For the 50th year, the Chicago International Film Festival has brought audiences films from around the world. From full-length features to short subjects, films from across the globe screened as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration.

To help celebrate this momentous milestone, this year’s line-up included bringing key films from the past to celebrate actors who’ve been featured multiple times at the Festival as well as highlight films that made their debut or won awards in the past throughout the Festival’s history. Films like “White Nights”, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines, and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, returned for one night only in their since their debuts at the Festival decades ago.


Films like “The Well”, “The Babadook”, and “The Young Kieslowski” brought excitement from the film festivals they premiered in earlier this year to the Chicago International Festival with audiences lining up to purchase their tickets.



Big name films such as Oscar contenders “Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtueof Ignorance)” and “The Imitation Game” premiered to audiences in Chicago while films such as “St. Vincent” and “The Last 5 Years” sold out tickets by the end of the first weekend of the Festival.

Winner of the Audience Choice Award “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Outthe Window and Disappeared” from Sweden and the Gold Hugo Award for Best Film winner “The President” from Georgia, France, Germany, and UK screened one extra time during the “Best of the Fest” final full day of the Festival.

This was a fun-filled year and one can only see what’s in store for the next 50 years of the Festival and beyond!

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