General Entry Information
There are three divisions based on age:
Please read and follow the eligibility, terms, and rules for entry for your appropriate age category.
Digital entries can be submitted through FilmFreeway.com/McHenryFallFilmFestival.
You will need to register an account on FilmFreeway to submit your film. There is no cost for this account; it only requires an email address.
You will then be directed to fill out information about your film (title, credits, length, etc.). If you don’t know how to answer a section, or it doesn’t apply to you, it’s ok to leave that blank. If we have questions, we’ll contact you. The most important part to fill out is the section called “Submitter Information”.
After you complete the Project information page, you will be asked to upload your film. An alternative would be to share a YouTube or Vimeo link for your movie.
You can also submit poster images, headshots, and more, but none of that is required for our festival. Once it’s complete, you can submit your film to any of the festivals listed on FilmFreeway! Search McHenry Fall Film Festival or click the link listed above to make sure you submit your film to the McHenry Fall Film Festival.
Make sure you submit your completed film by the deadlines listed below. That’s it! Happy filming!
Entries for the McHenry Fall Film Fest can be submitted between January 1, 2022 at 12am CDT and September 16, 2022, 11:59pm CDT.
Early Bird: June 1, 2022 – Free Submission
Final Deadline: September 16, 2022 – $25 Submission Fee
The McHenry Area Chamber will reimburse up to the full $25 fee if you turn in a receipt from McHenry Area Chamber business or city of McHenry business showing a purchase within 45 days of your submission date. The reimbursement will be matched dollar for dollar. For example, if you spend $15, you will be reimbursed $15. Receipts can be turned in at The McHenry Area Chamber Office, 1257 N. Green Street, McHenry, IL 60050.
For a directory of Chamber businesses, click here.
Entrants should submit a completed film ready to screen. Films will be selected for screening by a panel of judges based on a shared rubric. Scoring will focus on writing, editing, acting, cinematography, sound, and directing.
Films selected for screening will be announced on or near October 1, 2022. Award winners in each division will be announced at the awards dinner on November 5, 2022.
Our jury will select First, Second, and Third-Place winners in each category. Winners will be chosen by the jury on the merits of each entry in the jury’s sole and absolute discretion. First prize will receive a cash award as follows:
Short Film Competition – $1000
Teen Scene – $500
Future Filmmakers – $250
Additional awards will be announced at the awards dinner and include best director, best actor/actress, best editing, best special effects, and more.