The second annual Cayuga Film Festival opens for submissions November 19, 2021!


Cayuga Film Festival highlights the cinematic work from high school, college, and emerging filmmakers in New York State.

In association with Cayuga Community College and Auburn Public Theater, this festival provides a space for narrative, documentary, experimental and animated short films to be screened and seen.

Winners + Finalists will be awarded in each category and have their work screened at the event.

Honorable mentions will have their films linked on the CFF website, and will receive a certificate.

All films accepted for screening will be provided with Festival laurels.

Films that specialize in areas of human rights will be considered for the Human Rights Award!

Best Open Documentary (btwn 10-30 minutes)
Best Open Documentary (under 10 minutes)
Best Open Animation
Best Open Narrative
Best Open Experimental

Best Emerging Documentary (btwn 10-30 minutes)
Best Emerging Documentary (under 10 minutes)
Best Emerging Animation
Best Emerging Narrative
Best Emerging Experimental

Best College Documentary (btwn 10-30 minutes)
Best College Documentary (under 10 minutes)
Best College Animation
Best College Narrative
Best College Experimental

Best High School Documentary (btwn 10-30 minutes)
Best High School Documentary (under 10 minutes)
Best High School Animation
Best High School Narrative
Best High School Experimental

- High school and college students must submit within the high school and college categories (thesis films are included as student films)
- Emerging Filmmakers must be 30 years old or younger, and projects must have been made independently.
- Open category is for filmmakers 30 years of age or older. Projects must have been made independently.

- Films must have been made in New York State. 

- Films must have be completed between July 2021-July-2022. 

- Filmmakers can submit as many projects as they like within the completion time.
- No entry may be submitted into more than one category.

- All submissions must be 100% original.
All student submissions must be 100% student produced (faculty supervision is allowed).

By submitting to Cayuga Film Festival, entrants understand they have the legal right to submit their works.

- Filmmakers are legally responsible for for their intellectual property, and by submitting to Cayuga Film Festival, filmmakers must have all necessary rights secured, including but not limited to, music, content, and images. 

- Cayuga Film Festival, its' partners, judges, sponsors or organizers are not responsible for losses, damages, etc. etc.

By submitting to this festival, you agree to the following:

- If accepted, Cayuga Film Festival may use video excerpts and film stills from accepted film for marketing purposes (print, web and television). 

- Cayuga Film Festival may also use filmmakers names, photos, contact information, publicity stills, and film logline for print, social media, and the website.

- Winning entries may be shown, but time restrictions may require only excerpts be shown.

- The judges reserve the right to combine or move entries into different categories. 

- The judges reserve the right to make no award in a category in any given year.

Overall Rating
  • Joshua Hart

    I had a really good time at Cayuga Film Festival. The audience was very courteous to the Students and the Films they created, the films were all very unique and well put together, and it was an honor to have our independent work be recognized by the general public. I enjoyed the festival a lot, and I'm already looking forward to attending it next year.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    We're so glad you had a great time, Josh! We hope you submit another film next year!

  • Chris Xaver

    Our students had the most amazing experience at the Cayuga Film Festival. The hosts couldn't have been more generous! The venue was beautiful and the films were a joy to watch. We can't wait to enter again and be a part of this process. Thank you to everyone involved!

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Chris! Thanks so much for submitting the work of your talented students, it really made our program special. We can't wait to see what they create next year!