The Alternative for Underground, Independent and Experimental Film and Video
Please read these guidelines before filling out the attached entry form.
Early Deadline Dec 1, 2010 (Entry Fee Features $40, Shorts $30)
Regular Deadline Feb 1 2011 (Entry Fee Features $50, Shorts $40)
Late Deadline March 15 2011 (Entry Fee Features $55, Shorts $45)
The Chicago Underground Film Festival exists to showcase the defiantly
independent filmmaker. Our mission is to promote films and videos that
dissent radically in form, technique, or content from the "indie"
mainstream and to present adventurous works that challenge and
transcend commercial and audience expectations...if you suspect your
film is "underground," it probably is.
A completed entry form and an entry fee must accompany each film or
video submitted. Entries must be submitted on 1/2" (standard VHS in
either NTSC or PAL/SEACAM formats) videocassette or NTSC DVD or
Blu-Ray Disc. Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in
Please, do not send elaborate presentation materials, press kits,
binders, etc. with your entry. All that is necessary to send is a
clearly identified DVD and, if you like, a synopsis or contextual
statement about your work. These are the only items that the
programmers will see when they evaluate your submission. We don't want
you to pay for unnecessary materials, and they generate lots of waste.
If your film is selected for the festival we will contact you about
images and press kits. or better yet: put these materials online and
type the URL into your entry form.
Entry fees must be in U.S. funds only. Checks or money orders should
be made out to IFP Chicago (DO NOT make checks out to Chicago
Underground Film Festival .
A school may send a bundle of ten or more entries by multiple entrants
(students and/or faculty) for $10 per entry-that is $10 per film, not
per entrant. All entries must be sent together and paid for with a
single check or money order.
Entry Fees are not required from filmmakers who have screened at CUFF
in the past.
If you are working in a part of the world where an entry fee would
prohibit you from submitting your film, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to
request a fee waiver.
Cost of shipping exhibition prints to the festival is the
responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the
festival prepaid. All film reels, cans, videotapes and cases must be
labeled with the title of the entry. The festival will cover return
shipping via FedEx or US Mail. The entrant or the recipient must pay
additional charges for express shipping or transshipments to foreign
film festivals. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage
or loss of materials while in transit. Please use only plastic or
bubble pack envelopes when shipping entries.
-PLEASE DO NOT USE FIBER
ENVELOPES. FIBER CAN DAMAGE TAPES AND EQUIPMENT!
MAIL ENTRIES TO:
Chicago Underground Film Festival
c/o IFP Chicago
PO Box 3065
Chicago, IL 60654
The festival selection committee makes all programming decisions. If
accepted we will notify filmmakers by email and phone. Films not
selected will receive notification by email. If accepted, the print
of your film, or presentation video (DVCam or Mini-DV), will need to
be in our office by June 1, 2011.Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of
your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation
information we might need to know.
Please select only ONE category for your entry when completing your
entry form. For our purposes 'feature' refers to films 60 minutes and
over. 'Experimental’ refers exclusively for non-narrative,
non-documentary works. We reserve the right to re-categorize
submissions as we deem appropriate.
Although the art of filmmaking is not competitive, The Chicago
Underground Film Festival does give awards. The festival jury will
present awards to films and videos selected as best in these
categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature,
Documentary Short, Experimental, Animation, Music Video and "Made in
Chicago". An Audience Choice award will also be presented.
RETURN OF SUBMISSION TAPES
Due to the large number of entries received submission materials and
videos will not be returned.
HOW TO CONTACT US
For more information email us at info at cuff.org or call 312-506-4699
DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM