Alder International Short Film Festival (AISFF) is dedicated to the celebration of Short Films, a multi-day event September 25th - 27th, 2020 dedicated to supporting filmmakers and giving them an opportunity to showcase their work in an effort to bring the most inspiring and impactful voices forward.

AISFF has been created to showcase both National and International works by emerging and established artists who are passionate about storytelling via the art of filmmaking.

We aim to share great stories with the audience, while supporting independent filmmakers across the World and will screen all films accepted into ‘Official Selection’ in front of a live audience and the opportunity to Q&A session with on-site filmmakers.

All films chosen to be in ‘official selection’ will receive laurels and are automatically nominated for award categories.

2019 JUDGE # 1
* LIC. Edui Tijerina Chapa, M.E.S.
Screenwriter / Film critic, Radio & TV / Actors Instructor

2019 JUDGE # 2
* Roxana Alejo Morales
Operational Director of Ambulante Documentary and financial adviser of the Morelia International Film Festival

2019 HONOREE
* Susana Dosamantes
Mexican Actress has worked in around 65 movies and TV series, including a number of telenovelas (Spanish-language soap operas). She starred in the films Rio Lobo (1970), Day of the Assassin (1979) and Hit Man (1982), and worked in the telenovela El Juramento.

2019 SPECIAL GUEST
* Paulina Rubio Mexican Singer, has sold over 30M million records worldwide & Queen of Latin Pop.

* Consul General of Mexico in Chicago Ambassador Reyna Torres Mendivil

• Best Fiction
• Best Comedy
• Best Animated
• Best LGBTQ
• Best Documentary
• Best Illinois Short
• Best Music Video
• Best Collegiate Short
• Best under 18 years old
• Best Spanish Speaking Film by Female Director
• The "Susana Dosamantes" Award

1. AISFF is open to all filmmakers from around the World, if under 18 years old please submit a Parent/guardian consent form by email to aisff.usa@gmail.com
2. The film must have been completed on or after January 1, 2018
3. There must not be a screening fee attached to the film. AISFF will not pay screening fee to any film featured in the festival; there are no exeptions.
4. No premiere requirement, but being a premiere may determine film placement into key program blocks.
5. Film cannot require dual projection (interlock) or separate soundtracks.
6. Non-English film must be subtitled in English.
7. Films must be submitted through the official registration forms available on FilmFreeway.com.
8. There is no limit to the amount of films that a filmmaker or producer may register.
9. If your Film is accepted into ‘Official Selection’, will be optional for promotional purposes to send an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to aisff.usa@gmail.com including:
• at least one still photo from the film (in jpg or tif format at 300 dpi)
• a synopsis of the film in English
• a brief biography of the director’s in English
• director’s photograph (in jpg or tif format at 300 dpi)
• film official poster HQ
• film credits
10. All shipping expenses for participating work, from their place of origin to the address of this organization, shall be paid exclusively by the participant. The festival will not be responsible for the cost of receiving any additional materials.
11. It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted that may be used in the film. By submitting your film for consideration to the Alder International Short Film Festival (AISFF), you are telling us that you have full authority to do so, that the film is cleared for potential festival exhibition, and that you accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. That, as entrant you are the copyright holder, you have rights to all included music and have public performance permission.
12. AISFF is also herby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Showcase for promotional purposes. As well as use of photos taken at the Showcase events.
13. You shall also indemnify and hold harmless the AISFF 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.
14. By submitting your film, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.
Category Rules:
- Best Fiction: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Fiction' a work must be dramatic in nature, and no longer than 30 minutes. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best Comedy: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Comedy' a work must be comedic in nature, and no longer than 30 minutes. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best Animated: to be eligible to enter the category of 'Best Animated' category your film must consist of more than 75% original animated material and no longer than 30 minutes.

- Best Documentary: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Documentary' the work must be non-fiction and no longer than 30 minutes.

- Best LGBTQ: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best LGBTQ' a work must associate with the LGBTQ communities in theme, and be no longer than 30 minutes. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best Under 18 Years Old: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Under 18 years old' the Director must be under 18 years old on 09/27/2020, a work can be fiction, comedic or animated, and no longer than 30 minutes. Must submit by email a Parent/Guardian consent form by email to aisff.usa@gmail.com . No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best Spanish Speaking Film by Female Director: to be eligible to submit to the category for ‘Best Spanish Directing by a Women’ category your film must consist of 100% Spanish speaking material and Directed by a Women and no longer than 30 minutes.

- Best Illinois Short: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Illinois Short' is for any project that was at least partially filmed in Illinois AND comes from a director who resides in the state of Illinois and no longer than 30 minutes.

- Best Music Video: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Music Video' your work must be created for a specific piece of ORIGINAL music that you or an associate have the legal rights to and under 10 minutes.

- Best Collegiate Short category is open for any collegiate and university students nationwide. Students submitting must be currently enrolled in a university or college program and film must be no longer than 30 minutes.

- The "Susana Dosamantes" Award: All films are eligible, and all submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Fiction', 'Best Comedy', 'Best Animated', “Best Documentary”, “Best LGBTQ”, "Best Illinois Short", "Best Music Video", "Best Collegiate Short", “Best Under 18 Years Old” and "Best Spanish Speaking Film by Female Director" categories.

This is a gender-neutral category with no submission fee.

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  • Margie Kelk

    Although I was not able to attend the festival, I thoroughly appreciated how beautifully organized everything was during the event. I was thrilled to have my film included as part of the festival.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    thank you so much for your kind review and we look forward to see your work in 2020 edition

  • Ayelet Lerman

    Thanks so much to AISFF staff for the screening of my film!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    thank you so much for your kind review and we look forward to see your work in 2020 edition

  • Matt Bissett-Johnson

    Alder International Short Film festival was very well run and communicative festival. Even though I was unable to attend, they kept me informed and were very inviting. Thank you Alder!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    thank you so much for your kind review and we look forward to see your work in 2020

  • Vanda Ladeira

    Thank you, for letting our film Alder be a part of this wonderful festival. We're very grateful.

    We wish your festival all the best and hope to work with you again.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    thank you so much for your kind review and we look forward to see your work in 2020

  • Primary School"Stjepan Kefelja", Kutina, Croatia -film group

    Alder International Short Film Festival is a great festival. So much enthusiasm and positive energy. The movies are great. Congratulations on your online promotion of the festival, the organization is great.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    thank you so much for your kind review and we look forward to see your work in 2020