In addition to its exceptional buffet of stellar cinema, IIFF excels at bringing together seasoned professionals and newly discovered voices, all with the aim of advancing careers and deepening perspectives. IIFF doesn't favor films with big budgets, impressive star power, or industry connections. Instead, it helps engineer industry connections for filmmakers who don't already have them. In short, IIFF is a filmmakers' film festival where talent, drive, and story enjoy prominence -- and where robust and exciting filmmaking careers are born and nurtured.
Just as important, the festival provides a formidable platform on which cinematic talents can screen their works before a diverse, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable audience. Throughout it all, the city of Chicago provides an ideal backdrop for total immersion in arts, culture, and limitless possibility.
September 30, 2013 - Late Deadline
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
IIFF brings together audiences and filmmakers to better enjoy the art and fun of filmmaking. It offers filmmakers the opportunity to learn, grow, and exhibit their films, and it offers attendees films that will expand their knowledge of cinema while enhancing their appreciation of the filmmaking process.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In addition to celebrating exceptional films, IIFF welcomes talented screen scribes to participate in its feature-length screenplay competition. The festival also includes a Student Films competition, exclusively for cineastes currently enrolled in an educational program. Submit today!