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Tickets, Tickets, Tickets!

The complete 50th Chicago International Film Festival schedule will be available both in print and electronically on Tuesday, September 16 in the afternoon. 

The Member Pre-Sale will take place Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18. 

Tickets will be available to the General Public on Friday, September 19.


Please note that many films will sell out quickly. We strongly advise purchasing tickets in advance.

No refunds or exchanges unless film is canceled. You must be in your theater seat 15 minutes before the film's published start time or we reserve the right to resell your seat.

Films are unrated. Viewer discretion is advise.

Ticket prices for other special events will vary. All programs are subject to change. Festival films are not rated and may contain mature content. Audience discretion is advised.

Our box office accepts cash (in person only), Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. No personal checks.

Please visit our FAQ page for more information!

By Phone

Call the Festival Hotline at 312-332-FILM (3456) starting mid-September, Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm, to purchase passes and tickets. Individual tickets will be available to Cinema/Chicago members prior to the general public. Find out about membership here

Tickets purchased by phone must be reserved no later than 24 hours in advance.


To buy Festival Passes only visit the Festival Store. Individual tickets will be available through Ticketmaster (additional fees will apply). 

In Person

    AMC River East 21 (opens September 17; 7 days a week, Noon-8PM )
    322 E Illinois St.
    Chicago, IL 60610 (Map)
    During the Festival (October 9-23), tickets will be on sale at the AMC one hour before the start of the first screening of the day until the start of the last screening of the day.
  • FESTIVAL OFFICE (opens September 17; Monday-Friday, 10AM-6PM )
    30 E. Adams, Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60603 (Map)

    We recommend that you go in person to the Festival Box Office at AMC River East 21 to purchase your tickets - there are more ticketing agents there and shorter lines!


Festival Passes (available until October 19)

10 regular admissions*

  • $100 for Cinema/Chicago members ($10 per ticket)
  • $130 for non-members ($13 per ticket)

20 regular admissions*

  • $190 for Cinema/Chicago members ($9.50 per ticket)
  • $240 for non-members ($12 per ticket)

*Moviegoer and Passport Passes are not valid for Special and gala Presentations, Tributes, Opening Night, Centerpiece or Closing Night. 

Maximum of 2 passes per member.

Individual Tickets


  • $11 for Cinema/Chicago members, students, and seniors
  • $14 for regular admission

Special Presentations

  • $16 for Cinema/Chicago members, students, and seniors
  • $20 for regular admission

Matinees (films only, Monday-Friday through 5:00 pm)

  • $7

10 after 10

  • $10/ticket, every day after 10PM

How to Redeem Your Pass

Redeem early and avoid disappointment!

1. Visit (starting September 16) or pick up a copy of the Festival Schedule at the Festival Box Office and start making your individual film selections.

2. You must redeem your Pass in person! Please bring your pass to the Festival Box Office with your film selections to redeem for actual tickets. Your Pass will receive a hole-punch for every ticket redeemed. You may redeem your Pass for multiple tickets to the same film. We cannot exchange your pass for tickets over the phone.
3.  We strongly encourage you to redeem all your tickets in advance to avoid long lines at the theater and sold-out screenings.

Passes purchased online or by phone by mid-September will be mailed out. After that, all passes must be picked up in person.

Photo ID is required to pick up your Pass and to redeem your Pass for tickets. You must have an actual film ticket before you will be admitted to a theater. 

Rush Ticket Policy 2014

Tickets for a sold out film might become available at the film's screen time if there are any empty seats in the theater. These are called RUSH TICKETS and they are available only at the box office where the film is screening. If you wish to wait for a RUSH TICKET to a sold-out film:

  • Ask for a numbered card 30 minutes prior to showtime
  • Stand in rush line in chronological order
  • If seats are available 10 minutes prior to show time, you may exchange your numbered card and $10 for regular screenings and $15 for Special Presentations (cash only) for your ticket.
  • Enjoy the film!
Getting a numbered card does NOT guarantee you a seat!
Since seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, Rush Tickets are always the least desirable seats and the two seats available may not be next to each other.

    This policy is subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Box Office Manager.

    If your screening is sold out and cannot get a rush ticket, take a chance on another film. We work hard to bring you films you may never get another chance to see on the big screen. Make it an adventure and explore the celluloid jungle.