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22-Apr-2014 11:51pm PDT  

 

Chicago Underground Film Festival

21 Annual: April 02, 2014 to April 06, 2014

  Narrative Short

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DEADLINES & ENTRY FEES

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 15.00.

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
 
October 1, 2013
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 25.00
Student Fee 15.00 *


November 15, 2013
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Student Fee 15.00 *


December 15, 2013
Late Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Student Fee 20.00 15.00


January 2, 2014
WAB Extended Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 40.00



NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately 01-Feb-2014


RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 60 minutes


COMPLETION DATE
No requirement for completed by date.


PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world


PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement


DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
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  .MOV (QuickTime)

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
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  .MOV (Quicktime)
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  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
Film Gauge
  8mm
  16mm
  35mm

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English
OTHER


PRESSKIT REQUIREMENTS
A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Producer
> Biography/Filmography - Writer
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Fliers
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director
> Press Clippings
> Anecdotal Accounts


PRIZES & AWARDS
This category is a competition.


1st Place
Festival trophy. Selected by festival jury


Made In Chicago Award
Festival trophy.All films and videos produced in Chicago or by Chicago based filmmakers qualify. selected by festival jury.
Sponsor:No Sponsor


Audience Choice Award
Festival trophy. Voted by audience ballot.
Sponsor:No Sponsor


CATEGORY RULES
21st Chicago Underground Film Festival
April 2-6 2014

The Alternative for Underground, Independent and Experimental Film and Video

GUIDELINES
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.

DEADLINES
Early Deadline: October 1, 2013 – Entry Fee: Features $35 (Students $20); Shorts $30 (Students $15)
Regular Deadline: November 15, 2013 – Entry Fee: Features $45 (Students $20); Shorts $35 (Student $15)
Late Deadline: December15, 2013 – Entry Fee: Features $55 (Students $25); Shorts $40 (Student $20)

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
A completed entry form and an entry fee must accompany each film or video submitted.

DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM PDF
or

Entries must be submitted NTSC DVD or Blu-Ray Disc or through a secure online screener (withoutabox, Vimeo etc). Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. 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
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 ).

ENTRY FEE EXCEPTIONS
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 info@cuff.org to request a fee waiver. Please understand that we rely on entry fees for the operation of the festival and only request waivers when necessary.

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 envelopes when shipping entries.

-PLEASE DO NOT USE FIBER ENVELOPES. FIBER CAN DAMAGE TAPES AND EQUIPMENT!

MAIL ENTRIES TO:
Chicago Underground Film Festival
2044 W. Chicago Ave
PMB # 155
Chicago, IL 60622

NOTIFICATION
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 will need to be in our office by March 1, 2014. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know. CUFF prefers high quality digital files for exhibition of video work.

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 several awards to films and videos selected as best or most interesting in whatever categories they see fit. Additionally “Made in Chicago” and Audience Choice awards will also be presented.

RETURN OF SUBMISSIONS/SCREENERS
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