APRIL 6: Member Screening of Chicago Rot @ The Music Box w/ Q&A following

Join us on Thursday, April 6, 9:30pm at the Music Box for a Member Screening of CHICAGO ROT, a film by IFP Chicago member Dorian Weinzimmer. The screening will lead into a Q&A with cast and crew, followed by an after-party at Gman Tavern beginning at midnight.


After years of rotting in Joliet, Les, a wrongfully imprisoned street legend known as "The Ghoul," is released into a mad search through Chicago's back alleys for the man who slaughtered his mother and robbed him of his soul.

Aided by enigmatic benefactors, he must delve beneath the city into a modern labyrinth of gutters whose tendrils have grown deep while he was gone.

What unfolds is a desperate tale of brute force tragedy set in the supernatural underworld of Chicago, where heroes are reduced to horror-shows, villains dream of their own demise, and good and evil prove to be antiquated concepts.

Screening details:
Thursday, April 6; 9:30pm
Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

After party:
Thursday, April 6; midnight
Gman Tavern

3740 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Apply to our Fiscal Sponsorship Program

Become an IFP Chicago Fiscally Sponsored Project:

When you join IFP Chicago's diverse membership, you qualify to apply to our Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

Receiving funding is one of the most challenging parts of independent filmmaking. Many foundations, corporations and governmental grant making organizations restrict funding of independent projects to tax-exempt organizations (aka not-for-profits or 501c3 organizations).

IFP Chicago's Fiscal Sponsorship program was created to assist members applying for these funding opportunities. Additionally, this arrangement enables individuals to take contributions to sponsored projects as charitable contribution deductions on Federal tax returns.

Your project can be anywhere from pre to post production when you apply. Not only do we help you with funding, but we also help mobilize your project through our marketing and social media campaign. There are two easy steps. First, become an IFP Chicago member and start taking advantage of the full spectrum of IFP Chicago member benefits! Second, apply to our fiscal sponsorship program. High five! You're on your way!

We are always here to answer questions, so just contact us!

IFP Chicago is incredibly proud of the cast and crew of SIGNATURE MOVE, one of our fiscally sponsored projects, which had its world premiere at this year's SXSW!

SIGNATURE MOVE is a comedic and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms. Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) is a Pakistani, Muslim lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma (Sari Sanchez), a confident Mexican-American woman. Zaynab’s recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) has moved in and spends her days watching Pakistani TV dramas while searching for a potential husband for her only daughter. Alma’s mother is a former professional Luchadora which Zaynab finds fascinating as she's recently taken up lucha-style wrestling with a former pro wrestler. Zaynab tries to keep her secrets from her mother who knows more than she lets on.

Eugene Park Co-Producer, SIGNATURE MOVE

Eugene Park

About SIGNATURE MOVE's experience as an IFP Chicago Fiscally Sponsored Project:

"Membership in IFP has helped me and my projects in so many ways. The larger community of IFP members and supporters continues to intersect with my own organization's efforts, and I'm so thankful to have such a vibrant independent filmmaking organization in Chicago. IFP's fiscal sponsorship and support for Signature Move's Indiegogo campaign (we raised over $30,000!) was tremendous, and that support has continued beyond the formal crowdfunding campaign."


IFP Chicago's Executive Director Nicole Bernardi-Reis to speak on a panel at SXSW: Multimedia Grants and Fiscal Sponsorship in Action

IFP Chicago's Executive Director Nicole Bernardi-Reis will be speaking on the Multimedia Grants and Fiscal Sponsorship in Action panel during this year's SXSW!

March 14  |  3:30-4:30pm  |  JW Marriott (110 E 2nd St) Room 203-204

Funding and fiscal sponsorship for multimedia projects are key programming elements for nonprofits working to strengthen the media landscape in specific communities across the United States. With missions to transform longstanding narratives, spark localized storytelling, and create opportunities for artists to bring multimedia projects to life, nonprofits are using grant making and fiscal sponsorship programs to exponentially increase positive community impact. This session explores the best practices, strategies and tactics employed by three organizations working in Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee respectively, and examines the challenges the organizations face in their work.


