Winners read by an agent at INNOVATIVE ARTS!
Due to the nationwide COVID-19 crisis and the effect on production, Chicago Comedy Film Festival has decided to only accept film scripts for the festival. We will NOT be accepting films for the 2021 season. Please check back for updates. Thank you for your creativity and pursuit of comedy during these difficult times!
Comedy scripts needed!
Mission Statement: To support comedy as a vital and influential art form.
What our fest offers:
* An organized, legit festival (we do not screen in some dive bar or in the basement of our production house) We bring you real opportunities that you'll only get at a top ranked film festivals.
* A festival staff that cares about your work and success. We're filmmakers (and writers) too! (But we never screen our own work, our staff's projects or close friend's films because that is not fair to everyone that pays to submit)
* We have a management deal with YouTube Studio, Collab. If you want to learn more about YouTube success, we're the fest. Our channel here: http://goo.gl/9FR6uE
* A strong alumni network. We do LA events often.
* Introductions to Chicago press and Chicago film reviewers from Chicago Film Critics and other publications
* We're the only Chicago festival to premiere an Oscar nominated film. Why Do I Have to Take Care of Everything
* Networking with some of the world's funniest filmmakers, celebs, comedians
* We send out three submission waivers PER MONTH through our newsletter, first come first serve.
* Top Female Filmmaker (since our first year in 2010) and Diverse Voices in Comedy Awards as well as top awards in all categories.
* Sometimes we have cookie or beer sponsors
Winning Scripts Read By Agent at Innovative
Table Read in Chicago (pending health guidelines)
Deadlines: Read as listed
All writers from all countries are welcome to submit to CCFF; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and application fees must be paid.
Script must be the original work of the submitting writer and may not be encumbered by any third party.
Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.
Original full-length feature screenplays and TV Pilots only are accepted. Anything else, including but not limited to short scripts or web series, novels, short stories, stage plays, musicals, treatments, synopses, , documentaries, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible.
Script submissions must be an original screenplay or teleplay. Screenplays adapted from the submitting writer's own self-published books, plays, or other source materials are eligible if the writer retains all rights to the work.
Adaptations from other works are permissible provided the writer has written permission by the owner to adapt the material.
Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible. Screenplay submissions must be sole property of the writer and submitter.
Co-written material may be accepted. Prizes for winners will go to the writing "team" not per writer. Multiple submissions are accepted by one writer, however if one or more screenplays of the same writer tie only one screenplay (the decided “best”) will be selected to determine winner.
Applicants must submit materials and payment online only.
Promotional discounts or waivers offered may only be utilized at the time of submission.Promotional discounts or waivers offered may not apply on all submission platforms (i.e. FilmFreeway)
If a writer receives a Free or Discounted Resubmission as part of a Feedback Promotion or otherwise, the Resubmission is valid during the same or the following Fast Track season. Free Resubmissions will not be honored in subsequent seasons.
Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
Applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.
The writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register material to be submitted with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.
Applicants awarded a place understand and accept that CCFF will be free to use his/her name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.Writers retain the rights to their screenplay.
Applicants are non-exclusive to CCFF and may submit their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.
CCFF will not be held responsible for feedback.
Length requirements: Read each category
Standard title pages should be included: listing the script title, name of author(s), telephone number, and email address. Applicants will not be disqualified if it is not included.
Under no circumstances should the writer include name or contact information within the body of the script.
CCFF is not responsible for any applicant errors or omissions on any submitted application materials.Synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes and photos will not be considered. TV Pilot submissions may include standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes.
You accept without reservation that the submitted logline and screenplay will be reviewed by CCFF staff and/or panel of Industry Judges for evaluation and that any one of these employees, or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to the submitted material, and the applicant hereby waives any claim that the CCFF and ISA, its staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of the submission, logline or screenplay.
There are no refunds for any reason after 24 hours from submission. The writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
To submit your materials and be considered you must agree to the Rules.