special events


The Opening Night Parties at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, at DIRTT and Festival Wrap Party at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at The Hatchery Chicago are bookend events for the entire Film Fest.

Enjoy OEFF After Hours at these beautiful and unique spaces. Bring a date or a group of friends to enjoy films, food, drinks and filmmaker appearances:

Plus, the Young Filmmakers Winner Screenings + Awards at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, highlights the creative work of the next generation. This event will take place at the Gene Siskel Film Center for the first time and is a wonderful day-out for families with children as well as for college-age young adults. Film prizes will be awarded for ages 8 to 25.

For tickets, click film images below.