The primary objective of the Columbus Black International Film Festival is to showcase Black filmmakers locally, nationally and internationally, while highlighting a spectrum of stories told by people of the African diaspora.

This festival will also provide an advantage for filmmakers and the community to learn about the film industry through educational workshops and panel discussions, a safe space to showcase film and an opportunity to network with the filmmakers in the city.

Columbus is the heart of America and home to some of the most creative Black filmmakers in the country. This festival that will showcase new and emerging talent as well as talent that has represented our city for years.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Short films:
Directors, Screenwriters and/or producers MUST be of African Descent Short films: running time; 5-15 mins, NOT TO EXCEED 15 mins Filmmakers will need to send us a digital copy of the film in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes..

Feature films:
Directors, Screenwriter and/or producers MUST be of African Descent Feature films running time; 90 mins, NOT TO EXCEED 90 mins Filmmakers will need to send us a digital copy of the film in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes.

Music videos:
Directors, screenwriters, producers and artist MUST be of African Descent Running time NOT TO EXCEED 6 minutes Filmmakers will need to send us a digital copy of the film in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes.

Short Documentary film:
Directors, Screenwriters and/or producers MUST be of African Descent Short films: running time; 5-15 mins, NOT TO EXCEED 15 mins Filmmakers will need to send us a digital copy of the film in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes.

Homegrown, a film made by a Columbus native or a filmmaker exclusively residing in Columbus Ohio; running time guidelines will apply

Screenplays:
Short: Screenwriters MUST be of African Descent 5 pages minimum, NOT TO EXCEED 30 pages

Feature: Screenwriters MUST be of African Descent 90 pages, NOT TO EXCEED 90 pages

Filmmakers will need to send us a digital copy of the film in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes.

Filmmakers must be cleared for all copyrighted materials including movie posters and trailers. All films must be made after 2017. Any films that do not meet this basic criteria will be disqualified.

Films and script must be made after 2017.

CBIFF’s goal to present filmmakers with notoriety and accolades for being officially selected to be screened at our festival and to win awards based on exceptional talent bringing great stories using film as a medium. CBIFF will gather together a panel of judges that will choose winners in each category. Throughout the festival we will give attendees the opportunity to vote on the film they liked the most and award the filmmaker with the Buckeye Audience Choice Award. On the last day of the festival we will present awards for the following categories:

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Homegrown Film
Best Music Video
Best Documentary Film
Best International Film
Best Feature Screenplay
Beat Short Screenplay
Best Animated Film
Buckeye Choice Award

Secure Online Screeners (Vimeo or YouTube links) are the preferred submission method.

• Films must be a Columbus premiere.

• If accepted, filmmakers will need to provide the following:
- a digital copy of their completed film (Vimeo or Google Drive ONLY)
- name of film
- director's name
- run time
- synopsis
- 2 high-res images from the film (NOT posters)
- photo credit information (who you would like those photos to be credited to)
- film or director's Twitter handle (optional)
- film website (optional)

• Entry title, name of entrant, and FilmFreeway tracking number must be on all materials and containers.

• Separate applications are required for each film — even if one entity is submitting more than one film.

• Please let us know if your email address changes between the time of receipt of entry and notification of results. Otherwise, you will not be advised of or receive any award you may have won.

• All winners will receive customized laurels suitable for print and/or web usage. All winners will also receive awards in person or by mail. (If you cannot attend, please provide a mailing address, and we'll send the award to you.)

• Liability: Although every possible care will be taken with your entry materials while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send any original materials.

• All students MUST upload a copy of their student ID, otherwise, the film will be disqualified.

JUDGING CRITERIA

• The Best of Division winners will be considered for the Best of Festival Award. A special panel will determine this special award.

The following criteria are applied during the judging process:
- Target audience
- Credibility
- Purpose
- Organization and development
- Concept and creativity
- Technical proficiency

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The entrant has full rights to submit the entry and authorize its use.

Promotion Rights: Producers or distributors who enter the festival grant permission for their entries to be presented at any festival screening or event unless we are otherwise notified at the time of entry.

Publicity: Images, trailers, and reproducible still images may be used in festival programs and publicity materials, including for use by media.

Archives: We keep the winning entries for the festival's archives.

Entrant has read and agrees to abide by all festival rules.

Overall Rating
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Hospitality
Networking
  • Had a great time at CBIFF Festival! I'll be back!!

    September 2019
  • It was a great experience and everyone was very nice and approachable. I was honored to win best short screenplay. I will definitely enter again as well as support this festival for years to come. Much success!

    September 2019
  • Willis Wanyiri

    It was a great honour for us to screen our film KITAMBO(A long time ago) at this awesome festival. Unfortunately we are based all the way from Nairobi Kenya and were not able to attend it but we appreciated the fact that we got selected even before the notification date and we got regular follow up as well as options for accommodation in case we chose to attend. Keep up the great work.

    September 2019
  • Stella Isabella

    My first time attending this festival and I will definitely be returning. The event is organized very well, the volunteers are very helpful and kind, and Cristyn definitely has her finger on the pulse of the film community, and her platform is so needed for upcoming artists of color.

    September 2018
  • Lamarr Gray

    I am very grateful for the experience with the Columbus Black International Film Festival. "Blue Cadillac. White Girl." won the Best Feature Screenplay Award in August 2018. The confidence this win has given me is out of this world. Much love.

    September 2018