Chicago International Film Festival Announces Virtual Screenings in Midwest


Nearly 50 titles available to audiences in virtually seven Midwestern states October 14-24, 2021

The 57th Chicago International Film Festival will make nearly 50 films available to Midwestern audiences in seven states, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin via the platform. Festival streaming form and Apple TV and Roku apps. The oldest competitive festival in North America, this year’s Chicago International Film Festival runs October 13-24 in person and October 14-24 virtually. “For 57 years, the Chicago International Film Festival has brought the world’s most exciting and innovative films to Chicago,” said Chicago International Film Festival Artistic Director Mimi Plauché. “This year, audiences in Illinois and the Midwest will have the opportunity to experience these incredible films and filmmakers from the comfort of their own homes.”

The Chicago International Film Festival will host the world premieres of three films also available virtually, including Mayor Pete, behind the scenes of Jesse Moss on the campaign of the first openly LGBTQ presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg; Exposure, following 11 women from all Arab and Western countries on a trek to the North Pole from director Holly Morris; and Punch 9 for Harold Washington, Joe Winston’s chronicle of Chicago’s first black mayor.

International Highlights Include Somali Film The Gravedigger’s Wife writer-director Khadar Ahmed, who won the Amplify Voices Award at the Toronto International Film Festival; the international premiere of The last execution, a political thriller based on a true story by director Franziska Stünkel; Aga WoszczyÅ„ska Quiet Earth, a tense and resonant questioning of a relationship on the brink of the abyss; Costa Brava, Lebanon by director Mounia Akl; and Robust, by director Constance Meyer and with legendary actor Gérard Depardieu.

Highlights of the documentary available at the virtual screening include Citizen Ashe, a profile of revolutionary tennis star and civil rights activist Arthur Ashe from co-directors Sam Pollard and Rex Miller; Sundance Grand Jury Laureate To flee, by director Jonas Poher Rasmussen; For the left hand directors Leslie Simmer and Gordon Quinn; and Any day, Margaret Byrne’s raw, moving and remarkable examination of struggle and resilience.

The Festival also presents genre titles as part of its After Dark program, notably Broadcast signal intrusion, a retro thriller that brilliantly channels the paranoid 1970s cinema of director Jacob Gentry; fully original werewolf tale The snail house by Macarena Astorga; and Mad god, an animated stop-motion adventure by master creator of creatures Phil Tippett. Several titles from this year’s Cannes and Berlin festivals are available for limited virtual viewing windows, including comedy by Joachim Trier The worst person in the world; coming-of-age crime drama A Chiara by Jonas Carpignano; and the delicacy and imagination of Céline Sciamma Little mom.

The full program of streaming titles is available on the Festival website at Virtual ticket holders can stream films through the Festival’s Apple TV or Roku apps, or through the Festival platform on their laptops or mobile devices. Virtual tickets can be purchased at For more information, visit the website at

Festival information: Celebrating its 57th edition from October 13-24, 2021, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running competitive international film festival. Showcasing the best of international and independent films from around the world, the 57th edition will be held in person and virtually. From dramas and thrillers to documentaries and comedies, the Festival presents a great diversity of offerings, with competitive categories and programs, including the 25th anniversary of Black Perspectives; Cinemas of the Americas; International comedy; Women in the cinema; Outlook; At nightfall; and the City & State program, featuring films made in Chicago and across Illinois.

Health and safety protocols: Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test result is required to attend the Chicago International Film Festival. Full vaccination means you have received a second dose of an approved two-dose vaccine, or a single-dose vaccine, approved for full or emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). United States or the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 14 days before the date of the event. As an alternative to proof of vaccination, you can obtain entry by presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of the event. Vaccination policies and testing protocols will also extend to Festival staff, volunteers and filmmakers. Masks will be required for all staff, volunteers, filmmakers and members of the public in Festival venues, regardless of their immunization status. Masks should remain in place and cover the nose and mouth at all times, and can be temporarily removed when actively eating or drinking. Refer to the Festival Sanitary Protocols webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Festival sponsors and partners: The sponsors of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival include the main festival sponsors: Goldman Sachs, Xfinity; Festival sponsors: Baker Tilly, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, ComEd, Dark Matter Coffee, Goose Island, Hamilton Watch, Heineken® 0.0, Panavision, Light Iron, official advertising agency: Acacia Consulting Group, among other festival sponsors who include: Chicago Film Office, Goethe-Institut, Gene Siskel Film Center, Camera Ambassador, Cinelease and HI Chicago. Media partners include CHIRP Radio 107.1 FM, WBBM, WTTW, Make It Better Media Group.


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