OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.
|Comedy features that are 30 minutes and longer.
|Comedy shorts that are 29 minutes and shorter. We do accept student works in this category. Must provide academic adviser contact name and phone number.
|Web Series are 3 to 5 minutes in length each episode and are part of an internet television series. Submit two webisodes of the series IN ONE FILE (do not enter each episode as separate submisssions). If selected we allow you to screen up to 10 minutes of the series.
|Comedy Pilots run between 22 and 60 minutes.
|Comedy Short Shorts
|Comedy shorts between 1 minute and 5 minutes.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Chicago Comedy Film Festival is an annual event committed to advancing and fostering comedy filmmaking as a vital and influential art form.
The 8th Annual Chicago Comedy Film Festival
November 9th-11th, 2018
The New 400 Theater
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The Harold Ramis Film School is the only film school in the world focused entirely on comedy. We educate writers, performers, directors, and filmmakers through the collaborative styles of comedic content creation embraced by The Second City and alumnus Harold Ramis.
“I look for the meaning in what’s funny, and I look for what’s funny about things that are meaningful to me.” – Harold Ramis
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Chicago Comedy Film Festival will screen feature and short comedy films from around the world and will aim to showcase films that are both humorous and poignant. Comedy often has difficulty competing against other genres in the film festival circuit and our mission is encourage you to keep making comedy films. The Chicago Comedy Film Festival is a welcoming environment for both experienced and first time comedy filmmakers.
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AUDIENCE CHOICE FEATURE
AUDIENCE CHOICE SHORT
AUDIENCE CHOICE WEB SERIES
Past judges have included notable film and TV personalities as well as local Chicago talent. Judges committee is announced every spring.
We showcase local Chicago filmmakers as well as host international visiting filmmakers.
You can view many of our alumni films at YOUTUBE/CHICAGOCOMEDYFILM
CCFF operates between Los Angeles and Chicago working year round to bring unique opportunities to the comedy filmmaking industry.
If you have questions about our festival guidelines feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waiver requests must accompany a film trailer or excerpt.
CCFF Admin (Filmmaker)
Chicago premieres only.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Chicago Comedy Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
Payment of submission fee does not guarantee inclusion in our festival. If your film is chosen as an official selection CCFF does not compensate for travel, accommodations, or appearance fees unless otherwise offered. CCFF reserves the right to schedule changes and may at any time revoke a film screening, festival passes, accommodations, and any other filmmaker agreements for any reason.
ONLINE SCREENERS ONLY.
Once the film is accepted to Chicago Comedy Film Festival, DIGITAL COPIES and PRESS SCREENERS (DVD) will be required.
The committee reserves the right to rescind any screening engagement if the film is not delivered on time. Chicago Comedy Film Festival holds your screeners in a secure fashion and takes the filmmakers rights very seriously. Please note that technical glitches will not be adjusted during the screening of your film. Your screener must be in final format upon acceptance and filmmakers will not be allowed to have private technical meetings with the projectionist due to CCFF contractual rules with the theater.
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.
Upon acceptance, CCFF will send filmmakers an additional contract and waiver for our Laugh Out Local events. Laugh Out Local is a way to bring independent comedy to cities around the US and promote the talents of comedy filmmakers.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Chicago Comedy Film 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.