The Cordillera Int’l Film Festival(CIFF) located in the beautiful region of Reno-Tahoe, Nevada is pleased to announce the highly-rated festival will return July 23-26, 2020 with a few new and exciting additions including 25K in prizes and a Grand Jury filled with Hollywood Icons, Emerging Voices and Industry Executives.

Here’s some exciting things to expect from CIFF 2020:
1st – We’re going hybrid! CIFF has pivoted to a hybrid model, providing creative limited live audience programming, moving our Movies in the Park Event (2K plus attendees) into a Drive-in Experience and investing in technology to convert to an online platform for film screenings, interactive panels and filmmaker Q&As, so attendees can safely participate in everything the festival has to offer.

2nd – We’re keeping our prizes! CIFF will be awarding cash prizes and production packages valued at over $25,000. With $6,500 in cash prizes going to our Focus on Inclusion categories dedicated to Female, Indigenous and LGTBQ filmmakers.

3rd – Our Grand Jury! With Australian Cinematographer and Academy Member, Peter Menzies, Jr., known for his diverse and critically acclaimed body of work which includes: A Time to Kill, Shooter, The Incredible Hulk, The General’s Daughter and Die Hard with a Vengeance, as Cordillera’s Chairman of the Board, we’ve assembled a who’s who of Hollywood, signing on as either Board Members or as part of the festival’s prestigious Grand Jury.

The impressive list of Oscar Award Winning and Nominated talent on our Grand Jury include:
• Writer / Director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Double Jeopardy)
• Producer Hunt Lowry (Last of the Mohicans, Donnie Darko, A Walk to Remember)
• Director Benny Boom (All Eyez on Me)
• Colorist Mitch Paulson (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Unbroken, Skyfall)
• Art Director Derek Hill (Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, The
Postman, Three Kings )

Another exciting addition to the Board is actor Kristoffer Polaha, known for his roles in Angel, North Shore, Mad Men, and DC’s highly anticipated Wonder Women 1984. Mr. Polaha will join the festival’s Future Filmmakers Foundation Board and Film Nevada Initiative.

4th – Panels, Filmmaker Q&As & Table Readings of our Finalist Screenplays! Our revered Grand Jury will be participating in interactive Panels, all Filmmakers will get a chance to be part of a live Q&A after their screenings and our screenplay finalists will get to see a selection of their screenplay brought to life by professional actors and directors at a table reading.

At Cordillera, we love what we do and we can't wait to see what the 2020 season brings to us. We look forward to getting to know you and your projects and hope to celebrate your film in July!

Thanks to the support of our amazing sponsors, the Cordillera International Film Festival gives out custom, engraved awards and a series of prizes valued at up to $25,000.

Grand Jury Award - Best of Fest - Short Film - $1,000.00 Cash Prize
Grand Jury Award - Best of Fest - Feature Film - $1,000.00 Cash Prize.
Grand Jury Award - Best of Fest - Screenplay - $1,000.00 Cash Prize.

Best LGTBQ Film - $500.00 Cash Prize.
Best Female Filmmaker - $500.00 Cash Prize.
Best Indigenous Film - $500.00 Cash Prize.
Impact Award - Stories that inform & inspire. $500.00 Cash Prize.
Innovate Award - Stories told in bold, refreshing & unexpected ways. $500.00 Cash Prize.

Best Music Video
Best Web series / Pilot
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Family Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Film
Best Horror/Thriller Short Film
Best Comedy Short Film
Best Drama Short Film
Best Int'l Short Film
Best Student Short Film
Best Nevada Short Film
Best Performance Short Film
Best Director Short Film

Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Performance Feature Film
Best Director Feature Film

Best LGTBQ Film
Best Female Filmmaker
Best Indigenous Film
Impact Award - Stories that inform & inspire.
Innovate Award - Filmmakers that tell stories in bold, refreshing and unexpected ways.

