Deadlines and Categories
2018 Festival Dates TBA
Submissions open on November 28th, 2017
February 1, 2017 Earlybird Deadline
April 1, 2018 Regular Deadline
June 1, 2018 Late Deadline
August 1, 2018 Extended Deadline
September 1, 2018 Approximate Notification Date
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 Once three people have used the waiver code it is no longer active. Sign up for our newsletter here.
COMEDY FEATURE FILM- 30 min and over-MUST BE A CHICAGO PREMIERE AND MUST NOT HAVE A DISTRIBUTION RELEASE PRIOR TO FESTIVAL. Feature films will have the opportunity to meet with Chicago based distributor and buyer Cow Lamp Films. DCP EXHIBITION SCREENER REQUIRED. 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.
COMEDY PILOTS- 22 min-60 min
COMEDY WEBSERIES- 3-5 min in length per episode. Submit two episodes WITHIN ONE FILE (do not enter each episode as its own submission) for consideration. If accepted web series will have the ability to screen up to 10 minutes only.
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. Students may submit in this category-must provide student adviser contact info.
Accepted Exhibition Specs
-DCP: NTSC (DCP REQUIRED FOR FEATURE FILMS)
-Dolby Digital EX