The Eleventh Annual Colony Short Film Festival is a showcase for independent films from all over the country and the globe, with a focus on featuring local and regional talent from the Ohio Valley. The Colony Short Film Festival features selections from emerging and established short filmmakers that have ranged from innovative, to off-the-wall and from quirky to provocative.

The 2017 Colony Short Film Festival will be presented at the historic Peoples Bank Theatre—a grand performance hall and movie house that was built at the height of the vaudeville era in 1919. After being closed since 1985, Marietta celebrated the theatre's grand re-opening in January of 2016.

As a small festival, located in the beautiful town of Marietta, Ohio, we provide many occasions for filmmakers and the audience to engage with one another whether informally in the VIP Lounge or during audience Q&A sessions. Filmmakers are given the opportunity to speak about their film at the screening. We include quality speakers and workshops covering topics of interest to emerging filmmakers.

In the past we have featured Emmy award winning filmmaker Pam Tanner Boll who produced “Born into Brothels,” Danny Boyd, Director of “Strange Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers” and “Chillers,” Documentary Filmmaker, Jacob Young, renown for the cult classic “Dancing Outlaw”, Brad Kalinoski, digital artist for “Black Swan”, and from locals Josh Crook and Will Wedig for their films, “Salvage, “LaSoga” and “Forged”.

Each accepted filmmaker will receive two passes allowing entry to all films, workshops, and the Filmmaker VIP Lounge. Student and Local submissions will receive individual comments and feedback from the Colony Short Film Festival judges.

Awards & Prizes

Best of Festival (Trophy, certificate, laurels)
Best Local Film - "The Brian Meade Award" ( $250 cash award, trophy, certificate, laurels)
Best Student Film ($250 cash award, trophy, certificate, laurels)
Best Animation (Certificate, laurels)
Best Documentary (Certificate, laurels)
Best Actor (Certificate, laurels)
Best Screenplay (Certificate, laurels)
Best Cinematography (Certificate, laurels)
Best Director (Certificate, laurels)

Rules & Terms

1.) Entries must be original, undistributed works produced, written and/or directed by the submitting filmmaker and completed no earlier than October 1, 2014.
2.) All entries using copyrighted material (sound or picture) must obtain proper clearances and permission to use the material. Documentation showing this clearance and permission must be submitted upon request. Colony Short Film Festival (CSFF) assumes no responsibility for violation of copyright law.
3.) Obscene, pornographic or otherwise offensive material is not allowed under any circumstance. Films with profanity or nudity must be labeled as containing such. Enforcement of this rule will be at the discretion of CSFF.
4.) Submission of an entry automatically transfers unlimited exhibition, duplication and distribution rights for the entry to CSFF. Entries will not be used in any way for commercial purposes. By submitting an entry to CSFF, each entrant expressly grants permission to use their name, likeness, hometown, etc.
5.) Entries will not be returned. DO NOT send your original masters.
6.) All entries must be made through FilmFreeway. No entry will be considered without registration payment in full. A single entry may be entered in only one category and division. If you are entering more than one project, you must submit a separate, completed entry form for each one.
7.) Entrants shall indemnify, defend and hold the Festival, its agents and its representatives harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any breach of these representations, or arising out of any matter contained in the media or otherwise by the Festival’s use of the media.
8.) An entrant may be disqualified for the following reasons: a.) inappropriate material, b.) incomplete application materials and documentation, c.) submission on unacceptable media, d.) entries which are submitted in incorrect divisions or categories, e.) entries which have been submitted previously to CSFF, and f.) lack of payment.
9.) In case of questions, disputes or misunderstandings the decisions of the Directors of the Festival are final.
10.) Non-US contestants must check with Festival management about any restrictions on foreign participation. Entry is void where prohibited by law.
11.) Entries with soundtracks must be in English or have English sub-titles. Subtitles must be embedded in the submitted film.
12.) Entries must follow the rules as laid out at FilmFreeway.
13.) It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to insure selected films and videos against damage or loss while participating in the festival, if that is necessary.
14.) Submission of an entry to this festival signifies that the entrant understands, accepts and agrees to these conditions.
15.) Entrant acknowledges that submission does not guarantee inclusion into the festival. Submitters of official selections will be notified as soon as possible after the submission period is closed and selections have been made.
16.) Awards/Trophies will not be shipped. While winners do not have to be present for your film to be named "Best of..." winners must be present if they wish to receive a physical award.
17.) For the purpose of this festival, "Local films" are those created by filmmakers whose primary residents is located within 90 miles of Marietta, Ohio.
18.) For the purpose of this festival, "Student films" are those created while enrolled at a post-secondary educational institution and completed no earlier than October 1, 2014.

All submissions must be made through https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ColonyShortFilmFestival. Submitting will pass you to the PayPal site for payment processing. Please note that you can pay with a credit/debit card and are NOT required to have to have a PayPal account. Your credit card statement will reflect “Colony” as the payee.

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    Niv Klainer

    The second you step into Marietta's Peoples Bank Theater, you know you came to a very special place. Such a great team and a fantastic atmosphere. If you've made a short film and you're looking for an unforgettable screening experience, definitely don't miss out on this one!

    March 2017
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    David Smith

    Colony has all of the fanciness of a prestigious festival without the pretentiousness. The Peoples Bank Theatre is a beautiful venue to see your film in, and the audiences are very enthusiastic. The staff are very friendly and treat filmmakers well with a great Green Room featuring free drinks and beverages. Marietta is a charming town full of great restaurants and shops. The LaFayette, a historic riverboat themed hotel, is within walking distance of the theater, making this a great way to spend a weekend

    March 2017