IFP Chicago launches the PA Essentials Workshop Program! Sign up to be on the waitlist for our next class!

IFP Chicago is thrilled to announce our new PA Essentials Workshop! There has never been a better time to break into the Chicago film and television industry than right now. The city is booming and all types of productions - from big broadcast show to independent films - are looking for reliable people to hire. In this day long course, participants will learn the essential skills needed to become a production assistant, a entry-level position that is the first step to becoming a film professional.

The workshop covers:

  • Set protocols

  • Film Set “Lingo” 

  • Essential Tools (How to build a kit)

  • Walkie etiquette

  • Lock-downs and dealing with the public 

  • Paperwork

  • Set Safety

  • How to find work, get hired and keep getting hired. 

  • And common mistakes of Rookie PAs . .. that you will never make.

If you are interested in enrolling in the workshop,
please email info@ifpchicago.org to be added to the waitlist and we will let you know as soon as the next class is scheduled!

For our inaugural course on March 4, 2017, IFP Chicago & Free Spirit Media Pathways teamed up with Anthony Cabral, a working Assistant Director and Director’s Guild of America member to lead the course! The day long course featured instruction from Key PA Justine Marcantel, Assistant Director Stephanie E. Clemons, Director and Producer Heston Charres, Assistant Director Andy Spellman and Office Production Assistant Hayley Mellish. The small group workshop was a fast-paced, hands-on and incredibly fun introduction to the skills and information needed to get a job as a production assistant.

Check out some photos from the March 4 course:

NEW POSITIONS POSTED! Apply now to work with the Chicago Underground Film Festival!

The Chicago Underground Film Festival is hiring!

New Positions Posted!

We are hiring creative, highly-motivated, organized and passionate individuals to join our seasonal staff for the 24th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), taking place in Logan Square from Wednesday, May 31 through Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Please click on the job titles below to read the job descriptions and learn more about the positions. If you are interested in applying, send an email to info@ifpchicago.org with the job title you are applying to as the subject line, and attach your cover letter, resume and why you want to join the CUFF staff in the body of the email. An IFP Chicago staff member will contact you to set up an interview. CUFF is a program of IFP Chicago. Click here to go to the CUFF site.


FEB 25: IFP Chicago's Film Independent Spirit Awards Screening Party, 3:30pm at Rock It Bar & Grill

Join IFP Chicago as we screen the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards at Rockit Bar & Grill!

Celebrate the year's best in independent film with our amazing community of creatives as we screen the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards. Enjoy great drink specials and appetizers provided by Rockit.

We'll also be celebrating the tremendous work done by our members in the last year with a sneak peek screening of our IFP Chicago Members Reel! IFP Chicago turns 30 this year, so come kick-off the year-long celebration with us and the Spirit Awards at Rockit Bar & Grill!


Ticket pricing information:

IFP Chicago members: FREE

General public in advance $15

General public day of: $20

Email us with any questions.

Become an IFP Chicago member HERE!

Each year Film Independent's Spirit Awards celebrates the best in independent film. The nominees represent a diverse, outspoken and boundary-pushing slate of performers and filmmakers, representing the very best and most vital independent movies of the past 12 months.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards celebrate artist-driven filmmaking and recognizes the finest achievements of today’s independent filmmakers.

IFP Chicago members are given the privilege of deciding which independent film nominations should be recognized and celebrated by voting in the Spirit Awards. During voting season, current IFP Chicago members have the opportunity to vote for nominated films and to receive select DVD and online screeners for voting consideration.

In coordination with Film Independent, IFP Chicago presents free, members-only screenings of selected Film Independent Spirit Awards nominated films. These screenings are open exclusively to IFP Chicago members.

