Registration + Policies

Chicago Filmmakers offers college-level classes in film and video production. For newcomers, we recommend starting with Digital Moviemaking for a broad overview of the production process, then taking classes in various disciplines that interest you. Persons with experience in filmmaking may further their training with specialized courses and workshops. In either case, you will find a quality education similar to those found at accredited schools and universities, but for a fraction of the time and cost. Plus, you can become part of a filmmaking community that can support and sustain you for many projects to come.


Enrollment in Chicago Filmmakers' classes usually fills quickly, so we recommend that you register early.

To register online, please click the appropriate links on the class pages.

To register by phone, call (773) 293-1447. (Have a credit card handy.)

To register in person, stop by our office Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.

Classes must be paid for in full at the time of registration.

Your class enrollment will be confirmed by email within 2-3 business days of a successful payment. If for any reason you do not receive a confirmation email, or have questions regarding your enrollment, please contact our office at 773-293-1447.

Refund Policy

Since classes have a strictly limited enrollment, withdrawal from a class must done be at least two weeks prior to the start of the class in order to receive a refund (minus a $25 processing fee). Withdrawals after the two-week mark will forfeit $50 of the class fee, with the balance refunded. To receive a refund (minus the processing fee), you must submit a written, dated request (email preferred) to Chicago Filmmakers at least 3 business days prior to the first class meeting. There are NO refunds or credit given less than three full business days before the first class.

Youth Enrollment in Adult Courses

Our courses are geared towards adults and offer a college-level curriculum. As a result of this, we typically expect our enrolled students to be 18 and older. However, in the past we have had teens and youth show interest in courses outside of our youth programs. In the event that a minor wishes to enroll in an adult course, we must be informed before the registration is complete to ensure any necessary additional paperwork is filed, as well get permission from the course instructor. The instructor for the course has final say over whether or not a minor may enroll. We offer youth courses and summer camps periodically through the year as an alternative.

Low Enrollment

Chicago Filmmakers does reserve the right to cancel a class due to insufficient registration/low enrollment. If we cancel a class due to low enrollment or other reasons, you will be notified by phone before the class start date, and we will automatically issue a refund. If a class is cancelled, students are eligible for a full refund. In the event of a canceled class, we would love to help you find an alternate course! Please register early to ensure your preferred class will run.

Chicago Filmmakers Co-Op Membership

Before registering for a class, considering joining our Chicago Filmmakers Co-Op Membership program. Chicago Filmmaker Co-Op Members receive discounts on classes, screenings, and services at local partnering businesses, as well as access to low-cost equipment rentals. Filmmaker Membership is $50 per year. You may become a Member at the time of enrollment to receive the member's discount.

Payment Methods

We accept cash, checks, Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover. There is no tax on classes or workshops.

Financial Aid

Visit here for information about financial aid.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We are the sole owners of the information collected on this website or through phone, email or in-person contact with you. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request. Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via our contact form:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
  • Change/correct any data we have about you.
  • Have us delete any data we have about you.
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.