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Join Chicago Film Archives and Northwest Chicago Film Society at the Chicago History Museum on October 15th from 11am-3pm! Bring your 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm films and we will inspect and project them for the whole community to enjoy!
Chicago Film Archives is so pleased to announce that we are a recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Chicago-based filmmaker/artist/designer Larry Janiak's entire filmography is now publicly available (for the first time!) on our Larry Janiak finding aid.
2015 NFPF grant
the National Film Preservation Foundation has awarded CFA a grant to photo-chemically preserve three films about the shaping of Chicago's public education system
CFA is proud to announce the launch of its new Youtube Channel “Wresting From Chicago”, featuring 1950′s wrestling films from the Russ & Sylvia Davis Collection
Click on Explore Collections to search, browse and view our films.
The Film Group’s CICERO MARCH (1966) was added to the 2013 National Film Registry, an annual list of 25 films deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant to our national heritage” by the Library of Congress.
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Chicago Film Archives is a regional film archive dedicated to identifying, collecting, preserving and providing access to films that represent the Midwest. Our purpose is to serve institutions and filmmakers of this region and elsewhere by establishing a repository for institutional and private film collections; serve a variety of cultural, academic and artistic communities by making the films available locally, nationally, and internationally for exhibition, research, and production; and serve our culture by restoring and preserving films that are rare or not in existence elsewhere.

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This past summer, CFA was lucky enough to have Shahed Dowlatshahi as an intern. Amongst other things, he did significant work processing the Bill Stamets Collection. Here is what Shahed had to say about what he found in Stamets’ films: Read More