20Th Onion City Experimental Film And Video Festival

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Chicago Filmmakers announces the call for entries for The 20th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival.  Onion City will take place June 19-22, 2008.

Please read the festival regulations and entry procedures below.  Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

You can also enter through Withoutabox at: www.withoutabox.com

Last year¹s Onion City festival presented 10 programs featuring more than 60 films and videos from 11 countries

2007 Judges: Julia Gibbs (Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago); Rebecca Meyers (Harvard Film Archives and filmmaker); and Mark McElhatten (Co-Founder and Co-Curator of the "Views from the Avant-Garde" program at the New York Film Festival, freelance film programmer, film archivist for Martin Scorsese).

2007 Award Winners
First Place - "Kittens Grow Up" by Luther Price
Second Place - "Foggy Mountains Breakdown More Than Non-Foggy Mountains" by Jessie Stead
Third Place - "The General Returns from One Place to Another" by Michael Robinson

Honorable Mentions:
"Black and White Trypps Number Three" by Ben Russell
"Capitalism: Child Labor" by Ken Jacobs
"More Than Meets the Eye: Remaking Jane Fonda" by Scott Stark
"A Stranger Comes to Town" by Jacqueline Goss
"What the Water Said No. 4-6" by David Gatten

Festival Dates:  June 19-22, 2008

Regulations and Entry Procedure

Entry Deadline:  April 25, 2008

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, April 25, 2008.  Send to:  Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL  60640.

Entry Form
Please fill out the entry form completely and sign it.  A separate entry form is required for each title.  Feel free to photocopy the form for
additional entries.

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 photo still or 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
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 2005 and 2008 are eligible.  No length restrictions.  Chicago premieres are highly preferred but not required.  Onion City may be able to consider uncomplicated installation works. Please contact the festival separately about this rather than going through the normal entry process..

Eligible Formats
Entries should be submitted for preview on 1/2" videocassette, either NTSC or PAL, DVD (any region; NTSC or PAL; no DVD+RW) or Mini-DV (NTSC only); 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).

Acceptable formats for exhibition include: FILM - 35mm, 16mm and Super-8mm; VIDEO - DVD (no DVD+RW), Mini-DV (NTSC only), BetaSP (NTSC only), 1/2" (NTSC or PAL).  Foreign language work must be subtitled in English.  We strongly prefer and encourage BetaSP and Mini-DV (NTSC only) for exhibition of video work.

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 (June 19-22, 2008). 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 tape or DVD for press use.

If your entry is accepted for exhibition you will be notified by May 9, 2008.  If your entry is not accepted for exhibition you will be notified by
May 16, 2008.

Receipt of Exhibition Copy:  May 23, 2008

If your entry is accepted for exhibition, your exhibition film or videotape should arrive in our office by May 23, 2008. Please inform us if this will be a problem.  Exhibition copies will be returned to the entrant by July 11, 2008 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.

Festival Prizes
The festival will award cash prizes to films and videos selected by our jury.

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, videotapes and cases must be labeled with the title of the entry.  Please do not use fiber filled shipping envelopes; fibers damage videotapes 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
5243 N. Clark Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago IL  60640

Phone:  773 293 1447  .  Fax:  773 293 0575
Email:  [email protected]