24th Annual

Chicago Underground Film Festival

May 31, 2017 to June 04, 2017

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
Feature length fiction (40 minutes or greater) films or videos with any kind of narrative story. All genres and styles of filmmaking will be considered.
Narrative Short
Short length fiction (under 40 minutes) films or videos with any kind of narrative story. All genres and styles of film and video will be considered.
Documentary Feature
Non-Fiction films or videos (40 minutes or greater).
Documentary Short
Non-fictions films or videos (under 40 minutes).
Music Video
Music Videos for any genre of music, may be submitted by filmmakers, bands or labels.
Experimental/Avant Garde Short
Non-narrative, avant-garde & experimental films and videos under 40 minutes.
Animation Short
Animated films and videos under 40 minutes.
Experimental/Avant Garde Feature
Non-narrative, experimental and avant-garde films and videos 40 minutes or greater in length
Animation Feature
Animated films and videos, 40 minutes or greater in length

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Now in our 24th 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.

"What you get for your money is not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture" -- Roger Ebert

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Founded in 1994, The Chicago Underground Film Festival is dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Unlike many other "independent" film events our goal is not to imitate old guard, market-driven festivals such as Sundance. Instead we seek to create our own particular niche by presenting an accessible, user-friendly showcase for Avant-Garde and cult cinema. CUFF presents a wide range of work exploring the many definitions and interpretations of the concept of "underground". From alternative music films and political agitprop to high camp and formal experimentation. We like films that go beyond expectations and genre, films made with passion, obsession and drive. The Chicago Underground Film Festival is an official program of IFP/Chicago.

The festival offers a mix of films and videos of all lengths and genres, focusing on work that is experimental in form or content. Panels and workshops augment this diverse programming. Of course, we also present nightly parties (including our infamous "Take The Filmmakers Bowling" party) as well concerts featuring performances by groups such as Pedestrian Deposit, Brett Nauke, Jeremiah Meece, The Ponys, Bobby Conn & The Glass Gypsies, Plastic Crimewave Sound, The Cheater Slicks, The Demolition Doll Rods, Califone, Frontier, Terre Thaemlitz, The Handsome Family, The Wesley Willis Fiasco, Maureen Tucker, The Gaza Strippers and the Waco Bros.

Recent programming highlights include the Chicago premieres of Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present by Tyler Hubby, The Love Witch by Anna Biller, The Alchemist Cookbook by Joel Potrykus, Ruined Heart by Khavn, Blood Below The Skin by Jennifer Reeder, Evaporating Borders by Iva Radivojevic, For The Plasma by Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan, Sailing A Sinking Sea by Olivia Wyatt, Speculation Nation by Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat, Atlantis by Ben Russell, See You Next Tuesday by Drew Tobias, The Color Wheel and Impolex by Alex Ross Perry and American Arab by Usama Alshaibi,

In addition, CUFF has consistently honored the history of underground and independent cinema by presenting tributes and retrospectives of filmmakers such as Jonas Mekas, Tony Conrad,Tom Palozzolo, Richard Kern, Kenneth Anger, George Kuchar, John Waters, Jack Smith, Paul Morrissey, Melvin Van Peebles, Doris Wishman, Larry Cohen, Alfred Leslie, Nick Zedd and Alejandro Jodorowsky.

ORGANIZERS

Allison Sweeney (Volunteer Coordinator`); Bryan Wendorf (Programmer/Artistic Director); Bryan Wendorf (Programmer/Artistic Director); Bryan Wendorf (Programmer/Artistic Director); Danielle Campbell (Filmmaker); Emily Oscarson (Festival Coordinator/Co-Programmer); Julia Zinn (Hospitality Coordinator); Nicole Bernardi-Reis

GENERAL RULES

24th Chicago Underground Film Festival
May 31 - June 4, 2017

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.


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

Entries must be submitted 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 provide a screenerlink 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.

NOTIFICATION
The festival selection committee makes all programming decisions. If accepted we will notify filmmakers by email and phone by March 1, 2017. 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 1, 2017. 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 40 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.

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


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
A completed entry form and an entry fee must accompany each film or video submitted. Entries must be submitted by secure online screener only, we no longer accept DVDs for submissions. 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 to provide your screener link 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.

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 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.

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.

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 (DVCam or Mini-DV), will need to be in our office by May 1, 2017. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know.

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 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 awards to films and videos selected as best in these categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Experimental, Animation, Music Video and "Made in Chicago". An Audience Choice award will also be presented.

I have carefully read and understand the complete rules of the festival. I attest that I hold the exhibition rights to the film/video being entered. If accepted, I grant permission to CUFF to show my film/video and to use it for promotional purposes for the 2017 festival.