We are accepting films for two categories. The Midwest Student category is open to college students and recent graduates from Illinois and the surrounding Midwestern states. The World Competition is open to everyone from all over the country and globe.
Entries for both competitions must exceed one minute and not surpass 20 minutes in duration. Films should be submitted in a digital format via Film Freeway or the webform below. All genres are welcome. Winning films will receive awards including $100 in cash prizes. We look forward to the variety of films that will appear in both categories.
Winners in each category will received engraved plaques.
Grand Jury Award ($100 prize)
Best Picture Midwest Student
Best Director Midwest Student
Best Ensemble Cast Midwest Student
Best Cinematography Midwest Student
Best Sound Design
Social Impact Award
Best Experimental Film
Best Animated Film
Audience Award ($100 prize)
Best Picture World Cinema
Best Director World Cinema
Best Ensemble Cast World Cinema
Best Cinematography World Cinema
Midwest Student: Regular Deadline – FREE until March 10th; Late Deadline – $3 until close on March 20th.
World Competition: $5 until close on March 20th.
If you are submitting in the World Competition category or a Late Submission, please follow this link to submit your payment information. Entries submitted without payment information will be deemed incomplete.