‘The punk rock of fests’ seeks entertaining entries

Indie Incubator Film Fest is calling for entertaining short film entries for its penultimate Nov. 18 fest, since the 10-year old Incubator, Chicago’s only bi-annual festival, will end with its 20th event next spring.

But no worries.  “We’re retiring the punk rock of film festivals.  It’s time for a new wave, a new approach,” says Matt Kubinski, cofounder of the Indie Incubator with his producing partner Charles Klein in 2004.

“We’re going to ramp the next one up. It will be bigger, bigger, with films of a higher quality,” Kubinski continues, “and a paid submission to encourage more serious submissions.”

For now, however, entry deadline is Nov. 14 for what the hosts are calling “Indie Incubator IX: Second to the Last but Second to None.”  Submissions are free and so admission to Mother’s “We’ve always wanted our festivals to be accessible to filmmakers,” says Kubinski.

The hosts expect to receive about 100 submissions of shorts, trailers and music videos.  The screening at the Original Mother’s on Division St. runs about two hours with short intermissions.

Unlike many other film fests, the films aren’t judged on high production quality. “If you’ve got an entertaining story, that’s what we’re looking for,” says Kubinski. “We’re not concerned about a high quality of visuals or the acting.”

A $250 prize will go to the entry industry judges deem “Best in Fest.” The top three films will then advance to the final Indie Incubator XX next spring.

To enter, click here.

At 26 W. Division, starting at 8 p.m. Complimentary popcorn will be available along with $4 Coors Light bottles and $5 Jameson cocktails on special. Attendees must be 21 and over.

The Original Mother’s celebrates its 46th anniversary Wednesday, Nov. 12 with a showcase party, 10 p.m.-4 a.m.