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The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts short and feature length films of all categories. If you are unsure which category your film falls ... More
The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts short and feature length films of all categories. If you are unsure which category your film falls into please select Narrative. Less

The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts documentaries of both feature and short length.
The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts documentaries of both feature and short length. Less

The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts short and feature length films of all categories. If you are unsure which category your film falls ... More
The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts short and feature length films of all categories. If you are unsure which category your film falls into please select Narrative. The Cleveland International Film Festival is proud that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has named the Cleveland International Film Festival as a qualifying festival in all three categories of Short Films. Winners of the CIFF Best Live Action Short Film, Best Documentary, and Best Animated Short Film awards may qualify to enter the Short Films category of the Academy Awards® for the concurrent season, provided the films otherwise comply with the Academy rules. Less

The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts documentaries of both feature and short length. The Cleveland International Film Festival is pr... More
The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts documentaries of both feature and short length. The Cleveland International Film Festival is proud that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has named the Cleveland International Film Festival as a qualifying festival in all three categories of Short Films. Winners of the CIFF Best Live Action Short Film, Best Documentary and Best Animated Short Film awards may qualify to enter the Short Films category of the Academy Awards® for the concurrent season, provided the films otherwise comply with the Academy rules. Less

The Cleveland International Film Festival screens all forms of animated films of both feature and short length. In the past, the CIFF has screened man... More
The Cleveland International Film Festival screens all forms of animated films of both feature and short length. In the past, the CIFF has screened many award winning animated films from all over the world. The Cleveland International Film Festival is proud that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has named the Cleveland International Film Festival as a qualifying festival in all three categories of Short Films. Winners of the CIFF Best Live Action Short Film, Best Documentary, and Best Animated Short Film awards may qualify to enter the Short Films category of the Academy Awards® for the concurrent season, provided the films otherwise comply with the Academy rules. Less

All work submitted to our Web Series category must be a series of multiple videos in episodic form that pertain to the same theme and may not be longe... More
All work submitted to our Web Series category must be a series of multiple videos in episodic form that pertain to the same theme and may not be longer than 45 minutes per episode. Only one episode needs to be submitted, though supplemental episodes may be requested after the original work is pre-screened. Therefore please submit what you feel is your strongest piece in the series. All episodes within the series must have been made after June 1, 2017. We unfortunately are not considering news programs, talk show, or reality show formats at this time. Less

If you would like to submit your work in the New Media category, your work must showcase interactive storytelling, resulting in a non-theatrical prese... More
If you would like to submit your work in the New Media category, your work must showcase interactive storytelling, resulting in a non-theatrical presentation at the festival. Some examples of New Media include VIRTUAL REALITY, AUGMENTED REALITY, TRANSMEDIA WEBSITES, INTERACTIVE GAMING, CROSS-PLATFORM FILMS, and MULTI-MEDIA INSTALLATIONS. Content can be narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental, but must include an interactive element. If your submission meets the criteria for this category, you MUST email us directly at submissions@clevelandfilm.org prior to submitting, with a description and explanation of how your project falls into the New Media category, a link or links to examples of the project, and an estimated cost of and needed equipment for presentation. If, after review, your content does meet the criteria, we will then provide instructions to submit directly through the CIFF website. Less

The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts Music Videos under 15 minutes. If you would like to submit your work in the music video category, yo... More
The Cleveland International Film Festival accepts Music Videos under 15 minutes. If you would like to submit your work in the music video category, your work must be created for a specific piece of original music that you or an associate have the legal rights to. Less


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