CSIFF 2021 - October 11th-14th: Virtual Streaming via Eventive & October 15th-17th: In-Person at Governors State University 

Tickets go on sale September 15th at 10:00am CST on Eventive.org


Short Film Competition Submission Information

Note: Submission fees are non-refundable and will not be waived for any reason. 

If a submission is not selected or disqualified, entrants will not receive a fee refund.

 

Categories

  • High School Student Short Film
  • College/University Student Short Film
  • Comedy
    Drama
    Scifi/Horror
    Documentary
    Animated
  • Short Film (non-Student)
  • Comedy
    Drama
    Scifi/Horror
    Documentary
    Animated

 

Note: It is the responsibility of the entrant to submit films into the correct category. 

Incorrect submissions may be disqualified.

 

Submission Criteria

  • High School Short Film
  • *Film must have been completed while student was enrolled in H.S.
    Film must be 30min or shorter
    Films must be narrative or documentary and exclude pornographic content
  • College/University Short Film
  • *Film must have been completed while student was enrolled in junior college, or four year college or university as a student*
    Film must be 30min or shorter
  • Short Film (non-student)
  • Film must be 30min or shorter

 

Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines

  • *Films must have been completed less than 18 months prior to the festival submission deadline (after November 1, 2019).
  • The festival does not accept films that are already being distributed publicly with the exception of our high school film category. Any film found to be available publicly may be disqualified from selection.
  • All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English.
  • Entrants confirm and warrant that they have the required legal authority to submit the entry into the festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
  • Films must be submitted digitally via Filmfreeway.
  • This festival is only accepting completed works at this time; no works-in-progress will be considered.
  • The deadline for all submissions is May 1, 2021.  Late entries will not be considered.
  • Entrants of the film competition warrant that they have the legal right to enter film work to the Chicago Southland International Film Festival.  As the Director/Producer of the film, entrants represent and warrant to the festival that the film and all parts thereof are original; that the film does not contravene the rights of any person or entity and that entrants own or control the film and all parts thereof and have the sole authority to submit the film to the festival; the film entrants submitted to the festival are not subject to nor threatened by any litigation.
  • Officially selected entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition video materials to the Chicago Southland International Film Festival.  A complete press kit for and online link to your film needs to be sent as soon as possible after you receive an acceptance notification.  The Chicago Southland International Film Festival cannot be held liable for your exhibition print/video materials which are lost or damaged.
  • By submitting to the Festival you agree to be included in the Chicago Southland International Film Festival‘s promotional material (newsletters, flyers, media, etc.).

 

Judging and Selection

  • Each submission will be reviewed by Festival Co-founders Josh young and Suzanne Patterson and a team of Pre-screeners for first round reviews and determination of Official Selections. Films selected during the first round will then be reviewed by our CSIFF Judges, a group of Film Professionals & Educators who will then review with an aim to choosing category winners. Names of Judges will not be released until Official Selections are announced to avoid favoritism.
  • All entrants should be notified regarding selection for the festival by Thursday, July 1st, 2021 at the latest via Filmfreeway unless additional deliberation is needed. A member of the Festival committee will also notify each Official Selection entrant by email at the address provided on FilmFreeway.
  • If additional deliberation is necessary, entrants will also be notified.
  • All Official Selections will receive official, high-resolution laurels for promotion of the film.
  • Judging decisions are final.
  • Submissions that are found to have violated any of the Eligibility Requirements listed above may be disqualified at any time.

 

Prizes and Awards

  • All Official Selections will receive official, high-resolution laurels for promotion of the film. Official Selections will be announced in early August at the latest. Once Officially Selected for inclusion in the festival, entrants are qualified to receive festival awards.
  • Award winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.
  • Festival awards will be given to attending award winners at the Awards Ceremony. Awards can be mailed to winners at the expense of the filmmaker.

 

Note: Award winners will be contacted one month prior to opening night to give ample 

time for travel arrangements or a pre-recorded acceptance video.