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

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  • 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

Digital Video:


Media Files:





-Dolby Digital EX

-Dolby Digital 


Cinescope (1:2.35)