The CIF+VF is the longest-running film festival in North America. Now in its 62nd year we show work you can't see anywhere else. Over 15,000 people attended various CIF+VF events last year. Through the years, the Festival has honored thousands of films, filmmakers and producers. The Chris Award — our top honor, is proudly displayed in production offices around the world. The Festival’s awards remain a revered prize for industry professionals, but the organization is equally passionate about supporting independent film. The juried competition focuses on rewarding the world’s best films, regardless of origin, while the Festival serves to promote and screen more and more films every year.

Awards & Prizes

In addition to the prestigious Chris Awards:

There is a $1500 Travel Award for filmmakers (of any type) to attend the CIF+VF. The filmmakers chosen will attend the Festival and one filmmaker may perform the final adjudication for the 2014 Greater Columbus Arts Council Media Fellowships. The filmmaker chosen to adjudicate the fellowships will receive an honorarium as well as travel funds. These awards are not limited by division, so all filmmakers are in consideration for these awards. The award amounts (travel and honorariums) are dependent upon travel and housing costs
incurred by the Festival.

This year, Stonewall Columbus will choose an LGBT filmmaker to attend the screening of their film and bring the filmmaker to the CIF+VF, all expenses paid.

For the second year in a row, we are pleased to announce a $1000 screening fee award dedicated to the works chosen for our Saturday Morning Cartoons/First Night screenings. The child-friendly animated works chosen will receive a screening fee for the use of their work thanks to the generosity of the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.

$1000 worth of stock footage from VideoBlocks will be awarded at the CIF+VF as well as a special one year download membership to their sites worth almost $500.

$1200 worth of software from Jungle Software will be awarded as special Jungle Software Awards consisting of three copies of Gorilla 5. Gorilla 5 is designed for the professional filmmaker Everything is at your fingertips, including scheduling, budgeting, full contact
management, a locations module, and storyboarding functions.

Short film winners will have the opportunity to be considered for inclusion into an upcoming issue of The Journal Of Short Film, a quarterly DVD journal containing 90-120 minutes of independent short film per issue. For more information about The Journal of Short Film, visit

In the Film Treatment Division ONE AWARD will be given in recognition of the BEST TREATMENT. The top three entries will receive a professional script analysis/marketing strategy, courtesy of Mojofilter, and a copy of Montage, screenwriting software by Mariner Software. Total Value $1000 for each Film Treatment winner.

Rules & Terms

Carefully read the following Terms, Conditions, and Guidelines. Submissions must comply to be eligible for Festival competition.

Format: Entries should be submitted on DVD (0 or 1). We cannot accept works on Blu-ray, or formatted as MPGs. We cannot accept works in PAL or Seacam. If the work is chosen for screening we can exhibit from Blu-ray, but the jury selection copy must be on DVD.

Deadline: Entry deadline is July 1, 2014. Entries must either be postmarked or in transit by that date. An email acknowledgment will be sent to all entrants shortly after they have been processed by the
Columbus Film Council office.

Eligibility Dates: Films and videos produced in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 are eligible for entry into the 2014 Festival.

Re-entry: Entries from previous Columbus International Film+Video Festivals are eligible for this year’s competition if they are a revision, entered in a different division than the original submission and were
produced during or after 2011.

English Language: All entries must have audio essential to the message on an English language soundtrack or English subtitles. An English
translation script is not an acceptable substitute with the exception of foreign student entries. Foreign language student entries: Although the jury panel would prefer an English soundtrack or English subtitled production, if this is not possible, you may submit an English language script with your entry. This exception applies only to student entries.

Promotion Rights: Producers or distributors who enter the Festival grant permission for their winning entries to be presented at any Festival screening or event unless we are otherwise notified at the time
of entry. You must notify us in writing at the time of entry if you require an exception.

Liability: Although every possible care will be taken with your entry materials while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send any original materials.

Publicity: Print publicity and reproducible stills may be used in Festival programs and publicity materials If you are interested in such coverage, please include stills on CD or DVD. These materials will not be

Judging Period: Notification & Retention of DVDs:
Entries may be judged from receipt through September 1, 2014. Notification of competition results will be sent to all entrants via email by the end of September. Information about the awards presentations and an invitation to the awards presentation will be emailed to winners at this time.