Industry Days

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The 2019 edition of Industry Days at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival took place October 17-20 at the AMC River East 21.

Industry Days is the Chicago International Film Festival’s hub for filmmakers and industry professionals to connect, share ideas, and be inspired. This year’s Industry Days will offer networking events, workshops, and master classes, in addition to a competitive Pitch session and intimate Decision-Maker Roundtable meetings.

This year’s Keynote Conversation, From Theatrical Campaigns to Streaming Wars, featured Bob Berney, former Head of Marketing and Distribution at Amazon Studios. Additional featured events included Master Classes with screenwriter Steven Conrad (Patriot), Oscar-winning Production Designer Hannah Beachler (Black Panther) and Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and a Case Study of Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Clemency with director Chinonye Chukwu and producer Bronwyn Cornelius. New this year, Decision-Maker roundtables only open to registered badge holders.

Companies participating included CAA, Cinetic Media, Music Box Films, Kartemquin Films, Tribeca Film Institute, and more.

Download the Industry Days Schedule Brochure

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Director Steve McQueen

Industry Days Events

Industry Days Badges

Industry Days registration for 2019 has now closed.

The Festival reserves the right to approve or deny accreditation. You will be notified within 2-3 weeks of your application. Rejected applications will be refunded upon rejection.


This badge allows:(1) admission to Industry Days panels, workshops, the Industry Days Opening Night Kick-Off Party, networking mixers, and The Pitch audience.

This badge also allows one (1) ticket all REGULAR film screenings, to be redeemed via the Badgeholder Line at the Festival Box Office at AMC River East 21, 20 minutes before start time. (NOTE: Not valid for Opening and Closing Night, Black Perspectives Tribute, Gala Presentations, and Special Events). Seating is based on ticket availability and theater capacity. Admission is not guaranteed. If a film is Sold Out/Rush, please join the front of the RUSH line for priority access to available tickets.

$200 Regular


This badge allows:(1) admission to Industry Days panels, workshops, the Industry Days Opening Night Kick-Off Party, networking mixers, and The Pitch audience.

$100 Regular


For enrolled students only. This badge allows one (1) admission to Industry Days panels, workshops, and The Pitch audience.

$50 Student Price

An Event For Industry Professionals

Industry Days has hosted an impressive lineup of film executives and entertainment professionals, including:

Steve McQueen (Widows)
Sam Pollard (Eyes on the Prize)
Joe Swanberg (Easy)
Albert Berger (Little Miss Sunshine)
Bob Teitel (The Hate U Give)
Gigi Pritzker (Madison Wells Media)
Jim Stern (Endgame Entertainment)
Michael Barker (Sony Pictures Classics)
Charles D. King (MACRO)
Tom Quinn (Neon)

Representatives from the following companies have also attended panels and networking events as well as participated on The Pitch Jury: Cinetic Media, Cinema Guild, Film Movement, The Film Sales Company, Forager Films, IFC Films, Kartemquin Films, Kickstarter, Icarus Films, Magnolia Pictures, MPI Media, Music Box Films, The Orchard, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Preferred Content, Tribeca Film Institute, and the United Talent Agency.

View the 2018 Industry Days schedule >

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Producer Albert Berger
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2019 Industry Days Sponsors

Logo: DCASE 2019Logo: Chicago Film Office 350x114Logo: Cinespace Chicago 318x100Logo: DePaul University 459x75Logo: Hamiltonlogo: Illinois Film OfficeLogo: Panavision 185x85Logo: SAG Indie 163x100Logo: Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP 154x100

2019 Industry Days Supporters

Logo: Camera Ambassador 172x150Logo: PRG 232x125Logo: AbelCine 192x100Logo: Keslow Camera 229x100Logo: Stage 18 Chicago 199x75Logo: Tribeca Film Institute 248x75Logo: Chicago Media Angels 189x125Logo: NEA 293x100Logo: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences 142x200Logo: Illinois Arts Council - 133x100