The Circus International Film Festival brings together filmmakers and circus artists. CIFF is dedicated to circus performers and filmmakers. Founded by a circus and film professional, our goal is to honor circus through the medium of film and video.

There are 5 categories for submission this year:
- Under 18
- Short Shorts - Under 5 Min.
- Shorts - Documentary
- Shorts - Non-Documentary
- Full Length

✓ All competing films must have been completed no earlier January 2020 to be eligible for submission.

✓Films considered X Rated will NOT be accepted.

✓Films must not have received a wide theatrical release.

✓Festival applicant MUST have rights to all images, music, etc.

✓ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).

✓ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

✓ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

✓ We retain the right to change the date of the online annual event under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through email and our online platforms.

✓ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

✓ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

✓ We cannot provide refunds.

✓ If you have submitted your project in the previous year, please do not resubmit the same project to current edition.

✓ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails.

✓ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

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  • Great to see a festival that joins up circus and film. It was great to see other people work and chat about each other films. looking forward to next year films.

    May 2022
  • Adam Dipert

    Participating in this festival was super fun. The format gave a lot of opportunity to experience different people's work. I feel more connected to the art of circus film making. Would definitely suggest it for other producers of circus films! Thanks!

    April 2022