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The 2020 VIRTUAL edition of Industry Days at the 56th Chicago International Film Festival is now over.

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 all of its events virtually to a global audience, including master classes with top filmmakers, topical workshops on distribution, production, and financing, and networking events, in addition to a competitive Pitch session and intimate Decision-Maker Roundtable meetings.

Download the Industry Days Program

Producer Bob Berney


This accreditation allows: (1) admission to all Industry Days events, panels, workshops, networking opportunities, Decisionmaker roundtables (space available), and The Pitch audience.

$100 Regular

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For enrolled students only. This accreditation allows: (1) admission to all Industry Days events, panels, workshops, networking opportunities, and The Pitch audience.

$50 Student Price

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Industry Days Events

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.

Download the 2019 Industry Days Schedule Brochure

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Director Steve McQueen

Industry Days Frequently Asked Questions

With accreditation, an Industry Days Pass grants one passholder admission to all Industry Days events, panels, workshops, networking opportunities, Decisionmaker Roundtables (space available), and The Pitch audience.

Industry Days is an event for film industry professionals only. We review accreditations to ensure all registrants are involved in the film industry for a quality experience for everyone. The Festival reserves the right to approve or deny accreditation.

If you qualify for the pass you have purchased we will send you a confirmation email. If not, we will refund your payment. Be sure to complete your registration form with as many details as possible for a speedy confirmation. If we require more information, we will contact you.

You can include anything that proves you are involved in the film industry. It could be a film related resume, a link to your IMDB page, link to your professional website, link to your vimeo page, link to your YouTube channel showing films you’ve made, a LinkedIn account, a film website that lists your name as a crew member, link to a copy of your college ID card, class schedule, etc.

Before Industry Days begins, you will receive an email with the registration links to all Industry Days Events.

Click the link to each event you want to attend and enter your information to sign up. Once your registration is approved, you will receive confirmation emails with access links to the events you chose. Make sure to hold on to these emails, as you will need these access links when your event begins.

No. Each person joining Industry Days must be accredited in order to access the online events. Passes cannot be shared.

Tickets are available to the general public for the Screenwriting Masterclass with John Logan, Keynote Conversation with Dede Gardner, and Masterclass with Terence Blanchard.

All other Industry Days events are accessible only with an Industry Days Pass.

Films in Official Selection are eligible for one complimentary Industry Days pass for the filmmaker. This pass is not transferable.

All passes are non-transferable and non-refundable after accreditation is approved, as stated during the purchase.

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Code of Conduct

We ask all Passholders attending Industry Days events to follow our Code of Conduct:

The Chicago International Film Festival is committed to providing guests with a safe and enjoyable experience. We also appreciate, respect, and honor the diversity of our global community of guests.The Chicago International Film Festival does not tolerate discrimination, harrassment or violence— verbal, physical, sexual, or otherwise — based on sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, national origin, religion, class, age and physical or mental disability towards staff, volunteers, guests, audience members, or attendees at any of our festivals, conferences, or events. Our staff and volunteers are committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all of our attendees. We reserve the right to revoke access to festival events and venues, both virtual and physical spaces, for those who engage in such conduct.

Consent to be photographed/filmed

The Chicago International Film Festival and its representatives may photograph, film, and/or otherwise record attendees at all festival activities. By attending, you consent to such photography, filming, and/or recording and to any use in any and all media throughout the universe in perpetuity and without compensation for the use of your appearance, voice, and name for promotional and/or advertising, or any other purpose by the Chicago International Film Festival and its affiliates and representatives.