The Athens International Film and Video Festival (AIFVF) started in 1974, has continuously since then maintained a vision and identity that celebrates avant-garde, independent, alternative, and world media, in all genres and formats. We are located in rural southeast Ohio, and often take advantage of our beautiful location to sponsor outdoor screenings and media events. Our competition for independent media artists includes a broad diversity of artists, genres, and approaches. Prizes are determined by jurors consisting of guest artists, and other professionals in the field.

We are an Academy Qualifying Festival in the Short Narrative, and Animated Short, categories.

The Athens International Film and Video Festival also sponsors guest artists screenings, that often include workshops and additional opportunities for artists to meet with audience members fellow filmmakers and members of our community.

AIFVF also includes a Feature Film Showcase, highlighting the latest in global cinema.

Filmmaker Perks

We host special workshops and talks for filmmakers by our guest artists. Last year Ed Lachman (academy nominated cinematographer of "Carol" and "Far from Heaven") and Charles Burnett ("Killer for Sheep", "To Sleep With Anger") led discussions and answered questions about their process and careers.
All visiting filmmakers and their guests are provided with lunch everyday in our filmmaker lounge during the festival. In the past our sponsors have provided half the cost of hotel rooms for visiting filmmakers as a way to ease the costs associated with visiting Athens during the festival. AIFVF also provides free ground transportation from the Columbus, Ohio airport.
We always strive to provide ample opportunities including special receptions and after-parties to meet and network with other filmmakers, jurors, guest artists and members of our community.

Awards & Prizes

Each year special jurors comprised of guest artists, and other professionals in the field award cash prizes in each category (Experimental, Short Narrative, Feature Narrative, Animation, Short Documentary, and Feature Documentary) as well as The Black Bear Award for best use of sound and the Film House Award for visionary filmmaking. Jurors give out over $20,000 in prizes and services each year.

1st prize winners in Short Narrative and Animated Short are Academy Qualifying.

Awards for each category:
1st prize: $1000 USD for each category (Experimental, Short Narrative, Feature Narrative, Animation, Short Documentary, and Feature Documentary)

Black Bear Award (for best use of sound): $750

Film House Award (for visionary filmmaking): $500 and Two week Arri Camera Rental

Rules & Terms

Ohio based students are eligible to submit for free- please contact us by email for more information.

Entries that have been submitted to previous Athens International Film and Video Festivals are not eligible.

Because of the number of entries received, not all entries are chosen to screen during the Festival. A prescreening committee, comprised of filmmakers, videomakers, and other artists associated with the Athens Center for Film and Video, will watch and evaluate each entry to determine which works are selected for screening during the Festival.

All works that evidence a high regard for artistic innovation, sensitivity to content, and personal involvement with the medium will be welcomed.

* Please note *
We do not accept mailed in screeners (please do not send DVDs, BLURAYs, or flash drives to our office).

We do not accept prescreening materials through email and are unable to download files from sharing services. Submissions are only accepted through our filmfreeway or other online accounts.

An entrant must accept our prescreening process; Entries must be original works. Athens International Film + Video Festival (Ohio) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Athens International Film + Video Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

5 Reviews

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    sergio dovale

    I was very proud to have my short movie in the selection of this famous festival!!!

    April 2017
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    Festival Formula Ltd

    A brilliant festival that we are always chuffed to be involved with when our clients get selected there. Great communication and a great buzz about this festival, highly recommend getting your film seen here! :)

    April 2017
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    Jenny Groza

    David and the team at AIFVF were very communicative before and during the festival. They arranged for a nice discount for all filmmakers to stay in town (Athens is like a little college town utopia). They had lots of events for filmmakers and were generally really warm and welcoming. What a great experience!

    April 2017
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    Sean David Christensen

    Athens International Film and Video Festival is an enriching, community-building festival with such attention to detail, chief among them, nurturing the filmmaker's voice and expression. The staff and volunteers are among the most committed you'll find on the festival circuit today, and their attentive focus shines in every aspect of the event. Bravo!

    April 2017
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    Joshua Provost

    I feel like Athens is an old-school festival in all the right ways. I was not able to attend the festival, but was surprised to get a care package about a week after the festival closed, with a letter, festival catalog, and my filmmaker passes. These are the exact things that I would like to have from every festival and would have help on to if I had attended. It was like they read my mind. I'm sure this kind of follow-up is time-consuming and bears some expense, but it made me feel incredibly special. I cannot emphasize how much it was appreciated.

    Another great thing they do is to group the short films into curated programs with common themes. I was excited to be included in a program entitled "Re-Imagining Cinema" which was flattering and made me look at my own film in a new light. The kind of thought and care that goes into creating these programs is tremendous and makes for a great experience as a filmmaker.

    Thanks, Athens, keep doing what you're doing!

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Joshua, Thank you for your review. The staff and I were so happy to include "Love In Five Parts" in the fest. All our best, David