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The 47th Chicago International Film Festival Has a Surprise for You!

Could there actually be a music-thriller-vampire movie about Wall Street with penguins and swashbuckling cats shot on 3D? Of course not! But you sure can brag about having seen that hotly anticipated movie your family, coworkers and Facebook friends want to see. You can even talk about the movie’s Oscar potential like an expert! And the best part of it…you saw it FREE! How cool is that? 

Well, Chicago, it’s time to play the music and light the lights for the annual 47th Chicago International Film Festival’s much-anticipated Surprise Film! 

For years, we have thrilled audiences with special surprise screenings of films starring the likes of Russell Crowe, Olivia Wilde and Heath Ledger. This year we continue the tradition with another free advance presentation of a most “celebrational” movie! No one will know what they’re seeing until the lights go down, but we can guarantee you will talk about it until the break of dawn. You will write about it in your diary while drinking rum (and coke). You may be getting a call from your broker in the morning and there may be a secret file on you. Well, maybe not before Leonardo, Johnny, Kevin, Antonio, Amy, Colin, Robert, Glenn, Junior, Tom or even Miss Piggy do! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to show up at the AMC River East 21 wearing your official Chicago International Film Festival gear (or buy one) and you’ll be able to take part in a game of shadows across the big screen. 

And remember, the only way to get a ticket is by wearing a Chicago International Film Festival shirt, sweatshirt or hoodie. So if you don't have one already, be sure to pick one up near the AMC Festival box office. The Surprise film takes place Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 pm at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.

 Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 



All events, except for some Spotlight: South Asia screenings, are at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street. Tickets for the 47th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale now. All individual tickets must be purchased by phone 312-332-FILM (3456), in person by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.), or through Ticketmaster. 

Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 47th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Premiere Partners-- American Airlines, Lincoln; Producing Partners-- AMC Theaters, DePaul University's School of Cinema and Interactive Media, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partners-- Allstate, Intersites; Supporting Partners-- Applitite, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Brugal Rum, Kodak, Second City Computers, WBBM, and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago. 


Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Hugo Television Awards (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program. 

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