We have ended our first film festival for 2022 with 315 submissions from over 40 countries. The celebration lasted three days at a historic Lobero theater in Santa Barbara, California.

We've received the Congressional award from Congressman Salud Carbajal. We have completed our first year and getting ready for our second year in 2023 with the historical Lobero Theater, which celebrates 150 years as well. A journey started with a simple dream.

Santa Barbara, the city of arts and culture, is considered the Riviera of America, the home of the famous Santa Barbara Film Festival.

Ceylon International Film Festival (CEYIFF) is the first-ever Sri Lankan Film Festival Organized outside of Sri Lanka. CEYIFF is dedicated to presenting International and Sri Lankan Cinema to film lovers.
We are committed to promoting new filmmakers' projects and showcasing their films to international audiences. Our mission is to screen independent films of all genres from all around the world.

The First Edition of CEYIFF will take place in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, California, for three consecutive days in the summer of 2022.
A diversified film festival in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. Cinema is a place where you can express your emotions and your creativity. Many voices are to be heard in different matters. Also, we believe cinema shouldn't just be restricted to specific categories.
We believe in creativity. People with many talents come together to create a masterpiece. We believe in you, so join us to celebrate and appreciate your hard work at Ceylon International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, California.

TBA- Dates and Location

Cash price to Best Short Film.

Awards- Trophy for each Category Winner.
Best Feature
Best Short
Best Documentary
Best Animation

Best Producer
Best Female Director
Best Male Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Movie Script
Best Music

Rules & Terms (Same for all the divisions except the length)
• Shorts - Running time includes end credits must be between 10min – 15mins
• Features - Running time includes end credits must be more than 40min.
• Language - Open. English subtitles are required for all submissions.
• Online submission ONLY. We do not accept DVDs.
• The selected films will be notified on 07/15/2023
• All the submissions must have been completed between 01/2018 – 12/2022
• proof or documentation of the production completed date must be submitted along with the film submission.
• The selected films must sign an agreement or a release form for screenings.

Submission Guidelines

• All submissions will be accepted only through FILMFREEWAY.COM. Filmfreeway accepts HD 1080p files for 10GB. Any file over 10GB must be uploaded to Vimeo but submitted on the Filmfreeway along with the Vimeo link & the password. Note: This is for the selection process only.
• The Selected films must send a Screening copy, Poster & Press kit by -08/30/2023

• We will not personally respond to any inquiries regarding the selection process or the results. The selections will be based on the originality & the production effort rather than subject matter, the artist's value, or the budget.

• Awards & Prices are to be notified, will update on www.ceyiff.com and film freeway.

• Selected films for screenings & the competition must provide a screening copy on or before -08/30/2023

• The picture must be exhibited using a 24-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels, source image format conforming to ST 428-1:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Image Characteristics; image compression (if used) conforming to ISO/IEC 15444-1 (JPEG 2000); and image and sound files packaged as Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) in the “SMPTE DCP” format. SMPTE DCP refers to SMPTE ST 429-2 and related specifications. (Blu-ray format does not meet Digital Cinema requirements.)

• The required audio in the Digital Cinema Package (DCP) must be in 5.1 discrete audio channels. The minimum for a non-mono configuration of the audio shall be three channels Left, Center, and Right (a Left/Right configuration is not acceptable in a theatrical environment).

• All the selected short films must be submitted only in Blu-Ray formatted files.

****All fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Cool Festival 🎥 Thank you for the Honorable Mention of our film JUST LIKE WATER 💙 Please send us the Certificate ⭐️ Greetings from Greece 🇬🇷

    January 2023
  • Debabrata Kar

    I have no words, this is a great film festival.
    This is a well organized and energetic film festival.
    It's a great honor that you've selected my Film.
    Those are the Beautiful Moments as
    an Honorable Mention of 2022 Ceylon International Film Festival,
    Your festival is one of the best and I wish you all success in the future.

    December 2022
  • Jack Truman

    So proud to have our film THE FRINGES OF BURLESQUE as a part of the festival!!!

    July 2022
  • Julian iliev

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    July 2022
  • Tatiany Furuse

    It was an honor to participate in this Festival. Gratitude for helping us spread awareness about disability issues and NON-prejudice. <3

    July 2022