Showcase your cinematic work at The Chicago Independent Film Festival.
Experience other enlightening work from across this creativity-centric city as you celebrate, learn, watch, and connect with filmmakers and other industry professionals from across the globe! Also, your chance to win in a multitude of categories! Even potentially lock down partnership deals, work opportunities, resources and more with our creative partners within the world of filmmaking and videography.

The Chicago Independent Film Festival celebrates all things cinema! No matter the genre, the length or the language. Our panel of judges comes from the world of cinema. Our awards and prizes range within sub-sections of the cinematic world.

Our judges look thoroughly across the board for cinematic achievements:
-Writing (Scripts & Story overall)
& Much More

At The Chicago Independent Film Festival, we celebrate the achievement, no matter what role you had in it. Our submitters range from:
-DP's (Directors of Photography)
-Independent Filmmakers
-Production Designers

We LOVE to bring appreciation to anything and everything to do with filmmaking, and we aim to bring value to those that make these achievement happen.

We want to see your incredible work. Submit to the Chicago Independent Film Festival Today!

Our finalists are nominated for each of the following categories:
-Best Camera Operations
-Best Lighting
-Best Cinematic Directing
-Best Single Shot
-Best Cinematography USA
-Best Cinematography International
-Best Of Festival

All category winners receive a personalized prize package and award for their incredible achievement.

All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway with a secure online screener.

-Each accepted film must be submitted in the .mp4 or .mov format, preferably.

-By submitting to the festival you confirm that you own the rights of the film, including the rights to the music in the film.

-There is no minimum running time.

-Films must have been completed on or after Jan 1st, 2019.

-All genres are welcome (narrative, animated, experimental, documentary, musical, sketch, etc.)

-Filmmakers may submit multiple entries as long as each film is submitted with its own Entry Form, online screener and paid Entry Fee.