Filmmakers and Media Professionals

Filmmakers addressing audience

Accreditation Details

Those affiliated with accepted films may receive complimentary Festival accreditation. Accredited filmmakers have access to all screenings, special events and the media professionals lounge. We also ask attending filmmakers to do brief Q&A's following screenings of their film. Complimentary passes may be limited per film.

Filmmaker Accreditation: Free

Filmmaker Accreditation Application [PDF]

2017 Screening Details (By Title)—Coming soon!

ProPass—Professional Accreditation

Are you a programmer or distributor looking for new talent and innovative product?

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival's ProPass is your passport to the world's largest juried festival of films for children, youth and families. Programming 250 films from 40 countries each year, the Festival was the first Academy-award qualifying children's film festival in the world.

$600 Buy ProPass (USD)

ProPass Application [PDF]

2016 Accepted Film List [PDF]

Accreditation Benefits

Admission to all screenings and special events—Access instant audience feedback!

  • Over 10 screenings per day
  • Opening Night Party
  • Closing Night Awards Ceremony
  • Special evening guest parties, receptions and site seeing opportunities

The Media Professionals Lounge— Screen Festival DVDs: ProPass guests receive priority access to screening equipment in Lounge.

Full Festival Film Details—All accredited guests will receive access to descriptions, film information (category, running time, country of origin, director name) and World Sales contact information for all films shown in this year's Festival.

Meet festival guests—Welcoming nearly 100 filmmakers, celebrities, distributors and programmers each year.

See the best in children's cinema—250 films from 40 countries. The complete Festival Schedule is available online in September.

Additional Festival details are sent to accredited guests in mid-October.