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Prizes provided by Robert Morris University and Adobe®

Prizes awarded in each category:

  • 1st Place: $1,000 Cash
  • 2nd Place: 1-year subscription to Adobe® Creative Cloud
  • 3rd Place: Adobe® backpack



Why Enter?

Fame & Fortune, of course!

$1,000 CASH Prizes!

Subscriptions to Adobe® Creative Cloud and Adobe® backpacks!

See your work on the BIG screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago!

Share your story and be heard!

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2014 Chicago Shorts Festival Awards

The following thumbnails represent the winners of the top three awards in each category.

Last year we received over 70 entries from seven countries. The screening process was intense and ultimately the selections were made for final judging. Judging was done based on creative concept, execution and overall quality.

We'd love to see your work shown here for the 2015 winners list. Do you have what it takes?

Documentary: 3rd Place
Blake Whitmore
Robert Morris University

Documentary: 2nd Place
Brent Bandemer
Columbia College

Documentary: 1st Place
April Knell
DePaul University

Comedy: 3rd Place
Jack Rosman

Comedy: 2nd Place
Alvaro Martin
University of Salamanca

Comedy: 1st Place
Michael Oleshko
Robert Morris University

Animation: 3rd Place
David Pavon
SDIP, Torrenueva
Granada, Spain

Animation: 2nd Place
Margaret Corinne Orr
New York

Animation: 1st Place
Allysha Webber
International Film School
Sydney, Australia

Dramatic Narrative: 3rd Place
AJ Young
Columbia College

Dramatic Narrative: 2nd Place
Greg Dixon
DePaul University

Dramatic Narrative: 1st Place
Joseph Kosty
DePaul University

Ready to Enter?

Fantastic! Please read our rules below.

Prior to entering, please make sure your video is in HD quality, saved as .MOV, MP4, .WMV or .AVI in format.
Remember, it may be shown on the big screen so quality is key!

Once your film is ready, hit the button below to fill start the entry process.



  • Documentary
  • Dramatic Narrative
  • Comedy/parody
  • Animation
  • Experimental


  • All submitted work will be pre-screened for quality and verified that it meets the rules and guidelines
  • A panel of jurors comprising of filmmaking professionals will judge the work for the screening session and awards
  • The top scoring entries will be shown in a screening session, free and open to the public, at the Gene Siskel Film Center on April 22, 2015
  • Students whose work is selected to be shown will be notified in advance and recognized at the screening
  • An awards presentation will take place in the State Street Gallery and videotaped for streaming


  • The top scoring film in each category will be awarded with a $1,000 cash prize
  • Second place in each category will be awarded a one-year subscription to Adobe® Creative Cloud
  • Third place in each category will be awarded an Adobe® backpack
  • Jurors reserve the right to not award a winner in a particular category based on poor quality and/or low or no entries


  • Students must be enrolled in a college/university and in good standing
  • Maximum length of each film is 10 minutes from opening to credits
  • Hi quality files must be submitted
  • Files must be saved as a .MOV, .MP4, .WMV or .AVI file
  • Films must contain original content
  • Films must not infringe copyright laws
  • Films must not have excessive or unnecessary nudity, profanity or contain offensive content
  • Any actors/models must have given consent via release to the filmmaker
  • Work may only be submitted once, by one person, in one category
  • All work will be submitted through a link on the website
  • Entry is free
  • Previous entries will not be accepted


By submitting work to the Festival, students agree:
  • that all images and audio are legally owned or used by the student, the student has permission to use such content and is not in violation of any copyright laws
  • the work is original
  • any actors/actresses have given consent to the work
  • to allow the use of the work in whole or part, for promotional purposes of the Festival
  • to allow the work to be screened publicly and as part of the Festival
  • to submit proof of enrollment in a college/university in a timely manner, once notified of selection for the screening and awards events
  • to being photographed and/or videotaped, and allow the use of their name for promotional and award purposes of the Festival, unless Festival organizers are notified in writing that this is not permissible by the student. Notification should be sent by certified mail to Shelley LaMantia at Robert Morris University, 401 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605.
  • that all judges’ decisions are final and can not be contested
  • that awards given are final and non-negotiable. Any taxes or division of awards among collaborators is the sole responsibility of the student who submits the work.
  • Jurors reserve the right to not award a winner in a particular category based on poor quality and/or low or no entries

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