OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.
|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 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 Videos of all types are accepted.
|Narrative Fiction Shorts of every genre are accepted
|Documentary Shorts from every country are accepted
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
You are invited to the Eighth 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 hundreds 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.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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 during the annual Costa Rica International Film Festival, June 5 - 8, 2014. Incredible documentaries are celebrated during the annual Costa Rica DocuFest, June 12 - 15, 2014. The annual Costa Rica Shortsfest brings you the best short films of every genre, June 19 - 22, 2014.
Independent Film Month Costa Rica is the ultimate film festival destination. Please join us in June 2014.
As our festival team is located in different parts of the world, we prefer submissions via Withoutabox's Secure Online Screeners. 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 email us a link to view the film online (if possible).
Jonathan Yonkers (Local Manager)
; Lisa Highfill (Co-Director)
; 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 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.
SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION
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 three weeks 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.
Although the art of filmmaking is not competitive, CRIFF does give awards. The festival jury will present awards to films and videos selected as best in these categories: Drama Feature and Short, Comedy Feature and Short, Documentary Feature and Short, Experimental, Animation, Horror, "Best of Fest", and more.
RETURN OF SUBMISSION TAPES
Due to the large number of entries received submission materials and videos will not be returned.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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.