The Chicago Film Society is pleased to bring you a second edition of Celluloid Now: four days of screenings, workshops, and other events showcasing the work of analog filmmakers and artists, alongside archival rediscoveries and restorations.

Celluloid Now 2023 will take place September 21 – 24.

Thursday 9/21
3111 N Western Ave
Admission: $15 at the door or in advance

8:00 PM
Program 1 — Film Party

Friday 9/22
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State St
Admission: $13 at the door or in advance

7:00 PM
Program 2 — 35mm: Only In Theaters

Saturday 9/23
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
All Saturday programs FREE

Program 3 — Light Signals

1:30 PM
Program 4 — The Forest For The Trees

6:00 PM
Program 5 — Casual Cinema
and a reception from 5 PM – 8 PM

Tue 9/19 – Sun 10/22
at Buddy in the Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St

To Discipline a Rock (2023, Jiayi Chen) — 16mm looping installation

Questions? Know a film you think we should see? Drop us a line at

Opportunities to see and to show new work in analog film formats are rare. This is especially true for short films made outside of mainstream funding and distribution channels. Nonetheless, artists and filmmakers across the world remain dedicated to making and exhibiting film prints of their work in every gauge, from 8mm, super 8, 16mm, 35mm, all the way up to 70mm, pushing analog filmmaking in bold and exciting new directions.

Celluloid Now is a showcase for work that makes use of the unique properties of analog film, and an opportunity for the general public to see this work projected live.

Support this work with a donation to the Chicago Film Society.

The Andy Warhol Foundation — The National Endowment For the Arts — DCASE / The Chicago Film Office — Illinois Arts Council Agency