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Lake County Film Festival at CLC this November

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Oct 25, 2022

Movie fanatics looking for fun and local entertainment are invited to enjoy the Lake County Film Festival (LCFF) at College of Lake County (CLC) this November for its 12th iteration. The two-weekend event has over 120 films showing Nov. 3-6 and Nov. 11-13 at the Grayslake Campus.

Lake County Film Festival LogoFestival Director Nat Dykeman started the festival back in 2006 to bring films into the county so people wouldn’t have to drive to places like Chicago. He wanted to highlight stories that don’t get shown in mainstream movie theatres, while also inspiring young filmmakers.

“Film students have to watch what people make with little money to really get inspired and get started, not the big budget movies,” Dykeman said.

Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 3, and starts with a free presentation of the first student short film competition. Two collections of short films will be shown, one of documentaries and one of narratives. A jury will pick one winner from each program, which will be awarded a $250 cash prize from CLC’s communication arts division.

The student competition will be followed by a screening of "Jacir,” a drama about a Syrian refugee resettling in Memphis, and the obstacles he faces, including a belligerent, immigrant- hating neighbor. “Jacir” has played two other festivals so far and won awards at both.

More than 20 filmmakers will be present to answer questions following their films’ screenings.

Tickets for short film programs are $5 and $10 for feature films. Saturday and Sunday day passes are $20, while weekend passes are $35. Full festival passes are $50. The event is free for CLC students.

For more information and a full schedule and list of films, visit 

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.