Conch Shell International Film Fest (CSIFF) is an online film festival which promotes films and mixed media projects by artists from the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora. Presented by New York City-based, Conch Shell Productions, CSIFF champions and celebrate the unique voices of artists of the Caribbean Diaspora and in the Caribbean.

Our mission:
Conch Shell International Film Fest spotlights student and indie filmmakers and screenwriters of the Caribbean Diaspora and the Caribbean who create films that inspire social change.

Our film festival will create unique opportunities for this community of international film artists to be celebrated and recognized. Our goal is to advance artists careers with screenings, networking events, panels and workshops.

Film categories include: student & Indie shorts: narrative (all genres), documentary, animation, web series/pilots, music videos, experimental, and one-act recorded live theatre/"Zoom" theatre productions.

Conch Shell International Film Fest is a 3-day online event that takes place in late August 2022..

Our festival will feature film screenings, in-depth Artist Q&A with audience participation, panel discussions, and seminars, and afterparties. The industry panels we offer are wide-ranging, providing experienced insight into craft building, crowdfunding, and social issues in the film industry. CSIFF2022 Award Jurists include: Alain Bidard, Wally Fall, Maella Kancel, Javier Molina, Melanie Nicholls-King, Nadhege Ptah, JR Roache, David Velo Stewart and Marquis Smalls,

CSIFF2022 Award Ceremony will take place live on Sunday, August 28th at 7pm.

Submit your film, and come be a part of a fast-growing and friendly filmmaking community!

This year's theme: art that inspires change.

The Audience Choice Award winner will receive a $100 cash prize.

All Jury Award winners will receive a one year subscription to Previs Pro (IOS compatible only)

The following Jury Award Winners will receive a certificate for downloadable version of
Final Draft :
Audience Choice
Best Screenwriter
Best Director
Best Student Film
Best Film
Best Web Series/Pilot

CSIFF Jury Awards laurels include:
- Best Director
- Best Screenwriter
- Best Lead Performer
- Best Film
- Best Cinematographer
- Best Student Film
- Best Animation
- Best Documentary
- Best Music Video
- Best Web series/Pilot
- Best Micro Short

ELIGIBILITY
Films that have previously screened in other festivals are eligible for consideration.
Films completed from 2010-2022 are eligible for consideration.

Submitted works MUST satisfy ONE of the eligibility criteria below:

CARIBBEAN DIASPORA FILMS:
Films by indie or student screenwriters and/or directors of CARIBBEAN ancestry (living in North America, South America, Central, African, Europe, Asia, Africa, etc).

OR

CARIBBEAN FILMS:
Films written or directed by indie and student filmmakers who are living in the Caribbean. Filmmakers working in all Caribbean regional languages are encouraged to apply. Subtitles or dubbing required for non-English language films.

SCREENERS: A Secure Online Screener

Online screener format: .mp4 or .mov (1080p) via FilmFreeway.com. The submission must be downloadable. Passwords must be provide for password protected submissions.

FILM PRESS KIT - Including: 4 Hi-Res publicity stills, film poster, synopsis, log line, writer and director picture & bio (bio must specify Caribbean ancestry of eligible filmmaker), Cast and Crew information.

If submitting as a student entry, some form of proof of being a student must be provided (student id or current transcript). Student filmmakers must be over eighteen years of age and competent to contract in their own name.

Entry forms and payment will not be processed without accompanying Preview Copies in one of the accepted formats for film applicants.

Non-English films must be SUBTITLED or DUBBED in English.

By submitting to General submissions you acknowledge that you agree to that if your film is selected to be screen in CSIFF 2022 the 15-60 second trailer of your film (including credits) will be streaming on our website for at least three years; stills for at least 10 years. If your film wins an award your trailer will be on our website for at least 10 years.

Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form, entry materials and entry fee.

Jury Awards and Official Selections are based on overall merits of the films and are at the sole discretion of the jury and programming committee.

SCREENING FEE - The festival does not offer screening fees for its films. By submitting through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to NOT request a screening fee as a requirement for your film's participation in the festival, should your film get selected for the program.

Filmmakers waive any right to inspect or approve the photograph, advertising copy, audio piece or printed matter that may be used or to the eventual use that it may be applied.

CSIFF reserves the right to refuse to consider any submission at our discretion.

All fees are nonrefundable.

Submission to the festival is not a guarantee that your film will be screened.

Participating in CSIFF implies understanding and acceptance of festival regulations.

(All featured filmmakers will receive a free All-Access Fest pass to attend all screenings, panel discussions, after parties and private events.)

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Wally Fall

    That frst edition was thoroughly thought out from the very start. It was an absolutely amazing experience to be part of the selection and meet all the people involved. Congratulations !

    May 2021
    Logo
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for being a part of Conch Shell IFF2021 Wally. And thank you for the glowing review.

  • Krystle Adams

    I had a blast being a part of the Conch Shell International Film Festival. It was so well run and everyone was so kind and helpful. I will definitely submit to this film festival again.

    May 2021
    Logo
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Krystle. We are looking forward to your submission next year.

  • I'm very grateful to have been selected and invited in the festival. Great schedule and great films. Definitely a very original and promising way to meet and network virtually. Very reminiscent of the real thing! Very well organized and the communication was great, complete, and helpful. Long live the CSIFF!

    May 2021
    Logo
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Alain. It was a pleasure featuring your work in CSIFF. See you next year.

  • 20 out of 10!

    This was the most realistic virtual festival experience we've had so far during our festival run (and we've had a few). The fest village on Filmocracy was amazing! You could go from one building to the next, sit at tables with different people and chat in an intimate setting (not like those mass meetings that we've all been attending) and get to know and learn from some of the most accomplished professionals in movie business who always took the time to answer our questions and give nuggets of advice. From panels to master class to artist chats to after parties with a live DJ (Q-Nice, you're awesome), this festival lacked nothing. The presenters and moderators were very fluid and engaging, like real people having a chat. We felt like we were quite literally at a face-to-face event.

    It was seamless, immersive and jam packed! We came out far more enriched than we went in. Communication and networking were off the chain! Even though they had tech support, we didn't need it. The hospitality was amazing. Overall quality, fantastic. Our film, Sweet Rind, even won 2 awards, including Audience Choice!!!

    We wish this festival the very best and hope it sticks around for years to come. Magaly, Kyra, Natasha, Marquis and the rest of the team, all our thumbs are up for the passion and professionalism you displayed. We're so grateful to have been invited to be a part of your world this past weekend. Words don't do our experience enough justice.

    May 2021
    Logo
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your glowing review. Celebrating powerful Caribbean and Caribbean films like yours is a gift and a pleasure for us. See you next year.