The Chellea Magazine Film/Drone Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories. The Festival is a 3 day celebration of the art of documentary film, at venues in and around the Aventura Florida area. This inspiring event draws audiences from all over South Florida, the US and the world to experience documentary films and the compelling art , film making way it's done by Aerial Drones and the culture they highlight.

$25,000 will be given as cash and prizes and will be spread out to different categories.

More than just watching movies, festival goers get the unique opportunity to have Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors. These fascinating & rewarding interactive experiences occur after the films. Discover the details, film inspiration, meaning and challenges from the
directors, producers, screenwriters and actors.

Awards & Prizes

$25,000 will be given as cash and prizes and will be spread out to different categories.
Film Awards
Drone film awards

Rules & Terms

Please Note: Chellea Magazine Film Festival does not waive entry fees. CMFF believes waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. The same rules and entry fees should apply to all applicants so no one film is favored over another. In a similar respect, CMFF does not invite films to be in competition. Only films that are submitted will be considered for competition.

We understand the financial constraint of film making and costs of submitting to Festivals and we still hope you can find it in your budget to submit your film.

Aside from minor post-production additions like color correction and sound mixing, we do not accept works-in-progress and will not update a submission with a more recent cut. Please do not submit your film until it is complete.

Films must be submitted on DVD NTSC or PAL (please test before sending) or as an online screener and be available for screening as a digital file. Please note: we do NOT screen Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP when considering films for our competition. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file, do not submit your film.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Chellea Magazine Film Festival is not responsible for the streaming quality of Secure Online Screeners (including FilmFreeway Screeners). If you choose to submit a Secure Online Screener and would like to guarantee the quality of your submission, CMFF strongly suggests you submit a DVD in addition to your Secure Online Screener submission.

Films must have been completed after March, 2016. Films must be available for screening during the Chellea Magazine Film Festival, July, 2016.

Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for CMFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.

Aside from minor post-production additions like color correction and sound mixing, we do not accept works-in-progress and will not update a submission with a more recent cut. Please do not submit your film until it is complete.

Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

Drone/MultiCopter/UAV/MultiRotor Short Film Entry Requirements:
Films must be short narratives of 15 minutes or less.
Films must be CMFF Premieres.
Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

Narrative Student Short Film Entry Requirements:

Films must be short narratives of 25 minutes or less.
Open only to students (must include proof of enrollment from accredited university or college).
The film must be the work of a current student or completed during the time the filmmaker was a student

Animated Short Film Entry Requirements

Films must be animated short narratives of 20 minutes or less.
Open to any form of animation. Animated Shorts must be narrative works only, no experimental pieces.
Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

Documentary Feature Films Requirements

Films should document a solid narrative structure and relay a fully-formed and impactful story.
Films must be documentaries, 41 minutes or longer.
World/North American/US Premieres are ideal
Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

Documentary Short Film Requirements
Films must be short documentaries, 40 minutes or less.
Films must be CMFF Premieres.
Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

Please send a screening copy of the film in DVD, playable on standard DVD players (not a data disk with a file of the movie). The disk maybe either NTSC (preferred) or PAL, but please check the disk before sending it. DO NOT send press kits or fancy cases (we just throw those away at this point). DO send your synopsis and, if desired, a cover letter introducing you/your film. DVDs will not be returned under any circumstances. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry