43rd Annual

Cleveland International Film Festival

March 27, 2019 to April 07, 2019

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts short and feature length films of all categories. If you are unsure which category your film falls into please select Narrative.
Documentary Feature
The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts documentaries of both feature and short length.
Narrative Short
The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts short and feature length films of all categories. If you are unsure which category your film falls into please select Narrative.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is proud that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has named the Cleveland International Film Festival as a qualifying festival in all three categories of Short Films. Winners of the CIFF Best Live Action Short Film, Best Documentary, and Best Animated Short Film awards may qualify to enter the Short Films category of the Academy Awards® for the concurrent season, provided the films otherwise comply with the Academy rules.
Documentary Short
The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts documentaries of both feature and short length.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is proud that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has named the Cleveland International Film Festival as a qualifying festival in all three categories of Short Films. Winners of the CIFF Best Live Action Short Film, Best Documentary and Best Animated Short Film awards may qualify to enter the Short Films category of the Academy Awards® for the concurrent season, provided the films otherwise comply with the Academy rules.
Animated Short
The Cleveland International Film Festival screens all forms of animated films of both feature and short length. In the past, the CIFF has screened many award winning animated films from all over the world.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is proud that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has named the Cleveland International Film Festival as a qualifying festival in all three categories of Short Films. Winners of the CIFF Best Live Action Short Film, Best Documentary, and Best Animated Short Film awards may qualify to enter the Short Films category of the Academy Awards® for the concurrent season, provided the films otherwise comply with the Academy rules.
Web Series
All work submitted to our Web Series category must be a series of multiple videos in episodic form that pertain to the same theme and may not be longer than 45 minutes per episode. Only one episode needs to be submitted, though supplemental episodes may be requested after the original work is pre-screened. Therefore please submit what you feel is your strongest piece in the series. All episodes within the series must have been made after June 1, 2017. We unfortunately are not considering news programs, talk show, or reality show formats at this time.
New Media
If you would like to submit your work in the New Media category, your work must showcase interactive storytelling, resulting in a non-theatrical presentation at the festival. Some examples of New Media include VIRTUAL REALITY, AUGMENTED REALITY, TRANSMEDIA WEBSITES, INTERACTIVE GAMING, CROSS-PLATFORM FILMS, and MULTI-MEDIA INSTALLATIONS. Content can be narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental, but must include an interactive element. If your submission meets the criteria for this category, you MUST email us directly at submissions@clevelandfilm.org prior to submitting, with a description and explanation of how your project falls into the New Media category, a link or links to examples of the project, and an estimated cost of and needed equipment for presentation. If, after review, your content does meet the criteria, we will then provide instructions to submit directly through the CIFF website.
Music Video
The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts Music Videos under 15 minutes. If you would like to submit your work in the music video category, your work must be created for a specific piece of original music that you or an associate have the legal rights to.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Cleveland Film Society promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.

In pursuing its mission, the Cleveland Film Society will:

- Set high standards for quality film education and exhibition, placing artistic and cultural merit above commercial appeal.

- Foster understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and values.

- Work collaboratively to broaden access to quality film arts.

- Cultivate an innovative and forward-thinking organization.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival will be held March 27 - April 7, 2019 at Tower City Cinemas in Cleveland, Ohio.

In April 2018 at the 42nd CIFF, Ohio's premier film event featured 469 films originating from 72 countries and an attendance of 105,656 film-lovers - making CIFF one of the largest and longest running regional film festivals in the US.

CIFF is one of the few Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the world for all three categories of short films – live action, animated, and documentary. CIFF is also one of the only festivals that continues to provide written feedback from our selection committee for every film that is officially submitted. This past year, CIFF gave cash awards totaling nearly $130,000 to the winning filmmakers of 30 different competitions.

“The Cleveland International Film Festival may very well be the best kept secret in the festival world. No red carpets, no photo calls. And yet they somehow manage to pack theaters for several screenings in a row. Plus they make it easy for you to watch films, they offer food and drinks around the clock, and everyone goes out of their way to assist you with anything you might need. No one is stressed or arrogant or ignorant, everyone is in good moods and sincerely friendly, sharp, and efficient. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone – in today’s world, almost unbelievable. It’s a well-oiled machine dedicated to cinema, made of an army of caring humans.” – Christina Kallas, Director, THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT

“The Cleveland International Film Festival was a remarkable event, truly hospitable and a beautifully wide, eclectic mix of strong films. But most impressive for me were the audiences – regular viewers, not industry, there for one reason only: because they love film. You could really feel that.” – Thomas Lennon, Director, SACRED

“We tell stories to connect and inspire one another. CIFF took the stories from the screens to the community to allow people to take action together to change the world. It’s the ultimate reward for filmmakers to see their work go from screens to the community. This is the love and community that every filmmaker, artist, and activist needs to have behind them.” – Apo W. Bazidi, Director, RESISTANCE IS LIFE


ORGANIZERS

Beth Steele Radisek (Entry Coordinator); Bill Guentzler (Artistic Director); Debbie Marshall (Membership Director & Office Manager); Debby Samples (Marketing Director); Mallory Martin (Director of Programming and Projection); Marcie Goodman (Executive Director); Patrick Shepherd (Associate Director); Paul Sloop

GENERAL 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).


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By agreeing to these terms, you warrant that you have read, understood, and agreed to the regulations of the Cleveland International Film Festival and that, to the best of your knowledge, the information that you have supplied is correct.