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The Chicago International Film Festival offers festival-goers convenient bundled ticket packages.

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. Note: passes are not valid for Special Presentations, Opening Night, 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. Passes will be held at will call; passes will only be mailed upon request.

We offer two kinds of passes:

Moviegoer Pass

Good for 10 admissions.
(Members: $105; Non-members: $135)

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Passport Pass

20 admissions
(Members: $200, Non-members: $260)

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Film Tickets

Tickets to the films in the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival go on sale in mid-September. Tickets are available at the following locations:

AMC Box Office

In person at AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St, Chicago IL 60611

Oct 13 – 26: open one hour before start of first screening of the day until the start of the last screening of the day


Individual tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster
Find specific showing information in our Film Listings.

Festival Hotline

312-332-FILM (3456)
Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm

Ticket Prices

Festival Members and students and seniors (with valid ID): $12; Non-members: $15

Showings through 5pm, Monday through Friday: $8

Showings after 10pm every day: $10

Members: $17, Non-members: $20

Rush Tickets

Visit the RUSH COUNTER at the AMC River East 21 30 minutes before show time. You will 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, and rush ticket seating may be the least desirable and available seats may not be next to each other. General screening rush tickets are $15; Special Presentation rush tickets are $20.

Important Notes

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. Purchases subject to service charges.


Cinema/Chicago members come from all walks of life and have one very important thin in common: the love of film. Become a member and experience the best in independent and popular film with year-round benefits, plus early access to Festival tickets and events.

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