Welcome to the 2018 Carnegie Mellon International "Faces" Film Festival Short Film Competition!

Our Short Film Competition buzzes and hums under the umbrella of the Carnegie Mellon International Festival. But we bring a lot of excitement to the Festival season on our own! Our annual competition event unites local and international filmmakers with professionals and with in-house audiences. All the eyes a filmmaker could ask for under one roof! We will shine the spotlight on those who present a unique vision and create a poignant conversation through their films.

Each year, the festival chooses a theme that focuses on a current social issue or idea. This year's theme is (In)Equality.

The “Faces” Film Festival prides itself in being the only international film festival in the world organized and run by university students from the numerous educational institutions across Pittsburgh, such as CMU and the University of Pittsburgh. The students build events around the festival’s rich variety of films from the U.S., Egypt, France, Australia, China, Iran, Peru, Poland, Japan, Germany, Belarus, Korea, and many other countries, hoping to reinforce Pittsburgh’s ethnic history and living culture.

Grand Prize*: $1,000
Second Prize*: $500
Third Prize*: $250

*The Grand, Second, and Third prizes will be given to the films selected by a panel of respected filmmakers and scholars in Pittsburgh.

Film must have been made between 2016-2018

Short Film Length
Films should be anywhere between 5 - 15 minutes in length.

Film must include but is not strictly limited to the Faces of (In)Equality theme. The theme is open for creative interpretation.

If in a language other than English, and/or if audio is in any way muffled, subtitles are required.

Number of Submissions
Each director can submit a maximum of 2 short films. Films must not have been submitted to the CMU International Film Festival Short Film Competition before.

Other Festival Submissions and/or Awards
If the film has been submitted to other festivals and/or received any awards, please list them with submission.

MP4 or MOV formats
Use H.264 codec
Code Rate: 5M per second
Video Size: 720P (1280x720)

Overall Rating
  • javad daraei

    I am very happy and welcome every year to participate in your festival and thank you for this fine festival

    April 2018