Reel Cinema Fest is excited to feature independent films (feature length, shorts, music videos, documentaries, experimental, animation, etc.) in all genres from around the world at this event held in the Chicago suburbs!

Best Film
1st Runner Up
2nd Runner Up
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Editing
Best Score

Certification of Entrant I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree:

1 . I have read, understated and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements.

2 . To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;

3 . This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;

4 . I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival;

5 . I hold Reel Cinema Fest harmless from any damage to the print(s) or tape(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film;

6 . I hold Reel Cinema Fest, its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.

7 . I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work.

8 . I give permission for Reel Cinema Fest to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes

9 . I give permission for Reel Cinema Fest to screen the film at the Festival as well as any Festival presentations, programs, and/or events.


There is NO 'Film Made By' date. We have shown films from as early as the 30's. Please feel free to submit your early work as well as your current.

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT pay screening fees. If any screening fee is requested by filmmaker(s), the associated film will be disqualified.

Overall Rating
  • Stacey Miner

    Great festival. Was able to network with several friends and colleagues and had the opportunity to meet new ones. Will be back next year! Well done

    April 2022
  • Beautiful Festival good luck with your team ;)

    May 2021
  • So glad to be part of this festival. Thank you.

    May 2021
  • What a great Festival.
    Great communication all the way.
    And some great films that I am prayed to have been a part of.
    Love to follow the festival the next years.
    All the best from
    Dave Michael Gronvall
    Director if 'That thing between us"

    August 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Dave! Looking forward to next year!

  • Michael Holub

    Great job responding to unusual circumstances (social distancing) and still conducting screening and recognition of films. Kudos to the organizers.

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Michael!! We appreciate your support!