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The Pitch at Industry Days

Sunday, October 18

Welcome to the 6th Annual “The Pitch at Industry Days” presented by the 56th Chicago International Film Festival. Submissions are now closed.

What Is The Pitch?

With the goal of spotlighting and supporting high quality work from Chicago and the Midwest, The Pitch at Industry Days invites filmmakers with narrative features in late stage development to apply for this opportunity to present their projects in front of a virtual audience and a panel of online industry judges.

The winning project will receive an awards package of in-kind services from Chicago-area production facilities and organizations—to include consultation, production, and post-production services.

Past award-winning projects have been invited to the Tribeca Film Institute All Access Fellowship, IFP New York’s 2016 Project Forum Film Slate No Borders program and Tribeca Film Institute’s TFI Network. Signature Move (The Pitch 2015 Honorable Mention) had its world premiere at SXSW and closed a distribution deal with Amazon Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program. Other recent Pitch projects include Knives and Skin (2019 Berlinale premiere) and Once Upon a River (2019 Bentonville Film Festival premiere).

For questions about The Pitch, please email

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2019 Pitch Participants
2019 Pitch Participants

2020 Pitch Projects

Anchor Baby

After witnessing his father nearly beat a Mexican immigrant to death while patrolling the desert border, a thirteen-year-old boy growing up in the Arizona Border Militia finds solace in an unlikely place — the arms of the new undocumented migrant girl in town.
Screenwriter: Anna Hozian
Director: Danny Mooney
Producer: Dale Armin Johnson

Go to the Body

After Sanaa, a rising racial justice organizer, is sexually assaulted by a fellow activist, she tries to push past her trauma and return to her normal life. The only thing standing in the way is her fiance, Kendrick, an overprotective boxer who has his own idea of justice.
Writer/Director: Kyra Jones
Producer: Angellic Ross

Invasion of the Housewives

In order to survive the night, a group of suburban housewives attempt to sort rumor from reality when their girls’ night is interrupted by an alien invasion.
Writer/Director: Zach Lorkiewicz
Producer: Grace Hahn


An outsider to her Iraqi/American family, runaway Izza Bet’Yusuf, returns home fifteen years later and reconnects to her estranged roots by impersonating her freshly dead father.
Writer/Lead Actor: Atra Asdou
Producer: Karla Huffman

2020 Film Pitch Supporters

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