"IndieFanFilmFest" a TOP 100 BEST REVIEWED festival - come see why!

"I attend many festivals and there are few that measure up to this one. The festival lives up to its motto: where filmmakers are ALWAYS center stage. The attendance of filmmakers representing diverse genre and levels of expertise coupled with the many opportunities to network makes this a festival I will always try to attend. I have no hesitation checking 5 stars in every category. There needs to be 10 STARS for communication.” Margery Wilson, Quizas International

* An international festival and IMDb qualifying event *

*** UPDATE *** Due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, we have made two major changes for 2020 - first by judging films on quarterly (or seasonal) submission periods and awarding laurels as such. Secondly, we pushed back the date from the first week of June 2020 to September, but when that became untenable we opted for a "Film Share Week" in August for all Selected films who opted to participate. *** End of Coronavirus Update ***

CSIFFF features 3 full days of LIVE SCREENINGS at the plush and smoke-free Jumer's Casino in Rock Island, IL, whose fantastic viewing rooms and discounted room rates make for a great intimate festival experience. Quad Cities International Airport is minutes away, or visit CHICAGO before or after - Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports are within a few hours drive!

CSIFFF celebrates the diversity of Americans and all human beings, so in addition to our general call for submissions, we are issuing a call for films with innovative, progressive and balanced stories from and concerning women, the LGBTQ community, seniors, and those of Latin, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Native American descent.

CSIFFF's RED CARPET AWARDS CEREMONY on Friday is an evening long event and a night to remember - with a four-course meal, table wines, film clips, photo ops, and awards throughout. You won't want to miss it!

CSIFFF is an International Film Festival that is dedicated to REAL INDIE FILMMAKERS - not the big studio spinoffs calling themselves as such. While held in Rock Island, Illinois, which along with Davenport, Bettendorf and Moline make up the Quad Cities along the Mighty Mississippi River in America's heartland, FILMS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM AROUND THE WORLD. As well, additional categories are open for submissions from the following Central States: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin..

We are very excited to meet you and to review your creative gem. We understand how precious each film is to its creators and will work with you and the growing Central States Film Community to cultivate your craft in the coming months and years. OUR PROMISE - to diligently endeavor to empower INDEPENDENT filmmakers and celebrate film CREATIVITY and DIVERSITY in the Central States and around the world!

ALL SUBMISSIONS are eligible to be nominated for genre, role and crew categories as determined appropriate by judges, for example Comedy or Horror, Actor or Actress, and Director or Cinematography*

BEST OF FEST - given to the overall winner chosen by our judges from all submitted films.

BEST CENTRAL STATES FILM - chosen by our judges from all submitted films qualifying as a Central States Film

STUDENT FILMMAKER - anyone 18 and under, or a college student (verified by student ID) please submit at student rates for automatic eligibility for student awards.

Awards given for each submission category; genre awards - for example Comedy, Foreign Language, or Horror; and craft - Cinematography, Soundtrack, Director, etc., as well as Talented New Director, and Talented Student Filmmaker.

MUSIC CATEGORIES, FILM POSTERS, and TRAILERS - only films that specifically submit to one or more of the Soundtrack, Song, Music Video or Trailer categories will be judged for those awards. Selected Trailers and Music Videos will be screened.

The judging panel reserves the right to remove a category or to add additional categories as they deem appropriate.

*Films completed before 2017 can submit in the Open Category - for Short content or Feature length. Selected films will, of course, be screened and one will be awarded the Jury Award - Open Category. These films will not, however, be included in nominations for Best Actress, Director, etc.

All entries and submissions to Central States Indie FanFilmFest must be made through FilmFreeway. See categories for specific lengths. Films not in English must be subtitled in English.

If you meet requirements for a Central States submission category, your film will be judged in these more narrow categories while still eligible for top festival awards.

If your film is selected in only a MUSIC category - Soundtrack (Short or Feature), Original Song with Lyrics, Original Song Instrumental, we reserve the right to screen it in part.

