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Who We Are is the home of the Chicago Alliance of Film Festivals (CAFF), a program of local nonprofit FACETS, and acts as a hub for both CAFF Members and film fans seeking film festival experiences.

CAFF's mission is to help Chicago-area film festivals add to the cultural and economic vitality of their communities through sector building efforts focused on: growing audiences, growing resources, and expanding expertise.

Chicago Film Fans

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.

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CAFF Members

CAFF Members join a dedicated community of film industry professionals who are passionate about independent cinema, film exhibition, and the filmmakers and storytellers whose work we champion. Any organization, business, or individual whose work or interest touches on the film festival sector is welcome to join.

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CAFF helps grow Chicago's film festival sector and enrich our communities

Grow Audiences

  • is a centralized hub for public audiences to interact with the Chicago film festival community
  •'s public-facing marketing campaigns support sector audiences building
  • Collaboration between CAFF Members to uplift one another and share audiences


  • CAFF seeks funding opportunities and partnerships to support operations and build the sector
  • CAFF Members receive discounts with partner orgs to reduce costs
  • By 2024, CAFF will offer regranting opportunities to CAFF Members

Expand expertise

  • CAFF meetup events provide networking, resource exchange, and skill building opportunities throughout the year
  • By 2024, CAFF working groups will establish regular topics and meeting schedules
  • By 2024, CAFF will begin planning for the first annual CAFF conference

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