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The Chicago International Film Festival is an annual festival held every fall. It was founded in 1964 by Michael Kutza, and is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America.

This year, the festival takes place from Oct. 11-22, and is the 59th installment of the festival.

Kutza started the Chicago International Film Festival as an alternative to the commercial Hollywood movies that dominated Chicago’s theaters. Seeking out the best of international cinema, the festival has made it possible for a world of film previously unavailable in Chicago.

This year, there are more than 100 feature films and 60 shorts films from around the world. There are 60 movies in English being played at the festival this year, from animation, documentaries, comedies, dramas, horror and more.

This year’s line-up of movies is full of contenders for Academy Awards and box office hopefuls.

Some highlighted films at the festival this year include “The Boy and the Heron” directed by Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, “Eric LaRue,” which is actor Michael Shannon’s directorial debut, “All of Us Strangers” from David Fincher, and “Poor Things” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

There was also a free block party, in commemoration with the festival, on Wednesday Oct. 11. The party took over Southport Avenue with live music, festival highlights, food, and goods from local vendors.

The Chicago International Film Festival is a great opportunity every October to enjoy a bit of Chicago’s culture and explore new films.