Chicago Feminist Film Festival Awarded Grant from Illinois Humanities

Poster designed by Elio Leturia.
Co-directors Michelle Yates and Susan Kerns will use grant award to help expand the Chicago Feminist Film Festival, now in its fourth year.

Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Assistant Professor Michelle Yates and Cinema and Television Arts Assistant Professor Susan Kerns were awarded a grant from Illinois Humanities for their work on the Chicago Feminist Film Festival, which they co-direct.

Yates and Kerns received $4,100 to expand the festival’s community partnerships, to provide ASL interpreters for Deaf-friendly programs, and for filmmaker honoraria. The Chicago Feminist Film Festival “showcases independent, international film, predominantly shorts, spanning documentary, fiction, and experimental genres, and aims to address issues of gender, sexuality, race, and other forms of inequality often missing from mainstream media.” The festival works to create inclusive spaces for under-represented artists to share their work. The festival includes three features and over 40 short films from 19 countries around the world. The program can be accessed on the festival website. All screenings are free and open to the public.

Illinois Humanities Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre notes that, “Illinois Humanities is proud to support not-for-profit organizations that promote the importance of the humanities in private and public life. Through their efforts, Illinoisans have greater access to lifelong learning opportunities.” These grants allow leaders in the humanities to uplift their communities in the state of Illinois.

This year’s festival will be held February 27 – March 1 in Film Row Cinema, 8th floor, 1104 S Wabash Avenue.