Collected Voices 2022 is looking for the best films made by amateur and professional filmmakers about life in Chicago and abroad. This year's Collected Voices theme is MORE THAN WATER! The human body is roughly 60% water, and the earth is more than 70%, but who are we beyond the physical and material world? We only have one earth to share, so let's share our stories on how we relate to our environments.

As we still anticipate Covid restrictions to in-person screenings, all films will be available online during the film festival season. Viewers will select their favorite films for award nomination. Awards screening will be followed by Q&A with filmmakers and award announcements.

Collected Voices features original ethnographic media that explore the intersection of race, age, class, gender, and sexuality within Chicago and society. The goal of the festival is to introduce the ethnographic genre to non-academic communities through short and feature-length films and highlight Chicago-based artists. The festival also increases exposure for independent filmmakers and fosters a dialogue between media artists, academics, and marginalized communities.

The Best of the Fest are recognized at our annual Halloween Awards Party with laurels to be used on future works.

Films can be any length and produced any year.

All films must be submitted electronically. Images and likeness of the films will be used in marketing and promotional materials of the film festival.

Winning films will have the options to be placed on Collected Voices and distribution partners websites and other online catalogues.

Overall Rating
  • Okema Gunn

    This was a great festival for us. Collected Voices cares about the unique stories and is one of the most wonderful hidden gems of the Chicago entertainment industry. Thank you for selecting our film with a "Best Short Director Award".

    November 2019
  • Maryanne Galvin

    First year launch of this well-curated festival--so, they are working out some details. That said, I enjoyed meeting the festival organizers and others in attendance at our screening on Sunday. Watkins College of Art offers a great exhibition venue with plenty of parking! Nashville is both music city and a film makers paradise, with many like minded artists in this growing community.

    November 2018
  • Jose Luis Benavides

    Having my film premiere at Collected Voices was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend anyone interested in experimental documentary, ethnographic film and visual anthropology to submit to this festival in the future. Ife's wide breathe of film types and overall vision for curating and programming work is exceptional.

    November 2018