Due to the current pandemic, Festival show dates are TBD (More info coming soon)

** Help CELEBRATE 17 GREAT YEARS OF CHICAGO REEL SHORTS **

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

For well 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).

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
  • Timothy Troy

    Chicago REEL International has been running for a long time, and with good reason. They have everything well in hand. Their venue holds about 80 people, and I didn't see a single screening that wasn't totally packed. The presentation is perfect, and they build in a lot of time for Q&As and networking. This was my second time screening a film here, and I'll definitely be submitting again!

    April 2020
  • Matthew Brdlik

    REEL was a great intimate local showcase. It was a fun trip to see the film! I think I could have done with a bit tighter of a film selection process and getting it into a legit theater would help a lot. If you're a Chicagoan I recommend you submit.

    March 2020
  • Neal O'Bryan

    We had a great time at REEL Shorts. The venue was really cool, the moderator brought a lot of energy and each filmmaker was allowed to do a QA after the screenings. Highly recommend!

    February 2020
  • 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