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Why join caff? is home of the Chicago Alliance of Film Festivals (CAFF), an organization that uplifts Chicago film festivals through sector-building efforts focused on growing audiences, growing resources, and expanding expertise to improve the cultural and economic vitality of our communities.

CAFF Members join a dedicated community of film industry professionals who are passionate about independent cinema, film exhibition, and the filmmakers and storytellers whose work we champion. Any organization, business, or individual whose work or interest touches on the film festival sector is welcome to join.

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Benefits & Pricing

Check out the exclusive benefits CAFF Members receive with their annual membership.

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Three Reasons to Become a CAFF member

Build Community

Join a cohort of dedicated film industry professionals and work together to grow resources, grow audiences, and expand expertise.

grow The Sector

With over 50 film festivals in Chicagoland, we can work together to collectively pool our resources and grow the sector to benefit all.

Get Perks

CAFF Members are included in the Festival Calendar and Festival Directory, and get exclusive access to members-only events, resources, and discounts.

“With Chicago being a world-class city of culture as both a hub of arts production and tourism, this initiative shines a light on the importance and interdependence of its film and television community that also includes film venues and festivals, and academic institutions that teach the craft and its history. All of these sectors combined will be all the more impactful to stimulate economic growth and enhance the education and entertainment that this city has to offer to residents and visitors alike.”

Erin Harkey, DCASE Commissioner

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