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Holy Motors winner of the 48th Chicago International Film Festival

Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director, Mimi Plauché, Programming Director, and Programmers Alex Kopecky and Penny Bartlett proudly announce the winners of the 48th Chicago International Film Festival Competitions.   French filmmaker Leos Carax’s exuberant and euphoric HOLY MOTORS leads this extraordinary group of films with three awards. Carax’s first film, BOY MEETS GIRL, premiered in Chicago in 1984 as part of the 20th Chicago International Film Festival&rsqu...

The Sad Cafe

Director: Bennie Woodell.
Jack is a gun for hire who wants more out of life but is afraid of what may happen due to what happened in the past. Rose works at a cafe run by her father who feels left behind in the world and wants to find her one and only. Everyday Jack comes into her coffee shop. Everyday she has his tea waiting for him. Everyday they never say a word to each other until one day thanks to Jack's partner Steve, he decides he can't go on living this way. He surprises her and the two begin a budding romance that will lead Jack to the decision of a lifetime given to him by his boss, that will not only alter his future but Rose's as well.

CICFF Announced 2010 Winners!

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October 31, 2010.- The 27th annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival  congratulates the winners of.more than 30.awards presented at the Festival's American Airlines Closing Night Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 31, 2010 at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema. Filmmakers from around the world came to watch the most acclaimed films of the  Festival and to celebrate ten days of workshops, discussions, and life-changing movies. Films from Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Fin...

Winners Wow Audience at Chicago Children's Film Festival

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Winners Wow Audience at Chicago International Children's Film Festival Closing Night Awards PresentationChicago, IL - October 31, 2010 - The 27th annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival congratulates the winners of more than 30 awards presented at the Festival's American Airlines Closing Night Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 31, 2010 at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema. Filmmakers from around the world came to watch the most acclaimed films of the Festival and to celebrat...

Ernest Borgnine Screen to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

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Ernest Borgnine, who is exuberantly entering his seventh decade of creating memorable characters and award-winning performances, will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade-—the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Borgnine, who has performed in more than 200 motion pictures, five television series and dozens of television films and guest appearances, will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor w...

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

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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. CineYo...

Winners Wow Audience At Chicago International Children's Film Festival Closing Night

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    The 26th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival congratulates the winners of more than 30 awards presented at the CICFF's American Airlines Closing Nights Awards Presentation on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema. Charles Malik Whitfield (Notorious, The Temptations, Behind Enemy Lines) hosted the event.  More than 80 filmmakers from around the world came to watch the most acclaimed films ...

Chicago International Children's Film Festival awards

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The 26th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival congratulates the winners of more than 30 awards presented at the CICFF's American Airlines Closing Night Awards Presentation on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema. Charles Malik Whitfield (Notorious, The Temptations, Behind Enemy Lines) hosted the event. More than 80 filmmakers from around the world came to watch the most acclaimed films of the CICFF and celebrate ten days of master classes, discussions,...

The Global Film Village: FILM INDEPENDENT AWARDS SLOAN PRODUCERS GRANT

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By Marla Lewin 9 PROJECTS FOR 2009 PRODUCERS LAB FILMMAKERS ALSO SELECTED BY FILM INDEPENDENT LOS ANGELES (October 12, 2009) — Last night at a special reception concluding the 2009 edition of Film Independent’s Filmmaker Forum, Josh Welsh, Film Independent’s Director of Talent Development, awarded Jenny Deller and Kristin Fairweather its 3rd annual Sloan Producers Grant for their feature film project Future Weather.  Deller and Fairweather will receive a $25,000 production grant, and p...

Reeling 2009 showcasing innovative G &L, bisexual, and transgender films

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Reeling 2009, the second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world, will run November 5th through the 15th, showcasing innovative gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films from around the globe. Reeling will take place at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St.), Film Row Cinema (Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.), Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.), and the Festival's home base at Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark St.). Additional venues will be confirmed at a later dat...

