Fashion Film Festival Chicago is an annual opportunity to celebrate the creativity of emerging filmmakers everywhere! Every year filmmakers are encouraged to share their vision on any theme as it relates to the fashion industry. The submission may be humorous, inspiring, experimental, dramatic -- any positive motif desired by the filmmaker. Submissions must pertain to some aspect of the fashion industry.

Official Selections screened during Chicago Fall Fashion Week

Celebration Categories include, but are not limited to:
Coupe d'Or (Gold), Médaille d'Argent (Silver), Médaille de Bronze (Bronze), Essenza della Moda (Essence of Fashion), Moda Coscienza (Fashion Conscience), Menzione d'Onore (Honor Mention), Direction Artistique (Art Direction), Creative Concept

1. HOW TO ENTER: This competition begins on July 5, 2023, and ends at midnight CST June 30, 2024. To enter, go to the registration page and provide the information requested.
2. ELIGIBILITY. This competition is open to any filmmaker who has reached the age of majority.
a.Submissions must be no more than 15 minutes in length.
b.Submissions may be serious or humorous, but must be thoughtful, creative and original. Submissions must give the Entrant's interpretation of some aspect of the fashion industry. Submissions shall not disparage the fashion industry.
c.Each submission will be attributed to one applicant. In the event of a group submission, the submission will be managed under the name of the name on the registration form. If a group submission is declared the winner, it is the responsibility of the applicant to distribute the prize.
d.The submission must be your own original work, created by you solely (or with your group); it must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity.
e. Music used in the submission must be original and/or not require any additional clearances for the Sponsor to use or post on public websites or to use in public forums of any kind.
f.The submission must not contain or reference any names, products or services of any company or entity or any third party trademarks, logos, trade dress or promotion of any brand, product or service without permission of such third party or the entity in question.
g.If any persons appearing in or referred to in the submission require clearance, the entrant is responsible for obtaining consent, prior to submitting the video. Submission of your video will imply that required clearances have been secured.
h. Submissions that are lewd, obscene, sexually explicit, pornographic, disparaging, defamatory, libelous, or otherwise inappropriate in nature/content, may be removed from consideration by the Sponsor in his/her sole discretion.
i. Submissions may not use the image of any person under contract with a talent agent/manager if such agency would prohibit the Sponsor's ability to display the submission in any media form; or if it would violate any media agreement or any third party rights; or if it may prevent Sponsor from using or displaying the submission in any and all media into perpetuity on a royalty-free basis, without any payment or fee obligations.
j. Entrants agree to indemnify and hold Sponsor harmless from and against any lawsuits, claims, losses, damages and expenses, including reasonable attorneys fees that may arise from or in connection with any Entrant's submission and the use and or display of the Entrant's submission.
k.Entrant's must retain a copy of their submission in its original format after uploading it to the sponsor's website. If selected as a winner or finalist, Entrant shall provide Sponsor with submission in its original format. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. By entering this competition, Entrant agrees and acknowledges that all submissions may be posted on the sponsor's website for viewing by the public. Entrant grants Sponsor, into perpetuity, a non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce or otherwise use the submission for the Sponsor's use and that of its agents, and assigns, without further notice and without the requirement of compensation. All submissions become the property of Fashion Film Festival Chicago.

Jurors will select finalists by November 1, 2023, based in part on the following criteria: aestheticism, originality, composition, framing, consistency with any theme as it pertains to the fashion industry. All criteria will be judged equally. Odds of winning depend on total number and caliber of eligible entries received during the competition period.
Winners will be notified via email. Notifications will be sent to the email address provided by Entrant on the registration form.
All Entrants grant Sponsors the right to screen their submissions at the Sponsors' venue or website for purposes of this competition although this will have no impact on determining the eligible winners in this competition. Entrants further grant Sponsors the right to display and screen their submissions on third party sites such as,,, for promotional purposes. Entrant's hereby grant Sponsors a royalty free license, without geographic or time limit, to screen his or her submission for entertainment, promotional or advertising purposes and in any and all media into perpetuity. Except where prohibited, Entrant's hereby grant Sponsor the right to use their names, likenesses, voices, opinions and biographical information for publicity or promotional purposes.
Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected submissions.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforcebility of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the state of Illinois. If any provision of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

Overall Rating
  • D J Clark

    Were not able to attend this festival but found they were extremely professional in dealing with our questions and requests.

    November 2023

    They used any screenshot image for promo. We asked at least 5 times, through instagram, email, and every way we could. We NEVER got a response. Very bad experience with this people.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your note, Octarino. We strive to promote films and filmmakers in as artful a manner as possible. Consequently, we make subjective choices that align with our marketing goals. Very sorry that you did not agree with the image chosen to promote your terrific submission.

  • Lena Nozizwe

    A lovely competition. Very happy I submitted a film.

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Lena!

  • Kateryna Tiurina

    Guys, you are awesome. Let’s go do more! And big hugs from Kyiv, for all what are you did this year :)

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Kateryna!

  • No info at all. No communication at all.
    Can't find the winners! Can't find anything!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your note, Carlos. We contact winners directly through email and Film Freeway. We also regularly announce winners on our website:, on Facebook, and on Instagram. So sorry that you had some difficulty locating information.