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Industry Days 2019

The 2019 edition of Industry Days at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival will take place Oct. 17-20.

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 examining the current and future of the media landscape, in addition to a competitive pitch session and expanded opportunities for intimate one-on-one and roundtable meetings.

Whether serving fiction or documentary filmmakers, or those making work for TV or the web, Industry Days offers a focal point for media professionals to make connections and learn from major industry players. Past speakers have included Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, award-winning producers Bob Teitel, Charles D. King, and Gigi Pritzker, and actors Jeff Garlin and Fawzia Mirza.

Register now to guarantee your attendance at Chicago’s can’t-miss conference for film industry creatives and professionals! An Industry Days badge is required for all Industry Days events.

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Director Steve McQueen

Industry Days Events

Industry Days Badges

General registration now available.

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, The Film Sales Company, Forager Films, Gravitas Ventures, 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

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