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The Pitch at Industry Days

Sunday, October 18

Call for Submissions are now open for the 6th Annual “The Pitch at Industry Days,” presented by the 56th Chicago International Film Festival.

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 industry@chicagofilmfestival.com.

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2019 Pitch Participants
2019 Pitch Participants

How To Apply for The Pitch

Applications for The Pitch are now closed. The selected projects will be announced soon!

2019 Pitch Projects

America’s Guest

In 1979, on a warm summer night in Chicago, a middle-class family teetering on the brink of divorce is forever changed when actor John Belushi — who just so happens to be filming a scene for The Blues Brothers down the street — knocks on their front door and invites himself in for dinner.
Director/Writer/Producer: Justin Shady
Director/Producer: Neal E. Fischer

Carrie On

Carrie moves to Chicago to start over, but gets herself entangled in a messy affair with an ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend instead.
Director/Writer: Tayler Vee Robinson
Producer: Eugene Sun Park


Following a traumatic breakdown, a bratty young art student is forced to recover in the isolation of her father’s mid-construction home. But as she works to rebuild her world, she stumbles across a dark, decades-old mystery.
Director/Writer/Producer: Jim Vendiola
Writer/Producer: Shelley Gustavson


An undocumented bathroom attendant at a seedy vaudevillian nightclub longs to be a famous singer and strikes a deal with the devil to make her dreams a reality.
Director/Writer: Emily Esperanza
Producers: Brian Khan, Eugene Sun Park

Three Hours

A single mother living on the edge in Chicago’s Humboldt Park has three hours to find someone, anyone to care for her child, or risk losing the job that keeps both of them from losing their home.
Director/Writer: Aemilia Scott
Producer: Holli McGinley

2020 Film Pitch Supporters

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