Submit your projects to win a 3-5 minute episode dedicated to featuring you, your team, and your project on our show! We are now accepting submissions for Season 4 - FALL 2019. If you are looking to promote your film project or your work, this one is for you.
Chicago Film News is an online video series that awards the winning filmmakers in a form of a featured interview or a dedicated film review episode, focused on bridging the gap between our local Chicago film community and the world. SUBSCRIBE to learn more and to be part of the CFN community.
Since the official launch in late summer of 2017, Chicago Film News has been gathering a lot of attention from independent filmmakers of all types to curious movie lovers looking for something new and exciting. The pilot season, funded solely by a group of producers at Nebula Creatives L3C, has been a success in delivering these qualities. The series has also been growing a substantial following on social media platforms. As of May 2019, there are currently 5,500+ followers on Twitter, nearly 600 likes on Facebook, and 20,000+ views/800+ subscribers on YouTube.
There is still however a great potential audience to reach who have very little knowledge of the world of independent film. Many think independent films are either un-relatable or of poor quality. This online series seeks to provide an educational and supportive platform for anyone who is interested in learning more about what the world of independent film has to offer.
Each season, we carefully review and select up to 10 independent films from all of the submissions to be featured and showcased on our YouTube Channel. The Awards are as follows:
CFN Producers' Choice Award: ($10,000 value) - up to 3 awards
An entire episode dedicated to featuring the winning film and the filmmakers by an in-person interview (limited travel stipends included)
CFN Critic's Choice Award : ($5,000 value) - up to 5 awards
An entire episode dedicated to a complete review of your film by Chicago film critics
CFN Host Award: ($2,500 value) - up to 2 awards
An entire episode hosted by the winning filmmaker, featuring any project of their choice
To be eligible for awards, filmmakers agree to/that:
1. submit their original work only. Any work violated a copyright law will be disqualified.
2. provide further high-quality press/media materials for the producer to use in the featured episode if selected.
3. subscribe to the Chicago Film News channel on YouTube.
4. following or liking Chicago Film News on Facebook and/or Twitter is not required but sincerely appreciated.