63rd Annual

Columbus International Film + Video Festival

November 06, 2015 to November 16, 2015

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

Student
All student eligible work in the listed categories (narrative, documentary, animation) are invited to submit

*Entries into the Student Section of the Festival must provide proof of eligibility (student id) upon request.
Animation
Works in this division use animation
as their primary practice. The division welcomes all
topics and foci, and encourages creative applications
of animation. The Festival has a long-standing tradition
of animation for all ages. We are interested in
animation for both children and adults. The CIV+VF
has traditionally presented a Saturday Morning
Cartoons For Kids program for children of all ages as
part of the Festival’s regular programming. For the second year in a row we are pleased to announce a
$1,000 screening fee award dedicated to the works
chosen for our Saturday Morning Cartoons/First Night screenings. The child-friendly animated works chosen for the screenings will receive a screening fee for the use of their work thanks to the generosity of the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.
Narrative Feature
All narrative features (45 min or over) are invited. Our programming focuses on unique independent voices from around the world.
Promotional / Industrial
Corporate and individual media that introduce bold new approaches to promotional and industrial film.
Documentary Feature
Celebrating unique independent voices from around the world, all documentary features (45 mins or over) are invited to submit. Awards will be given in several genre subcategories including:

Science and Technology
Social Issues
Religion and Spirituality
Educational
Documentary Short
Celebrating unique independent voices from around the world, all documentary short films under 45 minutes are invited to submit. Awards will be given in several genre subcategories including:

Science and Technology
Social Issues
Religion and Spirituality
Educational
New Media
Short form digital creative work that could include Gaming Videos, Camera trickery, Vines, Experimental and Expressionistic Media. This is a category for work that does't fit the mold of tradition exhibition catagories.
Web Series
Serialized fiction and non fiction work intended for internet distribution. A maximum total running time of 15 minutes.
Narrative Short
Narrative works under 45 minutes
LGBT Cinema
Works in this division of the CIF+VF must
focus on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and/or experience in some meaningful way. The works may be in any genre: narrative, documentary, experimental, feature length
or shorts. This division is sponsored by Stonewall Columbus and includes an up to $1000 travel award to bring winning filmmakers to the CIF+VF. Several screenings at the 63rd CIF+VF will be dedicated to LGBT works, also sponsored by Stonewall Columbus. To enter this category the work MUST be from an LGBT filmmaker or have an LGBT character of substance in the film (ie; NOT a minor LGBT character but rather the focus of the film).

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Dedicated to serving filmmakers and their audiences by celebrating
excellence in filmmaking, the Columbus International Film and Video Festival believes in educating and entertaining people through the art and experience of film and video.




ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

There is a $1000 Travel Award for filmmakers (of any type) to attend the CIF+VF. The filmmakers chosen will attend the Festival and one filmmaker may perform the final adjudication for the 2015 Greater Columbus Arts Council Media Fellowships. The filmmaker chosen to adjudicate the Fellowships will receive an honorarium as well as travel funds. These awards are not limited by division so all filmmakers are in consideration for these awards. The award amounts (travel and honorariums) are dependent upon travel and housing costs incured by the Festival.

This year Stonewall Columbus will choose an LGBT filmmaker to attend the screening of their film and bring the filmmaker to the CIF+VF, all expenses paid.

For the third year in a row we are pleased to announce a $1,000 screening award dedicated to the works chosen for our Saturday Morning Cartoons/First Night screenings. The child-friendly animated works chosen for the screenings will receive a screening fee for the use of their work thanks to the generosity of the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.

Join the hundreds of independent and corporate producers who enter their productions in the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, aka the Chris Awards. This most distinguished competition, with its coveted Chris Statuette, has been awarding quality productions since 1953! We are the longest running Film Festival in the USA.

The Columbus Film Council was founded in 1950 by Dr. Edgar Dale, professor of educational media at The Ohio State University, and other media professionals interested in promoting the use of 16mm motion pictures. Dale was an early advocate of using the latest media as tools for education and communication. In 1953, their efforts grew into the Columbus Film Festival, further spreading the gospel of easy-to-use 16mm film and the documentary wonders it made widely available. Today the Festival is called the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, or the CIF+VF. The Festival has run continuously since, making it the longest-running film festival in North America. Through the years, the Festival has honored thousands of films, filmmakers, and producers. The Chris Award is proudly displayed in production offices around the world. The Chris Award has also at times been a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. The Festival’s awards remain a revered prize for industry professionals, but the organization is equally passionate about supporting independent film. The juried competition focuses on rewarding the world’s best films, regardless of origin, while the Festival serves to promote and screen more and more films every year.


