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Registration for the 2020 VIRTUAL edition of Industry Days at the 56th Chicago International Film Festival is now open. Register now to get your accreditation at the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!

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.

On August 26, Industry Days registrants will be invited to a pre-festival Master Class in Film Producing with independent film maven Ted Hope. Hope, whose films have garnered 12 Oscar nominations, will discuss his experiences as an independent film producer (The Ice Storm, American Splendor, The Savages) and former co-head of Amazon Studios (Manchester by the Sea, Cold War, Beautiful Boy) and share his key takeaways about how to make better movies, create a sustainable career in the entertainment business, and navigate the new streaming Studio System. Reserve your spot by registering for Industry Days today.

For questions about Registration, The Pitch, or how to sign up for Decision-Makers Roundtables, please email

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Producer Bob Berney

Industry Days Accreditation

Please complete the following accreditation form and submit your payment. 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. Once approved, Industry Days accreditation is non-refundable.


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

Early Bird $85 until Aug. 21 | $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

2020 Industry Days Supporters

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