The Chicago Underground Film Festival is hiring! Apply now to work with the 25th annual CUFF!

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 25th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), taking place in Logan Square from Wednesday, June 6 through Sunday, June 10, 2018.

Please click on the job titles below to read the job descriptions and learn more about the positions. We provide managers with a stipend. If you are interested in applying, send an email to 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.

Applications are due Friday, October 27th at 5pm CT.


MAY 10: Member Rough Cut Screening of Emilie Upczak's MOVING PARTS

Wednesday, May 10  |  6:30-8:00pm  |  Tribeca Flashpoint College

Emilie Upczak is an independent filmmaker, originally from Boulder, Colorado. She lived and worked in Trinidad and Tobago over the past 10 years. Emilie’s experimental video installations have been exhibited at PG Contemporary in Houston, AIR Gallery in Brooklyn and the Festival International Signes de Nuit in France, while her short films have played at a number of Caribbean and African Diasporic Film Festivals.

Emilie is currently in post-production on her debut feature, MOVING PARTS, which was shot in Trinidad in 2016 and will be screening as a rough cut on Wednesday, May 10 at Tribeca Flashpoint College. This event is free to IFP Chicago Members. Simply RSVP here to reserve your seat.

Moderated rough cut screenings are an important part of the filmmaking process, and are available to every IFP Chicago member as a resource.

"I became an IFP Chicago member in November and soon thereafter applied for Fiscal Sponsorship, which has enabled me to raise funds through tax deductible donations to complete MOVING PARTS. Their support of the film has been a tremendous boost and I am excited to work with IFP Chicago on future projects." - Emilie Upczak

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 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: