Industry Days

October 17-20, 2024

Industry Days

at the Chicago International Film Festival

Industry Days is the Chicago International Film Festival’s hub for filmmakers and industry professionals to connect, share ideas, and be inspired. Meet with executives, agents, and producers in our Decision-Maker Roundtables, informative panel conversations, master classes, networking events, and more.

Registration for Industry Days 2024 is now open!

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

$125 Early Bird Price
($150 Regular Price)

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

$65 Early Bird Price
($75 Regualr Price)

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2023 Industry Days Events

Last year’s Industry Days program included such special guests as Oscar-winning producer and screenwriter James Schamus, actor and director Michael Shannon, award-winning creator Sam Bailey, producer Rebecca Green, and representatives from Tango Entertainment, Maven Pictures, Barry Jenkins’ Pastel, Nielsen, AMC Networks, and Oscilloscope Laboratories, and more! This year’s program will be announced in September.

Industry Days Schedule

View all of the events and speakers in Industry Days 2023
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Decision-Maker Roundtables

Conversations with industry leaders from development, production & finance
Explore last year’s roundtables…

The Pitch at Industry Days

Filmmakers present their projects in front of a panel of industry judges
Learn more about The Pitch…

About Industry Days

Since its inception, Industry Days has hosted an impressive lineup of film executives, entertainment professionals, and major talents, including Oscar-winning directors Steve McQueen and Darren Aronofsky, award-winning screenwriters John Logan and Tarell Alvin McCraney; Oscar-nominated composers Terence Blanchard and Mychael Danna; producers Dede Gardner, Ted Hope, Gigi Pritzker, James D. Stern, and MACRO CEO Charles D. King; and veteran distribution executives Michael Barker, Richard Lorber, and Tom Quinn. Representatives from the following companies have attended panels and talks: Cinetic Media, CAA, Gravitas Ventures, IFC Films, Kartemquin Films, Kickstarter, Icarus Films, Magnolia Pictures, MPI Media, Music Box Films, Netflix, Neon, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Preferred Content, the United Talent Agency, and William Morris Endeavor.

Industry Days Frequently Asked Questions

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

Industry Days offers a variety of accessibility options during the festival
Learn about accessibility…

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.

There is no pre-registration needed, your pass admits you to all Industry Days Events

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

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.

2023 Industry Days Sponsors & Supporters

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Additional Support

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This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

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.