Where: North Side, but Especially The Loop
Whether you’re a film fanatic or just trying to escape the first gusts of cold weather, the Chicago International Film Festival is a can’t-miss event. Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the festival, is a non-profit cultural and educational organization. They are dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. Each autumn, they pull out all the stops, enriching Chicago’s cultural environment by presenting films in contexts that encourage discussion and debate.
Started in 1964, this is North America’s oldest competitive film festival. The Festival has a history of discovering hundreds of ground-breaking directors, including Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter, Susan Seidelman, Victor Nunez, and Maria Louisa Bemberg. Screens around the city host two weeks of special showings, film industry events, and competitions in the areas of international posters and 60-second films.
Viewers can purchase one-off tickets or “Movie Passports”; $105, the Moviegoer Pass, is good for ten film admissions, while $200, the Passport Pass, will get you into twenty screenings. Proceeds from the Festival benefit Cinema/Chicago’s programs throughout the year, including the International Screenings Program, CineYouth Festival, and the Members Film Screening Series. For more information, see their website.