Festival Passes

Plan and save! Festival Passes are the most convenient and least expensive way to see multiple screenings throughout the Festival. Share your pass with friends to save on tickets and enjoy the Festival together!

Moviegoer Pass

10 admissions (EARLY BIRD PRICING: Members: $120, Non-members: $150)

Passport Pass

20 admissions (EARLY BIRD PRICING: Members: $215, Non-members: $275)

Buy 2020 Passes Now

For more information on passes, visit our Frequently Asked Questions…

Please note: Passes are not valid for Opening Night, Gala/Special Presentations, Centerpiece, Tributes, Special Events, or Closing Night. Tickets for these screenings and events are available through their individual film or event pages. Passes may be used for multiple admissions to the same screening. Passes valid only for screenings at the AMC River East 21

Redeeming Festival Passes Online

During the Festival, to redeem your passes for individual film screenings:

  1. Navigate to the screening you wish to attend in our Full Schedule or Film Listings
  2. Select your seats (if available) and Delivery Option
  3. Proceed to Payment
  4. Click on “Redeem Benefits” to apply Festival Pass
  5. Enter email address OR your patron ID to locate the account and enter your name
  6. Select the # of tickets you’d like to redeem and click “Apply Benefits”
  7. Fill out the required information and complete your order

You can also view this instructional video for more information on redeeming festival passes.

Single Tickets

Festival single tickets will go on sale in September 2020.

Tickets for Festival films will go on sale in September 2020.

2019 Individual Ticket Prices

Screening Type Members* General
Regular Screenings $15 $18
Special Presentations $20 $23
Gala Presentations $25 $28
Films before 5:00pm Mon-Fri
Late Night
Films after 10:00pm

*Learn more about becoming a Cinema/Chicago Member…
All ticketing fees included in prices. Panels and special event tickets vary in price. See the event’s webpage for ticketing information.

Where To Buy Individual Tickets

Individual film tickets are available from the following outlets:

Festival Website

Buy tickets online on individual film and screening page. Explore now:

Film & Events List

Festival Schedule

AMC Box Office

The AMC Box Office will re-open in September 2020.

In person at AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St, Chicago IL 60611

Festival Hotline

The Festival Hotline will re-open in September 2020.

By phone at 312-332-FILM (3456)

Rush Tickets

Visit the RUSH COUNTER at the AMC River East 21 thirty minutes before show time. You will receive a numbered card. If seats become available 10 minutes before the film begins, you may exchange your card for your ticket. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and rush ticket seating may be the least desirable and available seats may not be next to each other.

General screening rush tickets are $20, Special Presentation rush tickets are $25, and Gala Presentation rush tickets are $30. CASH ONLY


Cinema/Chicago members come from all walks of life and have one very important thin in common: the love of film. Become a member and experience the best in independent and popular film with year-round benefits, plus early access to Festival tickets and events.

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Important Notes

Payment required at the time of the reservation. Our box office accepts cash (in person only), Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. No personal checks. No refunds or exchanges unless film is canceled. All programs are subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

All ticket fees are included in the price. What you see is what you pay!

Not necessarily! You can mix and match tickets as you please. 2 tickets to 5 different films, 10 tickets to one film, etc

Tickets can be redeemed online or in person at the AMC River East 21 festival box office. Please see the “Festival Passes” section on this page for more information.

We recommend arriving to the theater at least 30 minutes in advance of your screening. When you arrive, please find the queue for your screening or inquire with a Festival Volunteer to find out which screen your film is playing on.

Many films have multiple screenings, so check first for alternative showtimes. Otherwise, sold-out screenings will have RUSH tickets. 30 minutes before a sold-out showtime, festival staff will hand out RUSH cards in the AMC lobby. 15 minutes before showtime, festival staff will check for unfilled seats and begin to allow access to the theater from the RUSH line up until showtime. RUSH is CASH ONLY. Rush is $20 for regular screenings, $25 for special screenings, and $30 for Gala presentations.

Buy a Passport or Moviegoer pass to get the lowest price on film tickets. Go to all the films yourself or share with a friend! Just want to see one movie? Come before 5pm on a weekday for a matinee!