DEADLINES – Earlybird Deadline March 1, 2006 ($30 Entry Fee) Regular Deadline April 1, 2006 ($35 Entry Fee)

Late Deadline May 1, 2006 ($40 Entry Fee)

FESTIVAL DATES: AUGUST 17th – 24th 2006

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. Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. In addition to your entry, please enclose a written description or synopsis, as well as any press kits, reviews, or publicity materials you wish to send.

$30 per entry postmarked by March 1, $35 per entry postmarked by April 1, $40 per entry received by May 1st. Entry fees must be in U.S. funds only. Checks or money orders should be made out to Chicago Underground Film Festival. Entry Fees are not required from filmmakers who have screened at CUFF in the past.

Click the appropriate PayPal link below and process your application payment online. Once you have received your PayPal confirmation number, please make sure to print the entry Form and include it on the form. There is a small surcharge for credit card payments.

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 cases when shipping entries. ¯ PLEASE DO NOT USE FIBER ENVELOPES. FIBER ENVELOPES SUCK AND WILL DAMAGE TAPES AND EQUIPMENT!

MAIL ENTRIES TO: Chicago Underground Film Festival C/o IFP/Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Suite 403

Chicago, IL 60605

The festival selection committee makes programming decisions. We will notify filmmakers by email. If accepted, the print of your film, or presentation video (DVCam or Mini-DV), will need to be in our office by August 1, 2006.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.

Due to the large number of entries received submission materials and videos will not be returned.

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