Deadline April 12 for submissions to Chicago’s CineYouth Festival

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CHICAGO — Filmmakers 21 years old and younger are invited to submit their short films to the Chicago International Film Festival’s yearly CineYouth Festival, held May 31-June 2.

Celebrating its eighth year, CineYouth showcases 100 short films from around the world in categories including drama, comedy, animation, documentary and horror. 2011 welcomed filmmakers as young as 7 years old, and its top “Best of the Fest” prize went to a 19-year-old Michigan student.

We are continually astounded by the talent, skill and imagination of these filmmakers. Their films inspire us,” said Rebecca Fons, CineYouth Festival director.

With film submissions arriving from as far away as Mumbai and as local as Chicago, CineYouth celebrates the filmmakers of tomorrow.

The creative young filmmakers behind the films selected for CineYouth might very well be the filmmakers featured at a future Chicago International Film Festival,” Fons said.

Free and open to the public, CineYouth also presents a strong educational component, including panel discussions about film school and distribution, workshops on scriptwriting and reel building, and a motion capture demonstration. All events take place at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash, 1600 S. State.

CineYouth is accepting entries. Films must be 10 minutes or less. All submissions must be postmarked by April 12. A full screening and event schedule will be announced in late April.

Winning films are presented at a special presentation during the 48th Chicago International Film Festival.

CineYouth is presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, with support from presenting partner Columbia College Chicago and supporting partners American Airlines and Shutterbox Entertainment.

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Posted April 4, 2012

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