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The Chicago International Film Festival is an annual film festival that is presented by Cinema/Chicago which was founded by Michael Kutza in 1964. First held in 1965, it is one of North America's oldest film events.

It is held every October. In 2005, the festival presented 101 feature films and 42 live action and animated short films. Among the film professionals who presented their works that year were Susan Sarandon, Cameron Crowe, Stanley Kwan, Patrice Chéreau, Nicolas Cage, Melvin Van Peebles, and Manoel de Oliveira.

International Connections Program

The International Connections Program was created in 2003 in order to raise awareness of the international film culture and diversity of Chicagomarker, and to make the festival more appealing to audience and staff of various ethnicities. Foreign films are screened for free throughout the city weekly from July through September.

Grand Prize: Gold Hugo

  • 2007 - Stellet Licht (Mexico)
  • 2006 - Charshanbe soori (Iran)
  • 2005 - Mój Nikifor (Poland)
  • 2004 - Kontroll (Hungary)
  • 2003 - Talaye sorkh (Iran)
  • 2002 - Madame Satã (Brazil)

Silver Hugo

Best Actor

Best Actress

Lifetime Achievement Awards

In 2006, director Steven Spielberg was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous winners include Shirley MacLaine, Lord Richard Attenborough, François Truffaut, Jodie Foster, Robin Williams, Manoel de Oliveira, and Clint Eastwood.

Career Achievement Awards

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