2020 Elgin Short Film Festival

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** OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES **
Accepting Films April 1st through August 21st
See below for more information.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2020
Red Carpet Reception 6:00 pm
Screening Starts at 7:00 pm

All seats are $10. Tickets ON SALE NOW on line and at the Box Office. 

The 12th Annual Elgin Short Film Festival promises to be an entertaining evening of some of the very best in short films by some of the very best up-and-coming filmmakers.You are invited to the award ceremony and screening of finalists taking place in Elgin, IL on Saturday, September 19.

Mike Toomey, comedian and integral part of the WGN TV morning show, will return to Emcee the event. Filmmakers will begin arriving on the red carpet in advance, and there will be pre-show entertainment.

Six films, no more than 20 minutes in length, will be screened. Winners will be selected by an ESFF judging panel and audience members. In addition, there will be a People’s Choice award based solely on audience votes.

2020 ESFF Call For Entries Press Release
2019 ESFF Winners Press Release

 OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES

FILMMAKERS
THERE ARE TWO CATEGORIES OF FILMS: LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATION. 
PRIZES UP TO $1,000 PLUS TROPHY! 


Film Submission Deadline August 21, 2020. Discount for films postmarked by July 31.
Complete your Film submission online through August 21!


Submit via Filmway
  

Downloadable Entry Form 
with Guidelines & Rules

(download and print only)

Sponsorship Opportunities
Email us at elginshortfilmfest@cityofelgin.org

Finalists will be screened Saturday, September 19 at 7pm.

- The ESFF will feature a Live Action category and an Animation category.
- The top two selected films in each category, as voted on by the selection committee, will make the finals. The next three selected films in each category will compete to make the finals during the Elgin Fringe Festival, September 10-11. 
- Awards and monetary prizes will be presented to the top three films.