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2015 Onion City Experimental Film And Video Festival: Call For Entries

By Mike Everleth ⋅ November 19, 2014

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The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival has experienced a slight hiatus, but is returning in 2015 for their astounding 26th annual edition. As of this writing, the tentative dates are set for January 29 to February 1, 2015.

Onion City is one of the best and greatest experimental and avant-garde media festivals in the world, with the emphasis there on “world” as the fest typically screens a fantastic selection of international work in addition to local favorites.

Due to the hiatus, there is only a brief submission window this year, so be sure to get your work in soon!

Please visit the Chicago Filmmakers website for the Onion City submission form and full guidelines.


Final Deadline:
December 12, 2014

Entry Fees:
1 Entry: $25
2 Entries: $30
3 Entries: $35
4+ Entries: $40

Mission Statement

Onion City is one of the premiere international festivals exclusively devoted to experimental film and video.

Onion City was founded in the 1980s by the Experimental Film Coalition and run by them for many years. Chicago Filmmakers assumed responsibility for the festival in 2001, and expanded the size and opened it up to video work as well as film.

It is generally 8-10 programs over four days and features roughly 60-70 works from around the world. Aside from the competition programs, there are occasional special presentations of new or old films of note or guest presentations. Screenings take place at Chicago Filmmakers and other venues.

The mission of Onion City is to provide local and regional audiences with an opportunity to view a wide variety of contemporary experimental works, focused on artistic excellence but also with an eye towards representing differing styles, forms, and nationalities.

Click here for the submission form.