Chicago International Film Festival
The Chicago International Film Festival is a 45-year old film fest that aims to introduce new filmmakers, new concepts, new perspectives and new stories to Chicago and the rest of the world. Through the years, the film festival has shown feature films of such great directors like Martin Scorsese, Mike Leight, Peter Weir, Gregory Nava, Jan Troell, Bertrand Tavernier, Joe Swanberg, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In 2009, the film festival screened 175 movies from 50 countries.
The film festival has various categories and competitions like the International Feature Film Competition where the highest festival honor, the Gold Hugo Award, is handed out. Other competitions include the new directors competition, docufest competition for non-fiction works, short film competition for best short films in various genres like documentary, narrative, student, experimental and animation. There are also gala presentations wherein critically acclaimed films are shown, while the world cinema competitive series spotlights new talents, new voices and up and coming trends in filmmaking.
There are three categories in this festival: feature length documentary, feature film and short subject. Entry fees range to as low as $20 for student productions and up to $200 for late entries in the feature film category.