The 2019 NCCC Film & Animation Festival is open to filmmakers of all ages and all levels of expertise. Seven $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. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 EST on April 1, 2019. Finalists will be notified by May 1st, 2019.

The 2019 NCCC Film & Animation Festival is FREE to attend on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 from 11:00 am - 4:30 pm and includes: screenings of the finalists’ films, exhibitor displays and demos, speakers, movie trivia games, refreshments, contest, 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 a special keynote speaker. 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 celebrating the filmmaking community.

A $200 1st prize is given to the winners in each of these seven categories: Animation, Documentary, Drama, Comedy, Experimental, Horror, and Music Video.

Additional prizes of $100 each are awarded to Western New York filmmakers in the "716 Awards." The 716 categories are: People's Choice Best of the Festival, Best College Student Film, and Best High School Student Film. To qualify for the best high school student award, you must be 18 years old or younger and currently enrolled in high school.

Finalists in each category will have their films screened on the day 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 an international festival that 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 are 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.

A submission form, along with an entry fee of $10 (payable at the time of submission), must accompany each film 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. If a submitted film is longer than 20 minutes, judging will be based on the first 20 minutes of the film only. If the film is selected as a finalist for screening at the festival, only the first 20 minutes of the film will be shown. Filmmakers also have the option to submit a trailer of the film for screening at the festival.

What are the Prizes?

The NCCC Film & Animation Festival will award a First Place prize of $200 in each of the festival’s seven main categories. Winners in the "716" category each receive a prize of $100.

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 filmmakers, animators, and entertainment industry professionals. There are two judges for each category. Films are judged on the basis of creativity, originality, production aesthetics (visual and sound elements), and overall quality. Judging takes place prior to the NCCC Film & Animation Festival event. The judges' decisions are final.

When and Where Will the Films Be Shown?

Finalists' films in each of the competition categories are screened on the day of the festival. Brief excerpts from winning films also are shown during the festival awards ceremony.

Can you re-submit a 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 the same film to any future NCCC festival is prohibited.

Overall Rating
  • Vikkramm Chandirramani

    This is a very well managed film festival that has been running for 20 years now. It's held by the Niagara County Community College. I attended the festival with my family. It was held at a part of the sprawling campus of NCCC. My romantic drama comedy short film 'Destiny' was a finalist and was screened. It was a delight meeting Mr Bob Borgatti and Ms Liz Van Verth! There were many people including filmmakers, film fans and students who showed up. It was very well organized and they are very welcoming, charming hosts! Do visit it when you can. The NCCC FIlm and Animation Festival is held in May every year!

    July 2018
  • Abigail Loos

    I loved this festival. Easy to reach, very friendly communications. Thank you and see you next year.

    May 2018
  • Robin Stam

    I'm proud that my animated music video "From Pong to Doom" was shown at this festival.

    May 2018
  • Festival had great communication, sadly I could not attend.Look forward to submitting next year!

    May 2018
  • javad daraei

    I am very happy and welcome every year to participate in your festival and thank you for this fine festival.

    May 2018