Free Films: Around The World in 22 Weeks

Cinema/Chicago’s International Screenings film series runs April 11 – September 29, 2012  at the Chicago Cultural Center


CHICAGO, IL – Cinema/Chicago, the presenter of the Chicago International Film Festival, announces the 22 films to screen at the 9th Annual International Screenings Program. Voted by the Chicago Reader as the “Best Free Film Series in Chicago” in 2010, the program is presented together with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the participating consular and cultural partners.

The popular free film series, running April 11 – September 29, showcases 22 films spotlighting different national cinema every Wednesday evening and select Saturday afternoons at the Chicago Cultural Center. The films, representing a wide array of genres from quirky comedies and hair-raising thrillers to emotionally charged dramas and eye-opening documentaries, celebrate the richness and diversity of the human experience and demonstrate the wealth and artistry of filmmaking cultures from around the world.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Special guest speakers will lead post-screening discussions at select screenings.

The Program supports Cinema/Chicago’s mission of encouraging cultural understanding and exchange by providing Chicagoans access to world-class international cinema. “This program grows in scope and popularity every year,” stated Vivian Teng, Managing Director of Cinema/Chicago. “The film series brings the community and the world closer together every week.” 

“We are pleased to partner with Cinema/Chicago in bringing the best of the Chicago International Film Festival to audiences year round in this free exploration of world views and remarkable movies,” said Rich Moskal, Director of the Chicago Film Office.

Participating organizations include: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Consulate General of the Argentine Republic in Chicago, Austrian Consulate General in Chicago, Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago, Consulate General of Canada in Chicago, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France in Chicago, Goethe-Institut, Consulate General of India in Chicago, Instituto Cervantes Chicago, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Japan Information Center at the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago, Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, the  South African Consulate General in Chicago, Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, Royal Thai Consulate General in Chicago, and the Consulate General of Uruguay in Chicago.

Screenings take place on Wednesdays at 6:30pm and most Saturdays at 2:00pm at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Washington St. The program begins April 11 and runs through September 29.

For a complete schedule, visit or call 312-683-0121.