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Becoming a member of Cinema/Chicago gives you blockbuster benefits including free film screenings, sneak-preview passes and discounts to Cinema/Chicago events including the annual Chicago International Film Festival. 

You'll also benefit from knowing that you've helped to support a wide range of year-round educational and community programs. You're not only declaring your love of film, but helping us share it with all of Chicago's diverse population.

Individual Membership

  • Individual membership card
  • Film Festival schedule mailed to your home
  • Member rates to Festival screenings and events (as available)
  • Free admission to Members Screenings throughout the year (notices emailed to members announcing film dates and location)
  • Discounts on Festival merchandise
One year: $75

Senior / Student Stars

  • All the benefits of an Individual Membership at a discounted rate (copy of ID required; seniors 65+)
One year: $50

  • All the Benefits of an Individual Membership, for two people living at the same address
  • Includes two membership cards                                                                                              

One year:  $125                                                                                                                                


  • All the benefits of an Individual Membership PLUS
  • Opportunity to bring one guest to all Members Screenings
  • Reserved seating at Members Screenings
  • Access to private Filmmakers Lounge during the Festival 
  • Eight complimentary vouchers redeemable for regular admission Film Festival tickets
  • One complimentary ticket to the Festival's Opening Night film and reception

One year: $500

Founder's Club

  • All benefits of an Individual Membership PLUS
  • Opportunity to bring up to three guests to all Members Screenings
  • Reserved seating at Members Screenings
  • One complimentary All-Access Badge to the Chicago International Film Festival for admission to all regular Festival screenings
  • Two VIP tickets to Festival Opening Night and Closing Night films and receptions
  • Priority entrance to regular Festival screenings
  • Access to reserved seating at regular Festival screenings
  • Eight complimentary vouchers redeemable for admission to any regular Festival screenings
  • Four Gala Presentation tickets during the Festival
  • Concierge ticket service during the Festival 
One year: $1,000

I Want It All - 50th Anniversary Pass

Created to celebrate the 50th Chicago International Film Festival, the Anniversary Pass provides the ultimate cinephile with one reserved seat to every film screening, presentation and special event during the Festival. Benefits also include: 
  • Convenient Concierge ticket service
  • Additional 16 vouchers valid for regular admission Festival tickets for your guests 
  • Access to exclusive Festival parties and Festival Filmmaker's Lounge
  • Reserved seating for you and up to three guests at year-round Member Screenings


Please allow at least 24-hours for memberships ordered online between October 1 and November 1 to be processed. Memberships ordered on Fridays during this time period will not be processed until the following Monday. Those purchasing a membership during this time period who have not yet received their membership card may bring their email confirmation to the Festival Box Office in order to receive member pricing on Festival tickets.