Cinema Columbus celebrates the diverse people and stories brought to life by independent filmmakers, sparking curiosity, conversation, and understanding through independent film. Cinema Columbus works collaboratively with venues throughout central Ohio to establish an outstanding annual film festival bringing independent film from around the globe, and here at home, to our audiences.
- Best Narrative Feature
- Best Documentary Feature
- Best Short (Narrative or Documentary)
- Audience Choice
DEFINITIONS OF CATEGORIES & TERMS
Narrative Feature Film: A narrative, animated, or experimental film 41+ minutes in length.
Documentary Feature Film: A documentary film 41+ minutes in length.
Short Film: A narrative, animated, experimental, or documentary film 40 minutes or less in length.
If your film is selected to participate in Cinema Columbus, it must be available for screening in DCP or 35mm. In the case of short films only, digital files are acceptable upon communication and consultation with festival team.
Foreign Language Films:
Foreign language films must be made available with the original language soundtrack and English subtitles.
Entries may not publicly screen, at other film festivals or theatrically, in Franklin County, OH, or be broadcast/televised anywhere in the US (including VOD and On Demand services) before April 2024. Films may be screened at other film festivals or theatrically outside of Franklin County, OH, prior to Cinema Columbus.
Explicit Sexual Content:
No pornography. Explicit sexual content may result in disqualification.
• All films must be submitted as a secure online screener (i.e. Vimeo).
• Once a submission link has been accepted, we cannot guarantee that subsequent updates will be viewed.
The following materials must be submitted via FilmFreeway.com and will not be returned. Incomplete entries will not be considered.
• Official online entry form through FilmFreeway.com with all required information.
• Non-refundable entry fee (payable via Visa, Mastercard, or American Express):
Early-Bird submission: August 28 – October 8, 2023
Regular submission: October 9 – November 5, 2023
Late submission: November 6 - December 3, 2023
Extended submission: December 4-31, 2023
Local Entry Fee:
Films with 50% or more of the footage shot in Ohio are eligible to submit under a local entry fee.
By submitting your film, you agree to be added to our mailing list in order to notify you of your entry’s status as well as news about the festival.
Films selected to be screened as part of Cinema Columbus will be notified on or before February 1, 2024.
If a film is selected to participate and must be shipped, it must be prepaid, insured, and packed in proper containers. Cinema Columbus will be responsible for return shipping charges. Cinema Columbus will not pay international shipping on US films.
Cinema Columbus does not assume any liability for damage to prints due to improper containers or otherwise. All films in our possession will be insured against damage or loss while participating in the festival.