The 11th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

THE 11TH ANNUAL CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
The Alternative for Underground, Independent and Experimental Film and Video

DEADLINE – May 1, 2004 late deadline – June 1, 2004

Festival dates: AUGUST 18 -24 2004

Please read these guidelines before filling out the attached entry form. Thanks.

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.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
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 might have.

ENTRY FEES
$30 per entry postmarked by May 1 2004. $35 for entries postmarked after May 1 and received by June 1. Submissions received after June 1 will be considered for the following year’s festival. 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.

ONLINE CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS
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.

May 1 2004 Festival Deadline

June 1 2004 Festival Deadline

SHIPPING
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.Ý PLEASE DO NOT USE FIBER ENVELOPES. FIBER ENVELOPES SUCK AND WILL DAMAGE TAPES AND EQUIPMENT!

Mail entries to: Submissions Chicago Underground Film Festival 167 N. Racine

Chicago, IL 60607

CONFIRMATION
Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard if you wish to receive confirmation that your entry has been received.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION
Programming decisions are made by the festival directors and our selection committee. We will notify filmmakers by email. If accepted, the print of your film, or presentation video (BetaSP or Mini-DV), will need to be in our office by August 1, 2004. The festival does not pay rental fees for submitted work that is programmed. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know.

CATEGORIES
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.

AWARDS
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, 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.

CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FUND
The Chicago Underground Film Fund has been established to provide completion funds for films that are in keeping with the festival’s defiantly independent, experimental and adventurous spirit. Recipients are awarded grants of $500- $2,000 in cash and services. Film Fund deadline is March 1, 2004. Contact the festival offices for grant application forms and more information. For more information, check out the CUFF Fund page.

HOW TO CONTACT US
For more information email us at info@cuff.org.

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