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14-Jul-2014 3:40am PDT  

 

Cleveland International Film Festival

39 Annual March 18, 2015 to March 29, 2015

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2510 Market Ave
Cleveland OH 44113-3434
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Phone: 216-623-3456
Fax: 216-623-0103
beth@clevelandfilm.org
http://www.clevelandfilm.org

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.
Animated Feature
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.
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 to announce that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has named the Cleveland International Film Festivalas a qualifying festival in the category of Short Films. Winners of the CIFF Best Live Action Short Film 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.
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 to announce that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has named the Cleveland International Film Festivalas a qualifying festival in the category of Short Films. Winners of the CIFF Best Live Action Short Film 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.

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 39th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will be held March 18-29, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Founded in 1977, the Cleveland Film Society has presented the Cleveland International Film Festival every spring for over three decades. In March 2014, Ohio's premier film event featured over 350 films originating from over 65 countries and an attendance of over 97,000 - making the CIFF one of the largest and longest running regional film festivals in the US.

The CIFF was also recognized as one of the 50 leading film festivals in the world by IndieWIRE.

Over the past several years, the CIFF has maintained it's relevancy through it's wide survey of programming choices and growing audiences from the region including Akron, Columbus, Toledo, Detroit and Pittsburgh. Visiting filmmakers, panel discussions, and student screenings are all CIFF highlights.



ORGANIZERS
Beth Steele Radisek (Entry Coordinator) ; Bill Guentzler (Artistic Director) ; Debbie Marshall (Membership Director & Office Manager) ; Debby Samples (Marketing Director) ; Mallory Martin (Associate Programmer) ; Marcie Goodman (Executive Director) ; Patrick Shepherd (Associate Director)

GENERAL RULES
- We ask that all entrants submit their films through Withoutabox.com. 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, 2013 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 subject films.

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

- All short films submitted must be available for exhibition as a Pro-Res digital file which must be sent to CIFF on a hard drive/thumb drive. Short films will be transferred temporarily onto CIFF's secure and private hard drive system for presentation. BLU-RAY AND DVD WILL NOT BE SCREENED FOR EXHIBITION!

- All films must be submitted on 3 DVDs (Region 0 or 1) for consideration by the Selection Committee. Submitting less than 3 DVDs or DVDs that are not Region 0 or 1 will result in an INCOMPLETE SUBMISSION and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

- All DVDs must be labeled clearly with title, runtime, contact info, and Withoutabox tracking number.

- All entries must be postmarked by November 30, 2014. (Early submission discounts apply until October 31- see fee schedule.)

- All entries must be sent to the CIFF prepaid and, for your own protection, should be insured.

- DVDs submitted will NOT be returned.

- 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.

- Films selected for the 39th CIFF will be announced no later than Friday, February 20, 2015.

- Filmmakers are responsible for the shipment of the exhibition copy to the CIFF. 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).


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.