The CineYouth Festival kicks off next week

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The CineYouth Festival produced by Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the 45th Chicago International Film Festival, will kick-off with an Opening Night Celebration on Friday June 19th, 2009 at 6PM. Festivities will feature a showcase of short films by filmmakers Vince Singleton (The Porter), Hannah Dallman (Small Comforts), Sean J.S. Jourdan (An Open Door) and Jack Newell (Andre: Portrait of A Capoeirista). Following the screenings, a panel discussion will be moderated by Ron Falzone...

CineYouth Film Festival

The CineYouth Festival produced by Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the 45th Chicago International Film Festival, will kick-off with an Opening Night Celebration on Friday June 19th, 2009 at 6PM. Festivities will feature a showcase of short films by filmmakers Vince Singleton (The Porter), Hannah Dallman (Small Comforts), Sean J.S. Jourdan (An Open Door) and Jack Newell (Andre: Portrait of A Capoeirista). Following the screenings, a panel discussion will be moderated by Ron Falzone, Film Professor and Directing Area Coordinator at Columbia College. The night will wrap up with a reception where the audience gets a chance to speak one-one-one with the featured filmmakers. Free food! Free movies! Networking with fellow filmmakers! Admission is free and open to the general public with RSVP to cineyouth@chicagofilmfestival.com. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Awards Ceremony - June 20th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Film Row Cinema (Columbia College Chicago) - The winning films will be recognized with awards and prizes. Come support the filmmakers and their award-winning work! The two-day CineYouth Festival showcases work from filmmakers under the age of 20 and from across the country. This year’s Festival features 95 films, with screenings and workshops held on June 19th and 20th at Film Row Cinema at Columbia College Chicago (1104 South Wabash). The screenings will run from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. both days and this year's workshops include: How to Get Into, Pay For, and Navigate Film School (Friday, 3PM-4PM) Join our opening night filmmakers as they discuss the process of finding the right academic program, searching for financing, and choosing a schedule that best fits your talent. Scriptwriting 101 (Saturday, 11AM-NOON): Led by Ron Falzone, this workshop will discuss the basics of writing a solid screenplay. Conflict, motiviation, tradgedy, comedy, drama! How to make the words work for you. Bach or Beyonce? Choosing a Soundtrack for Your Film (Saturday, 1PM-2PM) Led by Hannah Dalman, this workshop will examine how different music can change the meaning of scene, and how a score can add-or subtract-from a film. Am I Gonna Get Sued? How to Make Your Film 100% Legal (Saturday, 2PM-3PM) From parking permits to “borrowing” footage for your film, there are legal issues in movie making. Join Columbia College Chicago’s Film and Video Department Producing Concentration Coordinator, Kevin Cooper as he advises how to make a film, and not get sued in the process. All workshops and panel are free to the public. Please RSVP to cineyouth@chicagofilmfestival.com

Producing Green (we don't just mean HULK): the EMA Green Seal

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EMA's Green Seal Program seeks to recognize those productions that choose to embody and promote sustainable ideals. The Green Seal is the ultimate goal of the program, publicly acknowledging those productions that have chosen to incorporate sustainable initiatives into their productions and that have sought to be identified by applying for a Green Seal of recognition. EMA's Green Seal Program was originally conceived as a way of recognizing and celebrating those productions employing spe...

Reeling 2008 Chicago G&L Fest highlights

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Reeling 2008:The 27th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film FestivalNovember 6 - 16, 2008 Chicago Filmmakers and Presenting Sponsors Showtime and Comcast are pleased to announce the 27th year of Reeling, the second-oldest lesbian and gay film festival in the world, and a premier cultural event for the city's LGBT community and film-appreciating audiences.Reeling's mission is to recognize the important artistic contributions LGBT filmmakers have made to our culture and to counteract stereotypi...

winners of the 2008 CINE Special Jury Awards

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CINE is proud to announce the winners of the 2008 CINE Special Jury Awards. Chosen by a panel of members of CINE’s Board of Directors, the CINE Special Jury Awards recognize the elite among the winners of the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award. This year’s recipients include productions from independent and student filmmakers, as well as such distinguished organizations as MSNBC, Sesame Workshop, WGBH, National Geographic Television, Thirteen/WNET New York and The Washington Post.The 24 rec...

