43rd Annual

Cleveland International Film Festival

March 27, 2019 to April 07, 2019

 
Category

Animated Short

 

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 50.00 45.00
Regular Deadline
September 30, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Late Deadline
October 31, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00
Final Deadline
November 30, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 80.00 75.00
WAB Extended Deadline
December 16, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 85.00

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
Shorts: maximum 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

3 SUBMISSION COPIES REQUIRED

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
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Animated Short Film Award
Winner will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards®.
Sponsor:Reminger Co., L.P.A.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

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

Best Comedy Short
Sponsor:David K. Ream
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best LGBT Short Film Award
Sponsor:Jan and Harold Babbit
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Ohio Short Film Award
Sponsor:Bill and Teri Koeth
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Student Short Film Award
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
Sponsor:Jinny & John Johnson
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best After Hours Short Film
Sponsor:Friends of Patrick McFadden
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Clover and Maggie Award: In Celebration of Life
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
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.
Sponsor:The Sloop Family
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

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).