43rd Annual

Cleveland International Film Festival

March 27, 2019 to April 07, 2019

 
Category

Narrative Feature

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
August 31, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00
Regular Deadline
September 30, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 80.00 75.00
Late Deadline
October 31, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 85.00
Final Deadline
November 30, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 100.00 95.00
WAB Extended Deadline
December 16, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 110.00 105.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately February 24, 2019

RUNTIME
Features: minimum 45 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after June 1, 2017

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

PREMIERE STATUS
Projects must be a premiere in Cleveland

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DCP    
Media Files
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (Quicktime)

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film
Sponsor:The Callahan Foundation
Cash Award Value: 15,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Sponsor:Deborah Bachman Ratner
Cash Award Value: 10,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
Sponsor:The George Gund Foundation
Cash Award Value: 10,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

New Direction Competition
Sponsor:Cover My Meds
Cash Award Value: 10,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

International Narrative Competition
Sponsor:Tom Piraino and Barbara McWilliams
Cash Award Value: 7,500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

American Independents Competition
Sponsor:Mike and Niki Cancelliere
Cash Award Value: 7,500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Music Movies Competition
Sponsor:Jules and Fran Belkin
Cash Award Value: 7,500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Local Heroes Competition
Sponsor:Gries Financial
Cash Award Value: 7,500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Feature
Sponsor:OverDrive
Cash Award Value: 2,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

We ask that all entrants submit their films through Withoutabox or directly through the CIFF website. Please see below and check our Call for Entries FAQ on our website at www.clevelandfilm.org/call-for-entries for further detailed instructions on how to submit your film to CIFF.

All films must be submitted as either an online screener or vimeo link for consideration by the Selection Committee. If links are password-protected, passwords must be valid through April 8, 2019 or your submission will be considered INVALID and will be DISQUALIFIED with no refund.

CIFF is once again accepting NEW MEDIA content free of charge! If your submission meets the criteria for this category (please see requirements in the category section), you MUST email us directly at submissions@clevelandfilm.org prior to submitting, with a description and example(s) of your content. If, after review, your content meets the requirements, we will then provide instructions to submit directly through the CIFF website.

Productions made after June 1, 2017 may be submitted, with the exception of those works previously submitted to the CIFF. No works previously submitted to the festival will be considered.

Entries previously screened in Cleveland or aired on television in Cleveland or are available on the web (ie Youtube, Vimeo) prior to the Festival will not be considered.

Do not submit works in progress. Do not submit industrial or instructional works.

All films under 45 minutes are considered short films.

After submitting, please check your Withoutabox account to make sure that your submission meets our requirements and has been accepted for consideration. It is your responsibility to make sure all requirements are met and necessary information is given. Within one week after your submission date, you'll receive a confirmation email that we've received your submission, as well as any potential notifications of further information we need from you.

All feature films submitted must be available for exhibition in one of the following formats: DCP (preferably unencrypted) or as a CIFF-approved ProRes digital file. BLU-RAY AND DVD WILL NOT BE SCREENED FOR EXHIBITION.

All short films submitted must be available for exhibition as a CIFF-approved ProRes digital file. Short films will be transferred temporarily onto CIFF’s secure and private hard drive system for presentation in one or more of our compiled short programs. BLU-RAY AND DVD WILL NOT BE SCREENED FOR EXHIBITION.

Filmmakers are responsible for the shipment of the exhibition copy to the CIFF by the requested deadline. The CIFF will cover outbound shipping only.

Films selected for the 43rd CIFF will be announced no later than Sunday, February 24, 2019.

The CIFF reserves the right to use images from the films selected for marketing purposes (web, print media, and television).