Every year In October, Cinema/Chicago presents the Chicago International Film Festival festival in North America. The festival was founded in 1964 by Michael Kutza, an award-winning filmmaker and graphic designer, with specific goals in mind: “to discover and present new filmmakers to Chicago, and to acknowledge and award these filmmakers.”
The festival discovered new directors that have become big names in the movie industry: Martin Scorsese and John Carpenter in the U.S., in addition to directors from Germany, France, Australia, Iran and many other countries.
The competition categories include feature films, first and second time directors, documentaries and short films. Judging the competition entries are world-renowned film critics, directors and actors.
At the festivals screenings, filmgoers can meet actors and directors who introduce their films and hold Q & A sessions after the screenings. Recent guests have included Hollywood celebrities such as Spike Lee, Billy Bob Thornton, and Amelie creator Jean-Pierre Jeunet.