Festival Rules

Chicago Filmmaker Awards

Festival Rules

Chicago Filmmaker Awards

Enrollment in the festival implies acceptance of the terms and conditions presented here. The organization of the Festival reserves the right to modify them.

1: After accepting the invitation to participate in the festival, the films cannot be withdrawn from the program.

2: The Festival organization may use images or clips of the selected films for promotional use and public exhibition during the celebration of the festival.

3: Films with non-English soundtracks must be submitted with embedded English subtitles.

4: If available, open captioning for ALL films is encouraged.

5: All entrants whose films are selected for our 2023 festival grant us  the right to use stills and portions of the selected film for promotional purposes.

6: We will accept films up to 120 minutes in length.

7: All submission screeners must go through a screening process to qualify for selection.

8: Entry fees are nonrefundable except with respect to an event that is canceled by the Festival.

9: The Filmmaker (as defined in the Film Freeway Terms and Conditions) hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

10: The undersigned shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees and court costs) arising out of or involving the submission, including but not limited to claims involving copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights, defamation or right of publicity.