Presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, CineYouth is a yearly youth film festival celebrating and showcasing short films made by filmmakers 21 years old and younger from around the world.
CineYouth kicks off with an Opening Night celebration that welcomes an established filmmaker to share their work, experience and advice with the audience. CineYouth has been proud to welcome director David Gordon Green (All the Real Girls, Pineapple Express), Luke Matheny (Academy Award winner for short film God of Love), Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 50/50, Warm Bodies) and actor, writer and director John Francis Daley (Freaks and Geeks, Bones, Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone).
Celebrating its 10th year May 8-10, 2014, CineYouth accepts films in numerous categories including Documentary, Drama, Comedy, Horror, Experimental, Music Video, Animation and Public Service Announcement. CineYouth strives to encourage the talent and accomplishments of young artists and provide them with opportunities to tell their stories, network with other filmmakers and be recognized for their creativity. In 2013, we screened 90 short films!
A selection of CineYouth films are awarded with "Best of the Fest" honors, and these winning films are featured at the Chicago International Film Festival (held October 9-23, 2014) at the CineYouth "Best of the Fest" screening.
CineYouth not only provides young filmmakers with an opportunity to have their work screened, but also creates an educational atmosphere. Each year at the CineYouth Festival, workshops, activities and/or panels are held. From conversations about film school options and workshops on reels and resumes to master class discussions and hands-on demonstrations, CineYouth encourages young filmmakers to always keep creating and learning.