8 at 3PM. Winning films are chosen from each category and awards are presented to winners. Winning films will also be shown at the 46th Chicago International Film Festival, October 7-21.

Admission to the CineYouth Festival is free and open to the public with RSVP to Festival Director Rebecca Fons at Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. 

For a full CineYouth screenings and workshop schedule, please visit or call the Cinema/Chicago offices at 312-683-0121 x112.



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 CineYouth Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Chicago International Film Festival (October 7-21, 2010), the Hugo Television Awards, Intercom Competition, International Summer Screenings Program, and Education Outreach.

Contact: Rebecca Fons

CineYouth Festival Director

312-683-0121 x112


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