The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

Chicago International Film Festival

October 10-21, 2018 / Chicago, IL /

Started in 1964 as a community-supported alternative to the trappings of commercial cinema, Chicago International Film Festival “always feels prestigious whenever I attend—like they’re doing something important for the city of Chicago and its people,” says a panelist. Indeed, CIFF’s year-round non-profit presenting organization, Cinema/Chicago, serves the fest’s commitment to bringing the best of world cinema to the proverbial doorstep of its underserved citizens. Last year’s run tipped its hat to the Chicago Architecture Biennial with a series of architecture docs, and audiences caught the first glimpses of new works by Greta Gerwig, Luca Guadagnino, and Guillermo del Toro to be had in the Windy City.

Chadwick Boseman makes Black Panther fans happy during the Opening Night screening of Marshall at Chicago International Film Festival 2017. Photograph by Elias Zimiantis, courtesy of Chicago International Film Festival

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  1. Sam

    August 18, 2018 at 10:16 am

    CiNEWORX is proud to Sponsor and Partner with SFF for 5 years running providing Digital Content (DCPS) for the Fest! Congrats SFF for making it 3 years running as one of the top 25 COOLEST FILM FESTIVALS to attend.

  2. ron

    July 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    How about calling it “Our reviewers 25 favorite festivals” — for these are festivals that your jury has presumably been to and likes — and that’s fine. To call it the world’s 25 coolest is a wee bit presumptuous, no?

  3. Duncan Putney

    July 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Have you heard about the Flickers – Children’s Hospitals International Film Festival (CHIFF)? This new and growing festival provides a free program of new and amazing short films to the patients of children’s hospitals in the US and Canada (and soon Europe) and its the kids who vote on the award winners at each two week hospital event. CHIFF is part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. CHIFF was recently endorsed by the US Surgeon General who said that great films are great medicine. How cool is that? You can find CHIFF on Facebook and Twitter using @FlickersCHIFF.

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