Submit Film


The Festival will take place September 18-21, 2014 and will focus on films from and by filmmakers from South Asia and Middle East. Additionally, films by first-time feature filmmakers and student filmmakers will be eligible for submission. Films can be submitted in one of the following categories:



Feature-length narrative films by filmmakers from Middle EastSouth Asia (MESA region) or MESA descent. Films must be produced post September 2012 and be a Chicago premiere.


Short-subject narrative films (under 40mins) by filmmakers from Middle EastSouth Asia (MESA region) or MESA descent. Films must be produced post September 2012 and be a Chicago premiere.


Documentary films by filmmakers from Middle EastSouth Asia or MESA descent. Films must be produced post September 2012 and be a Chicago premiere.


First-time Filmmaker Features is a special category for filmmakers submitting their first feature-length film (narrative or documentary). Films and/or filmmaker must be from Middle EastSouth Asia or MESA descent. Films must be produced post September 2012 and be a US premiere.


Short-subject narrative films (under 20mins) by student filmmakers enrolled in an Illinois Film School. Films must be produced post September 2012.

Click here to read detailed eligibility rules and fees for submitting a film. Regular submission deadline is July 15, 2014 (Late deadline is July 31, 2014).

We prefer online entries submitted via FilmFreeway which provide cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world. Fill out one master entry form and take advantage of quick entry, extended deadlines and discounted fees.

Once you are ready to proceed, click below to access the application. You may make changes to your application at any time by logging in at filmfreeway.com. For all submission inquires you may contact us via e-mail at programming@csaff.org.