The Opening Night Film Competition is a 'pitch-to-produced' film competition wherein one filmmaker will win the prize of having their story produced into a short film by Drive Media House, located in Cincinnati, Ohio! The final winner will work with Drive Media House in summer 2019 to produce the Opening Night Film for Cincinnati's Cindependent Film Festival.

Pitches are accepted from nationally and internationally, and submitter does not need to be local to Cincinnati to pitch and submit.

Pitch videos can be as simple as recording yourself making the pitch, or can be more complex and creative - it is up to you! Pitch videos must be in English, and no more than 3 minutes in length. They also must outline concept, story, feasibility, anticipated budget,and demonstrate why this story would make an amazing Opening Night Film.

Pitches should be about stories that could be filmed in 1-2 days with few characters (recommended 3-4 max,) with an anticipated run time of 2-8 minutes including credits.

If your pitch video has been selected, you will have 14 DAYS TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR ACCEPTANCE. If we do not hear from you within 14 days of notification, your selection may be revoked.

No fee waiver requests will be granted.

In May, semi-finalists will be selected by Drive Media House and scheduled either in-person or via an online face-to-face call for interviews with Drive Media House. If in-person, the finalist will be responsibile for all lodging and transportation. Interviews are an opportunity for you to bring more of your vision to Drive Media House and present your idea in-person.

Drive Media House will select one final winner, and begin pre-production on their concept to a fully-produced film

In accordance with the Cindependent Film Festival policy, the entry fee is non-refundable.
Cindependent Film Festival and Drive Media House are not liable for any rights issues. All rights questions and legal responsibilities lie with the entered filmmaker. No fee waiver requests will be granted.

You will not be allowed to enter your work unless you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the Cindependent Film Festival Festival. More information on these terms can be found at https://filmfreeway.com/MyFilmFestival-CFF.

There will be selected finalists at the end of the Open Submission period. These finalists will be scheduled either in-person or via an online face-to-face call for interviews with Drive Media House. If in-person, the finalist will be responsibile for all lodging and transportation. Interviews are an opportunity for you to bring more of your vision to Drive Media House and present your idea in-person.

After Winner is announced, Drive Media House will begin pre-production plans for the creation of this short film. This is an opportunity for winner to have their project produced by a professional production house. As such, winner is expected to follow Drive Media House's process for producing short film and participate in their structure and operations.
The competition winner will be given a role on the production team during the production process; however, this role is determined by Drive Media House based on filmmaker's experience. During finalist interviews, Drive Media House will discuss with finalists where/how they see themselves participating during production.

Drive Media House is estimating a $5000.00 expense budget for creation of the winning pitch in addition to Drive Media House's resources and production staff.

The production schedule is subject to Drive Media House's capacity, and will be produced during Summer 2019. Winner is responsible for all lodging and travel associated with their participation in the production schedule.

Premiere is not permissible prior to the Cindependent Film Festival. Promotional materials (stills, trailer, poster, etc.) may be shared in advance as determined by Drive Media House.
Following Cindependent Film Festival, winning filmmaker will be allowed to submit to additional film festivals and screening opportunities, but must have approval from Drive Media House prior to submission or representation. Drive Media House is not responsible for festival submission fees, but requires all subsequent screening plans be agreed upon prior to viewing. Drive Media House officially owns the final, produced film.