24th Chicago Underground Film Festival Call for Entries

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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.

PLEASE read our entry GUIDELINES before submitting your work.

Submit using one of our online submission partners:

Or using our ONLINE ENTRY FORM. Pay entry fee with a check or paypal (following directions on the entry form).

Deadlines & entry fees:

Early Deadline: Oct 1, 2016 – Entry Fee: Features $35 (Students $25); Shorts $30 (Students $20)
Regular Deadline: Dec 1, 2016 – Entry Fee: Features $45 (Students $35); Shorts $35 (Student $20)
Late Deadline: Jan 6, 2017 – Entry Fee: Features $55 (Students $45); Shorts $40 (Student $25)



Saturday, October 1, 2016 (All day)
Thursday, December 1, 2016 (All day)
Friday, January 6, 2017 (All day)