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Chicago Cinemalia Film Festival (CCFF) is celebrating its first ever cine carnival which will be hosted in the windy city of Chicago, United States. This organization aims to encourage and validate the independent filmmakers who are telling beautiful stories, with their amazing cinecraft.
The Chicago city is a crucial hub for motion photo manufacturing and exhibition that was installed before Hollywood became the irreplaceable capital of movie making. Within the early 1900s, Chicago boasted the finest quantity of production companies and filmmakers. It has welcomed newcomers for ages, and now it is waiting for independent filmmakers who want to make a place for them in this industry.
We are open for accepting any sort of audio-visual content, be it short film, full length movie, documentaries, and in any genre- Romance, Horror, Comedy, Action, Fictional, non-fictional. You can submit your film here at any time, from whichever country you are. Geographical boundaries are not applicable here.

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)
Music Video (Any Length)
Film Poster
Short Script
Feature Script
Selfie Video
sound design


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.

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