The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

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Lights, cameras, action! The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival will bring the Windy City to life October 13th-27th. Located just 5 miles from the heart of the event, Broughton’s City Suites Hotel is the perfect place to stay for a week of pure entertainment.


About the Chicago International Film Festival

The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival is presented by Cinema/Chicago: a year-round non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival was started in 1964 by filmmaker and graphic artist Michael Kutza in an attempt to provide an alternative to the commercial Hollywood movies that dominated theaters. Celebrating its 52nd year of success in 2016, the Chicago International Film Festival continues to grow and thrive.


The majority of film screenings and panels for the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival will be held at the AMC River East 21, with the exception of Opening Night, Industry Days and some special presentations. The full schedule of events will be announced sometime this month, so make sure you check the festival’s website for details. Passes/tickets are available in the following options:

  • Moviegoer Pass: $130, good for 10 admissions
  • Passport Pass: $250, good for 20 admissions
  • General Screenings: $14
  • Matinees: $8
  • After Dark: $10 (after 10pm)
  • Special Presentations: $20

Click here for more information on tickets and where to buy them.


Industry Days is a 4-day gathering where filmmakers and industry professionals can connect, share ideas and find inspiration. October 20th-23rd will have a full schedule comprised of networking events, master classes, panel discussions, workshops, parties and an invite-only competitive pitch session juried by a distinguished panel of industry professionals. A Badge is required for access, and is offered in the following options:

  • Industry Badge: $100
  • Industry+ Badge: $150
  • Industry Student Badge: $50

Register for Industry Days and learn more about it here.


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The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

Where: AMC River East 21– Chicago, IL

When: October 13th-27th



Where to Stay

City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.