The Chicago International Film Festival is coming back this fall to the Loop for its 49th year with new awe-inspiring films!

The longest-running competitive film festival in North America, the Chicago Film Fest in 2012 presented 127 feature films, including 21 feature-length documentaries, and 50 short subject films from more than 55 countries. Forty of these films were submitted by first-time filmmakers. The Chicago Film Fest runs this year from October 10-24, 2013.

The festival started 49 years ago with one simple goal: to introduce Chicago and the world to new filmmakers, new stories and new points of view, according to Across countries, languages and cultures, film opens a window into new worlds, demonstrates the promise of new possibilities, and gives expression to different ways of thinking, all the while confirming shared stories and common humanity, the website states. The highest award given to a filmmaker is the Gold Hugo, which is considered a standard of excellence in the world of film.

The Film Fest is historically known to have shown the first feature films by world-renowned directors including Martin Scorsese, Peter Weir, Mike Leigh, Gregory Nava, and Joe Swanberg.

There are three easy ways to buy tickets and passes:

By phone:
Call (312) 332-FILM (3456) starting September 17, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., to purchase passes. Individual tickets will be available to Cinema/Chicago members on September 20 and 21. General public tickets will be on sale on September 24.

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For individual tickets click here

In Person
Visit the Festival Theater Box Office at: AMC River East 21. 322 E Illinois St.?Chicago, IL 60610 starting September 20, 7 days a week from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. During the festival (October 12-25), tickets will be on sale one hour before the start of the first show until the start of the last show.

Or Visit the Festival Office on: 30 E. Adams, Ste. 800.?Chicago, IL 60603, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

As of know, entries are still being submitted and film details are yet to be determined. Stay tuned for this year’s lineup!