Crown Point International Film Festival (CPIFF) is a monthly and annual competition for filmmakers all over the world. All categories are awarded monthly except Best of Fest awards (best of the year).

Our mission is to promote and celebrate films and filmmakers from all around the world and be another step forward to the filmmakers' careers. The Crown Point International Film Festival is all about encouraging filmmakers to cultivate creativity. Our founders have been in the industry for over 20 years and understand a true filmmakers passion, that they deny mediocrity and focus on making a huge impact on culture and humanity through their art and ALL the while having fun doing it. The ones who pursue and achieve their goals time and time again because they are so dedicated and frankly, that giving up is never an option.

If you submit to a MAIN category, at no additional cost you may win Best Picture (film of the month) and Best of Fest (film of the year). ALL Best Picture winners move on to the annual competition and get screened at our annual live event.

*We are one of the few festivals that have partnered with a distribution company looking to acquire new content. Those films that submit and we feel qualify will be screened by the distribution company for possible representation.

Best Picture (film of month) selected from main categories only. No additional cost.
Best of Fest (film of year) selected from monthly Best Picture winners. No additional cost.

Best Narrative
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Action
Best Thriller
Best Sci-Fi
​Best Romance
Best Experimental

Best Director
Best 1st time Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Score
Best Costumes
Best Trailer
Best Music Video
Best Web/TV Series

Each month, our jury will award the best films through private screenings. Our jury may award honorable mentions to stand out performances or films that do not win a category award.

*Each month Best Picture winners (feature and/or short) will be selected by the jury from the main categories ONLY.

*Best Picture (film of the month) WINNERS will automatically, at no cost be selected for the Best of Fest awards (awarded at annual live event).

*All Best Picture winners will be screened at the annual live event.

*All Best Picture (film of month) winners will receive two free tickets to the annual live screenings.

*Best of Fest (film of the year) winner will receive our exclusive crown statuette.

* All monthly winners will receive our official laurel leaves.

* All monthly winners will receive a free print ready certificate (PDF/JPG file) via email.

* All Winners can order statuettes for your team members for the cost of production and shipping.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR: We accept films of any genres, length and language. Non-English films must have English subtitles.

BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR FILM PLEASE READ ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS:1. Crown Point International Film Festival is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt/parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film/poster/stills) submitted for promotional purposes.
2. Entry fees are non-refundable.
​3. Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may enter into multiple categories.
4. Winning categories vary each month depending on the submissions we receive. If we think the categories submitted are not to the standard of the Crown Point International Film Festival win, they will be removed. If you submit your film to the category, Best 1st time Director, it must be your first or second time directing a film (any kind of film), otherwise your film will be disqualified from that category. ONLY the annual Best of Fest winner will receive one free statue. Trophies are optional, winners may order a trophy by paying production and shipping costs. The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries and the jury can remove a movie from the competition at anytime.
5. The films will NOT be available online.
6. The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for possible screening (private and/or public) and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations. Only the best films selected by the jury from the MAIN categories will be awarded Best Picture (film of the month) those Best Picture winners will be automatically nominated for Best of Fest (film of the year awards) and screened at the live event. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Crown Point 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 or damage of the screening video/film(s) entered. By submitting your film, you acknowledge you have read, understood and accepted all rules and regulations.

Overall Rating
  • Emma Cee

    This was an online festival. The reviewers stayed in touch and helped me understand the process.

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Yes, our live screenings are only once a year where all of the monthly Best Picture winners compete for the annual awards. Thank you for sharing and providing feedback Emma.

  • Claudia Noble-Areff

    When our film was officially selected by Crown Point International Film Festival we were extremely excited and honoured, happy that we would have Laurel's to put on our film. Then we received an even greater honor being an Award Winner for Best Animated Short Film! We certainly did not expect this award, especially from a festival in Chicago in the United States of America! This recognition of our work means the world to us all. Thank you to the CPIFF director and team. It was indeed a privilege to have been part of your well organized, hospital and prestigious film festival.

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations to the entire team on the well deserved award! We look forward to seeing your next project!

  • barbara sanders

    We are so happy to have been selected as a winner in this prestigious film festival. Huge honor for the team

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    These young filmmakers did an outstanding job and we look forward to to seeing what’s next in their future!

  • Wendy Shipman

    Crown Point International Film Festival ... THANK YOU! This is truly an honor. This will be my very first award! A BIG thank you to the entire cast and crew for making INSIDE OF ME a huge success!! Again... thank you for this great honor - BEST DRAMA SHORT!!

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations to you and your team! Continue to cultivate your creativity, we look forward to seeing what’s next for you!

  • Andrew J. Bullard IV

    Great communication! Kept me in the loop with everything. Will submit again for sure

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations to you and your team! Thank you for sharing your experience with us and we look forward to seeing your future projects.