We received 67 submissions our first season. Congratulations to Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Award Winners! We've updated our website with links to the #CICHFF 2018 Event Program, Poster and Laurel. Warm thanks to our sponsors and judges.
On Tues., May 1, 2018, we're planning to host a post-festival screening of Jeff Eichen's Lifers Madness the Movie featuring Tommy Chong at Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath Street. Denver Open Media is a non-smoking venue. Light snacks via vending machines and water are available at the venue. Please do not bring "edibles" into DOM or onto their property. Please consult the DOM website for more rules and guidelines.
Here are the #CICHFF 2018 Award Winners. You can find more details at our website in a few days.
Most Hip & Cool Music Video: Revolution, Everything Feels Fake; Best Foreign Music Video, Suffer; Most Memorable Music Video: Goldmine in the Attic; Best Costume & Makeup (Music Video): Ashageta; Best Cinematography in a Foreign Music Video:A Woman Who Has Gone Through Me, Revolution; Best Cinematography in a USA Music Video: One; Best Cannabis Activist Theme Music Video: Medicate Me, Road Trip with KD and Macy; Best Cannabis Theme Music Video: Medicate Me, Lil’ Stoner Girl; Best Animation in a Music Video: Discovered; Best to Watch Stoned Music Video: My Favorite Drug, Canopy; "Rising Star” Music Video: How I Feel.
Best Acting in a Film: A Midwestern Methamphetamine Fairytale; Best in Show Film: Milk and Cookies; Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Short Film: Cashed; Best USA Dramatic Short Film: Cashed, The Art of the Deal; Best Music/Soundtrack: Milk and Cookies; Best Comedic Docu/Series or Short Film: Mile High Nancy, Milk and Cookies; Best Costume & Makeup (Film): Bong of the Living Dead, The Art of the Deal; Best Documentary or Docu/Series Short Film: Medical Marijuana and Money Laundering, Travel Buds; Best Foreign Cannabis Activist Theme Film: Leaf; Best USA Cannabis Activist Theme Film: Lifers Madness, A Day with Miguel Lopez.
Best Titles, Graphics & Animation in a Foreign Docu/Short Film: Re-legalized, a Journey…; Best Titles, Graphics & Animation in a USA Docu/Short Film: Beginning of the Road; Best Actor in a Foreign/USA Film: Kevin Durkin - Mile High Nancy, Royal Allen - Hey Bud!; Best Actress in a Foreign/USA Film: Serena Ryen, Cashed, Tiffany Arnold, Bong of the Living Dead.
Best TV Screenplay: Pipe Dreams; Best Cannabis Theme Screenplay, Char Wars: Darth Vaper.
Cannabis is simply the scientific name given to the Marijuana plant. In recent years, scientific studies have demonstrated the health benefits of Cannabis and certain chemicals contained within the plant, namely THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Some states, such as Colorado, have legalized the plant for recreational use much like alcohol. The regulation and legality of Cannabis & Hemp has been left up to each individual state and U.S. territory.
Consequently, while many states and territories have passed legislation making the distribution and use of Cannabis legal for patients diagnosed with cancers and other medical conditions, others still arrest and jail innocent people for using it.
With the federal government agreeing with researchers and patients that there are, in fact, many medicinal benefits for cancer patients, one has to wonder when the use of Cannabis for medical purposes will become common across all fifty states.
To get an idea of the types of films we are hoping to attract, browse the selections at Films for Action and Top Documentary Films. Submission topics include Law & Jurisprudence, Natural Healing, Cannabis Economics, Impact on Environment, and Spirituality. All perspectives on the legitimate uses of Cannabis & Hemp and remotely related topics are welcome.
Music Video Awards: 1) Best Hip & Cool Music Video, 2) Best Music Video to Watch Stoned, 3) Best Cannabis Theme Music Video, 4) Best Activist Theme Music Video, 5) Best Colorado Music Video, 6) Best Foreign Music Video, 7) Best Animation in a Music Video.
Film Awards: 1) Best in Show (Drama or Documentary), 2) Best Soundtrack (Drama or Documentary), 3) Best Cinematography (Drama or Documentary), 4) Best Acting (Drama), 5) Best Titles, Graphics & Animation (Drama or Documentary), 6) Best Animation in a Short Film (Drama or Documentary), 7) Best Dramatic Short, 8) Best Documentary Short 9) Best Comedic Short, 10) Best Foreign Activist Theme, 11) Best USA Activist Theme, 12) Best Foreign Cannabis Theme, 13) Best USA Cannabis Theme.
For screenplays, we will award 1) Best TV Screenplay 2) Best Cannabis Theme. Depending on the number and types of submissions we receive, we may provide alternative/additional awards.
As our festival acquires sponsorship and funding, we hope to offer many cash and other types of awards to talented activist filmmakers and creatives. We are accepting donations at the door and in advance. All donations go toward supporting award-winning activist writers, artists, musicians, photographers and filmmakers.
To volunteer, sponsor, judge and/or donate, contact us: By email, firstname.lastname@example.org; By snail mail, In Care Of 4259 West Florida Avenue, # 19495 Denver, Colorado, USA; By text or call (720) 298-1524.
All plans and practices are subject to change without notice. Music videos must be music-track centric, meaning, a submission in the "Free to Submit" Music Video Category must feature the music/song/lyric as the primary content, one single track from start to finish (not including credits). Also, the submission must list the music & the musician in the credits.
All non-English speaking films & music videos should be subtitled in English. This is not an absolute requirement, but is preferred. Please provide lyrics and/or explanations of the content for non-English speaking films & music video submissions.
Please note: a short film with music added to emphasize, augment, and/or illustrate the visual content would not qualify as a Music Video. Please submit these filmic shorts under "All Categories."
Please be sure your submissions are relevant to the theme of our festival, Cannabis & Hemp! You may also submit themes peripheral to "drugs", for example: "trippy" states, psychosis, prison, police state, paranoia, money, hip & cool, bureaucracy, courts & high drama. Also, using Cannabis & Hemp for "green" funerals, clothing, lotions, etc.; Using and growing the plant privately as well as industrially and commercially.
It is up to our festival organizers whether we wish to grant an award or refund. All refund requests are handled at the discretion of our festival organizers. If submitters have a valid reason for a refund request, we will do our best to provide refunds. Please note that non-acceptance to our festival is not a valid reason for a refund. Submissions under a pen name must be pre-approved by festival organizers before submission. Call/text (720) 298-1524.
Our organizers anticipate art, music, film and screenplay submissions from many countries. As our festival grows in popularity both locally and online, we hope to screen submissions for up to two weeks at multiple venues around Denver. In upcoming years, we hope to invite partners and volunteers. In the future, we hope to hold panels and debates as time and budget permit.