Monday, April 05, 2021

Chicago Intl. Film Festival Early Bird Deadline Today! (Chicago, IL.)

Early Bird Deadline for 57th Chicago Intl. Film Festival
Reminder: Today is the Early Bird Deadline for the 57th Chicago International Film Festival! Submit your film today!

Celebrating 57 years in 2021, the Chicago International Film Festival is accepting entries for feature length, documentary, and short films!

Presented by Cinema/Chicago, we are North America's longest-running competitive film festival. We screen films from around the world across a wide variety of competitions and programs:
  • International Competition
  • New Directors Competition
  • Documentary Competition
  • Short Film Competitions (Academy Award®  Qualifying)
  • After Dark (Genre)
  • Black Perspectives
  • Cinemas of the Americas
  • Out-Look (LGBTQ+)
  • ...and more!
In 2020, the Festival screened 112 short and feature-length films virtually across the US and at our Chicago drive-in, and, in 2019, the Festival showcased 189 films from 67 countries in Chicago and hosted 232 guests from around the world. We are an Academy Award©-qualifying Festival for the winners of our Best Live Action Short and Best Documentary Short competitions.

The Early Bird Deadline for submissions is Today, April 5, 2021. The Regular Deadline is June 14, 2021, and the Late Deadline for all entries is July 6, 2021.

Visit our website for guidelines and requirements and to learn more details about our competitive and non-competitive sections.

The 57th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 13-24, 2021.
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