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

Collected Voices 2017 is looking for the best films made by Chicago amateur and professional filmmakers about life in Chicago and abroad. This year, the festival highlights Chicago's perspective on the world, providing an opportunity for international submissions and topics.

Official selections will be played throughout the city in thematic screenings, in which audience members will nominate the best films of the night. Nominated films will be viewed by a panel of judges including professional media makers, and film critics. Films will be awarded based on production categories. Officially nominated films will re-screen, followed by a question and answer with present directors. Winning films will be announced at the final screening and awards party.

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

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.