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The 22nd Onion City Experimental Film And Video Festival
Call For Entries (Films, Videos, and Installation Works)
Entry Deadline:  April 9, 2010

Chicago Filmmakers announces the call for entries for The 22nd Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival.  Onion City will take place June 17-20, 2010.

Please read the festival regulations and entry procedures below.  Contact Festival Director and Programmer Patrick Friel at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

You can also enter (with a discount) through Withoutabox at www.withoutabox.com  beginning in February.

Last year¹s Onion City festival presented 9 programs featuring more than 60 films, videos, and performance works from 13 countries.

The 2009 Judges were: jonCates (New Media Artist, Curator, and Instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Ted Hardin (Filmmaker and Instructor at Columbia College Chicago), and Chi-Jang Yin (Videomaker and Instructor at DePaul University).

2009 Award Winners
- First Place:  Quiver by Robert Todd
- Second Place:  To Be Regained by Zach Iannazzi
- Third Place:  Bernadette by Duncan Campbell

Honorable Mentions (alphabetical by title):
- Dirty Goggles Of Perception (Left And Right) By Joe Grimm
- Journey To Q¹Xtlan By Peter Rose
- Kempinski By Neil Beloufa
- The Presentation Theme By Jim Trainor
- Sand Saga By Shana Moulton
- Trypps #6 (Malobi) By Ben Russell
- Unnamed Film By Naomi Uman

Regulations and Entry Procedures

Entry Deadline:  April 9, 2010
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 9, 2010.  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.

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.

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 2007 and 2010 are eligible.  No length restrictions.  Chicago premieres are highly preferred but not required.

Installation Works
Onion City will be considering a small selection of film, video, multimedia, moving image, and other works for a possible gallery exhibition. These definitions are broadly defined and can include works in other media related to experimental cinema (in 2008 we included paper collage works by Lewis Klahr based on his collage animations, for example). Please include complete details on any installation submissions, including previews or documentation, technical specifications, estimated shipping costs, special materials required, etc. Note that there is no entry fee for installation submissions, but all other entry regulations apply.

Eligible Formats
Entries should be submitted for preview on 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).  If your work is available online in a high quality streaming format, you can also submit as a link instead of a DVD or Mini-DV tape. Note that if you submit this way and are selected for the festival you may still have to send a DVD or tape for promotional purposes and a proper exhibition format.  

Acceptable formats for exhibition include: FILM - 35mm, 16mm and Super-8mm; VIDEO - DVD (no DVD+RW), Mini-DV (NTSC only), and BetaSP (NTSC only). We might be able to accommodate BluRay and/or Digital Files for exhibition ­ if either of these are your preferred exhibition format, you should also have your work available in one of the other video formats. 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 (June 17-20, 2010). 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 7, 2010.  If your entry is not accepted for exhibition you will be notified by May 14, 2010. These dates are approximate and may change.

Receipt of Exhibition Copy:  May 21, 2010
If your entry is accepted for exhibition, your exhibition film or videotape should arrive in our office by May 21, 2010. Please inform us if this will be a problem.  Exhibition copies will be returned to the entrant by July 9, 2010 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]


Entry form





Country of Origin_________________________________________

Year of Release____________          Running Time________________

Entrant Name___________________________________________

Relationship to Entry______________________________________



Zip/Postal Code_________________Country_________________________

Phone ­ Day __________________Eve _________________ Cell ________________




Are you on MySpace / Facebook / Twitter / Flickr / other(s)

Is this film/video available online? No    Yes   URL

Distributor or Print Source Contact (if different from entrant)






Exhibition Format (circle all available ):

35mm      16mm      Super-8mm    Mini-DV (NTSC)   BetaSP (NTSC)   DVD
BluRay   Digital File

Installation (no entry fee required for installation entries)

Sound:                     Optical      Silent     Mono     Stereo

Film Aspect Ratio:  ____________

Video Aspect Ratio: (circle one)  4:3 standard     16:9 standard
Other (specify) _________________

Preview Format (circle one):

Video:                   Mini-DV (NTSC)      DVD                  Online at

Film:    (Please contact Onion City about this option)

Still Images (circle one):

Digital Images Included                                    Emailable if
Selected                       Online at:__________________________

If accepted, this festival screening will be a:

World Premiere    North American Premiere    U.S. Premiere    Chicago

Please include a Brief Synopsis

Release Statement:  I certify that I have read, understand, and do hereby
agree to be bound by Festival Regulations described herein, and that I have
the legal authority to submit this entry.



For Office Use:

Entry #________Fee Encl.________Ack. Sent_______