25th Annual

Chicago Underground Film Festival

June 06, 2018 to June 10, 2018

 
Category

Experimental/Avant Garde Short

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
October 2, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Student Fee 20.00 *
Regular Deadline
December 1, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Student Fee 25.00 *
Late Deadline
January 5, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Student Fee 30.00 *
WAB Extended Deadline
January 19, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Student Fee 35.00 20.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately March 5, 2018

RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 39 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 & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0    

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
BLU-RAY
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
REGION 2    
REGION 3    
REGION 4    
REGION 5    
REGION 6    
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DCP    
Media Files
  DCP
Film Gauge
  16mm
  35mm

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English
OTHER


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - 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
festival trophy. all festival selections produced in Chicago or by Chicago based filmmakers are eligible. selected by festival jury.
Sponsor:No Sponsor

Audience Choice Award
festival trophy. selected by audience ballot.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

25th Chicago Underground Film Festival
June 6- June 10, 2018

The Alternative for Underground, Independent and Experimental Film and Video

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

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..

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

Entries must be submitted through secure online screeners (Vimeo or the equivalent)

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
The 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!

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 May 5, 2018. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know, such as language and subtitles. CUFF requires DCP 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 40 minutes and over. ‘Experimental’ refers exclusively to 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.

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