The Chicago International Film Festival hosted its first in-person event, "Lights, Camera, Chicago" at Bridge 410.

The Chicago International Film Festival hosted its first in-person event, "Lights, Camera, Chicago" at Bridge 410.

Last night, September 13, the Chicago International Film Festival celebrated its first in-person event, "Lights, Camera, Chicago," at Bridge 410 (410 N. Paulina). Artistic Director Mimi Plauche was presented with the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her work expanding and promoting French film and culture. Plauche has been a part of the Film Festival since 2006, serving as Artistic Director since 2016.

The delightful venue had convenient indoor-outdoor space so guests could socially distance. The evening offered "Tastes of Chicago" with food trucks, desserts from Eli's Cheesecake Company and cocktails courtesy of Koval and Goose Island. Live music was provided by Expo76. The Film Festival's iconic logo, designed by founder Michael Kutza, was dramatically projected onto a bridge behind the space.

The event was co-chaired by Jacolyn Bucksbaum, Lee Blackwell Baur, Les Coney and Candace Jordan (Chicago Star Contributing Editor).

Board member Jon Harris emceed the event which included a paddle raise, a welcome by board chair Charles Droege and a silent auction. The organization recently announced its upcoming Festival film lineup, see it here.

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