The NY CIFF CHAUTAUQUA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is an IMDb CERTIFIED FESTIVAL! All current and past winners can now record their awards! AWARD WINNERS WILL RECEIVE DISTRIBUTION DEALS ON ALL MAJOR DIGITAL PLATFORMS AND DVD'S! The CIFF will be held Saturday, July 18th.

The 5th Annual Chautauqua International Film Festival will be held Saturday July 18th at the CAPPA THEATER of the Jackson Center in Jamestown, NY. The Saturday festival will screen award winning films and a red carpet award presentation ceremony will conclude that NIGHT July 18, at the CAPPA THEATER , Jackson Center Jamestown, NY.

ALL RULES below must be followed for your submission to be accepted and potentially have your film screened and become an official selection.

Filmmakers that attend have the first priority in the schedule. We are a screening festival and a filmmakers supported festival. There are no free comps. Filmmakers attending will have a Q and A after their screening.

The CIFF is working with other industry Pro's to develop some new proto-type screening and distribution. Winning Filmmakers will have the chance to have their films screened with the opportunity for multiple showings with a unique new concept in film promoting and distribution.

Join us for a profitable and fun filled day. It is our goal to make the CIFF one of the most successful film festivals in New York and worldwide.

1st Place includes the CIFF Trophy in each genre to be awarded, potential screening of your film, the Red Carpet Award Ceremony and DISTRIBUTION DEAL! Digital certificate for filmmakers who cannot attend.

2nd Place includes a Silver Award Certificate in each genre to be awarded, potential film screening with presentation award ceremony on the final night and DISTRIBUTION DEAL!

Films of Merit will be chosen to be screened during the festival, listed in the program and included in the award ceremonies under , Films of Merit". a select group of merit awards will be offered a distribution deal.

NOT ALL OFFICIAL SELECTIONS WILL BE SCREENED, but are qualified for consideration of any awards including distribution.

We are a filmmakers supported event and filmmakers that attend the CIFF are given first priority in having their film screened. WE want filmmakers to support each others works.

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1. Films may be submitted that were made between 2010 to the present. Only completed works may be submitted.

2. Filmmaker must own or have obtained all rights pertaining to their film and music used.

3. Films must be in English or with subtitles.

4. Films may be submitted from anywhere in the world.

5. All submissions will be online screeners through Filmfreeway.com. An account may be set up for free by any filmmaker.

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WE NOW ACCEPT DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF YOUR FILM OR SHORT! Posters may be sent to:

CIFF
P.O. Box 306
Ellington, NY 14732

6. Submission genre's as listed on the Chautauqua International Film Festival CIFF, FilmFreeway Submission site.

THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OF THE SUBMISSION FEES SO PLEASE READ THE RULES CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW THEM.

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  • Dave Orvis

    I am very honored that my screenplay Murder At Meadow Place was selected to receive a "Merit" award at the 2019 festival. Although I was able to attend a portion of the festival in 2018, I regret that other matters prevented me from appearing again this year. My thanks to this very friendly festival and its organizers.

    August 2019
  • Nice communication, nice people.
    Honored to have had my script, "Transgressions," as an Official Selection.

    August 2019
  • I ask some friends from New York to go instead of me to this awesome film festival, but they couldn't make it. My music, A Royal Love, was selected, and this festival was great to work with.

    August 2019
  • Michael Manese

    Great film festival. It was my first time having been accepted by them. Thank you for your generous support. I look forward to submitting more in the future. Good luck!

    August 2019
  • What an incredible experience to win Best Screenplay at the Chautauqua International Film Festival. It was such an honor to be recognized by CIFF and also warmly welcomed by my peers. It’s a small festival but it’s a good one, well worth attending and in Lucille Ball’s milieu at the Crystal Ballroom in Jamestown, NY. There were quality filmmakers from all over the country and the world in attendance, I highly recommend CIFF and plan to enter again next year.

    August 2018