Industry Days

The Festival’s new hub for filmmakers and industry professionals to connect, share ideas and inspire each other, the Industry Days program (Oct 22-25) will examine current and future trends in the art and industry of the entertainment business. Topics covered include artistic, social, and political issues related to filmmaking as well as new modes of production and content creation and shifting financing and distribution paradigms. The four-day gathering will be comprised of networking events, master classes, panel discussions, workshops, parties, and a competitive pitch session, juried by a distinguished panel of industry professionals.


Presented by leading financial services provider TIAA-CREF, the conference kicks off on Thurs, Oct 22 with a special Industry Tribute to Chicago native Gigi Pritzker, producer of such noted films as Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, the Academy Award-nominated Rabbit Hole, Sundance favorite The Way Way BackDrive starring Ryan Gosling, and Ender’s Game, based on Orson Scott Card’s novel.


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