September 22 – September 26, 2021

Member Registration opens June 7 

General Registration opens June 14


Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography that takes place every autumn in Chicago. The 2021 Festival will be held September 22nd - 26th and will be primarily in-person at the 21C Museum Hotel, centrally located downtown in proximity to museums, galleries and other cultural institutions. 


Programming includes workshops, portfolio reviews, lectures, and artist talks. Additionally, exhibitions will be hosted at Filter Space gallery in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.


Portfolio reviews are a central element of the Festival. During a portfolio review, an artist is able to share work directly with local, national, and international photography professionals, including gallery directors, curators, editors, and publishers. Emerging and established photographers are welcome to sign up for these twenty-minute, one-on-one sessions. 

The 2021 Filter Photo Festival will be a mix of in person and online programming. All in person events, including Portfolio Reviews, will be conducted in accordance with current city and state guidelines in effect in September.  Masks will be required at all indoor events. Please see Filter Photo's Covid Update page for more information.

Portfolio Reviews and Workshops will have reduced capacity to allow for more social distancing. 

Download the 2021 Filter Photo Festival Program!

Video footage from the 2018 Festival can be found by clicking below.

An important part of the Chicago arts community since 2009, Filter Photo Festival has hosted an impressive roster of established artists and photographers as Festival Keynote Speaker including Liz Deschenes, Joel-Peter Witkin, Penelope Umbrico, Carrie Mae Weems, Mona Kuhn, John Chiara, and Rodrigo Valenzuela, among others.

Registration opens June 7th for Filter Photo Members and June 14th for the general public. Early Bird Pricing ends July 15th. 

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