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Blow-Up

International arthouse film festival.

About

The Blow-Up arthouse film festival links the most creative artists together with very intelligent audiences for its annual festival of narrative and documentary films, shorts, animations, experimental films, and student work. The Festival was named after the Michelangelo Antonioni's iconic film "Blow-Up". 

The Festival pursues goals to introduce more people to the arthouse film. The organizers of the festival believe that a story driven by a genuine expression can stimulate new thoughts that have the power to promote the fundamental principles of humanism, expand creative frontiers, stimulate new levels of compassion, and even lead to social change. The festival welcomes serious films aimed at a specific audience rather than a mass-market consumer, films made primarily for aesthetic and philosophical reasons rather than commercial profit.

Awards

Best Feature Film: Antonioni Award 
Best Short: Charlie Chaplin Award 
Best Documentary Feature: Dziga Vertov Award 
Best Documentary Short: Lumière Brothers Award 
Best Experimental Film: Luis Buñuel Award 
Best Student Film: VGIK Award 
Best Animation: Norman McLaren Award

- Technical Categories - 
Best of Fest: Blow-Up Award 
Best Illinois Film: Made in Chicago Award 
Best Director: Tarkovsky Award 
Best Cinematography: John Alcott Award 
Best Screenplay: Tonino Guerra Award 
Best Production Design: Cedric Gibbons Award 
Best Actor: Marcello Mastroianni Award 
Best Soundtrack: Nino Rota Award 
Best Musical Film: Bob Fosse Award 
Best Comedy: Buster Keaton Award 
Best Montage: Eisenstein Award 
Special Jury Prize: Best New Director Award 
Special Jury Prize(s): Outstanding Directing 
Special Achievement Prize(s): Film Criticism or Film Journalism 
Founder's Award(s)

Rules

  • Films completed after January 1, 2013 regardless of content, subject, or origin.
  • Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles. 

To apply:

  • Submit via Filmfreeway
  • Send a link to the film
  • Official trailer or poster 
  • Synopsis 

Screening format: ProRes (recommended), DCP, 16 mm, 35 mm. 

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Festival president: Sergey Mavrody

Documents

Place

United States
Chicago

Official website

blowupfilmfest.com

Contacts

Address:

1401 N. Sandburg
Chicago, Illinois 60610
United States

Email: info@blowupfilmfest.com

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    July 30, 2019
  • Initial Deadline
    August 20, 2019
  • Earlybird Deadline
    October 02, 2019
  • Regular Deadline
    November 05, 2019
  • Winter Deadline
    December 03, 2019
  • Extended Deadline
    January 07, 2020
  • Spring Deadline
    February 04, 2020
  • Closing Deadline
    March 10, 2020
  • Terminal Deadline
    April 14, 2020
  • Final Deadline
    May 19, 2020
  • Advanced Deadline
    June 23, 2020
  • Notifications
    October 07, 2020
  • Event dates
    8 — 9 November 2020
Categories & Fees

Country of Origin: USA. Duration: over 50 minutes. Project Type: film/video (not a screenplay). Genre/type: Narrative, Experimental, Musical and Student feature-length films.

  • Initial Deadline — $25
  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Winter Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75
  • Spring Deadline — $85
  • Closing Deadline — $95
  • Terminal Deadline — $1,105
  • Final Deadline — $115
  • Advanced Deadline — $115

Country of Origin: non-USA. Duration: over 50 minutes. Project Type: film/video (not a screenplay). Genre/type: Narrative, Experimental, Musical and Student feature-length films.

  • Initial Deadline — $24
  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Winter Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75
  • Spring Deadline — $85
  • Closing Deadline — $95
  • Terminal Deadline — $105
  • Final Deadline — $115
  • Advanced Deadline — $115

Country of Origin: USA. Duration: under 50 minutes. Project Type: film/video (not a screenplay). Genre/type: Narrative, Experimental, and Musical films. Narrative (fictional) filmmaking is essentially a pre-scripted movie with actors.

  • Initial Deadline — $20
  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Winter Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $50
  • Spring Deadline — $55
  • Closing Deadline — $60
  • Terminal Deadline — $65
  • Final Deadline — $70
  • Advanced Deadline — $70

Country of Origin: non-USA. Duration: under 50 minutes. Project Type: film/video (not a screenplay). Genre/type: Narrative, Experimental, and Musical films. Narrative (fictional) filmmaking is essentially a pre-scripted movie with actors.

  • Initial Deadline — $20
  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Winter Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $50
  • Spring Deadline — $55
  • Closing Deadline — $60
  • Terminal Deadline — $65
  • Final Deadline — $60
  • Advanced Deadline — $65

Country of Origin: USA. Duration: under 50 minutes. Project Type: film/video (not a screenplay). Experimental film is an artistic practice relieving both of visual arts and cinema, originated in European avant-garde movements of the twenties.

  • Initial Deadline — $20
  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Winter Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $50
  • Spring Deadline — $55
  • Closing Deadline — $60
  • Terminal Deadline — $65
  • Final Deadline — $65
  • Advanced Deadline — $65

Country of Origin: any. Duration: over 50 minutes. Project Type: film/video (not a screenplay).

  • Initial Deadline — $25
  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Winter Deadline — $50
  • Extended Deadline — $55
  • Spring Deadline — $60
  • Closing Deadline — $65
  • Terminal Deadline — $65
  • Final Deadline — $70
  • Advanced Deadline — $70

Country of Origin: any. Duration: under 50 minutes.

  • Initial Deadline — $20
  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Winter Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $50
  • Spring Deadline — $55
  • Closing Deadline — $55
  • Terminal Deadline — $60
  • Final Deadline — $60
  • Advanced Deadline — $60

Country of Origin: non-USA. Duration: under 50 minutes. Project Type: film/video (not a screenplay).

  • Initial Deadline — $20
  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Winter Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $45
  • Spring Deadline — $50
  • Closing Deadline — $55
  • Terminal Deadline — $60
  • Final Deadline — $60
  • Advanced Deadline — $60

Country of Origin: any Duration: under 50 minutes

  • Initial Deadline — $25
  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Winter Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $50
  • Spring Deadline — $55
  • Closing Deadline — $60
  • Terminal Deadline — $65
  • Final Deadline — $65
  • Advanced Deadline — $65

Country of Origin: any Duration: any Genre: a single episode of TV/Web/New Media series

  • Initial Deadline — $25
  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Winter Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $50
  • Spring Deadline — $55
  • Closing Deadline — $55
  • Terminal Deadline — $60
  • Final Deadline — $60
  • Advanced Deadline — $60

Duration: under 50 minutes. Student films over 50 min. must be submitted to the Feature Film category.

  • Initial Deadline — $20
  • Earlybird Deadline — $28
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Winter Deadline — $32
  • Extended Deadline — $34
  • Spring Deadline — $36
  • Closing Deadline — $38
  • Terminal Deadline — $40
  • Final Deadline — $40
  • Advanced Deadline — $40
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