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Live-action productions of 60 minutes or longer are considered features. The festival accepts both live-action and animated submissions. In the event ... More
Live-action productions of 60 minutes or longer are considered features. The festival accepts both live-action and animated submissions. In the event that a production includes both live-action cinematography and animation, please identify the category in which it should compete. Less

Animated production of 60 min or more. The festival accepts both live-action and animated submissions. In the event that a production includes both li... More
Animated production of 60 min or more. The festival accepts both live-action and animated submissions. In the event that a production includes both live-action cinematography and animation, please identify the category in which it should compete. Less

Productions of less than 40 minutes are considered shorts.
Productions of less than 40 minutes are considered shorts. Less

Animated film of less than 40 minutes length. In the event that a production includes both live-action cinematography and animation, please identify t... More
Animated film of less than 40 minutes length. In the event that a production includes both live-action cinematography and animation, please identify the category in which it should compete. Less

If the CICFF receives a substantial number of documentary entries, there may be a separate competition category for documentaries. Otherwise, a docume... More
If the CICFF receives a substantial number of documentary entries, there may be a separate competition category for documentaries. Otherwise, a documentary submission will compete in the category selected on the Entry Form. A production is considered a documentary if it takes as its subject actual people, places, and events and presents them in a non-fictional context. Less

A submission is considered a television production if its intended distribution is television broadcast or direct-to-video release rather than a theat... More
A submission is considered a television production if its intended distribution is television broadcast or direct-to-video release rather than a theatrical release. The Festival reserves the right to place feature-length television productions in the feature film awards category. Multiple episodes of a television series must be submitted separately. Do not subm episodes and productions that will not have aired on national network or cable television in the United States by the time of the festival. Less

In the event that a production includes both live-action cinematography and animation, please identify the category in which it should compete. A sub... More
In the event that a production includes both live-action cinematography and animation, please identify the category in which it should compete. A submission is considered a television production if its intended distribution is television broadcast or direct-to-video release rather than a theatrical release. The Festival reserves the right to place feature-length television productions in the feature film awards category. Multiple episodes of a television series must be submitted separately. We strongly encourage the submission of episodes and productions that will not have aired on national network or cable television in the United States by the time of the festival. Less

Films that have been produced by children aged 6 to 14 are considered to be “child-produced.” An adult supervisor is allowed; however, the... More
Films that have been produced by children aged 6 to 14 are considered to be “child-produced.” An adult supervisor is allowed; however, the entire film must be conceived and produced by children with minimal adult input. There is no entry fee for child-produced films. Less

If the CICFF receives a substantial number of documentary entries, there may be a separate competition category for documentaries. Otherwise, a docume... More
If the CICFF receives a substantial number of documentary entries, there may be a separate competition category for documentaries. Otherwise, a documentary submission will compete in the category submitted to. A production is considered a documentary if it takes as its subject actual people, places, and events and presents them in a non-fictional context. Less

Films that have been produced by children aged 15-18 are considered to be teen-produced. An adult supervisor is allowed; however, the entire film must... More
Films that have been produced by children aged 15-18 are considered to be teen-produced. An adult supervisor is allowed; however, the entire film must be conceived and produced by teens with minimal adult input. Teen-produced films must match the Festival criteria outlined in Festival guidelines. There is no entry fee for teen-produced films. Less


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