Chicago International Children's Film Festival Awards

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24th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival Applauds 30 Directors Receiving Prestigious AwardsChicago, IL October 29 - This year The 24th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival congratulates its winners of the 30 awards presented at the CICFF's American Airlines Closing Night Awards Presentation, Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema. Gerren Taylor, teen supermodel represented by Elite Management and the subject of award-winning documentar...

World-Class Chicago Kidsfest Celebrates Winners

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The 24th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival's American Airlines Closing Night Awards Presentation, celebrates 2007's top films for children!   On Sunday, October 28th, Gerren Taylor, teen supermodel and lead actress of America the Beautiful, emcees this year's Awards Presentation held at the Film Row Cinema at Columbia College (1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor).  This year, the CICFF has more than 130 directors, filmmakers and stars in attendance from around the globe, including t...

Chicago Kidsfest Celebrates Winners

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The 24th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival's American Airlines Closing Night Awards Presentation, celebrates 2007's top films for children! On Sunday, October 28th, Gerren Taylor, teen supermodel and lead actress of America the Beautiful, emcees this year's Awards Presentation held at the Film Row Cinema at Columbia College (1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor). This year, the CICFF has more than 130 directors, filmmakers and stars in attendance from around the globe, including teen...

Bio: Michael Rabiger author of "Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics"

Michael Rabiger : Professor emeritus at Columbia College, founder of the Michael Rabiger Center for Documentary Film at Columbia College, recipient of the Preservation and Scholarship Award from the International Documentary Association Michael Rabiger has directed or edited over 35 films, founded the Documentary Center at Columbia College, Chicago, and was Chair of its Film/Video Department. Now Professor Emeritus, Rabiger has also been presented with the Preservation and Scholarship Award by ...

Reeling 2007, G&L Film Fest, Announces full Lineup

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Chicago Filmmakers and Presenting Sponsors Showtime, Comcast, and The L Word are pleased to announce the 26th edition of Reeling, the second-oldest lesbian and gay film festival in the world, and a premiere cultural event for Chicago’s LGBT community and film-appreciating audiences. Reeling 2007 will take place November 8-18 and will include almost 70 programs. Screenings will be held at the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St.), Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St.), Fil...

24th Annual Kidsfest Kick Off in a month with 225 films!

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The CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL (Thursday, October 18 - Sunday, October 28) is set to kick off its 24th year of screening the best children's films in the world. Showcasing 220 films from 41 countries over 11 days, the Festival is the largest and longest running kidsfest in the U.S, and the only children's festival in the world that's recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an "Academy qualifying" festival. CICFF winners in the animated and live acti...

Persians Versus Pirates At The MTV Movie Awards

 Thursday, May 24------Persians are battling Pirates for top honors at this year's MTV MOVIE AWARDS, which will be held in Los Angeles and broadcast live on June 3. Awards are determined by the audience, who still have another week to vote for their favorites. Simply log on to the website: www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards.Although this is hardly your mother's Oscar ceremonies (not much dignity and decorum here), the MTV MOVIE AWARDS has an international viewing audience that rivals the A...

African American Women Filmmakers screening and dialog

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Julie Dash, Award winning Filmmaker moderates a screening and dialog of African American Women Filmmakers. The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) presents: the 14th Annual Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves: See Their Images… Hear Their Stories… Saturday, April 21, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. A Filmmaker Showcase and Discussion at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA (Melrose & Van Ness / across from Paramount Studios). To RSVP - 323/957-4747....

23rd Chicago Latino Film Festival

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The 23rd edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival will take place April 13- 25, 2007. The Festival showcases approximately 100 feature, short films and videos that reflect Latino culture in Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. Films from other countries will be considered if the director is of Ibero-American descent, or the subject matter is related to Latino culture. The Festival screens short and full feature films from all genres and forms of filmmaking including narrati...

The fourth official author of the James Bond 007 novels, Raymond Benson, joins the MIFF international jury

Raymond Benson, popular American composer, computer game designer, stage director and above all official writer of 007 novels accepts to join the MIFF international jury. Between 1996 and 2002, Raymond was commissioned by the James Bond literary copyright holders to take over writing the 007 novels. In total he penned and published worldwide six original 007 novels (including ZERO MINUS TEN, NEVER DREAM OF DYING, THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO), three film novelizations, and three short stories...
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