Set out on a journey of cinematic discovery; join us for some of the most exhilarating films the world has to offer.
For over half a century, the Chicago International Film Festival has brought to Chicago an exciting selection of bold, new work from filmmakers around the globe. We pride ourselves in championing young filmmakers and daring visions, and presenting the latest from the masters of world cinema. The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival is October 13 – 27, 2016.
Seeking out the best in international cinema, the Festival has opened windows to a world of film previously or otherwise unavailable in Chicago. The films are all Chicago premieres and many are world or U.S. premieres. Most of the films shown at the Festival will not gain a wide release, secure a U.S. distributor, or become available on video. Therefore, the Festival provides local audiences with a unique opportunity to discover a range of films that would otherwise be unavailable to them. In addition, at more than half of the screenings each year, filmgoers have the rare and exciting chance to meet directors, actors, and actresses who introduce their films and hold discussion sessions after the screenings.