Chicago International Film Festival full schedule for Industry Days

9/27/2017, 3:52 p.m.
Four-Day Conference Focuses on Film Business, Features Special Guests and a Keynote Conversation with Joe Swanberg.
Four-Day Conference Focuses on Film Business, Features Special Guests and a Keynote Conversation with Joe Swanberg.

Chicago – The Chicago International Film Festival today announced the full schedule

for Industry Days (October 19–22), the four-day conference within the Festival

created specifically for aspiring creators and film business professionals. The

Festival’s hub for filmmakers and professionals to connect, share ideas and find

inspiration, Industry Days examines current and future trends in the art and

industry of the entertainment business.

"By bringing the film community together in Chicago, Industry Days has become an

important meeting place for emerging filmmakers to better understand the film and

entertainment business and connect directly with major decision-makers,” said

Industry Days Programmer Anthony Kaufman. “And with our one-on-one meetings with

distribution executives and development organizations, we are also better able to

serve the international and North American filmmakers whose work is officially

selected in the Film Festival.”

This year’s Industry Days will feature a Keynote Conversation with Joe Swanberg, one

of the most prolific Chicago filmmakers. Over the last 12 years, Swanberg has

sustained a remarkably diverse career in film and TV, including 18 feature films, TV

episodes, short films; and he recently completed the second season of his Netflix

series Easy. In a candid conversation, Swanberg will speak about rising through the

ranks of indie film and sustaining an autonomous career in the Midwest.

Industry Days will also feature a public panel entitled The Moonlight Effect: The

Expansion of Black Cinema—Or Not?, featuring award-winning up-and-coming filmmaker

E.G. Bailey, and Sundance Creative Producers fellow Iyabo Boyd, among others.

Other program highlights include a Master Class with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam

Pollard, director of Sammy Davis, Jr. I’ve Gotta Be Me and editor of such films as

Jungle Fever, Clockers, Girl 6, and 4 Little Girls, and a panel discussion on

Resistance and Satire: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Politics and Love

Comedy, co-produced with the Harold Ramis Film School.

Film companies represented include Breaking Glass Pictures, Gravitas Ventures, IFC

Films, Music Box Films, MPI, Oscilloscope Laboratories, The Orchard, United Talent

Agency, and others. A full schedule is below. A more detailed review of the program

is available with names of additional confirmed speakers at


IFP/Chicago will once again co-produce The Pitch Sunday, October 22. This curated

event features a selection of filmmakers and producers invited to pitch their

productions to a distinguished jury of industry experts. The winning pitch receives

a suite of in-kind services worth over $20,000 from Chicago Production Facilities,

including Keslow Camera, AbelCine, Chicago Media Angels, Stage 18, and participation

at the Tribeca Film Institute’s TFI Network Meetings in New York during the Tribeca

Film Festival.

Film and media professionals interested in attending the full program should apply

for credentials at


Industry Days is supported by the Illinois Film Office, Chicago Film Office,

IFP/Chicago, and Harold Ramis Film School. .



4:30-5:30 p.m.: Chicago New Wave: Meet the Producers Making Movies Happen

Who are the top movers-and-shakers making movies happen in the Windy City and what

are the best kept secrets for sustaining a film and media career in the Midwest?