Actors Film Festival - Chicago (1)


06 Jan 2023
Call for entries

25 Feb 2023
Standard deadline

23 Jul 2023
Festival closed

01 Aug 2023
Notification date

10 Sep 2023
11 Sep 2023


Sunset,  90046, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Festival description
Short film festival
Feature film festival

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films 
 Feature Films 
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 10 September 2023      Festival end: 11 September 2023

We're looking for the best documentaries, reality shows, TV concepts, docu-series, online shows and web series! Filmed, in production, pre-production and development.
✔️ Winners connected to agents, casting directors and top producers.
✔️ Hone your craft with table reads while connecting with gatekeepers
✔️ Networking - Exclusive invitation to our live events
✔️ Invitation to exclusive classes on Insider Tips for Creators
✔️ Discounts to other festivals and contests
✔️ Connections - Career development, fellow creatives, consultations, casting directors, and more.
✔️ Staff and industry screeners have decades of experiences, along with a measurable track record

Winning projects will be brought to top markets, events and fests including Gotham Week in New York. And shared directly with our top-level agents and production contacts! Contacts who will look at your projects include producers at Brian Graden Media, Kartemquin Films, writer/producer who has created projects for HBO and Netflix,

Top 35% of projects get laurels.

As streaming platforms rush to find content to provide viewers in the streaming/mobile age, they're up against a wall as productions of all kinds have been shut down. They NEED content now!

Our director has optioned two reality shows and sold a documentary film to Amazon. His network of contacts has reached out for help in these unique times. These companies have done shows for all the major channels, from Amazon to Vice, HBO to Netflix.

All projects will be considered for an immediate pitch to execs and agents based on their current need and directives. The Showcase (and Kado) acting as Co-Producer (or agreed upon title) for selected projects. By submitting you agree to the Showcase (and Kado) pitching your project for potential sale, co-production or other agreed upon development. Standard industry sales commissions tentatively agreed upon by submitting. No commissions if a sale is not made.

Submissions open now.

The Showcase fills the need for bringing quality independent film and TV to industry executives and agents Ran by filmmakers and TV producers with a recognized and notable track record, LIFA is going to work hard to get your project sold, picked up or optioned. After having worked in both Chicago and Los Angeles for 12 years we understand the realities of film and TV and the bulk of the opportunities in LA and New York. We see the need to champion creators and producers within the actuality of the current industry.

“This is another great opportunity for creators to connect with audiences.” - Jack Newell, filmmaker and director of The Second City Harold Ramis Film School.

“There is a strong, immediate need for a quality independent docu-series and reality TV projects in the industry. We want to connect you to the right people.” - Independent filmmaker Brent Kado, the festival’s founder.

“Independent film and television is rapidly changing and we want to help foster that change for all.” Kado also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College.

American Film Market, Los Angeles, Scripts, Screenplay, TV Pilots, Series

Top prizes in all categories.

Laurels to all selections.

Finalists announced.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS (please read thoroughly before submitting)

Doc Reality Showcase (FlowFeel Group) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and for promotional purposes. Payment of submission fee does not guarantee opportunity to pitch to production companies. Pitches based on quality, need and variety of factors. If your film or project is chosen to be pitched by LIFA we DO NOT compensate for travel, accommodations, or other fees unless otherwise offered. Online distribution of the project prior to submitting is prohibited.

Once the film is accepted to be pitched, DIGITAL COPIES and PRESS KITS (EPK) will be required. We reserve to the right to remove your project from our pitch and promotional efforts at any time.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for pitches and potential sale, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Upon acceptance, all rights must be held or disclosed. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless LISA from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, pitches, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.



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