…but all films submitted via the form below (or not selected for the 2022 program) will be considered for the 2023 program.

Attention all analog filmmakers! Submissions are now open for 2022’s Celluloid Now, a program of the Chicago Film Society running from September 15th-18th. Films must be submitted by July 22nd to be considered for this year’s program.

There is no fee to submit to Celluloid Now and all work that meets the criteria outlined in our submission rules will be considered.

Celluloid Now accepts every kind of film: narrative, documentary, experimental, home movies, commercials, music videos, kinescopes, multi-projector films, class projects, anything! It just has to be on film.

Celluloid Now will pay inbound and outbound shipping for every film in our program.

Filmmakers will receive a screening fee based on the length of their work.

※ Please carefully read our submission rules before completing our submission form.


※ To be considered, films must:

  1. Have a runtime of 40 minutes or less
  2. Have been completed in 2010 or later
  3. Already exist as a screenable film print, NO EXCEPTIONS

※ Filmmakers may submit up to three films for consideration. Please fill out a separate submission form for each film if you plan on submitting more than one.

※ If you are submitting work without a screener link, please make a note of this in the Additional Comments section and we will contact you regarding alternate methods for viewing your work.

PLEASE NOTE: To be considered, filmmakers MUST provide photographic proof that their film exists in the form of an actual analog film print. This can be a picture of a lab-provided film can, a photo of a few frames from your print, leader with the film’s title, an image of the print being projected, etc.

Please email “proof of print” photos to with the subject line “ [submission title] proof “.

Please contact us at if you have any questions.