Are you a local filmmaker?

Do you have a short film you’d love to see on the big screen?

If the answer was yes, then the Barrington-Area Film Festival wants your short films. We’re looking for films 30 minutes or shorter to screen at the Catlow on May 20, 2017.

Check out our submission guidelines (below) and send in your film before our deadline:

Screening Date: May 20th, 2017

Submission Deadline: May 7th, 2017

How do I submit my film?

If your film meets our requirements, then just ask for an entry form at the concession stand or Boloney’s counter - or download it here: entry form -  and mail it in with a copy of your finished film to:

The Catlow Theater

116 W. Main St.

Barrington, IL 60010

Attn: Tim Troemner

Films must be RECEIVED by May 7th, 2017 to be considered.

A Prize will be awarded to to the top film as determined by our panel of judges

including Dann Gire - Daily Herald Film Critic.


What are the requirements for submitted films?

Films must be no longer than 30 minutes in length. This duration includes opening and closing credits. All films must be submitted as a supported file type. File types we support at this time are Quicktime (.MOV), Apple ProRes 422, and MPEG4 (.MP4).

All films must be submitted as one of the above file types on a flash drive or by Dropbox. This needs to be mailed with the submission form to the above address or dropped off at the Catlow or Boloney’s Sandwich Shop next door.

We also have some preferences for films if possible:

Preferred aspect ratio is 16×9 (or 1.85:1). If your film is in scope (2.39:1), you should have black bars on the top and bottom of your film. If your film is 4×3 (like an old television), you should have bars on the right and left.

As far as resolution, we can support up to 1998 x 1080 pixels.

Preferred frame rate is 23.39 or 24 frames per second. Can we convert 30 fps to play on the big screen? Yes, but fair warning, it might look odd.

When do I know if you’ll be showing my film?

You’ll be notified in early May by email.


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