** Help CELEBRATE 21 GREAT YEARS OF CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL REEL SHORTS **

** RATED ONE OF THE TOP 5 SHORTS FESTIVAL IN THE NORTH AMERICA **

Since 2003 ** Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival ** has provided FILMMAKERS from around the World the opportunity to showcase their work to REEL PEOPLE in the Chicagoland area.

They seek to provide a supportive atmosphere with low entry fees and low cost ticket prices.

With unique venues like the state of the art "Chicago Filmmakers Fire House Theater", Classic venues in Chicago’s Belmont Theater District or a basement screening at the World Famous "Mothers" where you can enjoy a local brew while you watch some of the Worlds best films.

We are all Shorts All the Time !!! No Features stealing your spotlight :)

We love to give out awards!! Each screening has an Audience Choice Award and the festival gives out unique festival awards like Best Youth, Best Comedy, Best Drama, BEST OF FEST.... each year it is different based on the films we program.

So go ahead and submit your film!!!

GENERAL RULES
RULES & REGULATIONS

Submission Fees
All submissions and payments are through FilmFreeway's secure online submissions system.

Screening Requirements
If your film is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the Festival will require a downloadable MP4 file.

Submission Procedures
* Please submit ONE film per entry with title, type, email and contact name or online screener link
* One digital press kit (This is often overlooked. We need posters and stills for promotion and press inquiries)
* Payment (see Payment & Return).

Eligibility Requirements

* World and US Premieres are not required.
* All films and videos in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.
* Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated) for festival screening. No exceptions will be permitted.
* Short Films YOUTH must be works shot, directed, and produced by high school or secondary school (pre-college) students. Adult supervision is limited to advisory capacity.

Festival Awards
All, shorts and music videos are eligible for all Awards. Awards and prizes will be given but are to be determined at a later time.

ALL DECISIONS BY OUR JUDGES ARE FINAL.

To submit a film you must hold or share copyright of the film and its content.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Bob Blinn

    This film festival was a wonderful experience and I enjoyed meeting everyone. The audience response was great.

    June 2024
  • Jeffrey Hoge

    Great experience having our film selected by this festival. A true filmmakers film festival. OPEN CASKET was surrounded by a variety of fantastic films. It was a pleasure and an honor to participate in the 20th Annual REEL Shorts Film Fest.

    May 2024
  • James Hussey

    I was so pleased by the reception of my film Hope in Uganda at the 2023 Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival. Everyone there was wonderful, and we had a sellout crowd! Thanks for featuring my film!

    December 2023
  • We had such a blast at this year's festival! The block of films in which we screened was really impressive and engaging. We were honored to be part of such a fun and enthusiastic event. This festival really supports and uplifts filmmakers and we can't wait to attend in future years!

    December 2023
  • Rebecca Wackler

    This is a fabulous festival run by people that love filmmakers. The films were of a very high caliber and we were honored to be part of it. Emails were answered quickly and I was given information that helped me pick lodging and an understanding of how to get around the city. Our screening had a full audience that was very receptive to our film's message. Which made for a very productive feedback session. It was wonderful to be in Chicago. Chicago might have the most beautiful skyline of any city in the world. Thank you Chicago International REEL Shorts Fest for giving “Catching the Bus” an audience!

    November 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Thank You Rebecca! Everyone should check out your film “Catching the Bus”.