Festivals, Competitions, Screenings, Etc.

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL early deadline is May 1. For short projects under 60-minutes fee is $40, longer and feature length entries pay $80. Fees increase by $10 from May 1-May 31. Festival takes place Oct. 27-Nov. 6. Best of Fest prize is $2,500. See www.cicff.org, or call Kathleen Beckman, 773/281-9075 for entry forms.

THE 12TH CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL, being held this August, is accepting entries through May 1, late deadline June 1. See www.cuff.org.

27TH ANNUAL IFP MARKET deadlines are May 2 for shorts, features, docs-in-progress; May 16 for narrative shorts, docs, features; June 3 for narrative rough cuts. More than $150,000 in awards, including $100,000 in goods and services. Market Sept. 18-23 in New York. Apply online, www.ifp.org/market27, info, marketreg@ifp.org, or call 212/465-8200, ext. 222.

CREATIVITY’S 2ND ANNUAL NO SPOT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL deadline is May 16 for films 20-minutes and under. Awards include Best in Show, Best Brand Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editing. See www.AdCritic.com/nospot for entry forms.

THE NICKTOONS FILM FESTIVAL deadline is June 17 for shorts up to 10 minutes, created in any style of animation. Top 10 films to air, $10,000 to the grand prize winner. See www.nick.com/all_nick/nicktoons/site/filmfest/index.html.