Due to the current pandemic, Festival show dates are TBD but we are aiming for an in person fest!

** Help CELEBRATE 18 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
  • 2020 CIRSF was amazing. With all the challenges involved in the pandemic, the online festival went off without a hitch. Great talents, great films, great filmmakers, great time. Highly recommended.

    December 2020
  • Michael Hemenway

    Awesome festival. Couldn't be happier. Would recommend this to any filmmaker!

    December 2020
  • CIRSFF is a fantastic fest! This year is my second time having a film in their fest. Both times their communication was wonderful. Especially this year considering everything going online. They kept us update on everything.
    They are very kind, passionate film lovers. And I will absolutely continue to submit films to this fest.

    December 2020
  • David L Bradburn

    Great pivot for this year not being able to be in person. A great selection of films.

    November 2020
  • Eddie Shieh

    So honored to have been a part of the REEL lineup this year regardless of the online screenings from C19. Quarine was generous and transparent with his communication. I hope to be back and in person. Thanks again and be safe!

    November 2020