The 51st Chicago International Film Festival will be held October 15-29, 2015 and the majority of film screenings and panels take place at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) with the exception of Opening Night some special presentations and Industry Days. The full schedule will be announced September 21.

Individual tickets can be purchased on September 25 at Ticketmaster.

Festival Hotline
Call 1-312-332-FILM (3456) Monday-Friday, 10AM-6PM beginning September 23 no later than 24 hours in advance of a screening.

Festival Box Offices
AMC River East 21
September 23-October 15 open 7 days a week, 12PM-8PM
October 16-29 open one hour before start of first show until start of last show
Festival office (30 East Adams Street, Suite 800)
September 23 – October 29 open Monday-Friday, 10AM-6PM

Purchases subject to service charges. We strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance to avoid sold out screenings and lines at the theater. In 2014, over 75% of Festival films were sold out. If you purchase your tickets through the Festival Hotline, please make sure you pick them up before your first screening to avoid lines. Payment required at the time of the reservation. Our box office accepts cash (in person only), Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. No personal checks. No refunds or exchanges unless film is canceled. All programs are subject to change. 

Please visit our FAQ page for more ticketing questions!

Passes – available until October 25

Moviegoer Pass
10 admissions to any general screening

  • $100 for Festival members
  • $130 for non-members

Passport Pass
20 admissions to any general screening

  • $195 for Festival members
  • $250 for non-members

Passes purchased online or by phone by September 16 will be mailed. During the Festival, from Friday at 5PM through Sunday, Passes can only be purchased in person at the Festival Box Office at the AMC River East 21 (322 East Illinois St). Passes are not valid for Special and Gala Presentations, Tributes, Opening Night, Centerpiece, or Closing Night.  You must redeem your Pass in person!  We do not exchange passes for tickets over the phone and we strongly encourage you to redeem all your tickets in advance to avoid lines and sold-out screenings.

Individual Tickets – available to Festival members September 23, to the general public September 25

General Screenings
Members and students, seniors (with valid ID) $11
Non-members $14

Special Presentations
Members $17
Non-members $20

Through 5PM, Monday-Friday $8

Films After 10PM
Every day $10

Rush Tickets – last minute tickets to sold out films
General Screenings $14
Special Presentations: $20

To purchase:
Visit the RUSH COUNTER at the AMC River East 21 30 minutes before show time.
Receive a numbered card. If seats become available 10 minutes before the film begins, you may exchange your card for your ticket.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, rush tickets seating may be the least desirable and available seats may not be next to each other.