Deadlines and Categories


  • February 1, 2017 Earlybird Deadline

  • April 1, 2017 Regular Deadline

  • June 1, 2017 Late Deadline

  • August 1, 2017 Extended Deadline

  • September 1, 2017 Approximate Notification Date

  • November 9th – 12th, 2017 Event Date


  • Comedy Features- 30 min and over. 

  • Comedy Pilots- 22 min-60 min 

  • Comedy Webisodes- 3-5 min in length per episode. Submit two episodes for consideration. Students may submit in this category-must provide student adviser contact info. 

  • Comedy Shorts- 6 min-29 min. Students may submit in this category-must provide student adviser contact info.  

  • Comedy Short Shorts- 5 min and under. 

For Fee Info and to Submit: 

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Waiver requests must be accompanied by a trailer or excerpt. We consider waivers early in our screening process and decisions are based on a variety of factors. While we understand submission fees can be costly for filmmakers, there must be a compelling reason for us to waive your fee over everyone else.

Accepted Exhibition Specs

Digital Video:


Media Files:





-Dolby Digital EX

-Dolby Digital 


Cinescope (1:2.35)


Need a DCP? Periscope Post & Audio will offer Chicago Comedy Film Festival films discounted rates. Once accepted filmmakers will receive instructions to obtain the rate.