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The 56th Chicago International Film Festival will be held October 14-25, 2020 at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) with the exception of some special events.

No. Passes and tickets may only be purchased via the Festival Hotline, in person at the Festival box office, or online through the festival website.

No. All service fees are included in the ticket price!

Discounted parking available at River East Center Self Park (lower level of AMC River East 21, 300 E. Illinois St.) for $22 up to 8 hours. Please pick up your discounted parking voucher at the Guest Services, Merchandise, or Volunteer tables on the Theater Level.

All films screen at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. There is easy access via public transportation! CTA Red Line: Grand Ave. station, walk five blocks east to the theater. CTA Buses: #29 (State St. To Navy Pier), #66 (Chicago Red Line to Navy Pier), #65 (Grand Red Line to Navy Pier).

Many films have multiple screenings, so check to see if you can see it another time. Otherwise, you can try for a RUSH TICKET. Rush tickets are last minute tickets to sold out films. Visit the RUSH COUNTER at the AMC River East 21 30 minutes before show time to see if tickets are available. Cash only. Please visit our Ticketing Pages for our RUSH TICKET policy.

If you plan to see many films at the Festival, a pass saves you money. A Moviegoer Pass includes 10 admissions and a Passport Pass includes 20 admissions. Admissions may be shared across individuals. Passes are available until October 27 and are available online NOW!

Once purchased, passes may be redeemed for tickets in person at the Box Office or via the Festival site. We cannot exchange your pass for tickets over the phone. You may redeem your pass for multiple tickets to the same film.

Redeeming Festival Passes Online

To redeem your passes for individual film screenings:

  1. Navigate to the screening you wish to attend in our Full Schedule or Film Listings
  2. Select your seats (if available) and Delivery Option
  3. Proceed to Payment
  4. Click on “Redeem Benefits” to apply Festival Pass
  5. Enter email address OR your patron ID to locate the account and enter your name
  6. Select the # of tickets you’d like to redeem and click “Apply Benefits”
  7. Fill out the required information and complete your order

You can also view this instructional video for more information on redeeming festival passes.

Partial refunds are not issued for passes not fully redeemed.

We recommend arriving to the theater at least 30 minutes in advance of your screening. When you arrive, please find the queue for your screening or inquire with a Festival Volunteer to find out which screen your film is playing on.

Tickets or badges only guarantee admission until 15 minutes prior to the scheduled screening start time. After that, the Festival reserves the right to fill any vacancies with customers who are in the rush line. The Festival does not issue refunds or offer exchanges on any tickets unless the film is cancelled.

Discounts are offered with proof of identification to seniors, students and Festival members. There is no senior or student rate for Opening Night, Tributes, Special Presentations or Closing Night.

All of our theaters offer ADA compliant seating. For Opening Night or Closing Night, please let the ticket agent know at the time of purchase that you will require accessible seating. For other screenings and events, a Festival Volunteer or Theater Manager will assist you prior to your screening.

The Festival proudly showcases a wide range of films that appeal to a broad range of tastes and interest. We recommend you look through the Festival schedule to find a combination of films that suit your taste and others that will broaden your horizons. Most of our films are non rated and may contain adult materials. You are in the best position to make the decision about what is appropriate for your children.

YES! Our Festival relies heavily on the passion and hard work of our 200+ volunteers. Please visit our Volunteer page to find out how to get involved.

Festival Hotline

Call 1-312-332-FILM (3456)

The Festival hotline will reopen in September 2020.

Festival Box Offices

AMC River East 21
(322 E. Illinois St.)

The Festival Box Office will reopen in September 2020.

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. Last year, over 75% of Festival films were sold out. If you purchase your tickets through the Hotline, please make sure you pick them up before your first screening to avoid lines.