- The Festival was started in 1964 by filmmaker and graphic artist Michael Kutza to provide an alternative to the commercial Hollywood movies that dominated the city’s theaters.
- Those intriguing eyes on the Chicago International Film Festival logo belong to a combination of silent screen sirens. All legendary. Theda Bara, Pola Negri and Mae Murray. These ladies vamped it up in countless films at the dawn of cinema. The logo is a rendering of all three!
Chicago International Film Festival
Launched in 1965, The Chicago International Film Festival is one of the oldest competitive festivals in the US. Held annually in October, from an industry perspective it has historically -- and undeservedly -- been overshadowed by high profile fall festivals such as Toronto and the New York Film Festival, but the program it presents is a popular, well-curated mix of foreign films, art-house fare, and awards season contenders. The first US film festival to present works by such major directors as Scorsese, Fassbinder, Wenders, and Herzog, the festival typically screens about 100 feature film along with dozens of shorts. Due to budget constraints, the festival did scale back for its 2009 edition, but it continues to be a draw for fans and established filmmakers alike.