This year we screened's Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees in the category of Best First Feature this year. Thanks to all who came out! Review our full schedule HERE.

Film Independent Spirit Awards Screening of OTHER PEOPLE & IFP C Member Discussion, Wednesday, Feb 8; 6pm at Tribeca Flashpoint College

Join us at Tribeca Flashpoint College (28 N Clark Street #500) on Wednesday, February 8 at 6pm as IFP Chicago screens OTHER PEOPLE, one of the 2017 Film Independent's Spirit Awards nominees in the category of Best First Feature. This is our last Spirit Award screening so don't miss it!


A struggling comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and younger sisters, David feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother worsens, he tries to convince everyone (including himself) he’s “doing okay.”

Stay after your screening for an open discussion on OTHER PEOPLE, followed by an IFP Chicago member discussion.


Venue Details:

Tribeca Flashpoint College

28 N Clark Street #500

Chicago, IL 60602

Call us with questions at 773-998-1082.


Learn more about the Best First Feature nominees HERE.

These were the dates of IFP Chicago's Film Independent Spirit Awards screenings: 

January 18 | SWISS ARMY MAN, 6pm

January 25 - Double Feature! | THE FITS, 6pm & THE WITCH, 7:30pm

February 1 | CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER, 6pm

February 8 | OTHER PEOPLE, 6pm

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Screenings - THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER @ Tribeca Flashpoint

Join us at Tribeca Flashpoint College (28 N Clark Street #500) at 6PM as IFP Chicago screens THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER, one of the 2017 Film Independent's Spirit Awards nominees in the category of Best First Feature. RSVP HERE

A child’s angelic face conceals a budding sociopath in the audacious feature debut from actor Brady Corbet. A powerhouse international cast led by Robert Pattinson and Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) headlines this dark domestic nightmare. Set amidst the turmoil of World War I and its aftermath, THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER follows the young son of an American diplomat living in France as he learns to manipulate the adults around him—a monstrous coming of age that ominously parallels the rising tide of Fascism in Europe. A stylistically fearless tour-de-force, THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER reaches fever-pitch delirium thanks to ravishing cinematography and a thunderous score by legendary, boundary-pushing musician Scott Walker.

UNBROKEN GLASS Screening followed by Q&A with filmmaker Dinesh Das Sabu + IFP C Member Meet-up, Wednesday, Feb 22; 8:15pm at Gene Siskel Film Center

On Wednesday, February 22 at 8:15pm IFP Chicago will co-present a screening of UNBROKEN GLASS at the Gene Siskel Film Center. IFP Chicago members get the Siskel Member Price at the box office -- email us or call us at 773-998-1082 for more information.


A Q&A fill follow with director Dinesh Das Sabu, IFP Chicago Executive Director Nicole Bernardi-Reis, Editor Matt Lauterbach and Kartemquin Director of Editing Leslie Simmer.

When he was six years old, filmmaker Dinesh Das Sabu’s parents died. Raised by his older siblings, he had little idea who his parents were or where he came from. Through making UNBROKEN GLASS, Dinesh begins a journey to finally piece together their story and his own, twenty years after their deaths. In the process, Dinesh uncovers a silenced family history of mental illness, confronts the legacy of having a schizophrenic mother who died by suicide and, together with his siblings, reconciles the trauma of loss and the specter of mental illness. 

Shot over the course of five years in Illinois, New Mexico, California, and India, UNBROKEN GLASS addresses universal issues around family, memory, grief, trauma and self-acceptance as it weaves together Dinesh’s journey of discovery with cinema-verite scenes of his family dealing with still-raw emotions and the consequences of his Indian immigrant parents’ lives and deaths. Dinesh bravely allows viewers access into his personal journey of self and family discovery, delving into the often taboo subject of mental health in South Asian culture with tact and sensitivity. 

Event details:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017; 8:15pm

Gene Siskel Film Center -- 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601