CineYouth Festival hosts biggest virtual event.

CineYouth Festival hosts biggest virtual event.

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.

 All events and screenings are free and open to the public, with tickets available now at View the full CineYouth film selection here .


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