28th Annual

The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival

March 08, 2018 to March 11, 2018


Category

Experimental films and videos

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Regular Deadline
January 5, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 25.00 *
Late Deadline
January 15, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
WAB Extended Deadline
January 22, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00

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


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately February 8, 2018

RUNTIME
A runtime of any length is permitted

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after December 1, 2014

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  
REGION 1  
BLU-RAY
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
Media Files
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (QuickTime)
Film Gauge
  8mm
  16mm

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0  
REGION 1  
BLU-RAY
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
HDCAM    
DCP    
Media Files
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  DCP
  FILM
  HDCAM
Film Gauge
  8mm
  16mm

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place

Category Rules

Each entry after your first submission is only an additional $5 per entry (you do not need to pay an entire entry fee per additional entry!). If you would like to submit more than one submission, you will need to submit each individually, the first in the First Submission Entry category, the second in the Second Submission Entry category, and the third in the Third Submission Entry category.

BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE WAB TRACKING ID FOR YOUR FIRST SUBMISSION (AND FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY, IF APPLICABLE) IN THE WITHOUTABOX COVER LETTER SECTION OF EACH OF YOUR SUBMISSIONS AFTER THE FIRST ONE. Thank you and good luck!


THE 28th ONION CITY EXPERIMENTAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL

Festival Dates: March 8-11, 2018

Regulations and Entry Procedures


Entry Deadline: January 5, 2018 / Late Deadline: January 15, 2018
Your film or video entry, accompanied by a signed entry form and entry fee (for US entrants; free for international entrants) must arrive at our office by 6:00 PM, January 15, 2018. Send to: Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660.

Entry Form
Please fill out the entry form completely and sign it. A separate entry form is required for each title. If you enter through Withoutabox you do NOT need to fill out the entry form.

Materials
In addition to your entry, please enclose a description or synopsis of your entry along with a short biography for the film/video maker(s). We strongly encourage you to include at least one digital image (or indicate that these can be emailed or downloaded). Please also send any press kits, reviews, or publicity materials you might have.

Entry Fee
Entry fees for Withoutabox entries can be paid through WAB. $20 for the first entry and $5 each for each additional entry (regular deadline; higher entry fees apply for late and extended deadline entries).

If paying my mail, please send a non-refundable entry fee (check or money order in US Dollars only) for each entry, made payable to Chicago Filmmakers.


Eligibility
Any experimental works completed between 2015 and 2018 are eligible. No length restrictions. Chicago premieres are highly preferred but not required.

Installation Works
Onion City is not accepting submissions of installation and other gallery-based work.

Eligible Formats
Entries should be submitted for preview on DVD or BluRay (any region; NTSC or PAL; no DVD+RW), digital file, or online preview; contact Onion City if you prefer to submit film prints for preview. Note: preview copies will NOT be returned (except for film prints - contact Onion City before submitting film prints). If your work is available online in a high quality streaming format, you can submit as a link. Note that if you submit this way and are selected for the festival you may still have to send a DVD for promotional purposes and a proper exhibition format.

Acceptable formats for exhibition include: FILM - 16mm and Super-8mm; VIDEO - DVD (no DVD+RW), BluRay, and Digital File. Foreign language work must be subtitled in English.

Authorization
By entering the festival, the entrant authorizes a public screening of the work in the festival and agrees to provide an exhibition copy for the period of the festival (March 8-11, 2018). Should the distribution rights for the work change by the time the festival takes place, it is still the responsibility of the entrant to provide an exhibition copy to the festival without charge. Once a film/tape is submitted for entry, it may not be withdrawn. Additionally, the entrant authorizes the festival to make copies of their preview copy for press use.

Notification
If your entry is accepted for exhibition you will be notified by February 8, 2018. If your entry is not accepted for exhibition you will be notified by February 28, 2018. These dates are approximate and may change.

Receipt of Exhibition Copy: February 19, 2018
If your entry is accepted for exhibition, your exhibition film or digital copy should arrive in our office by February 19, 2018. Please inform us if this will be a problem. Exhibition copies (physical media) will be returned to the entrant by April 15, 2018 unless we are requested in writing otherwise. Transshipments of exhibition copies to other U.S. festivals must be requested in writing. Onion City cannot transship to other international festivals.

Shipping
Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. Return shipping via UPS or US Mail will be covered by the festival. Additional charges for express shipping or transshipments to foreign film festivals must be paid by the entrant or the recipient. The festival cannot accept nor assume responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. All film reels, cans, discs, and cases must be labeled with the title of the entry. Please do not use fiber filled shipping envelopes; fibers damage media and equipment.

International Shipping
Foreign entries must be shipped prepaid. Exhibition copies must be sent directly to the festival office with all transportation charges, delivery fees, and any duties or taxes prepaid by the shipper. The entrant will have to bear financial responsibility in the event that the festival is charged any brokerage fees. Please be sure to include all proper customs documentation. We recommend that the following declaration be printed on the outside of the package and on customs forms: TEMPORARY IMPORTATION – FOR FILM FESTIVAL EXHIBITION ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. Exhibition copies will be returned to the entrant at the expense of the festival.


Contact Information
Chicago Filmmakers
Attn: Onion City
5720 N. Ridge Avenue
Chicago IL 60660

Phone: (773) 293-1447
Fax: (773) 293-0575
Email: onioncity@chicagofilmmakers.org
http://www.onioncity.org