Best Short Screenplay - Wins option to be produced in Reno, NV by the multiple award-winning Cordillera Films with an budget with an in-kind value up to $10,000.00
Best Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy Feature Screenplay
Best Comedy Feature Screenplay
Best Dramatic Feature Screenplay

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Nevada Film - $500.00 Cash Prize
Best Screenplay
Best of Festival - $500.00 Cash Prize

-Cordillera International Film Festival accepts only accepts live-action films that have been completed after January 2019 and animated films that have been completed by January 2017.
- Our Main Venue is DCP Only. We use Simple DCP. You can use their service to make a DCP for 20% off, or you can upload your own DCP to their service at no cost.
-Online screeners from secure sources are preferred. Include screener link and password in your submission.
-Press kit is optional - electronic only, please
- Nevada, World and US Premieres are not required, however premiere status may be one of the factors considered when determining a film's inclusion in the Festival.
-The Festival does not screen Feature films available on VOD or any online streaming portal at the time of the festival. However, the festival reserves the right to make exceptions to this rule. Non-Local Short Films & Music Videos can be available online, but films that are not online will be given preference.
-All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for festival presentation.
-The festival will consider work-in-progress, films with temporary soundtracks, digital outputs, and work that did not originate on film. Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated) for Festival screening.
-Future Filmmaker films MUST be works written, directed, and shot by students actively enrolled in school and must be 21-YEARS OLD AND YOUNGER.

Cordillera International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The individual or corporation submitting the film shall indemnify and hold harmless Cordillera International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
Should your film be accepted, we ask permission to keep a copy of the film for our festival library. This request is voluntary and is not conditional. The copy of the film in the CIFF library will not be used for profit. Should we consider re-screening the film for a public paid event, we will notify individuals or corporations representing the film for permission and conditions.

Packaging - ship your media in a bubble-pack envelope whenever possible. If you must use a fiberpack, please wrap the media with protective material. The festival is not responsible for damage incurred in shipping.

Costs and labeling - all shipping costs to and from Cordillera must be borne by the sender. All discs must indicate title, shipper's name, and FilmFreeway tracking number.
International entries - all entries from outside the US should be sent Air mail Registered or by a parcel express service. We cannot accept entries shipped via air-freight if customs and delivery fees have not been paid.

Overall Rating
  • Lisa Tedesco

    The Cordillera International Film Festival was an amazing experience. Emily was so warm and welcoming! She’s such a warm spirit offering so much to us filmmakers. I had a short film screen here and a short screenplay performed. Watching two projects I’ve worked very hard on in front of my eyes, with family present, was gratifying and awesome. Their events for filmmakers is unmatched and I found myself making lifelong friends. I highly recommend this festival to all filmmakers and screenwriters!

    June 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words - they mean so much to us! We hope to have you return and look forward to following your journey as a filmmaker!

  • CIFF is, hands down, the best festival that I've participated in. Emily and her team do everything to make filmmakers and screenwriters feel looked after while in their fabulous city. Accommodation and transportation are provided by the festival. The venue is spectacular and they offer both films and workshops to take advantage of. Opportunities to network are in abundance. I participated as a screenwriter and it was beyond amazing to hear an excerpt of my script read by local actors who absolutely brought it!! Overall, Cordillera was an incredible experience to be a part of and I'm grateful for the care and hard work of everyone involved with this festival.

    January 2020
  • James Ersted

    A very well organized and fun festival that screens your movie in a real theatre. Unlike some other festivals who pop in DVDs and thumb drives while the audience stares at a projected computer screen this festival makes sure to play all of the films in a block using high quality DCP files without interruptions, technical issues, or delays. Had a great time and am looking forward to next year!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for the kind words! We love that you appreciated the production level of our screenings - we're super proud of our venues! Hoping we'll get a chance to have you and your work as our guest again soon!

  • Jacob Lowder

    I had an absolutely amazing time! The theater the screenings were held in was a fully legitimate theater, with the super nice reclining seats (which was great for spending hours watching all the selections!).
    I really hope I get a chance to attend again, the festival was well organized, well timed, and had quality films and attendees. Overall: Awesome!

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words Jacob! We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! We hope to see you again soon!

  • Katy Dore

    Submit to and attend this festival! The quality of the selected films and scripts was top-notch. Emily Skyle, the festival director and her board made an effort to meet every filmmaker/writer in attendance and make us feel personally welcomed. The filmmakers' lounge and after-parties allowed for abundant opportunities to meet and network with other festival attendees. The grace and positivity that the entire crew of staff and volunteers showed--even when confronted with freak thundershowers and the inevitable challenges of hosting a large-scale event--is deserving of many kudos. The Cordillera International Film Festival is now on my calendar as a recurring annual event!

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hi Katy! Thank you so much for the kind words and great feedback! We're super happy to hear our filmmaker's lounge and parties gave you some great networking opportunities! And thanks for handling our freakish storm with grace :)