9th Annual

Costa Rica International Film Festival

November 19, 2015 to November 22, 2015

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2993 High Falls Road
Griffin (Takes place Costa Rica) GA 30223
Phone: 506-8320-5450

UNCONFIRMED LISTING • Call for Entries is current, but not yet approved for Online Submission at Withoutabox. You may submit by traditional means, or check back soon in case the status changes.

Narrative Features
Narrative Features of every genre are accepted: Drama, Comedy, Horror, Action, Romance, and everything in between. Narrative Features are 46 minutes and over in length.
Documentary Features
Documentary Features from every country are accepted. Documentary Features are 46 minutes and over in length.
Animated shorts and features are accepted.
Experimental Shorts and Features are welcomed.
Music Video
Music Videos of all types are accepted.
Narrative Shorts
Narrative Fiction Shorts of every genre are accepted
Documentary Shorts
Documentary Shorts from every country are accepted


You are invited to the Ninth Annual Costa Rica International Film Festival held in beautiful Montezuma Costa Rica.

Costa Rica International Film Festival in Montezuma serves as an exciting and important international destination for independent filmmakers and their fans (as well as those who just need to get away from it all!)

CRIFF Montezuma showcases an incredibly diverse array of short and feature films from across the world. Attendees will enjoy every genre of films, filmmaker discussions, festival cocktail hours, dinners, tours to nearby waterfalls, rivers, islands, and plenty of special events, including some really fun late night parties at the world-famous Chico’s Bar.

There are countless activities to fill your days during the festival. Soak up the sun on the beach, hike through the jungle, enjoy trips to nearby islands, horse-back riding, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, ATV tours, zip-line jungle canopy tours, yoga classes, and much, much more.

CRIFF is dedicated to showcasing the brightest filmmakers from every corner of the world. This is truly an international event, where filmmakers from every country come together to meet, discuss their ideas and visions - and showcase their films in paradise.


CRIFF is held in Montezuma, Costa Rica - one of the most beautiful destinations in the entire country.

Montezuma is the perfect destination for a large scale cultural event, and the Costa Rica International Film Festival is a great opportunity for you to experience Costa Rica while showcasing your talent to the world.

CRIFF is held as part of Independent Film Month Costa Rica. Independent Film Month Costa Rica presents three unique film festivals in celebration of independent filmmakers from around the world.

IFM Costa Rica brings together filmmakers and their fans in paradise to showcase nearly 200 films of all genres.

Join us for the best in international shorts and features in the world.

As our festival judging committee is located in different parts of the world, we prefer submissions via Withoutabox's Secure Online Screener or another online option. With an online screener, each member of our team can view your work, and can judge your film instantly. You will also save money, time, and help cut down on the waste of packaging material. If you choose to submit hard-copy by postal service, please also include a link, and password if required, to view the film online.


Cat Fisher; Kate Ebner (Director of Communications); Sandy Astudillo (Director)


Entry fees must be in U.S. funds only.

A completed entry and an entry fee must accompany each film or video. Entries via Withoutabox's Secure Online Screeners, or a link to another online source, is preferred.

Cost of shipping exhibition prints to the festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. Please use as little packaging materials as possible when shipping your entry!!

Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard if you wish to receive confirmation that your entry has been received. PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION, although you may ask for delivery confirmation.

Programming decisions are made by the festival directors and our selection committee. If accepted, we will notify filmmakers by email. After acceptance, the presentational format will need to be in our office one week before the festival. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know. We do not pay rental fees for submitted work that is programmed.

Due to the large number of entries received submission materials and videos will not be returned.


Costa Rica International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Costa Rica International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.