Welcome to the fourth annual Experimental Edge Film Festival Season - local Tallahassee film festival that screens annually in the All Saints district surrounding Gaines Street - an arts district just a short walking distance from FSU campus! Our festival has screened at a multitude of popular venues around Tallahassee, which include the 621 Annex, Grain Lounge, Warhorse Whiskey Bar, Fermentation Lounge, and the Plant Gallery! Submit your film today for the chance for some screen-time in front of a growing community of Tallahassee students, young adult filmmakers, and connoisseurs!

Critical Edge Film & Art Festival Network strides to bring together an expanding student event, artistic, and filmmaking community with established local, independent, experimental, and international filmmakers through annual festival events. We've hosted festivals in Tallahassee, Orlando, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and New Orleans. To stay updated with our upcoming deadlines, discounts & waivers, and event dates, please follow us on our social media pages and via our website:
Website: www.ceffnetwork.org
Instagram/Twitter: @criticaledgeff
Facebook: facebook.com/criticaledgefilmfestival

Like & share our page on Facebook and receive a code for 10% off submission to the CEFF Network festival you indicate by e-mailing criticaledgeff@gmail.com!

By submitting to a CEFF Network event, you are competing for the following opportunities:
- NEW: Film/Television/Media Market annual membership - we're offering 7 category winners from each festival 12-month iPitch.tv subscriptions ($299 value)! 20 selections from each festival will also be offered 3-month subscriptions ($117 value) to the creative project pitching service!
" iPITCH.TV gives Screenwriters, Filmmakers and Creators the ability to pitch and sell TV or Movie ideas directly to Entertainment Industry Buyers by submission of written and/or video pitches."
- Screentime/Publicity during various Early Screening events where audiences participate in the critiquing of selected short film submissions. Films screened during Early Screening events will earn the status of "Official Selection."
- To win trophies/laurels/selection status in a number of categories or win a category and to be selected to screen during our Annual festival event. Your film's promotional materials and your posts will additionally be shared across our social media pages prior to our festival.
- Entering an ongoing competition for display on our website and various social media pages as selections in our Photography category (excluding film submissions except by our prior e-mailed request). Photography selections may also be chosen to be made into our annual festival poster/flier, and the submitter behind each print may receive them upon request!

Award-winning films will receive:
- NEW: Film/Television/Media Market annual membership - we're offering 7 category winners from each festival 12-month iPitch.tv subscriptions ($299 value)!
- If attending festival, physical Trophy demonstrating category of victory. *
- Physical certificate demonstrating category of victory and selection status.*
- Official recognition as a winner of the film festival, as well as the use of the festival's logo.
- Digital PDF Certificate demonstrating category of victory.
- Their film's promotional materials showcased on the festival's social media pages

Award-winning photographs will receive:
- Digital PDF Certificate demonstrating category of victory.
- Official recognition as a winner of the film festival, as well as the use of the festival's logo on winning photograph or on photographers' websites and portfolios.

Selections for the annual film festival will receive:
-20 selections from each festival will also be offered 3-month subscriptions ($117 value) to the creative project pitching service iPitch.tv!
-Two free tickets to the annual film festival during the time slot their film is screening in.
-Official recognition as a winner of the film festival, as well as the use of the festival's logo.
- Digital PDF Certificate demonstrating category of victory.

*Trophies/certificates can be shipped by request


Note that Orlando Edge Film Festival, Avant Edge Film Festival, Critical Edge Film Festival - Madison, Milwaukee Edge Film Festival, Experimental Edge Film & Art Festival, NOLA Edge Film Festival, AEFF, EEFF, CEFFMAD, MEFF, OEFF, NEFF, and EEFF should each respectively be considered synonymous with Critical Edge Film & Art Festival, Critical Edge Film Festival, and CEFF. Additionally, use of the word film should be considered synonymous with photography. CEFF is a festival with many parts to it; these parts include both frequent Early Screening events, and the annual film festival with the tangible awards, prizes, and selection certificates for which you are competing. Please be aware that by submitting to our festival, you are agreeing to allow us to use all/any portion your film for any part of the festival (during which admission may be charged), as well as for advertising and your promotion across our social media. We retain these rights from the moment your film is submitted to the festival until the end of the Annual Film Festival (or until Notification Date should your film not be selected). After this date, online posts will not be deleted.

