Welcome to the 9 Central Film Festival!

What started as an excuse to make movies with friends and present them in our backyard, has evolved into… pretty much the same thing, but now in a theater! Now in its fifth year, the 9 Central Film Fest is making the move from the yard to the historic Jane Pickens Theater in downtown Newport, RI. In keeping with our DIY, friends creating with friends, ethos, we encourage filmmakers of all levels to submit. From the professional with the Alexa to the kid with an iPhone, you’re all welcome.

The festival hosts a selection of 15-20 short films of any genre. The sweet spot is between 2 and 10 minutes in length as we want to show as many films as possible in the window that we have. Longer films will absolutely be accepted however we are putting a cutoff of 20 minutes max. We strive to put a variety of films up on screen so categories include:



Music Video




**Important Note**

This festival started out as an opportunity to give local filmmakers an audience and a chance to display their work on the big screen. So submissions will be accepted from all over, however films from Rhode Island/New England based artists will be given top priority. Additionally, submissions created specifically for this event and filmmakers who are able to attend the event in person will be given priority as well. This creates a sense of community and networking among the festival.

**Important Note**

1) Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the festival, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights.
2) Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. 9 Central Film Fest expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

1) 9CFF has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.
2) 9CFF explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by 9CFF or by its volunteers.
3) selections will be chosen two weeks before the festival date however, 9CFF holds the right to modify the list of selected films up until the day of event. The judges’ decision is final.
4) Films that have been completed since last years event- after September 8th, 2022. Will be given priority selection.