The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), coming to town October 13th through October 27h, is Chicago's version of Sundance, Tribeca and Telluride.
Some may be surprised to learn that the Chicago International Film Festival is North America's longest-running competitive film festival.
Founded, 14 years before Sundance, in 1964, by Artistic Director Michael Kutza (who still heads up the fest), the CIFF brings the world of film to Chicago with over 93 countries participating in what could be called the Olympics of film.
The 15 day festival offers hundreds of feature films, feature-length documentaries, films by first-time filmmakers, short subject films, U.S. Premieres, North American Premieres, industry days, educational films, special programming, big name directors and actors along with films submitted for the 89th Academy Awards including: Neruda (Chile); The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (Finland); Kills on Wheels (Hungary) and others.
Why go? The festival is an opportunity to see many shows before they are released. It is also an opportunity to see and discover films that may be Oscar contenders or others that will never be released locally.
Audiences can learn through documentaries, the Out-look and Black Perspectives series. Horror fans can scare themselves silly with the "After Dark" line-up of science-fiction, thrillers and horror films from around the world including "Amok," "The Autopsy of Jane Doe,""Raw," and "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" and more.
Last year audiences were able to see "Spotlight", "Carol", "A Perfect Day" and Michael Moore's Where To Invade Next. This year offers another exciting line-up.
In addition, the CIFF is a bargain. There are many tickets options from individual tickets for shows to 10 and 20 show passes. Matinees start for as little as $8. Click here for tickets and information.
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