In celebration of independent film and filmmakers, central Ohio's premier cinemas and exhibition venues have joined forces creating the region's grandest annual film event - a centerpiece of arts and culture in Columbus

- Best Narrative Feature
- Best Documentary Feature
- Best Short (Narrative or Documentary)
- Audience Favorite


Narrative Feature Film: A narrative, animated, or experimental film 41+ minutes in length.
Documentary Feature Film: A documentary film 41+ minutes in length.
Short Film: A narrative, animated, experimental, or documentary film 40 minutes or less in length.

If your film is selected to participate in Cinema Columbus, it must be available for screening in DCP or 35mm. In the case of short films only, digital files are acceptable.

Foreign Language Films:
Foreign language films must be made available with the original language soundtrack and English subtitles.

Prior Screenings:
Entries may not publicly screen, at other film festivals or theatrically, in Franklin County, OH, or be broadcast/televised anywhere in the US (including VOD and On Demand services) before April 2023. Films may be screened at other film festivals or theatrically outside of Franklin County, OH, prior to Cinema Columbus.

Explicit Sexual Content:
No pornography. Explicit sexual content may result in disqualification.


• All films must be submitted as a secure online screener (i.e. Vimeo).
• Once a submission link has been accepted, we cannot guarantee that subsequent updates will be viewed.

Accompanying Materials:
The following materials must be submitted via and will not be returned. Incomplete entries will not be considered.
• Official online entry form through with all required information.
• Non-refundable entry fee (payable via Visa, Mastercard, or American Express):

Early-Bird submission: August 29 – October 9
Regular submission: October 10 – November 6
Extended submission: November 7–27
LAST CALL submission: November 28 – December 18

Local Entry Fee:
Films with 50% or more of the footage shot in Ohio are eligible to submit under a local entry fee.

Opt in:
By submitting your film, you agree to be added to our mailing list in order to notify you of your entry’s status as well as news about the festival.


Films selected to be screened as part of Cinema Columbus will be notified on or before February 1, 2023.

If a film is selected to participate and must be shipped, it must be prepaid, insured, and packed in proper containers. Cinema Columbus will be responsible for return shipping charges. Cinema Columbus will not pay international shipping on US films.

Cinema Columbus does not assume any liability for damage to prints due to improper containers or otherwise. All films in our possession will be insured against damage or loss while participating in the festival.