The Chicago International Film Festival is now accepting submissions from filmmakers around the world for the 49th year of its festival. Founded in 1964, it is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America. The films are all Chicago premieres and many are world or U.S. premieres, which provides local audiences with a unique opportunity to discover a range of films that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
The festival accepts feature films, documentaries, shorts, and student films, which are selected by the Chicago International Film Festival Programming Committee. CIFF is broken down into thirteen competitions and program sections: International Feature Film Competition, New Directors Competition, Docufest, Short Film Competition, After Dark Competition, World Cinema, Black Perspectives, Cinemas of the Americas, City & State, Out-look, ReelWomen, Spotlight: Africa, and Comedy. To qualify, films must be postmarked by June 21, 2013 for the regular deadline and July 8, 2013 for the late deadline. Apply early for lower submission fees.
In 2012, The Chicago International Film Festival screened 127 feature films, including 21 feature-length documentaries, and 50 short subject films from more than 55 countries. CIFF’s mission statement reads “to introduce Chicago and the world to new filmmakers, new stories and new points of view,” and enacted that mission in 2012 when they showcased over 40 films by first-time filmmakers. The festival will take place October 10-24, 2013.
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