2017 Television Festival Regulations

53rd Chicago International Television Festival

Presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival

Guidelines and Regulations

Please read through our Guidelines and Regulations before submitting

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A) Requirements

  1. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 3, 2017
  2. Entries must be submitted via streaming link, DVD, or Bluray. Do not send film prints, master tapes, or other originals.
  3. Submit one completed entry form (or online entry confirmation) and one copy of your production for each submission. Entries must be submitted separately (entries to the TV Series or Commercial Campaign categories may have more than one episode or commercial per disc.)
  4. Entries can only be submitted to one category. Submitting the same production to multiple categories will require a separate entry form and fee for each category.
  5. Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate submission fee. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  6. International (outside the US) checks and money orders are not accepted. Entry fees must be paid by credit card. International bank transfers are not accepted.
  7. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying DVD. DVDs will not be considered for competition unless accompanied by necessary fees and entry forms.
  8. Entrant’s name and title of production must be on each case or DVD.
  9. Submission DVDs will not be returned.
  10. The Chicago International Television Festival is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry form is incorrect or illegible.

B) Eligibility

  1. Television productions and commercials that have aired or are scheduled to air on television or internet-based television in 2016 and 2017 are eligible. Entries for internet-based television programs or commercials must include the URL at which they were broadcast.
  2. Entries may be submitted by the director, producer, agency, distributor, or client. In categories of Special Achievement, entries may be submitted by a crew member who worked on the production.
  3. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into competition and to use all music, images, and content in the entry. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the entry for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at the Chicago International Television Festival Awards Night Ceremony.
  4. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles.

C). Shipping

  1. The cost of shipping an entry to the competition must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted.
  2. All international entries must be sent “Free Domicile” to the competition office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes pre-paid by shipper. Any brokerage feed charge to the Chicago International Television Festival will be refused. Please be sure to include all the proper customs documentation as required by your shipping service.

D) Awards

Gold and Silver Hugos are the highest honors presented by the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards are awarded only to outstanding productions that achieve effective communications through technical excellence and creativity. Gold and Silver Plaques are awarded to entries of superior quality that are among the best in their category. Certificates of Merit are awarded to productions that the jury feels contain strengths that deserve recognition.

E) Judging

The Chicago International Television Festival’s mission is to recognize the enormous technical and creative energy behind television commercials and productions and to highlight their importance in communications. Each year, we assemble panels of distinguished media professionals to judge our competitive categories. To ensure fully qualified appraisals, we select judges who are familiar with the industry and intended audience of each entry. All aspects of the production’s technical execution are evaluated for professionalism, creativity, and effectiveness in achieving its goals. The production budget is carefully considered; a resourceful use of limited funds is highly valued by our judges. Entries are judged against others in the same category, but judges have the right to recommend that no award be given in a category if entries do not meet the award criteria. In the event of a tie, two awards may be presented. Our annual list of winners is circulated around the world to distributors, educators, potential clients, and the press to ensure winners receive maximum recognition.

F) Screenings

For television commercial categories, entrants permit the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards to show selected entries at the 2017 Chicago International Television Festival Awards Ceremony, the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival, and on PBS WTTW-11 for public judging to determine the winner of the Audience Choice Award. For television production categories, entrants permit clips of selected winners to be shown at the 2017 Chicago International Television Festival Awards Ceremony.

The 2017 Chicago International Television Festival
212 W. Van Buren St. Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60603-5628
Phone: 312.683.0121   Fax: 312.683.0122
Email: entries@chicagofilmfestival.com



Please select the category that is most appropriate for your production or commercial.

Television Programs Categories:

P01 – Animated Program
P02 – Children’s Program
P03 – Comedy Program
P04 – Dramatic Program
P05 – Nonfiction Program
P06 – Music Video
P07 – Sporting Event
P08 – Student-Produced Program
P09 – Online Television Program

Television Series Categories:

P10 – Animated Series
P11 – Children’s Series
P12 – Comedy Series
P13 – Dramatic Series
P14 – Nonfiction Series
P15 – Min-Series
P16 – News Series
P17 – Reality Series
P18 – Student-Produced Series
P19 – Talk Show Series
P20 – Online Television Series

Television Commercials

Individual commercial compete against one another for our “Best Commercial” prize, and Commercial Campaigns compete for our “Best Commercial Campaign” prize.

Special Achievement (Television Programs and Commercials)

Both individual television commercials and individual television episodes qualify to be submitted for Special Achievement Awards consideration.

SA01:     Acting
SA02:    Animation
SA03:    Art Direction/Production Design
SA04:    Cinematography
SA05:    Direction
SA06:    Editing
SA07:    Music – Original
SA08:   Sound Design
SA09:   Visual Effects
SA10:    Writing

Entry Fees

Television Productions (P01-P09)

30 minutes and under:       $100
31-60 minutes:                    $125
61 minutes and over:          $150

Television Series (P10-P20)

At least two episodes must be submitted

All Entries:                           $250

Special Achievement (SA01-SA10)

Television Production Series and Commercial Campaigns not applicable. Individual commercials and productions only, please.

30 minutes and under:        $100
31-60 minutes:                     $125
61 minutes and over:           $150

Individual Commercial Submissions (C01-C36)

30 seconds and under:        $150
Over 30 seconds:                 $200

Commercial Campaign Submissions (C36-C38)

All Campaigns:                     $250


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