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When it comes to the phrase “film festival,” students in Champaign-Urbana may first think of the Roger Ebert Film Festival, held every year at the Virginia Theatre in April. However, the Midwest supports hundreds of film festivals, small and large.

Last weekend, the University of Illinois’ 2016-17 College of Media Roger Ebert Fellows traveled north to Chicago to experience a day in the life of the Chicago International Film Festival. The Fellows viewed a variety of films and talked with filmmakers from Virginia, Florida, California and Afghanistan. Read their story here.

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