Submissions & Prizes

Festival Prizes

Best of Show: $1000
1st Runner-Up: $500
2nd Runner-Up: $300
Audience Choice: $200

Awarding of Prizes - The Imago Film Festival jurors will select the festival awards winners. The decisions of the jurors are final. The Imago Film Festival will select the jurors (faculty and leaders from the world of filmmaking, storytelling and media creation).

General Rules

Submissions - Official Rules & Regulations

All submissions should be on DVD, Blu-Ray, or high quality video. Contestants may enter as many films as they like. Please complete an online submission for EACH entry.

OPTION A: Submit your film through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway quickly and easily:

OPTION B: The submission form can be download and printed from here:

Film Submission Form

Registration fees are for EACH submission. Submissions should be sent to:

Imago Film Festival
Attn: Terrence Wandtke
Judson University
Dept. of Art & Design
1151 N. State St.
Elgin, IL 60123

Payment can be made by cash, credit card, or check payable in US dollars to "Imago Film Festival." Please write the title of your film in the "memo" section of the check.

Please read the complete Rules and Regulations below before submitting.

About the Festival

The Imago Film Festival is a week-long event at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois (about 30 miles west of Chicago). We will be holding our 13th Annual Imago Film Festival on April 4-8, 2017. The will include featured screenings, workshops, Q&Amp;A with filmmakers, and a keynote speaker.

What We're Looking For

The Imago Film Festival seeks to showcase independent film that deals with faith issues, emphasizing image and story. The festival selects films capture the full spectrum of human emotion, experience, and spirituality.

We encourage filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to provide image and story dealing with the spiritual journey of human experience. We encourage films that experiment with the wonder and struggle of this journey.

Films should be less than 30 minutes in length and any genre is acceptable.


You may submit a film created in any acquisition format (mini-DV, 16mm, 35mm, etc.). However, you must submit your film on either: DVD, Blu-Ray, or HD video (US region).

Foreign films must be subtitled in English or dubbed into English. Films must be submitted on DVD, Blu-Ray, or HD video (US region).

If you are submitting more than one film, you may submit them all on one DVD, Blu-Ray, or HD video (US region). You must, however, submit a separate submission form and separate entry fee for each film (combined entry fees can be paid on one check).


Films may be showcased at various times throughout the week of the festival. Imago reserves the right to place your film on any promotional material we see fit.

Terms and Conditions

If your film is accepted, you grant Imago permission to showcase your film at our various screenings at the 2017 Festival.

The Imago Film Festival reserves the right to use an entry for promotion and publicity purposes and to broadcast excerpts of selected works at any time, and to publish excerpts, or other appropriate segments thereof, in print or electronic media to promote the event. Clips of your accepted submission may also be used in an Imago promotional (not for sale) reel; therefore all rights must be cleared for festival and compilation usage by final submission deadline. Rights also must be secured for the Imago Film Festival to include stills, and/or short clips for promotional (not-for-sale) reel distribution and placement on the Imago website to be available for streaming online.

Through a written request, you may opt out of Imago's use of your material after one year. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Imago Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Notification of Submission and Acknowledgement of Selection

An email will be sent as notification that your entry has been received. If you send a DVD or Blu-Ray, Imago will not be able to return it. Imago is not responsible for damage through the post or handling. A list of selected films will be posted at the website on or near March 1, 2017.