67th Annual

Columbus International Film Festival

April 11, 2019 to April 13, 2019

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Columbus OH 43207
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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.
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.
All narrative subjects films are invited. Our programming focuses on unique independent voices from around the world.
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
New Media/Experimental
Serialized fiction and non fiction work intended for internet distribution. A maximum total running time of 15 minutes.
Ohio Filmmakers
For films either shot in Ohio or made by an Ohio resident.


Founded in 1952, the Columbus International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the United States. The festival showcases independent student and professional films from around the world.


The Columbus International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the United States.

The festival introduces central Ohio to the best independent filmmakers from around the world.

Through the years, the festival has honored thousands of films, filmmakers, and producers. 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.


April Samuelson; Doug Joseph (Executive Director); Jeannie Nuss (Public Information Officer); Jeremy Henthorn (Festival Director); Justin Howell; Teontey Poole; Teontey Poole


Secure Online Screeners (Vimeo or YouTube links) are the preferred submission method. However, if you chose to submit on DVD (Region 0 or 1), please send 2 copies with your application, and be sure to include your 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.

? Films must be a Columbus premiere.

? If accepted, filmmakers will need to provide the following:
- a digital copy of their completed film
- a DVD backup
- name of film
- director's name
- run time
- synopsis
- 2-3 high-res images from the film (not posters)
- photo credit information (who you would like those photos to be credited to)
- film or director's Twitter handle (optional)
- film website (optional)

? 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 the time of receipt of entry and notification of results. Otherwise, you will not be advised of or receive any award you may have won.

? All winners will receive customized laurels suitable for print and/or web usage. All winners will also receive awards in person or by mail. (If you cannot attend, please provide a mailing address, and we'll send the award to you.)

? 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 2016 and 2017 are eligible for entry into the festival.

? Entries into the Student Section of the festival must provide proof of eligibility (student ID) upon request.

? Re-entry: Entries from previous Columbus International Film & Animation 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 2016.

? 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.


? The 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


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.

Publicity: Images, trailers, and reproducible still images may be used in festival programs and publicity materials, including for use by media.

Archives: We keep the winning entries for the festival's archives.

Entrant has read and agrees to abide by all festival rules.