ORGANIZERS

Jeremy Henthorn (Festival Director)

GENERAL RULES

WAB Secure Online Screener or secure Vimeo or Youtube Link are the preferred submission method however if you chose to submit on DVD (Region 0 or 1) please send 2 copies with application with title, name, running time and withoutabox # on the disc. If using a Vimeo or Youtube link, please include your link at the top of the cover letter section of your Withoutabox submission.

• IF accepted, filmmakers will need to provide a prores 422 file of their completed film and a DVD backup along with a high-resolution photo file for printed materials.

• Entry title, name of entrant and withoutabox tracking number must be on all materials and containers.

• Separate applications are required for each film—even if one entity is submitting more than one film.

*DVDs submitted without name, title, running time and withoutabox number will not be accepted.

* Any incoming shipping, wire, banking, or other charges will be billed back to the entrant and must be paid before the entry is eligible for competition.

* Please let us know if your email address changes between time of receipt of entry and notification of results in mid-to-late September! Otherwise you will not be advised of, or receive any award you may have won.

Due to the high cost of creating and shipping our hand-cast hand- engraved awards, the CIF+VF has instituted a new awards policy. All certificates will be awarded and mailed via US Post to certificate award winners. All of the filmmakers who attend the CIF+VF will receive their statuettes, plaques, and certificates in person, without charge. All other winners will receive a virtual image of their award as well as customized laurels suitable for print and/or web usage. Actual award statuettes and plaques will be available for the award recipients to purchase through the CIF+VF web site. Sorry about that.

Liability: Although every possible care will be taken with your entry
materials while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send any original materials.

Eligibility Dates: Films and videos produced in 2013, 2014 and 2015 are eligible for entry into the 2015 Festival.

Re-entry: Entries from previous Columbus International Film + Video
Festivals are eligible for this year’s competition if they are a revision, or
entered in a different division than the original submission, and were
produced during or after 2013.

English Language: All entries must have audio essential to the message on an English language soundtrack or English subtitles. An English translation script is not an acceptable substitute with the exception of foreign student entries.


JUDGING CRITERIA

*Judging panels consist of carefully selected professionals experienced in production or with expertise in their respective areas. Jurors do not participate in the evaluation of any category in which any organization with which they are affiliated has an entry.

* Productions are evaluated on a seven point merit system, with the Chris Statuette presented to work receiving a rating of seven, the Bronze Plaque to productions receiving a rating of six, and Honorable Mention to productions with a rating of five.

* The Silver Chris (Best of Division) winners will be considered for the Best of Festival Award. A special panel will determine this special award.

The following criteria are applied during the judging process:

* Target audience *Credibility
* Purpose * Organization and Development
* Concept and Creativity * Technical proficiency




TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The entrant has full rights to submit the entry and authorize its use. Promotion Rights: Producers or distributors who enter the Festival grant permission for their entries to be presented at any Festival screening or event unless we are otherwise notified at the time of entry. Liability: Although every possible care will be taken with your entry materials while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send any original materials. We do not return any materials sent to us. Publicity: Images, trailers, and reproducible stills may be used in Festival Programs and publicity materials. Division Transfer: You, the entrant, best know the material and its purpose; however, each division chairman has the right to change the division of an entry if another placement seems more appropriate. We keep the winning entries for the Chris Collection Archives. Entry productions that do not win or grant permission for inclusion in the Chris Awards Collection will be discarded. Awards: Due to the high cost of creating and shipping our hand-cast hand- engraved awards, the CIF+VF has instituted a new awards policy. All of the filmmakers who attend the CIF+VF will receive their statuettes, plaques, and certificates in person, without charge. All other winners will receive a virtual image as customized laurels suitable for print and/or web usage. Actual award statuettes and plaques will be available for the award recipients to purchase through the CIF+VF web site. Sorry about that. Entrant has read and agrees to abide by all Festival rules.