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The Chicago International Genre Film Festival (CIG), is an international genre film festival devoted to fantasy, science fiction and horror cinema from across the globe. The CIG takes place annually every Fall in the Chicago-metro area of Illinois. The festival brings together industry professionals in filmmaking and the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror to encourage and support new, creative additions to the genre cinema arts.

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Sci-Fi/ Fantasy

"Today's science fiction, is tomorrow's science fact!"

Isaac Asimov

  • Science fiction (often shortened to SF or sci-fi) is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as futuristic science and technology, spaceflight, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life.
  • Fantasy is a genre of fiction set in a fictional universe, often, but not always, without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world. ... Most fantasy uses magic or other supernatural elements as a main plot element, theme, or setting. Magic and magical creatures are common in many of these worlds.

 

Sci-fi/ Fantasy Categories

Horror

"There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it."

Alfred Hitchcock

  • Horror is a genre which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle its readers or viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror. Literary historian J. A. Cuddon has defined the horror story as "a piece of fiction in prose of variable length... which shocks or even frightens the reader, or perhaps induces a feeling of repulsion or loathing". It creates an eerie and frightening atmosphere. Horror is frequently supernatural, though it can be non-supernatural. Often the central menace of a work of horror fiction can be interpreted as a metaphor for the larger fears of a society.
Horror Categories

Animation

"Animation isn't the illusion of life; it IS life."

Chuck Jones

  • Animation, while not a true genre, is the process of making the illusion of motion and the illusion of change by means of the rapid succession of sequential images that minimally differ from each other. The illusion—as in motion pictures in general—is thought to rely on the phi phenomenon and beta movement, but the exact causes are still unclear. Animation can be recorded with either analogue media, a flip book, motion picture film, video tape, digital media, including formats with animated GIF, Flash animation, and digital video. To display animation, a digital camera, computer, or projector are used along with new technologies that are produced.

 

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