The Film Festival of Columbus strives to create an experience that will bring a new and diverse cultural event to the area. The festival aims to bring people together, showcasing seasoned and rising filmmakers and extraordinary work from around the world. While promoting Columbus, Ohio as a filmmaking destination for all budgets, the Film Festival of Columbus represents a turning point in the city's creative scene.

For the 7th year, in the spirit of independent filmmaking we are keeping our earlybird entry fee super low...only $10! Through roundtables, Q&As with the the Greater Columbus Film Commission, and possible location scouts, the festival strives to raise awareness of Columbus and Ohio as a filmmakers destination.

Best Of
Best Documentary
Best FFOCOL Ohio Short
Spirit of FFOCOL

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  • Laura Somers

    I was really impressed by the Gateway Film Center - a beautiful venue located right in the heart of Ohio State Campus. Chris was a fantastic host and we felt so appreciated. The Q&A at FFOCOL has been one of our favorites because of the wonderful audience, there are many people in this community who LOVE independent film and actually support it by coming to see as much as they can.

    September 2018
  • This was my second time as a filmmaker at FFOCOL, and the experience was even better than the first time - which was also 5 stars in my book. I'm moved by their selections, and the venue is mind-blowing, along with whip smart audience, and incredible arts filled city. The screen and sound experience is the way a film should be enjoyed. Thank you FFOCOL!

    August 2018
  • Mike Kravinsky

    Thanks John and Chris. Had a great time at FFOCOL! The Gateway Film Center is a terrific venue, large screen and fantastic sound! Engaged audience. Will submit again.

    August 2018
  • Justin Zimmerman

    Beautiful venue, incredible communication, great city, great staff. Highly recommended.

    June 2017
  • Allyson West

    A beautiful festival in a beautiful part of the world. Very engaging programmers with excellent taste in showcasing a wide range of independent and larger-scale work. Kudos to the film summit provided this year prior to the festival along with local networking opportunities.

    The Gateway Film Center is a PHENOMENAL theatre and the viewing experience is incredibly enjoyable.

    June 2017