Cinema/Chicago's International CineYouth Festival will present its biggest lineup ever for a global event spotlighting a diverse selection of 102 international short films in the festival’s first virtual edition. Running May 6-13, the films, created by filmmakers 22 years-old and younger, will stream globally from 25 countries with 66% of the films either directed or co-directed by female filmmakers.
The films will screen in 14 short film programs that cover a wide range of genres and themes, including: Playtime: Animation, with a selection of animated films coming from California, Hungary, Japan, and others; A Personal Climate Crisis, a selection of films which investigate humanity’s relationship to nature; and Lights, Camera, Lockdown, a selection of films made during the pandemic.
CineYouth’s Opening Night celebration will feature The Cinemas of Chicago (May 6, 6:30 pm CT), a selection of 14 short films made by Chicago-based filmmakers. The film program screening will be followed by a live-stream Q & A with the filmmakers at 8:30pm CT on the Festival’s streaming platform. Additional live-stream Q & As will be held throughout the Festival with filmmakers participating from across the country and around the world.
The CineYouth Awards Ceremony (May 9, 4:00pm CT) will present awards in 15 categories to CineYouth filmmakers including the Rising Star Award presented by Adobe, the Chicago Award presented by DePaul University, and Best Overall. A selection of award-winning films will be screened at the 57th Chicago international Film Festival in October. A scholarship will also be awarded by the Prodigy Film Camp. RSVP here to attend the award ceremony on the Chicago International Film Festival’s YouTube channel.