The CIF+VF is the longest-running film festival in North America. Now in its 63rd 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.

For the third year in a row, we are pleased to announce a $1000 screening 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.

Rules & Terms

Secure Online Screener (Vimeo or Youtube Link) are the preferred submission method however if you chose to submit on DVD (Region 0 or 1) please send 2 copies with application with title, name, running time and FilmFreeway # on the disc. If using a Vimeo or Youtube link, please include your link at the top of the cover letter section of your Film Freeway submission.

• IF accepted, filmmakers will need to provide a prores 422 file of their completed film and a DVD backup along with a high-resolution photo file for printed materials.

• Entry title, name of entrant and FilmFreeway tracking number must be on all materials and containers.

• Separate applications are required for each film—even if one entity is submitting more than one film.

*DVDs submitted without name, title, running time and film freeway number will not be accepted.

* Any incoming shipping, wire, banking, or other charges will be billed back to the entrant and must be paid before the entry is eligible for competition.

* Please let us know if your email address changes between time of receipt of entry and notification of results in mid-to-late September! Otherwise you will not be advised of, or receive any award you may have won.

Due to the high cost of creating and shipping our hand-cast hand- engraved awards, the CIF+VF has instituted a new awards policy. All certificates will be awarded and mailed via US Post to certificate award winners. All of the filmmakers who attend the CIF+VF will receive their statuettes, plaques, and certificates in person, without charge. All other winners will receive a virtual image of their award as well as customized laurels suitable for print and/or web usage. Actual award statuettes and plaques will be available for the award recipients to purchase through the CIF+VF web site. Sorry about that.

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.

Eligibility Dates: Films and videos produced in 2013, 2014 and 2015 are eligible for entry into the 2015 Festival.

*Entries into the Student Section of the Festival must provide proof of eligibility (student id) upon request.

Re-entry: Entries from previous Columbus International Film + Video
Festivals are eligible for this year’s competition if they are a revision, or
entered in a different division than the original submission, and were
produced during or after 2013.

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.

JUDGING CRITERIA

*Judging panels consist of carefully selected professionals experienced in production or with expertise in their respective areas. Jurors do not participate in the evaluation of any category in which any organization with which they are affiliated has an entry.

* Productions are evaluated on a seven point merit system, with the Chris Statuette presented to work receiving a rating of seven, the Bronze Plaque to productions receiving a rating of six, and Honorable Mention to productions with a rating of five.

* The Silver Chris (Best of Division) winners will be considered for the Best of Festival Award. A special panel will determine this special award.

The following criteria are applied during the judging process:

* Target audience *Credibility
* Purpose * Organization and Development
* Concept and Creativity * Technical proficiency

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The entrant has full rights to submit the entry and authorize its use.

Promotion Rights: Producers or distributors who enter the Festival
grant permission for their entries to be presented at any Festival screening or event unless we are otherwise notified at the time of entry.

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. We do not return any materials sent to us.

Publicity: Images, trailers, and reproducible stills may be used in Festival Programs and publicity materials.

Division Transfer: You, the entrant, best know the material and its
purpose; however, each division chairman has the right to change the
division of an entry if another placement seems more appropriate.

We keep the winning entries for the Chris Collection Archives. Entry productions that do not win or grant permission for inclusion in the Chris Awards Collection will be discarded.

Awards:
Due to the high cost of creating and shipping our hand-cast hand- engraved awards, the CIF+VF has instituted a new awards policy. All of the filmmakers who attend the CIF+VF will receive their statuettes, plaques, and certificates in person, without charge. All other winners will receive a virtual image as customized laurels suitable for print and/or web usage. Actual award statuettes and plaques will be available for the award recipients to purchase through the CIF+VF web site. Sorry about that.

Entrant has read and agrees to abide by all Festival rules.