42nd Annual

Cleveland International Film Festival

April 04, 2018 to April 15, 2018

 
Category

Narrative Short

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
August 31, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00
Regular Deadline
September 30, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 80.00 75.00
Late Deadline
October 31, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 85.00
Final Deadline
November 30, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 100.00 95.00
WAB Extended Deadline
December 15, 2017
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 March 2, 2018

RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 45 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after June 1, 2016

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
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

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film
Each short film screening at the festival is eligible for this award, based on audience vote. Certificates for the Best Narrative - Drama, Best Narrative - Comedy, Best Documentary and Best Animated Short Film are given. The Best overall short film receives the cash award.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Live Action Short Film Award
Winner will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards®. Winner selected by jury.
Sponsor:Anne Bloomberg and Alan Gordon Lipson & Judy Harris
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best International Short Film Award
Winner selected by jury.
Sponsor:MP Star Financial, Inc.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Comedy Short
Winner selected by jury.
Sponsor:David K. Ream
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar

Best LGBT Short Film Award
Winner selected by jury.
Sponsor:Jan and Harold Babbit
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Ohio Short Film Award
Winner selected by jury.
Sponsor:Ulmer & Berne
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Student Short Film Award
Winner selected by jury.
Sponsor:MP Star Financial, Inc.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Women's Short Film Award
Winner selected by jury.
Sponsor:Jinny & John Johnson
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Clover and Maggie Award: In Celebration of Life
Winner selected by jury.
Sponsor:Barbara Hawley and David Goodman
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Spalding and Jackson Award: In Celebration of Joy
Winner selected by jury.
Sponsor:Marcie Goodman and John C. Williams
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Programmer's Choice Award
This award is selected by the Programming Committee of the CIFF.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar

FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Short
This award is determined by our FilmSlam audience of about 9,000 high school and middle school students who watch a selection of age-appropriate films weekday mornings of the festival.
Sponsor:OverDrive
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

- Please see below and check our Submission FAQ on our website at www.clevelandfilm.org/call-for-entries for further detailed instructions on how to submit your film to CIFF.

- Productions made after June 1, 2016 may be submitted, with the exception of those works previously submitted to the CIFF.

- 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.

-All films must be submitted as either a Secure Online Screener uploaded on Without A Box or Vimeo.

-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.

-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.

-CIFF-approved ProRes digital files are defined as .mov files encoded with ProRes 422 or ProRes 422(HQ). We will not accept ProRes LT, 4444, or Apple Animation Codec files, among other files not listed. Exhibition files must be sent to the CIFF office on hard drives that will be returned post-festival. If your film is accepted, please clarify with CIFF if your file meets our requirements as soon as possible.

-Films selected for the 42nd CIFF will be announced no later than Friday, March 2, 2017.

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

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

-The CIFF does offer filmmaker travel and accommodation assistance for approved feature filmmakers.

-The CIFF as a 501(c)3 not for profit organization is not able to cover travel or accommodations for short film filmmakers. We do, however, endeavor to offer discounted hotel rates with our partner hotels.