*** Do you have a documentary or docu-series that is shot or in Post that has not been distributed? Or a collection of archival footage that is unused? ***

Why are fees so LOW? We're looking for good projects to take to our top industry contacts and execs with the sole intention of helping you SELL them. This isn't about submission fees, this is about a BIG sale for you at leading networks and platforms.

As TV platforms rush to find content to provide viewers during our social distancing/stay-at-home world, they're up against a wall as productions of all kinds have been shut down. They NEED content bad!

Our director has optioned a couple reality shows and runs a few film fests. His network of contacts has reached out for help in these unique times. These companies have done shows for all the major channels, from Amazon to Vice.

They are currently looking to acquire/co-pro never before seen projects. All project will be considered for an immediate pitch to execs and agents based on their current need and directives. IFTM (and Kado) acting as sales agent (or agreed upon title) for selected projects. By submitting you agree to IFTM (and Kado) pitching your project for potential sale, co-production or other agreed upon development. Standard industry commissions agreed upon by submitting.

Winning projects will also be part of our promotional and on-site initiatives at American Film Market and Toronto International Film Festival.

Submissions open now.

IFTM fills the need for bringing quality independent film and TV to industry executives and agents Ran by filmmakers and TV producers with a recognized and notable track record, IFTM is going to work hard to get your project sold, picked up or optioned. After having worked in both Chicago and Los Angeles for 12 years we understand the realities of film and TV and the bulk of the opportunities in LA and New York. We see the need to champion creators and producers within the actuality of the current industry.

“Platforms such as this are important both to showcase diverse stories and voices, as well as strengthen our networks and offer space for creative collaboration and development.” -
Rebecca Stocchetti, former Local Initiatives Coordinator Chicago Film Office.

“This is another great opportunity for filmmakers to connect with audiences.” - Jack Newell, filmmaker and director of The Second City Harold Ramis Film School.

“There is a strong, immediate need for a quality independent film and television project in industry. We want to connect you to the right people.” - Independent filmmaker Brent Kado, the festival’s founder.

As Executive Director of the Chicago Comedy Film Festival, Kado has helped grow that event into a premier destination for comedy and film. He hopes to mirror the success of CCFF with this new festival.
“Independent film and television is rapidly changing and we want to help foster that change for all.” Kado also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College.

Hilarious comedy, music video, web series? https://filmfreeway.com/chicagocomedyfilmfestival

Screenwriter? Reality Show Idea? TV Pilot Creator? Submit to The Great American Script Contest: https://filmfreeway.com/GreatAmericanScriptContest

All films and series vetted with top projects pitched to production companies like Brian Graden Media, Joke Productions, Indigo Films, 44 Blue Productions, Good Caper and more.

Companies in the current COVID crisis are in desperate need of projects that are shot and ready for or done with post-production. We're ready to take the best films and series to them!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS (please read thoroughly before submitting)

Independent Film & TV Market is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and for promotional purposes. Payment of submission fee does not guarantee opportunity to pitch to production companies. Pitches based on quality, need and variety of factors. If your film or project is chosen to be pitched by IFTM we compensate for travel, accommodations, or other fees unless otherwise offered. Online distribution of the project prior to submitting is prohibited.

Once the film is accepted to be pitched, DIGITAL COPIES and PRESS KITS (EPK) will be required. We reserve to the right to remove your project from our pitch and promotional efforts at any time.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for pitches and potential sale, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Upon acceptance, all rights must be held or disclosed. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless IFTM from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, pitches, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Harrison Stagner

    Met wonderful people, had a great time.

    April 2019
  • Patrick Behan

    It was a pleasure to screen at Chicago Independent. Festival staff were nice, helpful, and welcoming. It did feel like a first year festival but it will improve. I wish there were more organized opportunities to speak with other filmmakers and network.

    May 2018
    Response from festival:

    We had a networking event and two after parties. You should have came to those.

  • Thomas Galassi

    We and our guests had a wonderful time! The projection and audio were perfect. Honored to be in this festival’s first year with our movie.

    May 2018
  • Monika Petrillo

    Sadly, I couldn't attend. But the communication with the festival founders was great, the venue looked awesome, and from the pictures I saw, it looked like it was a success.

    May 2018