OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.
|Onion City is dedicated to experimental film and video, but experimental is defined generously. Experimental narratives, experimental documentaries, etc. are welcome to submit, but the work must demonstrate experimental form.
If you would like to submit more than one submission, please select the correct fee type "Two Entries Submission Fee" or "Three Entries Submission Fee," depending on how many films you plan in submitting). Once you have done that, submit your other projects through Withoutabox, to the correct category ("Second Submission Entry" and/or "Third Submission Entry"), with no entry fee.
BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE WAB TRACKING ID FOR YOUR FIRST SUBMISSION (AND YOUR SECOND AS WELL, IF APPLICABLE) IN THE WITHOUTABOX COVER LETTER SECTION OF EACH OF YOUR SUBMISSION(S) AFTER THE FIRST ONE. Thank you and good luck!
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Onion City is one of the few festivals in the world exclusively dedicated to experimental and avant-garde film and video.
Heather Nichols (Director of Operations ); Joshua Mabe (Festival Programmer)
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, please select the correct fee type "Two Entries Submission Fee" or "Three Entries Submission Fee," depending on how many films you plan on submitting). Once you have done that, submit your other projects through Withoutabox, to the correct category ("Second Submission Entry" and/or "Third Submission Entry"), with no entry fee.
BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE WAB TRACKING ID FOR YOUR FIRST SUBMISSION (AND YOUR SECOND AS WELL, IF APPLICABLE) IN THE WITHOUTABOX COVER LETTER SECTION OF EACH OF YOUR SUBMISSIONS AFTER THE FIRST ONE. Thank you and good luck!
THE 27th ONION CITY EXPERIMENTAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL
Festival Dates: March 24-27, 2016 (tentative dates, to be confirmed)
Regulations and Entry Procedures
Entry Deadline: January 5, 2016
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 5:00 PM, September 19, 2014. Send to: Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60640.
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.
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.
US ENTRANTS: Please enclose a non-refundable entry fee (check or money order in US Dollars only) for each entry, made payable to "Chicago Filmmakers." $25 for the first entry and $5 for each additional entry by the same entrant.
INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS: Free (international entries are free due to the much higher shipping costs and the excessive cost and hassle of getting international money orders).
Any experimental works completed between 2011 and 2014 are eligible. No length restrictions. Chicago premieres are highly preferred but not required.
Onion City is not accepting submissions of installation and other gallery-based work.
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 - 35mm, 16mm and Super-8mm; VIDEO - DVD (no DVD+RW), BluRay, and Digital File. Foreign language work must be subtitled in English.
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 24-27, 2016). 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.
If your entry is accepted for exhibition you will be notified by January 31, 2016 If your entry is not accepted for exhibition you will be notified by February 8, 2016. These dates are approximate and may change.
Receipt of Exhibition Copy: February 19, 2016
If your entry is accepted for exhibition, your exhibition film or digital copy should arrive in our office by March 1, 2016. Please inform us if this will be a problem. Exhibition copies (physical media) will be returned to the entrant in the last week of March 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.
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.
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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.