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Chicago Cinemalia Festival is the most awaited platform that welcomes outstanding creative movies from filmmakers around the world. It is constituted by a body of Global judges and film critics in its judging panel. This festival aims at encouraging Independent filmmakers with real and unique content. CCF is an international platform with an unbiased judging panel.
This is a genuine platform that brings all the cultural and creative artists under a roof. It acts as a bridge between filmmakers and film lovers and allows creative personalities all over the world to interact with each other.
CCF is run with a motto to honor and appreciate deserving filmmakers and scriptwriters around the world and award them with certificates and recognitions. Our mission is to promote independent films with individual content throughout the world.


Awards & Prizes:

The officially selected project in each season receives CCFF laurel and a certificate. All seasonal Award Winners receive laurel and customized certificates and are rated on their respective IMDb pages (if applicable).

The awards are given in the following categories:

Narrative Feature (Above 40 minutes)
Short Film (Less than 30 minutes)
Experimental Film (Any length)
Student Film (Any length)
Best Director (Any length)
Horror/Science Fiction/Genre Feature Film (Above 40 minutes)
Best Actor (Any Length)
Best Actress
Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR) and 360° Video (Any Length)
Best Editing
Drone Film (Any Length)
Web and New Media (Any Length)
Mobile Film (Any Length)
Women's Film (Any Length)
LGBT Film (Any Length)
Animated Films (Any Length)
Educational Films (Any Length)
Film on Nature/Environment/Wildlife (Any Length)
One Minute Film
Television/Pilot Program or Series (Any Length)
Commercial/Advertisement
Music Video (Any Length)
Film Poster
Photography
Short Script
Feature Script
Selfie Video
sound design

Besides the CATEGORY AWARDS, there are also OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS, AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS, and HONOURABLE MENTION AWARDS, which are given, in all categories.


Rules & Terms:

Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film into competition in the Chicago Cinemalia Film Festival (CCFF) you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.

CCFF is open to any film completed after January 1, 2016
regardless of content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film to the CCFF is not a guarantee of selection. All the official selection, nominees, and winners will be listed on our website permanently. All the winning films will receive a trophy, award, or certificate. Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers. We treat every filmmaker equally.

1. Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee PER ENTRY and a completed online entry form. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.
2. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (WFCN), a password-protected streaming URL (please test before sending).
3. In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival immediately with that change so we may update your record. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible.
4. The festival has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.
5. The film submitted to the CCFF for a particular month can be re-submitted at any time for a second chance, considering that we have different judges' panels for each season.
6. A director/producer may submit more than one film in a category and more than one category at a time.
7. A nominee will be privately screened for the CCFF judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.
8. “Best” films of each category will receive a laurel & certificate.
9. A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
10. We require an official trailer or poster, a synopsis, and a link to your film. Please select the correct category while submitting to avoid disqualification. We reserve the right to re-assign films to the appropriate category.


8 Reviews
  • Excited to have been a part of the Chicago Cinemalia Film Festival and also to be selected as the music video winner.
    Thank you!

    21 Apr, 2022

  • Thank you very much to organizers and jury for these amazing award! I am very honored and so happy that you enjoyed my TUTOPIQUE Series during your Festival. Hope you laugh a lot. Congratulations to all the other participants too!

    09 Mar, 2022

  • A highly commended festival.
    The level of participating productions is very high.

    Chris & Maurice Micallef
    CMM PRODUCTIONS
    MALTA

    02 Feb, 2022

  • I am elated to now have a WFCN film festival hailing from my hometown! Walker Entertainer Academy will be submitting ALL of its new films herein.

    01 Feb, 2022

  • Great communication and the award is much appreciated, thank you.

    01 Feb, 2022

  • It is an honor that my hometown Chicago has put the Chicago Cinemalia Film Festival onto this circuit of virtual film festivals. I look forward to participating in the competition again in the very near future!

    31 Dec, 2021

  • Thank you for showing my film—and even awarding it!

    30 Dec, 2021

  • Great Festival! Thanks for the Opportunity!

    25 Dec, 2021

    Chicago Cinemalia Film Festival
    Response from festival:

    Dear Gabriel,

    Thank you for your valuable feedback! Good luck!

    27 Dec, 2021
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