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30-May-2015 5:36am PDT  


Charleston International Film Festival

8 Annual: November 04, 2015 to November 08, 2015

  Short Subject


Deadlines & Entry Fees

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 15.00.

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
October 17, 2014
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 25.00
Student Fee 20.00 15.00

February 20, 2015
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Student Fee 20.00 15.00

May 15, 2015
Late Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Student Fee 25.00 20.00

August 7, 2015
WAB Extended Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 40.00
Student Fee 40.00 25.00

Approximately 28-Aug-2015

Shorts: maximum 50 minutes

No requirement for completed by date

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

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Media Files
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Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements
A press kit is requested but not required, including:

Prizes & Awards
This category is a competition.

Best Film
Best Film is the highest honor the CIFF gives out.
Sponsor:Charleston International Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Audience Choice Award - Best Short Film
Judged by the festival audience.
Sponsor:Charleston International Film Festival

Audience Choice Award Best Foreign
Sponsor:Charleston International Film Festival
This prize is shared with other categories.

Audience Choice Award Best Animation
Judged by the festival audience.
Sponsor:Charleston International Film Festival

Special Jury Award
Jury's award for Best Short.
Sponsor:Charleston International Film Festival

Category Rules
Requirements for Film Consideration

The film cannot play in any film festival screenings in the Charleston area 90 days prior to the Charleston International Film Festival!

The following materials must be submitted and/or postmarked by the deadline date:

* Screener (DVD – NTSC format only)
* Completed submission through Withoutabox
* Submission fees

Film Status:

* Short films must be under 50 minutes in length.
* The festival will accept films of all genres.
* The festival will consider all films regardless of any commercial,
theatrical or television play in the US.
* World and US premieres are not required. Please see note above about screenings in the Charleston area.
* All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in
English for festival presentation.
* Works-in-progress will be considered.
* If submitting a student project - please include a copy of your student ID with your submission.

Upon acceptance, filmmakers must deliver final format for festival screening.

Requirements for Selected Films

The following is a list of items needed for films, which will be screened at the 2015 CIFF.

* For maximum exposure of your film, the festival will require
4 dvd screeners upon acceptance. Postcards and Posters optional.
* Synopsis of film (3 sentences or less)
* Final format of your film

Do not send cash. Payment in US dollars may be made by check, money order, or credit card online. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Charleston International Film Festival in US Dollars only. International entrants who do not pay by credit card must use an international money order paid in US dollars through a US bank.

The Festival is not responsible for the damage to tapes incurred in shipping. All preview DVDs and submitted press materials will not be returned unless a pre-paid envelope is included. Absolutely no exceptions will be permitted.