The 2018 NCCC Film & Animation Festival is open to filmmakers of all ages and all levels of expertise. Eight $200 prizes are awarded to first-place winners in the festival competition. The festival is sponsored by the Digital Media and Animation Departments at Niagara County Community College. 2018 marks the 20th year of the NCCC Festival.
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 EST on April 1, 2018. Finalists will be notified by May 1st, 2018.

The 2018 NCCC Film & Animation Festival is FREE to attend on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 11:00 am - 4:30 pm and includes: screenings of the finalists’ films, exhibitor displays and demos , red-carpet interviews, refreshments, contest and prizes, and an awards ceremony where we will announce our winners!

The festival will also feature a Filmmakers Forum with a panel of professionals in the industry and two keynote speakers, one for Film and one for Animation. The event is all free and open to the public.

Whether you have years of experience in the film industry or just a passing interest in film or animation, we invite you to join us for an afternoon dedicated to our filmmaker’s community.

A $200 1st prize is awarded to the winners in each of these eight categories: Animation, Documentary, Drama, Comedy, Experimental, Horror, Music Video, and Best High School Student film. (Best High School Student Film prize is awarded to the highest scoring film submitted by a currently enrolled high school student age 18 or under.

Finalists in each category will have their video(s)/film(s) screened for the duration of the Festival.

Winners may have a link to their winning film featured on our website and shared on our social media pages.

Who Can Enter?

The NCCC Film & Animation Festival is open to students, amateurs, and professionals.

How Do I Enter?

In order to be considered for judging, films must be uploaded to FilmFreeway. Note: If you're using Vimeo, make sure you include a download button. Films that cannot be downloaded will not be screened at the festival. Physical copies (i.e. DVDs or Blu Ray disks) will not be accepted. Films entered in the contest must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form and payment of the $10 entry fee.

On the submission form, entrants must provide the following information: name, age, title of the film, running time of the film, brief description of the film, school (if a currently enrolled high school or college student), street address, e-mail address, and a contact phone number.

Additionally, entrants must provide a brief biographical statement.

Entrants who are under the age of 18 must also provide the name and contact information of a parent or legal guardian.

By entering the NCCC Film & Animation Festival, entrants agree to grant NCCC permission to screen their productions at the NCCC Film & Animation Festival, which takes place on the college’s Sanborn campus. Entrants also agree to allow NCCC to use brief excerpts from their videos for promotional, informational, and educational use related to the festival.

Prize winners additionally agree to allow NCCC to feature an excerpt or web link to their video on the NCCC Film & Animation Festival Website or Facebook page to promote the NCCC festival.

How Many Films May I Enter?

Entrants may submit up to two films in each of the seven competition categories. These include: documentary, comedy, drama, music video, experimental, animation, horror. Entrants must indicate on the submission form the category in which they want their film to be judged. (Best High School Student Film award is determined by the highest score of all films/videos submitted by currently enrolled High School Students/Entrants age 18 or under).

A submission form, along with an entry fee of $10 (payable at the time of submission), must accompany each video submitted to the competition. Entries may be disqualified if not complete for any reason.

All films must be original productions and must have been produced within the past three years. Entrants must confirm that they possess legal rights to all copyrighted works (i.e. images, video clips, music, etc.) used in the film as well as releases from all persons who appear in or whose voices are used in the production.

Entrants are responsible for ensuring that their films are in compliance with all legal and copyright requirements. NCCC does not assume responsibility for phone, technical, network, electronic, computer, hardware or software failure of any kind, stolen, incomplete, garbled, or delayed internet/e-mail computer transmission, or lost, late, misdirected, damaged, illegible, stolen, incomplete, misaddressed entries incorrectly transmitted entries, or any other entry which does not otherwise meet the contest requirements.

What Length Can the Films Be?

Films submitted to the competition should be a maximum of 20 minutes in length.

What are the Prizes?

The NCCC Film & Animation Festival will award a First Place prize in each of the festival’s eight categories. First-Place winners will each receive $200.

Prizes are non-transferable. There will be no substitution of prizes and no election of cash in lieu of prizes, except at the sole discretion of Niagara County Community College.

If not present on the day of the Festival awards ceremony, winners should allow two months for delivery of their prize after notification of winning. Prize winners are responsible for all applicable taxes.

Who Will Judge the Films?

Judges for each category are experienced filmmaking, animation, or entertainment industry professionals. There are two judges for each category. Videos will be judged on the basis of creativity, originality, production aesthetics (visual and sound elements), and overall quality. Judging will take place prior to the NCCC Film & Animation Festival. The judges' decisions are final.

When and Where Will the Films Be Shown?

Finalists' films in each of the competition categories will be screened on the day of the festival. Excerpts from winning films will also be screened during the festival awards ceremony.

May I re-submit my winning film to future NCCC Film & Animation Festivals if it previously was a festival winner?

No. If you are a previous year’s winner, submission of your winning film to any future NCCC festival(s) will not be considered as a finalist/winner again.

Overall Rating
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    tong reko

    im very glade to win the price~i was so excited when i saw my film be screen in your festvial! But i still not recieve the check~ mabye NANJIN is very far form Lewiston,I hope the mail company don't lose my mail

    June 2017
    Response from festival:

    Just wanted to let you know we are working on this for you. We have confirmed that the check was not cashed, so we should be able to put a "stop pay" order on the original check and try sending you a new one.

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    Rick Masi

    Honestly, 5 stars all around - this was a perfect forum for networking. I liked the setup idea, and I thought the panel was very interesting. I'd certainly come back in the future.

    May 2017
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    Elizabeth Licht

    I think this festival works best for the students of this school.

    May 2017
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    Thank you for the notification, that my video is one of the finalists.
    I was very surprised and also very happy. Thanks again and a lot of success.

    Best regards

    Maribor, Slovenia, EU

    May 2017
  • Great Festival! We were one of the finalists (THE EXAM). We will definitely participate next year too. Thank you!

    May 2017