Our festival is scheduled from October 3-6 2024. Applications close July 20. Late applications Aug 5.
The Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati started in 2017 is the only Indian/ South Asian Film Festival of its kind in Cincinnati and Ohio. The annual festival will be held in October2024 . The opening film is planned at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
The festival is dedicated to providing filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals a platform to showcase their work, and exchange ideas with one another, and interact with film personnel in the Hollywood space, as well as journalists, diverse audiences, and film aficionados. Many films of our past festival selections have subsequently won awards or been featured on streaming media such as Netflix or Amazon.
Designed to engage diversity through film, the festival selects films that speak to an American audience through topics and issues that embrace the common human values across our cultures. We screen premieres of feature, and short films made in and about the Indian/South Asian subcontinent, or it's people or made by Indians.
In an effort to bring the cross-cultural film makers together, local Tri-State & Ohio film makers who are not of Indian origin are also requested to submit their films. Locally made films must speak to diversity and our common human values. The festival is a joint collaboration with the Cincinnati Sister cities (India) and the Art Museum of Cincinnati.
FEATURE NARRATIVE- Narrative works under 120 minutes
SHORT NARRATIVE- Narrative works under 40 mins
FEATURE DRAMA - Dramatic works under 120 mins
SHORT DRAMA - Dramatic works under 40mins.
SECONDARY CATEGORIES: The festival encourages films on Pride (LGBTQ),
Trafficking, Migration, Social and Gender Identity and Equality Topics.

Awards are presented in the following categories by the Festival Jury , Jury may chose not to award a prize in a particular category. They include a certificate and the IFFCincy crystal trophy.
Best Film
Best Short Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Child Actor
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematographer
Best Animated Film
Best Film.( Must receive at least 50 submissions in this category for the cash prize)
Films are nominated by the selection committee

Submitted works MUST satisfy ANY ONE of the eligibility criteria below:
Films produced and directed in India. Filmmakers working in all Indian regional languages, and those working on animation and children's films are encouraged to apply.
Films that feature the work of filmmakers, actors, writers, directors et al of Indian heritage.
Films made by Non-Indians that feature significant Indian content, inspiration, subject matter.
Films made locally by Tri-State & Ohio film makers: Films produced and directed in the Tri-State as long as the film speaks to diversity and our common human values.

In addition to the above, Entrants must fully comply with the Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements outlined below.
Only films that have not premiered in Cincinnati, or the Tri-State Area will remain in consideration.
Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Subtitles must be legible (large and clear).
All entries must include the following:
1.ENTRY FORM completed on FilmFreeway and at https://forms.gle/iRsUpCk67kwnSfRDA
3. SCREENERS: A Secure Online Screener, preferably Vimeo.
4. TRAILER: 15-second trailer of the film in downloadable or Vimeo format.
5. PRESS KIT – We require the following, please adhere to the guidelines for your synopsis and director’s bio. Only the specified number of words will be published. If you provide more than the required number of words, they will not be published.
Short Films a 50 word or less synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website)
Feature Length Films: 100 Word or less Synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website). You must be able to do this.
Director's Bio 60 words only.
Director's photo in Hi resolution jpeg 1 mb or more
Cast and Crew information.
Accepted entries must submit at least one digital 300dpi still photo from the film and at least one web-ready still at 72dpi and 560×315 pixels.
Entry materials will not be returned and will be destroyed or discarded by the Festival.

Please make sure, your information including the items mentioned above is filled out in the custom google form provided by us for you on FilmFreeway and that the Official Release Form is signed.

Short films : Please click on or add to your browser, https://forms.gle/xMB7VfPG7T6WYbP19 and fill the google form.
Feature Films: Please click on or add to your browser, https://forms.gle/J8N7QupBjWeoxRCC7 and fill the google form on https://forms.gle/iRsUpCk67kwnSfRDA