WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN:
Membership benefits include:
- Access to Chicago-area press screenings and online/DVD screeners
- The opportunity to vote on our annual awards
- Participation in programming/hosting the annual CIFCC Film Festival
- Press accreditation at other local film festivals
- Having links to your work posted on the CIFCC website and through our social-media accounts
- Access to special-event screenings
- Access to special workshops
- All applicants must show two years of experience in their critical field with evidence of ongoing work. Sortable archives, blog history, or an available documented list with dates are pluses.
- Writing applicants must show evidence of published pieces of film-related writing (film reviews, essays, interviews, etc.) per year within the last two years. Reviews of current theatrical releases, older films, and DVD and Blu-ray releases do qualify. Within a total calendar year, at least 50 reviews/pieces must be written of at least 400 words in length or 25 reviews/pieces of 800 words in length.
- Webcast/podcast applicants must show evidence of at least 25 shows or productions of film-related content (film reviews, essays, discussions, topics, interviews, etc.) per year within the last two years.
- Applicants that create both written and media content (podcast, webcast, radio, etc.), the minimum total of 50 items/pieces per year can be a total of both written and web-produced content.
- Online/Website applicants must have, or write for, a website of professional quality.
- All applicants of all creative mediums must offer meaningful contributions to the field of film-related criticism.
- Completed online form.
- Notification of receipt of Membership Application form and anticipated timetable for decision.
- Formal review of application and applicant’s work by the CIFCC Directors.
- Follow-up communication period to request further information, answer inquiries, or discuss a timetable for a decision.
- Personal communication of final decision. We stand by the guarantee that you will hear from us personally with either acceptance or denial.
- If approved to join, annual membership dues are $50, payable by check or PayPal.