Call For Entries

26th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

Festival Dates: June 5 – June 9, 2019


Now in our 26th 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 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:


  • Early Deadline: October 5, 2018 Entry Fee: Features $35 (Students $25); Shorts $30 (Students $20)
  • ¨Regular Deadline: December 3, 2018 Entry Fee: Features $45 (Students $35); Shorts $35 (Student $25)
  • ¨Late Deadline: January 4, 2019  Entry Fee: Features $55 (Students $45); Shorts $40 (Student $30)