You did it! Welcome Filmmakers to the 8th Annual Chicago Comedy Film Festival! We are thrilled to screen your work!

Bookmark this page! This page is for you! It has a schedule, tech specifications, laurels, artist pass info, hotel info, parties info. Reference it often, review it, memorize it. This is your festival guide! For additional questions not answered on this site please email


Access laurels here


Download your screener here
(NO headers, previews, commercials, logos, or social media overlays please. Just a few seconds of black before your film starts.)
Quicktime H264

Download your trailer here
We should have promo photos from you on your submission platform. If not download them here

Deadline: Friday October 26th, 2018. If we do not have your film in our dropbox by October 26th we reserve the right to remove your film from programming. We need ample time to tech your screener more than one time. Please do not wait until the last minute to upload your screener. 


Film Festival Dates: November 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2018

Film Festival Venue:
Columbia College Chicago
1104 S Wabash Dr. Chicago IL 60605

Awards Ceremony: Cards Against Humanity Theater (see bottom of this portal for more info)

This schedule is for your eyes only please. Please do not ask us to change the screening time of your film. It is not going to be possible to do so.We will host a question and answer session after every screening so that audience members can hear from your cast and crew. 


You can let us know you are attending the festival by reserving your artist passes. Please reserve up to six artist passes for your team here. We have increased from four passes to six passes per film this year. Additional artist passes can be purchased for $10.


November 9th-11th is a very busy weekend in Chicago. Hotel rates are typically $200 and up. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND booking with our hotel sponsor for the discounted rate. We are excited to offer the quad rooms— a very low cost option for groups this year. There are a block of just 10 rooms available for our filmmakers on Friday 11/9, Saturday 11/10, and Sunday 11/11.

Freehand Hotel
19 East Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611
BOOK HERE by October 9th to receive discount

King/queen rooms:

 Quad rooms:

$179 Rate for King/Queen
$179 Rate for Quad (Without TV/Phone/Minibar)-4 BEDS (Split with your group—$44 a person)
$199 Rate for Premium Quad (phone/tv/minibar) 4 BEDS (Split with your group—$50 a person)
*Quads have two bunk beds that sleeps four guests—great for groups!

Rate will include:

Complimentary WiFi & Fitness Center
Complimentary Continental Breakfast on Lower Lobby
Complimentary local and toll calls
Access to our Guest Kitchen on Lower Lobby
Coined Laundromat

Special Parties

Saturday 8pm

Broken Shaker (at the Freehand Hotel)
19 East Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago Comedy Film Festival reserved section
15% off all drinks and food for Artist Pass holders

Sunday 8pm

Cards Against Humanity
1551 W Homer St, Chicago, IL 60642
Closing Party & Awards Ceremony for Artist Pass holders only
Special Podcast recording with The Movie Guys