Despite our freedom to use your film for our own screening and advertising, we in no way would like to imply that we have some sort of ownership of your film. Should your film be picked up by a production or distribution company after screening at our festival, we demand no percentage of your deal or profits. Whatever you choose to do with the film outside of the festival is still solely up to you, because we do not own your film inherently through submission.

Any aspect of the festival is subject to change at the discretion of the Festival Director or Board. These aspects include Award Categories, Event Dates, Submission Deadlines, Venue, Category and Entry Fee, Award Recipients, Awards & Prizes, and the Selection Status of your film. Should the final film festival event be cancelled (not delayed or rescheduled, but cancelled) for any reason, any filmmakers who have paid to have their film entered will receive a full refund.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS for filmmakers submitting to CEFF:
1. I, the representative of the film being submitted (the "Film"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the film submitted for consideration for the Critical Edge Film Festival (the "Festival"):
2. I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights in the Film, to exhibit this Film at the Festival, (b) this exhibition will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity and (c) the Film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation.
3. I further represent and warrant that, to the best of my knowledge, the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity and that my Film does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition of the Film in connection with the Festival.
4. If accepted, I acknowledge that the exploitation of the Film does not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Festival and I. I understand that I will not receive any compensation for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may include cash awards. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against the Festival because of the Festival's selection of the Film. I understand and acknowledge that the selection of my Film by the Festival does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival or any opinion expressed therein.
5. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Festival with any affiliate, subsidiary and parent entities and the officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisers and agents of each of the foregoing from and against any and all claims, losses, or liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that may be asserted against any of the foregoing or incurred by any of the foregoing at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival's use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to CEFF (Critical Edge Film & Art Festival Network) or any of its partnered festivals.
6. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. I agree that any controversy arising out of or in connection with my Film and the Festival will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Florida and conclusively determined by arbitration in the City in which the aforementioned CEFF festival is located in, in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator mutually agreed by the parties. I hereby waive any and all rights and benefits which I might otherwise have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including without limitation a trial by jury.
7. If accepted, I hereby grant without reservations, to the Festival, and their related entities (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles or the film in its entirety and information from the Film for promotional, public prescreening, network television or online broadcasting and or postscreening purposes without recourse to the owner, producer,director, or any other party asserting ownership rights of the submitted film and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion.
8. If and when accepted I will not withdraw my submission for any purposes. If I contact the festival after selection with enough time for festival curators to compensate a withdrawal it may be possible by request, but is not obligatory on the part of the Festival.
9. I agree that, unless otherwise specified or requested, Critical Edge Film Festival may share festival submission discounts or promotional offers with the e-mail address attached to your submissions. We will not share your information with third-parties.
10. By clicking submitting your film to the Festival via Filmfreeway, I constitute my full and complete acceptance of the terms hereof. I acknowledge that no oral representations of any kind have been made by the Festival.

For any questions or concerns about the Terms of Entry or the festival itself, feel free to contact the Festival Director via message on our Facebook page or via our general e-mail at criticaledgeff@gmail.com

Overall Rating
  • Amazing festival!, thanks for your work and for your fantastic selection of experimental cinema.

    December 2017
  • ZoĆ« DeLeon

    This was my first time attending this festival. It was quite small, but the films were interesting, and the people were super nice. I especially appreciated hearing the judges' feedback on my film. Also, the prize of winning in one of the short film categories of receiving a subscription to ipitch.tv is very cool!

    December 2017
  • Sam Bartz

    The festival showing itself may seem small, but the quality of films is really spectacular. Definitely worth your submission and certainly worth attending!

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Glad to have you as a part of our festival, and we appreciate the kind words! :)

  • The no frills attached Festival. They tell it how it is. Great experience. Proud to have been part of this event. Thanks again for choosing our film.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much! We loved "Allegoria"!