Spreading the festival across Chicago, across generations.


Presently, in its 27th year, the Student Matinee Outreach Program is a fundamental educational platform that continues to channel the cultural significance of film to elementary and high school students. The program began as an event that attracted 1,000 students and has grown to more than 6,000 Chicago area student attendees. The program provides students the opportunity to learn about the diversity of other cultures, the possibility to connect with their heritage, and the prospect of meeting film directors/actors/producers to discuss viable career options in the arts.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was offered virtually to students in the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

The 2021 Matinee Outreach Program is supported by The Reva and David Logan Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.