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Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)

Logan Theatre

(2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647)

April 2 to 6th

The 21st Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) showcases defiant and offbeat cinema. Sometimes subversive, often alluring and never dull, CUFF’s programing challenges the tired, the market-driven and the predictable works that dominate film. Now in its 21st year, CUFF celebrates the adventurous, experimental works that keep film artistic, aesthetic and just plain fun. With five full days of screenings, panel discussions, parties and live music, CUFF is one of Chicago’s most anticipated cross-cultural events.

Click here to see the full schedule

Individual Tickets
$8 General Admission
$7 for IFP/Chicago Members

Festival Passes
$60 General Admission
$40 for IFP/Chicago Members*

*To receive the IFP/Chicago Member discount code for festival passes, email

Chicago Film and Media Summit, 10.20.2013

October 20, 2013
10:00 amto6:00 pm

A new film industry conference presented by the City of Chicago



Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

FREE. Limited to the first 500 people who sign up.

Click here to register today.

The Chicago Documentary Summit – DISCOUNT FOR IFP MEMBERS

April 21, 2012toApril 22, 2012

The Documentary Summit is coming to Chicago on April 21-22, 2012. This fantastic two day event is hosted by the authors of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook in association with Columbia College Chicago, Kartemquin Films, Zacuto, Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler, LLC and Chicago Filmmakers

The two days are filled with panels that will discuss many of the hot topics surrounding non-fiction. Some of the panelists scheduled to appear are Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films, filmmakers Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs/Louder Than A Bomb and Alicia Sams/By The People: The Election of Barack Obama all speaking about storytelling; attorney Tom Leavens will discuss Clearance and Copyright issues; Casey Callister/Garden Thieves and Tamara Biggs/Chicago History Museum will discuss various kinds of distribution; and Erin Sorenson from the BeCause Foundation will talk about funding documentaries via grants; a whole panel on using social media to fund, promote and marketing your film; DP and editing panel – plus many others!

For more information and to book tickets, go to:

Discount price for IFP/Chicago members: $119 (normally $149) with code: IFPC. Seating is limited so book now!

2010 Production Fund Winner Accepted Into Festival!

2010 Production Fund winning film “Salvaging” has been accepted into the Waterfront Film Festival. June 9-12.

Chicago ad veterans branch out into indies

Read about IFP/Chicago members John Fromstein & Scott Smith and their company Fulton Market Films in the Chicago Tribune!!,0,6982372.column

2009 Production Fund Winner to Screen @ Chicago Latino Film Fest April 8-9 2011

April 8, 2011
4:30 pm
April 9, 2011
1:45 pm

For those of you who missed the official IFP/Chicago screening in late 2009, ROOFTOP WARS will have it’s hometown film festival premiere at the 27TH CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL on APRIL 8TH and 9TH.

Rooftop Wars has been featured in over a dozen film festivals worldwide with a big win last month for BEST SHORT FILM at the 33RD CINEFESTIVAL in SAN ANTONIO!


When/Where: Screening 1: April 8th, 4:30 PM, Landmark Theatres (2828 N. Clark);  Screening 2: April 9th, 1:45 PM, Instituto Cervantes (31 W. Ohio)


View Rooftop Wars Trailer

Chicagoan Joe Swanberg Wins a 2011 SXSW Film Design Award

Congratulations to Chicagoan Joe Swanberg.  His 2011 SXSW film, Silver Bullets, won for Excellence in Poster Design. 

For more details:


March 18, 2011
12:00 pm


Saturday, March 19th

$25 members/$30 non-members for the full day of events. 

Pre-registration is required. 

To register email Christy @  

Deadline to register is Friday, March 18th at Noon. 


10AM – 1PM 5D/7D Camera Workshop

LOCATION: ProGear Rental (1740 W. Carroll Ave, just south of Grand and west of Ashland. Plenty of free parking.) 

Join us for a Canon 5D, 7D and D60 Workshop including an overview with Canon’s Ed Meyers, a hands-on demo and discussions about data management, rigging, lighting, lenses, audio and renting a full production package. This workshop will tell you everything you need to know to shoot your movie or just become bettter informed about these cameras and gear. Also, please bring a CompactFlash card so you have an opportunity to test the cameras out and review your results at home. Lunch will be provided. 

Sponsored by Canon, Fletcher Chicago, ProGear Rental, Barbizon Lighting and IFP Chicago. 


LOCATION: Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St., at Washington & Michigan Ave.)

ITVS Community Cinema and IFP Chicago are proud to present Arts Engine’s internationally acclaimed documentary, PUSHING THE ELEPHANT, about Rose Mapendo, a Congolese woman who lost her family to violence and became an international advocate of forgiveness and reconciliation. We are also delighted to host Arts Engine’s Director of Production and Director of PUSHING THE ELEPHANT, Beth Davenport, who will participate in a discussion after the screening. Arts Engine is a New York based social-issue documentary production company, an online community of filmmakers and activists through, and creators of the film festival Media That Matters. If you want to know how to engage your audience from the day you begin shooting, Arts Engine is an organization that can help guide your way. 

5PM – 7PM Post-Screening Meet and Greet

LOCATION: Elephant & Castle (185 N. Wabash)

Join us for a post-screening meet up at Elephant & Castle, where you will have an opportunity to talk to people from Arts Engine, ITVS Community Cinema, IFP Chicago and filmmakers from PUSHING THE ELEPHANT as well as other participants from the day.

Sponsored by ITVS, Arts Engine and IFP/Chicago.

Save the date for more IFP Producers Series Events!

APRIL 20th and MAY 18th: Meet Your Digital Partners


Honor Marks the Second Festival Win for “The Little Death” Script

Chicago screenwriting team Gar and Beth Hoover and their screenplay “The Little Death” have been named winners of the feature script competition for the 2010 Moondance International Film Festival, the festival announced last week.

The win was just the latest honor for “The Little Death,” a black comedy about an assassin who begins receiving cryptic messages from the beyond.  In the past year “The Little Death” has won Best Screenplay at Asheville Film Festival and was named a finalist in four other independent film festivals.

The couple is now a two-time winner of Moondance, having earlier won for their script “The Ellen and Ted Show,” a comedy romance that ultimately garnered six grand prize wins and recognition from more than two dozen film festivals and other competitions.  “The Ellen and Ted Show” is currently in development as a feature with William Miller, Sandra Bernhard, Michael Urie, Jeff Davis and Tracy Letts among the attached cast.  The Hoovers are also co-producers on the project.

The 11th annual Moondance festival, to be held Sept. 24-26 in Boulder, Colo., will screen films from nearly 35 countries around the globe over the course of its three-day run and present fest awards at its closing night ceremony.

More info on the Hoovers and their work can be found on IMDb, Facebook and web at:

Congrats IFP/Chicago Members!

A quick, but heartfelt CONGRATS to two IFP/Chicago members! First off, to Laura Cohen and Joe Winston for their film What’s The Matter With Kansas being selected as one of Roger Ebert’s 10 Best Documentaries of 2009!

And last but not least, congratulations to Lizzy Donius (former IFP/Chicago Executive Director) and Amy C. Elliott for their film World’s Largest being accepted into the 2010 SXSW Film Festival in the Emerging Visions Section!