Deadlines & Categories

Submissions open May 1st, 2019

Deadlines

Earlybird Deadline: July 1st, 2019
Regular Deadline: October 1st, 2019
Late Deadline: December 1st, 2019
Extended Deadline: January 6th, 2020

Comedy Features

Comedy features (not pilots) that are 31 minutes and longer. Entrants must be 18 and over. No student projects. MUST BE A CHICAGO PREMIERE AND MUST NOT HAVE A DISTRIBUTION RELEASE PRIOR TO FESTIVAL.

Earlybird Deadline

  • Standard: $50  USD

  • Student: $45  USD

  • Gold Members: $44  USD


    Regular Deadline

  • Standard: $75  USD

  • Student: $65  USD

  • Gold Members: $67  USD


    Late Deadline

  • Standard: $95  USD

  • Student: $85  USD

  • Gold Members: $85  USD


    Extended Deadline

  • Standard: $105  USD

  • Student: $95  USD

  • Gold Members: $94  USD


Comedy Shorts

Comedy shorts 5 minutes or more and 30 minutes or less. This includes shorts, webseries, and pilots that qualify for the specified run time. A webseries, if accepted, will be allowed to screen up to 10 minutes of the series. Do not submit your whole series if it exceeds the run time of 30 minutes. Choose select episodes to include in your screener. Students may submit in this category but you must provide the name, email, and phone number of your academic adviser. Entrants must be 18 and over.

Earlybird Deadline

  • Standard: $45  USD

  • Student: $40  USD

  • Gold Members: $40  USD


    Regular Deadline

  • Standard: $65  USD

  • Student: $60  USD

  • Gold Members: $55  USD


    Late Deadline

  • Standard: $85  USD

  • Student: $80  USD

  • Gold Members: $75  USD


    Extended Deadline

  • Standard: $95  USD

  • Student: $90  USD

  • Gold Members: $85  USD

Comedy Short Shorts

Comedy shorts under 5 minutes. Students may submit in this category and must provide the name, email, and phone number of an academic adviser. Entrants must be 18 and over.

Earlybird Deadline

  • Standard: $30  USD

  • Student: $25  USD

  • Gold Members: $25  USD


    Regular Deadline

  • Standard: $50  USD

  • Student: $45  USD

  • Gold Members: $45  USD


    Late Deadline

  • Standard: $65  USD

  • Student: $60  USD

  • Gold Members: $55  USD


    Extended Deadline

  • Standard: $85  USD

  • Student: $80  USD

  • Gold Members: $75  US

Feature Comedy Screenplay Competition

Feature comedy scripts 80-120 pages. Winning script will have a staged reading produced at the 9th Annual Chicago Comedy Film Festival. Please see specific screenplay rules under Terms and Rules. PDF format only please.

Earlybird Deadline

  • Standard: $25  USD

  • Student: $20  USD

  • Gold Members: $18.75  USD


    Regular Deadline

  • Standard: $40  USD

  • Student: $35  USD

  • Gold Members: $35  USD


    Late Deadline

  • Standard: $55  USD

  • Student: $50  USD

  • Gold Members: $45  USD


    Extended Deadline

  • Standard: $75  USD

  • Student: $70  USD

  • Gold Members: $65  USD

Exhibition Requirements

Media Files:

-QUICKTIME PREFERRED

Sound:
-Dolby Digital EX
-Dolby Digital
-DTS

Cinescope (1:2.35)
-Yes

Our complete rules and terms can be found here.


 Waiver requests: Once a month we send out a waiver lottery via our newsletter. We allow up 3 filmmakers to submit for FREE each month. Please sign up for our newsletter in order to receive the code. First come first serve. Once three people have used the waiver code it is no longer active.