Press Accreditation

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Press Accreditation

Press accreditation for the 56th Chicago International Film Festival (October 14 – 25) is now open. Please read the guidelines/instructions in order to submit an application for press credentials. Applications close on Monday, October 5 at 11:59pm.

Submission Guidelines

The following supporting materials should be provided in conjunction with submitting this application:

  1. A letter from your editor/producer on official company letterhead assigning you to cover the Festival. If you are the editor/producer, this letter may come directly from you. The letter must specify the following information:
    • the type and focus of the planned editorial coverage, providing as much detail as possible (interviews, reviews, podcasts, etc.);
    • the primary market and target audience of the outlet you will be covering for; and
    • the date when the coverage will be published or broadcast (before, during, after, all of the above; please be as specific as possible).
  2. Recent published/broadcast coverage of a film festival, a film-related story, or an arts/ entertainment story written or produced by you with an attached byline and date (PDFs or links acceptable). Minimum three (3), maximum five (5). Returning applicants must submit coverage examples from the 55th Chicago International Film Festival.
  3. If you are an editor and plan to assign more than one writer/critic/reporter to cover the Festival, you will need to submit an application for each separately.

Please upload materials with your application. Applications will not be considered until all supporting material has been received. E-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Press Credentials Policy

The Chicago International Film Festival grants, at their discretion, press credentials to active members of the media with an established history of entertainment and film coverage, particularly independent, international, or niche market films and an assignment from their affiliated outlet to cover the Festival.

Upon submission, applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. You will be notified of your accreditation status by e-mail.

Each credential includes terms and conditions the applicant agrees to upon accepting their accreditation. The Chicago International Film Festival reserves the right to approve or deny accreditation and revoke accreditation at any time for any reason. These decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Press accreditation applications are no longer being accepted