How to Fest

This year’s festival is fully online. Here’s all you need to know.

Starting on February 11th, as we announce the full slate of films for CIFF2021, you can buy an individual ticket for $12 for feature films and documentaries and $7 for individual shorts programs and $5 for this year’s individual Partner Programs.

To get the most out of the CIFF2021, and save money, you can purchase an All Access Festival Pass, an All Access Shorts Pass, Partner Festival Pass, or 3- or 5-Film Passes with Early Bird discounts until February 28th at:

Join us for our official festival kick-off at 6:45 pm on Thursday, March 4, hosted by Ferdia Doherty, where you will learn how to maximize your experience. Special guest, Consul General of Ireland-Chicago, Mr. Kevin Byrne, will present the 2021 Consulate of Ireland Award.

All feature films, documentaries, shorts programs and our 2021 Special Partner programs will be available to watch anytime starting at 7:00pm on March 4, 2021 until 11:55pm on March 8, 2021 unless otherwise noted. Keep in mind you will only be able to access virtual films within this timeframe. Links are good for one use and once a link is clicked, you will have 72 hours to finish watching.

Every film and program in the CIFF2021 have a limited number of screenings available and some are available only in the Midwest (geoblocked), and it’s possible that a particular film could “sell out.” That film will then be indicated as “Sold Out.” Geoblocked screenings will be identified on the ticketing page. 

All Access Virtual Pass Holders

You have a package that allows you to access and watch the virtual content your pass type allows by accessing our Festival Virtual Portal at You will receive an email from Elevent Support to create an account on our portal.

3 or 5-Film Pass Holders

To redeem your passes. Navigate to and log in to your account. Click ‘fulfill package.’ We suggest filtering by ‘Film’ or ‘Documentary’ and select films within the feature films and documentaries offered with both the 3 and 5-pack products.

Single Virtual Ticket Holders

You will receive an email sent from with the ticket voucher code just before the festival starts and access film/program by entering your Ticket Voucher Code on our Festival Virtual Portal at, which you can create in advance.

GIFT: All Access Pass

A link to ‘get codes’ is included in the order confirmation sent to the original purchaser. Forward the order confirmation along with the 14-digit code to the intended recipient to claim the pass.

If you have any issues, please check your spam/junk folder for the virtual access email for each screening, which will be sent from If you still are having problems, you may email us.

Prefer to Watch on TV?

For Pass Holders and Individual Ticket Holders: To watch on your TV, connect your computer to TV using an HDMI cable.

Additional Technical FAQs: Additional technical details and how-tos available through the following link: