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 8th year, in the spirit of independent filmmaking we are keeping our SUPER EARLYBIRD entry fee super low...only $10!

Best Of
Best Documentary
Best FFOCOL Ohio Short
Spirit of FFOCOL

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • (I was led to believe that my experience is only representative of filmmakers that have a SHORT film screening in this festival and not a FEATURE film, however...)

    After no email responses from the festival team leading up to the event, I traveled into town and put myself up as I always do, and when I showed up for my screening, there was no festival staff to be found. At the venue box office, I inquired about the “filmmaker bag with passes/tickets/etc.” I was promised in their email blast a month before only to find out that I was being provided with two individual comp tickets total and nothing else. One of these tickets I had to use for myself to attend my own screening. There was no festival staff to moderate my screening and no Q&A following it.

    The venue was great.

    September 2019
  • 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