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Chicago Underground Film Festival

21 Annual April 02, 2014 to April 06, 2014

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2044 W Chicago Ave
PMB # 155
Chicago IL 60622
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Phone: (773) 341-6727
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http://www.cuff.org

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Narrative Feature
Feature length fiction (60 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 60 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 (60 minutes or greater).
Documentary Short
Non-fictions films or videos (under 60 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 60 minutes.
Animation Short
Animated films and videos under 60 minutes.
Experimental/Avant Garde Feature
Non-narrative, experimental and avant-garde films and videos an hour or greater in length
Animation Feature
Animated films and videos, one hour or greater in length

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Now in our 21st year, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, the longest running "underground" film festival in the world, exists to showcase the defiantly independent filmmaker. Our mission is to promote films and videos that experiment in form, technique, or content and to present adventurous works that challenge and transcend expectations...if you suspect your film is "underground," it probably is.



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

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 The Ponys, Joan of Arc, Bobby Conn & The Glass Gypsies, Plastic Crimewave Sound, The Cheater Slicks, The Demolition Doll Rods, Califone, Frontier, Red Red Meat, The Handsome Family,The Wesley Willis Fiasco, Maureen Tucker, The Gaza Strippers and the Waco Bros.

Past programming highlights include the Chicago premieres of Nice Bombs by Usama Alshaibi, Danielson - A Family Movie by JL Aronson, The Monks- The Transatlantic Feedback by Dietmar Post, LOL by Joe Swanberg, We Jam Econo- The Story of the Minutemen by Tim Irwin, Craig Baldwin's Sonic Outlaws, Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore by Sarah Jacobson, Jim Sikora's Bullet On A Wire, Men Cry Bullets by Tamara Hernandez, Kevin DiNovas' Surrender Dorothy, The Decline of Western Civilization, Part 3 by Penelope Spheeris, Modulations by Iara Lee, American Passport by Reed Paget, Benjamin Smoke by Peter Sillen and Jem Cohen, Todd Verow's The Once and Future Queen, Esther Bell's Godass, Plaster Caster by Jessica Villines and Montieth McCollum's Hybrid.

In addition, CUFF has consistently honored the history of underground and independent cinema by presenting tributes and retrospectives of filmmakers such as 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
Bryan Wendorf (Programmer/Artistic Director) ; Bryan Wendorf (Programmer/Artistic Director) ; Bryan Wendorf (Programmer/Artistic Director) ; Emily Oscarson (Filmmaker) ; Emily Oscarson (Filmmaker) ; Nicole Bernardi-Reis ; Nicole Bernardi-Reis ; Nicole Bernardi-Reis

GENERAL RULES
20th 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.

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Entries must be submitted by NTSC or PAL 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



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES A completed entry form and an entry fee must accompany each film or video submitted. Entries must be submitted on 1/2" (standard VHS in either NTSC or PAL/SEACAM formats) videocassette, NTSC or PAL DVD or Blu-Ray Disc or secure online screener. 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 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. -PLEASE DO NOT USE FIBER ENVELOPES. FIBER CAN DAMAGE TAPES AND EQUIPMENT! MAIL ENTRIES TO: Chicago Underground Film Festival c/o IFP Chicago PO Box 3065 Chicago, IL 60654 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 June 1, 2011.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 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 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. RETURN OF SUBMISSION TAPES Due to the large number of entries received submission materials and videos will not be returned. 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 2011 festival.