** Help CELEBRATE 16 GREAT YEARS OF CHICAGO REEL SHORTS **

** RATED THE TOP 5 SHORTS FESTIVAL IN THE NORTH AMERICA ** (2014) audnews.com

For over a decade the ** 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).

Shipping Information
Packaging - Ship your film in a bubble-pack envelope. Do not use a fiberpack. The festival is not responsible for damage incurred in shipping.

Costs & Labeling - All shipping costs to and from Chicago must be borne by the sender. All tapes must indicate title, shipper*s name, and shipping address. To confirm receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard with your entry.

We cannot confirm receipt of packages by telephone. DO NOT CALL please email.

International Entries - All entries from outside the US should be sent Air Mail Registered or by a parcel. We cannot accept entries shipped via air-freight.

Return of Entries - Submission preview tapes WILL NOT be returned.

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. Prizes awarded may be a mix of cash and prizes or just prizes. Prize worth are just estimates made by the festival directors and may not be actual values.

ALL DECISIONS BY OUR JUDGES ARE FINAL.

Any taxes as a result of prizes are the complete responsibility of the people/persons that submit the film.

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

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Great experience with this festival - great communication, great lineup of films. Will definitely be submitting again.

    November 2019
  • Marco Kyris

    My fave US city came thru of course. Thank you for hosting my film, 'Uncaged'. I can't believe it won best doc. That floored me really.
    Luv it tho! I could not attend this funky fest, but the people running it seemed to have done good with this venue. organized and always responsive. Cheers to you all!

    November 2019
  • Buck Delaney

    So stoked to have won best foreign short with our Canadian "Rock On, Dude!" This festival was like being with family: the staff, especially Quirine and the host; and the outstanding filmmakers and their creations made me feel so honoured to be amongst them and network at the bar afterwards. Cool renovated firehouse theatre! They are the best best best for shorts!

    November 2019
  • Michael Pomaro

    Very supportive of filmmakers and a wonderful festival.

    November 2019
  • Allen Murphy

    I had a fantastic experience! Well organized, the submissions were great, and everyone who attended was incredibly supportive. Fantastic networking opportunity, and I plan to attend next year as well!

    November 2018
    Ff1
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Allen. We hope that you'll be able to join us!