The annual festival of the best independent Irish films created in the past year by Irish filmmakers working around the world. The festival strives to create a program of inclusion that supports the diverse voices that celebrates the art of Irish storytelling in animation, documentary, live action, music and dance videos and experimental in both short and feature lengths. We look forward to your submission and sharing your expression of Irish imagination with Chicago audiences.

In honor of our 20th year the festival has created a new category:
ONE MINUTE IRISH! It's open to everyone!!!!
How much "Irish" can you get into a minute?

Please see the Rules for complete information for all our categories.

The festival presents four Awards for achievement in short film:

Festival Award
Audience Award
"Consulate of Ireland Award" presented to a film that captures the spirit of Ireland.
"One Minute Irish" Film Festival

All films must have been completed in either 2018 or 2019 and be a Chicago premier, but Midwest and U.S. premiers are greatly appreciated!

ALL FEATURE FILMS and FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES must be by an IRISH filmmaker OR a filmmaker working in IRELAND.

SHORT FILMS must by an IRISH filmmaker OR a filmmaker working in IRELAND

IRISH HERITAGE SHORT FILMS maybe by an IRISH filmmaker or a filmmaker of IRISH heritage that created a film reflective of their IRISH background, the IRISH people or IRELAND's history.

ONE MINUTE IRISH FILM FESTIVAL: Open to ALL filmmakers: One film per filmmaker.

Films cannot be available for public viewing on websites such as: Vimeo, YouTube, etc.

Films in any language other than English, including Irish Language must have English subtitles.

Filmmakers may only submit a maximum of 2 films : each separately and pay entry fee for each film.

Please Note: One Minute Irish are one entry per filmmaker

The CIFF cannot acknowledge receipt of entries.

Applicants will be notified if their submissions have been successful by email after the selection process has taken place.

Due to the number of submissions received The CIFF cannot enter into discussion regarding films that are not selected for the festival.

Filmmakers of selected films should note that screening links might be made available to members of the festival and marketing team as necessary ahead of the public screening. The CIFF respects the filmmakers' copyrights and will make every effort to protect the film from piracy.

▪ Submitted Films ▪

1: All content must be the filmmakers, including footage, music, images etc.
Films w/ unauthorized use of copyrighted material will be disqualified!

2: Film must not contain any objectionable, vulgar, libelous, obscene or violent material!

3: Please include a minimum of 2 images from the film (min 300 dpi).

4: Please include a YouTube or Vimeo link of the film AND Password!

5: Please include a YouTube or Vimeo link of the film's trailer if available.
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6: Filmmakers will be notified by December 15 of the judges’ selections
Judges may disqualify any film they feel does not comply with the above
stated guidelines.

▪ Selected Films ▪

If selected the filmmaker must provide :

A WeTransfer of your film in one of the following formats:
mov/.mp4, H264, or Apple Pro Res – 25fps

Note: The festival will also consider the following formats for exhibition:
1: BluRay / DVD: 2 Copies (Region 0 or 1) , DCP or Digital Beta
NTSC copy of their film no later than February 1, 2018 to the festival office in
Chicago. The filmmaker is responsible for the shipment of the film to the festival
office. The festival will return the film upon request or forward it to another
festival if information is provided prior to the start of the CIFF

▪ The CIFF cannot acknowledge receipt of entries. Due to the number of submissions received The CIFF cannot enter into discussion regarding films that are not selected for the festival.

▪ Publicity
The Festival reserves the right to use extracts from selected films for
publicity and promotional purposes related solely to the festival and its archives.

Filmmakers of selected films should note that screening links might be made available to members of the festival marketing team and local film critics as deemed necessary and or appropriate ahead of the public screening. The CIFF respects the filmmakers' copyrights and will make every effort to protect the film from piracy.

As of May 2018 the CIFF acknowledged the EU's General Data Protection Regulation law and will continue to respect our filmmakers and their privacy. We do not share or sell any personal data or information.

▪ Rights
By submitting a film to the festival the filmmaker/producer assumes sole responsibility of the acting and authorized agent and that exhibition of the film will not violate or infringe on any rights including but not limited to the images, music and content.

▪ Submission of a film constitutes an understanding of the guidelines and requirements of the festival. Please note that films that are submitted that do not comply with the stated guidelines will be disqualified. In the event of a disagreement concerning the rules and regulations regarding submission the festival's interpretation will take precedent.

These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

Thank you for your submission.

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  • Damian O Callaghan

    I will always have a special place in my heart for everyone Involved at this amazing Festival. Jude, Padraig and all the team went above and beyond in making our experience here a really special one. They are really setting the bar and the community of Chicago should be really proud of The Chicago Irish Film Festival Team of Musketeers who made our stay a really enjoyable one. 10/10

    March 2019
  • Laura O' Shea

    While I unfortunately couldn’t attend CIFF this year, I found the festival organisers and team to be a delight to deal with. They were very organised and professional. We were thrilled also to hear that our film ‘Hold the Line’ was selected for the Audience Award! I have heard from friends who did attend this year that it was a brilliant and well run weekend, full of quality films. Hope to attend next year!

    March 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Laura and congrats again on your award!

  • Naomi Sheridan

    An amazing festival with a great lineup of films! Jude and everyone involved were so welcoming and so friendly, they really went out of their way to support the filmmakers. The communication was great, every screening was packed and you could really see how much effort and hard work had been put into the festival. Was a fantastic trip to Chicago!

    March 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Naomi, it was grand having you at the fest and we are delighted you enjoyed your time in Chicago and we hope you come back with your next project!

  • Roisin Kearney

    Brilliant festival with well put together programmes and fantastic diverse audience. Judith and the team were great hosts. It was all in all a wonderful experience.

    March 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Roisin! We're thrilled you enjoyed the fest and we were thrilled to have screened your films! Looking forward to seeing your next projects on film.

  • Tiernan Williams

    Brilliant Festival and thanks for supporting our two films.

    March 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Tiernan you are so welcome, your films were inspiring and very well received. Congrats to you and John.