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Chicagoland area is home to over 50 film festivals that bring enriching and diverse arts programming all year long to Chicago neighborhoods and beyond. Film fans can use the Festival Calendar & Festival Directory to discover Chicagoland area film festivals to attend. 

Festival Calendar 

Film fans can use the Festival Calendar to discover upcoming Chicagoland area film festivals to attend.

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Festival Directory

Browse the Festival Directory to learn more about the film festivals, institutions, and affiliates who make up our CAFF Member community.

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Three Reasons to Attend a Chicago Film Festival

Diverse arts Experiences

With over 50 film festivals in the Chicagoland area, there is a wide diversity of film events hosted in downtown Chicago, the sounding neighborhoods, suburbs, and beyond. 

support local business

Going to a local film festival supports Chicagoland area small businesses, nonprofits, and the network of venues, vendors, contract workers, and programmers who keep the film festival community thriving.

Enriching film community

Not only can film fans discover the newest, artistically significant short and feature films, but film festivals provide film community experiences, discussions, panels, and filmmaker Q&As that enrich audiences and uplift important storytellers.

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