2011 Call for Submissions: The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival

This update is for all you filmmakers out there who want to share stories and themes of Filipino culture to the a wider audience. The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for 2011. The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival welcomes feature-length and short narrative and documentary films.

Qualifying films will include, but not be limited to:

  • Works featuring the talents of directors, performers, writers, and other filmmakers of Filipino descent from the United States, the Philippines, and throughout the world.
  • Stories, characters, and themes about Filipinos, Filipino Americans, and others of Filipino descent.
  • Issues and topics relevant to audiences of Filipino descent.

In the summer of 2003, members of the Filipino American Network (FAN) envisioned a unique event that would celebrate the work of Filipino and Filipino American filmmakers.  Our mission was two-fold.  Primarily, it was to support and highlight Filipino filmmakers in the U.S., Canada and the Philippines.   But in keeping with FAN’s vision of service to our local community, we also intended for the Festival to educate and enrich our Filipino American community.

Since its founding, the Chicago Filipino American Film Festival has provided thousands of Chicago’s Filipino Americans, and a growing number of our non-Filipino neighbors, with an opportunity to witness the growth of dozens of Filipino American filmmakers and performers, and experience the rich and colorful cinema of the Philippines.   Along the way, the Festival has become a mainstay of the community’s cultural showcase.

Although the festival has its roots at the local level, the impact of this ongoing celebration of Filipinos in film and media has been global in scope.  The Festival has become one of few annual Filipino film festivals outside of the Philippines; and it boasts the U.S., Chicago and world premieres of dozens of feature films.  This festival has become a destination for films that have gained international critical and festival recognition, and a showcase for undiscovered talent from the U.S. and the Philippines.

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2011. Fees payable by PayPal. The standard fee for submission is $25.00, while the discounted Fee is $15.00 for Students/Online Submissions. The actual dates of the film festival will be November 4-6, 2011. Please visit the Chicago Filipino American Film Festival website for more details at cfaff.org/films. Best of luck to all entries!


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