Films completed before 2017 can submit in the Open Category - for Short content or Feature length. Selected films will be screened and one will be awarded the Jury Award - Open Category. These films will not, however, be included in nominations for Best Actress, Director, etc.

Awards Event requirements - we endeavor to hold a first class top of the line Awards Evening that is 2nd to none, therefore selected films must comply with deadlines for nomination clips and other requests necessary to make this evening spectacular. Selected films that do not respond to event our requirements must and, unfortunately, will be disqualified.

By submitting your film you have read and agreed to all CSIFFF submission rules and these terms and conditions. If you have any further questions, please contact us via the email link.
1. SCREENING FEES - The Central States Indie FanFilmFest, LLC does not pay screening fees. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work.
2. SUBMISSION - All works must be submitted via FilmFreeway as an online screener. FilmFreeway allows you to upload the film or provide a link for a host site such as Vimeo or Youtube.
3. ONLINE SCREENERS must have working links and passwords throughout the submission process. It is your responsibility to notify us if any changes are made.
4. COMPLETION DATE - Entries must have been completed on or after January 1, 2017 unless previously unreleased or submitted in the Open Categories for Feature length or Short Content.
5. PREMIERE REQUIREMENTS - currently there are no premiere requirements, however feature length films that are viewable by the general public online will be disqualified. We do not discriminate against shorts or featurettes films that are available to the public online, but many festivals do, so it is suggested that public release be delayed until you have completed your film festival run. Password protect the online viewer to guard against this issue.
6. WORKS IN PROGRESS are accepted but PLEASE READ: While you may submit the final edit up until the posted deadlines, your original submission should be a fair representation of your final piece as our judges will be making their initial decisions based on it. When your final edit is complete, simply send us an email letting us know. If the film is substantially changed please re-submit the following year.
7. All works selected must be available and downloadable (by us) FOUR WEEKS BEFORE the opening day of the festival.
8. REFUNDS - CSIFFF does not issue refunds for submissions received.

By entering your film for consideration for the Central States Indie FanFilmFest, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the Central States Indie FanFilmFest, LLC and also hereby grants the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Central States Indie FanFilmFest, LLC, and all of their agents 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. The Central States Indie FanFilmFest, LLC may opt to withdraw your work from the festival at any time for any reason. The Central States Indie FanFilmFest, LLC DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work. CSIFFF reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees. CSIFFF does not issue refunds.
Entering your film for consideration in the Central States Indie FanFilmFest is, hereby, your digital signature of agreement to posted Rules & Terms.

Overall Rating
  • Our crew had a wonderful time at the 2019 CSIFFF! It was an incredible networking opportunity. All the filmmakers were so nice with so much insight. Highly recommend!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Allisyn! Love to your crew!! Mike

  • Nathalie Schmidt

    I had a fantastic and unique experience. Mike is an exceptional host, his wonderful personality contributed to create a very friendly atmosphere and great natural networking among all the filmmakers. I couldn't attend all the screenings (because of a flight cancelation) but I was impressed by the diversity represented by the films screened at the festival. I was happy to meet professionals who came from all over the world. The Award Gala dinner was great, fun, and intense. Mike, on stage is a wonderful host as well. I was so thrilled and honoured to win Best Lead Actress in a Comedy for I DO! Many heartfelt thanks to the Festival team. I hope I'll be able to attend next year!

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Natalie! So glad that you were able to get there.

  • Arwa Sawan

    Great festival run by a dedicated and knowledgeable team. Love the different themes each year and recommend all filmmakers submit! This was a wonderful festival experience, and I highly recommend it.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Arwa!

  • Catherine Fordham

    I didn't get to go to the fest, but Mike was wonderful in his communication and support of my short!

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    We missed you! Hopefully next time...

  • Very thankful to have been included in this year's program. Unfortunately could not make it to the fest this year, but happy to have had my film shown there.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Seth.