2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival -- First Films Announced!

 Kate Micucci, Alison Brie,  & Aubrey Plaza in "The Little Hours."

(Chicago, IL) — The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, announces the first seven films selected for this year’s Chicago Critics Film Festival. Passes are now on sale for the event, May 4-10, 2018 at Chicago's historic Music Box Theatre; more information on the first selected films, plus festival passes, is available here


Each of the first seven films announced for the 6th annual event is a Chicago premiere, giving audiences the opportunity to see the hottest unreleased titles on the festival circuit weeks or even months before their theatrical debuts. This first group of selections impressed the CFCA programming committee from festivals around the world, including Sundance, Toronto, Venice and more. Combined, they present the best in new independent cinema and the first glimpse of another powerhouse film festival slate.

More detail on the first selections is below; at a glance, the first seven films are:

  • American Animals (written and directed by Bart Layton)

  • Bodied (directed by Joseph Kahn)

  • Eighth Grade (written and directed by Bo Burnham)

  • First Reformed (written and directed by Paul Schrader)

  • Forever 'B' (directed by Skye Borgman)

  • The Guilty (directed by Gustav Möller)

  • Revenge (written and directed by Coralie Fargeat)

Additional films, special events, attending filmmakers and guests will be announced in the coming weeks; the best way to ensure access to every aspect of the week-long event is to secure a festival pass, just $150 and available online here. The Chicago Critics Film Festival and the CFCA gratefully acknowledge the support of festival sponsors, including Abt, the Chicago-based electronics and appliances store, returning this year.

Runner-up for Best Film Festival in the Chicago Reader’s 2017 “Best of Chicago” poll, the CCFF annually features a selection of acclaimed films chosen by members of the organization, a combination of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a variety of filmmakers, from established Oscar winners to talented newcomers. It is the only current example of a major film critics group that hosts its own festival. Follow the CFCA and the festival on Twitter at @chicagocritics and on Facebook here.

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