We welcome both documentary and fictional projects that promote generally positive messages related to Flat Earth and all alternative Cosmologies, including Gravity, Electro-magnetism, Time Travel, Time/Space Continuum, Time Dilation, Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Astronomy, Astrology, Mythology and the like. We would love to feature your dramatizations, re-enactments, comedies, and personal narratives. For films, we will award Best in Show, Best Cinematography and Best Acting. Depending on the number and types of submissions we receive, we'll also hope to provide additional awards for writing/screenplays, music videos/lyrics/songs, and photos.

According to NASA, the definition of cosmology is "the scientific study of the large scale properties of the universe as a whole." Heliocentrism is the astronomical model in which the Earth and planets revolve around the Sun at the center of the Solar System. Historically, Heliocentrism was opposed to Geocentrism, which placed the Earth at the center. It was not until the 16th century that a geometric mathematical model of a Heliocentric system was presented, by the mathematician, astronomer, and Catholic cleric Nicolaus Copernicus, leading to the Copernican Revolution. In the following century, Johannes Kepler elaborated upon and expanded this model to include elliptical orbits, and Galileo Galilei presented supporting observations made using a telescope.

The Flat Earth cosmological model (generally) posits that the Earth exists on a giant, flat plane with the Arctic/North Pole at the center, and a huge wall of ice/Antarctic surrounding the entire disc, forming its circumference. The implication of this is that we may live under a giant dome, as featured in the popular American satirical comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir, The Truman Show (1998)!

The Sun circles over and around the circumference of Earth every 24 hours, steadily traveling each day from the equator during the March vernal equinox, up to the Tropic of Cancer at the June summer solstice, back down to the equator for the September autumnal equinox, and all the way down to the Tropic of Capricorn on the December winter solstice. In the Flat Earth model of the cosmos, the North Pole is the immovable center of the world and the entire universe. Polaris, the North Star, sits straight over the North Pole at the highest point in the heavens, and like a slowly rotating planetarium dome all the celestial bodies revolve around Polaris and over the Earth once per day.

Most people have been taught that the ball/globe Earth spins at a constant velocity perfectly dragging the atmosphere along. This is why, allegedly, we cannot feel the slightest bit of motion, perturbation, wind, or air resistance. Scientists often say we cannot feel any of this motion because the magical "velcro of gravity" pulls the atmosphere precisely along. Further, we cannot measure any of this motion because the stars are so incredibly far away that over a hundred million miles of supposed annual orbit around the Sun amounts to not a single inch of relative parallax change! We have been taught that the apparent orbit of the Sun, planets, and stars around the Earth are illusions: that it is, in fact, the Earth beneath our feet that moves, and our eyes that deceive us.

The horizon certainly looks flat to the eye! Researchers have claimed that the skyline of cities such as New York City and Philadelphia are visible 40-60 miles away, when the alleged curvature of the Earth should not permit them to be seen. The famous Bedford Canal experiment performed in 1838 by Samuel Rowbotham proved that a canoe or small boat was visible from 6 miles away along a river when the curvature of the Earth should have rendered it invisible below the horizon or line of sight. How is this possible on a curved Earth?

When a plane is airborne, if the Earth were really spinning, pilots should use a spinning Earth in their calculations. Why don’t they? The plane would also be landing on a moving target. Why isn’t this accounted for? Admiral Richard E. Byrd was a courageous explorer who gained the trust of the US Government. They sent him to Antarctica on a military mission in 1947. He reported that in Antarctica he ran into “vehicles which could travel from one pole to the other in less than an hour” as he wrote in his diary – and found his way into the center of the Earth, “Inner Earth”, where the temperature was warm, vegetation grew and a Nordic race of people lived. Byrd was a hardened and rational military man writing such incredulous things!

If the sun is really 93 million miles away, how does its heat travel through space (an apparent vacuum) to reach us? Can the vacuum of space conduct or transfer heat? If not, can the atmosphere of Earth take the sun’s light and transform it into heat? If so, how does that work? Sometimes you can see the sun’s rays coming in at wide angles, called "corpuscular" rays. How is this possible if they were all coming from 93 million miles away? From that distance they should appear essentially parallel. Does the atmosphere disperse them? If so, how?

Why are there so few direct flights in the Southern Hemisphere? Why do planes flying from places like Sydney (Australia) to Johannesburg (South Africa) routinely fly via places like Dubai in the Middle East, which is completely off course and out of the way? The direct flight would be around 12 hours and planes have enough fuel to do this without needing to stop. Why are planes’ GPS turned off during Southern Hemisphere flights, so that their exact trajectories cannot be easily tracked?

What does the KJV Bible actually depict about cosmology? Many argue that the Bible and other ancient teachings and scriptures from around the world unabashedly describe the Earth as a flat disk, covered by a physical dome, at the center of the universe. Do you agree? Disagree? These and all related topics and investigations are welcome at our film festival!

Awards & Prizes

Filmmakers submit short and feature-length films, screenplays, music videos, and art/photography for consideration by the CIFEFF team. FilmFreeway is always 100% free for submitters. With FilmFreeway, submitters always retain 100% of their rights to their intellectual property. Filmmakers can submit their screenplays, shorts, feature-length films, scripts, photos, and music projects entirely online. FilmFreeway online screeners play seamlessly, in beautiful, crystal-clear HD quality. Videos can be streamed securely in HD for review and judging purposes.

CIFEFF anticipates art, music, film and screenplay submissions from many countries. As our festival grows locally & online in popularity, we hope to screen submissions for up to two weeks at multiple venues all around the Denver area. In upcoming years, we hope to invite partners and volunteers from DFS, Colorado's SIE Film Center and the UA Denver Pavilions multiplex on the 16th Street Mall. Red Carpet screenings and events may premiere in future years at the Alamo Draft House, Red Rocks Community College Theater, the University of Colorado's Tivoli Complex or perhaps even the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. In the future, we hope to hold many panels and debates!

Rules & Terms

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