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๐‘ญ๐’๐’“ ๐’‡๐’–๐’“๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’๐’’๐’–๐’Š๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’”, ๐’‘๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’•๐’‚๐’„๐’• : ๐จ๐ซ

The CULT JURY FILM FEST offers screenwriters and filmmakers from all around the world a platform. Filmmakers have the opportunity to advance their work at this event. We honor the very best in independent filmmaking and seek to provide creators with opportunity, joy, and relationships.

We adore making movies. We wanted to make something that would celebrate, appreciate, grow, and give opportunity to the great world of independent films and the filmmakers making them because the art of short films is sometimes disregarded in the film making industry. This festival is always being improved in order to make it the greatest and most worthwhile film event that is humanly possible.

The organization's goals are to inspire independent filmmakers with connections to Iowa to keep honing their craft, to give them a venue to specifically screen their work, to present a special cultural event to the neighborhood, and to provide networking opportunities so that filmmakers with connections to Iowa can connect with one another globally.

Every year, the coveted ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ด๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’† ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’ ๐‘จ๐’„๐’„๐’๐’๐’‚๐’…๐’† winners will be revealed. All of the monthly winners from a given year will be eligible to be nominees in this selection process and will compete against one another to be named the ultimate winner. The Festival website will post the list of these yearly winners.

Films selected for the Official Selection will be nominated for an award in at least one of the following categories:

Best Feature Film(Any Length)
Best Documentary Film(Above 40 miniutes)
Best Short Film(Less than 40 miniutes)
Best Short Documentary
Best Drama
Best Music Video(Any Length)
Best Directing
Best Cinematography
Best Experimental Film
Trailer/Teaser (5 Miniutes or Less)
Best Womenโ€™s Film(Any Length)
Best Animation & Art Film
Best Debut Filmmaker
Narrative Feature(Above 40 miniutes)
Best Family/Childrenโ€™s Film
Young Filmmaker(under 18) (Any Length)
Debut Filmmaker (1st or 2nd Film)(Any Length)
Best Cinematography (Fiction & Documentary)
Educational Film(Any Length)
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Costume Design
Short Script
Feature Script
Performing Arts
Best VFX Artist
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
Best Production Design
Best Score (or Best Original Score)
Best Producer
Psycological Thriller
Best Web Series
Best Graphic Design
Best Animation Film Director
Best Documentary Film Director
Best Music Director
Best Experimental Film(Any Length)
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Performer In a Lead Role
Best Story(Any Length)
Best Concept
Best Message
Best Poster
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Films On Disability Issues(Any Length)
Film on Religion(Any Length)
Best Song
Best Emotional Film(Any Length)
Best Drama(Any Length)
Best Romance Film(Any Length)
Best Horror Film(Any Length)
Best Thriller Film(Any Length)
Best Comedy Film(Any Length)
Best Action Film(Any Length)
Best Social Film(Any Length)
Best Mobile Film(Any Length)

โ˜… A selected list of films from the nominated ones will be screened at the cinema in front of a live audience. All films of the Official Selection will receive our laurels. Winners of the festival will be announced during the award ceremony and online on our website and social media following the festival.

โ˜… Awards & Prizes

All projects that are officially selected in each month receive the CJFA laurel and certificate and are rated on their IMDb pages (if applicable). All monthly Award Winners receive the CJFA laurel and customized certificate. They can also subscribe to the prestigious Cult Jury Film Fest trophies.

Most representatives of monthly award winners are screened in Kolkata and reviewed by a CULT JURIES. These reviews are shared on each film's IMDb page (if applicable). Besides AWARD WINNER, there are also OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, CRITIC'S CHOICE AWARD & CULT JURY'S CHOICE in the different categories.

Each year we select the Best of the Best (from the pool of all award winners from all categories) and the CULT JURYโ€™s prestigious ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ด๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’† ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’ ๐‘จ๐’„๐’„๐’๐’๐’‚๐’…๐’†โ„ข is awarded to them .

โญ All movies must be submitted with English subtitles or in the language (if in a different language)..

โญ CULT JURY FILM FEST will hold the sole authority to refuse entries.

โญ Any film that is submitted for a particular month may be submitted again for a second chance because we have different Judging panels for each season.

โญ Short movies are limited to 30 minutes in length.

โญ Entry fees are never refundable, and this needs to be understood seriously. The submission fee is not refundable even if a filmmaker decides to remove their submission.

โญ We need a synopsis, a link to your movie, an official trailer or poster. Select the correct category carefully to prevent disqualification. Reclassifying films into the appropriate category is solely at the festival's discretion.

โญ Even though we accept films in all languages, there is one rule that must be strictly adhered to: films in languages other than English must have English subtitles, or else they will be rejected right away.

โญ A director or producer is allowed to submit more than one movie in a category and more than one movie at once.

โญ Filmmakers are in charge of organizing the copyright for their own works.

โญBy sending your film to us, you grant us permission to exhibit it in front of a live audience and, in certain situations, an online audience.

โญ Nominations: Included in this list are all the movies that have been up for a certain award in that category. Not all of the nominated movies will be shown.

โญ Official Selection: All of the nominated movies that have been chosen for showing will be contacted via email. If you received an email for nominations but not an email for official selection.

โญ You acknowledge that the CULT JURY FILM FEST may be subject to copyright, trademark, credit, and publicity claims and agree to defend and hold the CULT JURY FILM FEST harmless from and against any and all liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorneys' fees and court costs) that may be related to such claims.

โญ These Rules & Terms may be changed from time to time without prior notice under the exclusive authority of CULT JURY FILM FEST. Any such modifications would take effect right away. Keep an eye on the rules and conditions from your end.

โญ โญ ๐“๐จ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ญ :

Overall Rating
  • Robert Cox

    Very prompt in answering question. A great festival to be a part of. Thank you for recognizing my work.

    May 2023
  • Amazing festival celebrating the spirt of the independent artist. It's an honor to have our short film "Light of My Life" take best short film in the May session.

    May 2023

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Dear sitoncinรฉibos GCP.

    Congratulations to you. We would love to see more of your such beautiful creations participating in future seasons of our event. we are always there to support Indie Filmmakers and their creativity.

    Thank you always for the love and support to CJFF

  • Danny Lopez

    Thank you for showcasing our film

    April 2023
    Response from festival:


  • Thank you for selecting "Enter the Room" as an award winner for Best Drama film. The communication was clear and I received everything I needed. I had a good experience overall and will definitely consider submitting future projects to CULT JURY FILM FEST.

    April 2023
    Response from festival:

    Dear Harry,

    Congratulations to you. We would love to see more of your such beautiful creations participating in future seasons of our event. we are always there to support Indie Filmmakers and their creativity.

    Thank you always for the love and support to CJFF