Welcome to the vibrant world of the Creators Film Festival, proudly presented by DiBernardo Productions. As we gear up for our highly anticipated 5th Annual Festival, stay tuned for exciting updates on dates and details!

At the heart of the Creators Film Festival lies a deep understanding of the challenges creatives face in finding platforms to showcase their work to the right audience. That's why our festival was born - to champion and celebrate independent short films from across the globe, providing a spotlight for these diverse voices while curating an unforgettable evening of indie cinema.

Our commitment extends beyond borders, with a special affection for the rich tapestry of cinematic talent hailing from Upstate NY and Western Mass. To amplify local filmmaking, we've crafted exclusive categories tailored to honor and elevate these regional gems. Additionally, we're passionate about nurturing the next generation of filmmakers, which is why we've reserved special categories for high school and college students alike.

Diversity is not just a buzzword for us; it's the cornerstone of our programming. Our carefully curated lineup showcases the myriad possibilities within the short film genre, presenting audiences with captivating stories they may never have encountered otherwise. Beyond the screen, the Creators Film Festival serves as a nexus for networking and forging meaningful connections, paving the way for collaborative opportunities that transcend the festival experience.

Join us on this exhilarating journey of cinematic discovery and community building. (Schedule subject to change)

Creators Film Festival Award Categories:

Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best High School Film
Best Movie Poster
Best Music Video
Best Short Film Categories:
Fashion Film
Made in Upstate, NY
Made in Western Massachusetts
Best Student Film
Best Trailer
Best LGBTQI Film
Best Feature Film

Exciting news from Creators Film Festival, presented by DiBernardo Productions! We're thrilled to unveil our latest partnership with OP Prime TV, marking a significant milestone for our winners. What does this entail? It means that our esteemed winners now have the incredible opportunity for INSTANT FREE distribution on a non-exclusive platform.

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This collaboration opens doors for our filmmakers, offering them a broader audience reach and the chance to showcase their talent on a prestigious distribution platform. Get ready to shine even brighter with Creators Film Festival and OP Prime TV!

Rules and Eligibility for Creators Film Festival:

Submission Guidelines:

1. All submissions must be made through FilmFreeway.
2. Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee per entry.
3. Each submission must include a completed Creators Film Festival online entry form.
4. Films must be uploaded via Vimeo or Youtube without password protection.
5. Along with the film, submissions must include a downloadable Movie Poster, Photos, and Synopsis.
6. Submissions must be in English or have English subtitles at the time of submission.


1. Films and series with US distribution (obtained prior to being selected for Creators Film Festival screening) or submissions produced, financed, or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition. However, they may be considered for a special screening.
2. Films that have aired on US networks or cable television or been distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.
3. Digital series must consist of the first one to three episodes of the series’ first season. Only new series will be considered.
4. Private invite-only screenings (e.g., for cast and crew or donors) do not affect a submission’s eligibility.
5. Creators Film Festival reserves the right to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.

Originality and Permissions:

1. Submissions must be the original work of the applicants. If based on another person’s life, a book, or other underlying work, necessary rights for adaptations must be secured.
2. Applicants are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films.
3. There is no premiere policy for submissions.
4. The judgment of the jurors is final.

Additional Information:

1. Once an entry payment has been received, refunds will not be provided.
2. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit only after their film or series is fully finished.
3. All entrants must include their physical address in their entry.
4. By submitting work, entrants give permission for it to be showcased at the festival and used for promotional purposes.
5. Selected films will be requested to provide all promotional material for the festival screening.

Selected Entries and Winners:

1. The Festival has no obligation to disclose information about screeners or judges.
2. Creators Film Festival disclaims liability for any comments or opinions expressed about a submission.
3. Winners will be announced at the Award show and must be present to accept their prizes.
4. Winners receiving cash prizes are responsible for payment of all applicable taxes.

This encapsulates the rules and eligibility criteria for the Creators Film Festival, providing a fair and transparent platform for filmmakers worldwide.

Overall Rating
  • I am very proud and honored being accepted to this festival

    October 2023
  • I want to thank the Creators Film Festival for honoring my Documentary "Disabled Artist Showcase: Creating Our Spaces" as the Best Documentary award winner. Being a New Yorker at a New York film festival made it all the more special for us. Would definitely enter this festival again.

    September 2023
  • Victor Aquino

    Michelle was so supportive and went above and beyond with her communications and to make us feel so welcomed. That's what it's all about in the end - then the festival is a great added bonus:)

    September 2023
  • Jane Sanger

    So honoured to have won the category best trailer with The Nightriders. Wonderful prizes are offered and very good communication. Well worth entering.

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    Jane we are so honored here at Creators Film Festival's to have been able to see your teams creativity. Keep reaching for the stars.

  • We are honored that our PROVIDENCE movie Trailer was selected as Best Trailer! We look forward to submitting the full feature once it is completed!

    Thank you Creators Film Festival for this honor!

    Lynia Love, Creator/Executive Producer

    September 2021