Spreading the festival across Chicago, across generations.


Presently, in its 26th year, the 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 Matinee Outreach Program provides students the opportunity to learn about the diversity of other cultures, the possibility to connect with their cultural heritage, and the prospect of meeting film directors/actors/producers to discuss viable career options in the arts.

The 2020 Matinee Outreach Program is supported by The Reva and David Logan Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Allstate Insurance Company.