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 Short Film Competition Submission Deadlines

 Early Submission Deadline-                      Sunday, March 17:  Cost $10 (Students $5.00)

 Regular Submission Deadline-      Sunday, May 19: Cost $20 (Students $10.00)

 Extended Submission Deadline-               Sunday, June 9: Cost $30 (Students $15.00)

 Late Submission Deadline-            Monday, July 1: Cost $40 (Students $20)

 

 Short Film Competition Submission Categories

 High School Short Film

 College/University Short Film- Narrative

 College/University Short Film- Documentary

 Short Film (non-student)- Narrative

 Short Film (non-student)- Documentary

 

 Short Film Competition Category 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 genre unrestricted; excluding pornographic content

 College/University Short Film- Narrative

 ·         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

 College/University Short Film- Documentary

 ·         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)- Narrative

 ·         Film must be 30min or shorter

 Short Film (non-student)- Documentary

 ·         Film must be 30min or shorter

 

 Short Film Competition Submission Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines

 ·         *Films must have been completed less than 18 months prior to the festival submission deadline (after January 1, 2018).

 ·         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 www.filmfreeway.com/festival/Chicago Southland International Film Festival.

 ·         This festival is only accepting completed works at this time; no works-in-progress will be considered.

 ·         The deadline for all submissions is July 1, 2019.  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 is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation.

 ·         If a film is accepted, 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.).

 

 Short Film Competition Judging and Selection

 ·         Each submission will be reviewed by at least one judge for first round reviews. Films selected during the first round will be reviewed again by a group of Film Professionals / Educators whom will announce Official Selections. Names of Judges will not be released until Official Selections are announced to avoid favoritism.

 ·         All entrants will be notified regarding inclusion in the Festival by August 1, 2019 at the latest via www.filmfreeway.com. A member of the Festival committee will also notify each Official Selection entrant by email.

 ·         Judging decisions are final.

 ·         Submissions that are found to have violated any of the Eligibility Requirements listed above may be disqualified at any time.

 

 Short Film Competition Submission Categories and Costs

 ·         It is the responsibility of the entrant to submit films into the correct category. Incorrect submissions may be disqualified.

 ·         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.

 

 Short Film Competition 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 on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

 ·         Festival awards will be given to award winners at the Awards Ceremony.  Awards can be mailed to winners at the expense of the filmmaker.  


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