Call For Entries – CLOSED

Please check back in August when submissions will open for 2019

25th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

Festival Dates: June 6 – June 10, 2018



Now in our 25th year, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, the longest-running “underground” film festival in the world, is an internationally recognized program providing a venue for documentary, experimental and avant-garde narrative film and video. The festival’s mission is to select and screen film, video and related works presenting a diverse line up of moving image programming focusing on filmmakers working to reinvent and explore new approaches to established practices, to foster new forms of media art and to build an audience for such work. Our goal is to achieve these aims by presenting a fun, user-friendly and accessible event..if you suspect your film is “underground,” it probably is.

PLEASE read our entry guidelines


Submit using one of our online submission partners:

Or using our ONLINE ENTRY FORM below. Pay entry fee with a check or PayPal (following directions on the entry form).

Online Entry Form



  • Early Deadline: October 2, 2017 – Entry Fee: Features $35 (Students $25); Shorts $30 (Students $20)
Regular Deadline: December 1, 2017– Entry Fee: Features $45 (Students $35); Shorts $35 (Student $25)
Late Deadline: January 5, 2018 – Entry Fee: Features $55 (Students $45); Shorts $40 (Student $30)

Entry fees must be in U.S. funds only. Pay through Film Freeway, Withoutabox or with this form through Paypal.

Late Deadline Entry Fee