Fee-free until May 6! Submit your film with no entry fee before the early bird deadline on May 6, 2020.

Background

The mission of the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival (OTRFF) is to present stories that celebrate the human spirit by providing a platform for audiences to see through another’s eyes. In addition, OTRFF aims to spotlight the Queen City and its role in reframing how we see disability in the entertainment industry’s ongoing discussion of diversity.

OTRFF curates a wide array of narratives addressing issues of disability, diversity, freedom, faith, and identity. Our programming crosses all formats and genres, and prominently features selections from around the world to offer greater insight and perspective. Besides our film slate and our Bold Conversation workshops, the OTRFF incorporates live music, serialized streaming content, and filmmakers’ lounges in noted hotspots in the Queen City’s burgeoning entertainment district. Please visit our website for more information on these and other OTRFF programs at www.otrfilmfest.org.

Cash awards will be granted from the following categories:

Family Audience Award
Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary Short
Student Short Narrative
Student Short Documentary

Submission Requirements
- Competition is open to U.S. and International entries. Please check individual categories for additional requirements.
- Feature films are 40 minutes in length or longer. Short films are under 40 minutes in length.
- Films not in the English language must be subtitled in English. All submissions will be assessed by English speakers. If submission is in a language other than English and speech is necessary for the experience, subtitles or other means of speech translation will be required. We require closed captioning of submissions. If unavailable, the submission will be accepted, but captioning will be required for all screened films.
- Films that have shown theatrically or been broadcast on television in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region prior to the Festival or are available on DVD or VOD are not eligible for competition.
- No works previously submitted to the festival will be considered. Any film invited to play at the Festival MUST communicate to the director of film programming if release plans change once the film is programmed. Failure to communicate may result in the film being pulled from the lineup.
- Entries must be submitted for pre-screening via Vimeo or YouTube link. If you use a secured link, you are REQUIRED to keep us updated with passwords through September 28th or your film will be considered INVALID and will be DISQUALIFIED with no refund. You MAY also send a DVD or Blu-Ray. Hard copy screeners will NOT be returned for any reason.
- You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and pay an entry fee for each.
- OTR International Film Festival employees, including seasonal staff, board members, sponsors, and their immediate families, are not eligible to submit in any category to this competition.
- Entry fee (must be paid online).
- 3-Line Synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website)
- FEATURE-LENGTH FILMS: 200 Word Synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website)
- COLLEGE STUDENTS: Include proof of student status at the time of production. (Copy of student ID or transcript.)
- YOUNG FILMMAKERS: Include a copy of your state or student ID verifying your age at the time of completion of the film. You may submit a letter from a teacher if you do not have photo ID.
- Accepted entries must submit at least one digital, horizontal 300dpi still photo from the film and at least one web-ready still at 72dpi and 560x315 pixels. The festival reserves the right to use images from the films selected for marketing purposes (web, print media, and television).

FESTIVAL SCREENING
The individual or corporation submitting the film warrants that he/she is authorized to commit the film to multiple screenings during the 2021 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival - July 8-11, 2021. MUST also send a Blu-Ray backup for exhibition in case something goes wrong with a digital file.

LIABILITY
Every possible care will be taken with entries while in our possession, however, we cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or additional charges incurred en route, or due to normal wear and tear, or due to equipment failure. Do NOT send original prints or master copies. Additionally, OTR International Film Festival is held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity or screening of any film.

SHIPPING
The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant or preceding festival. All international entries must be sent with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. For films accepted into the Festival, the entrant is responsible for inbound shipping. In most cases, OTR International Film Festival will pay the cost of outbound shipping of the print to its next destination. However, the Festival will not be responsible for unnecessary expedited or overnight shipping charges to other destinations.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Mehmet Tığlı

    It’s a great honor to be an award winner at this amazing festival

    April 2020
  • Stephanie Willis

    The communication and marketing for the festival was great and everyone at the festival was very welcoming. However, there were technical issues during a screening and the awards ceremony that made the festival lack polish. As this was only the second year of the festival, I'm sure these kinks will be worked out in the future.

    January 2020
  • ROB FLEURENT

    Fantastic Festival with great people. We had a wonderful time, thank you so much!

    October 2019
  • This has been one of the best film festivals I have attended! The staff was extremely welcoming, organized, and efficient! The filmmaker events were outstanding, and the selection of films phenomenal! I hope to screen another film here in the future and strongly recommend this film festival to all!

    October 2019
  • OTR FIlm Fest was a great time and I met a lot of great filmmakers at the 2019 showcase.

    I want to say upfront everyone from the staff was an absolute joy to be around and I really appreciated the people that volunteered, sponsored and put on the event. However, I wanted to leave some constructive criticism for next year.

    There were a few instances where the book was misprinted and the times were changed from the events. I realize some things change last minute and the recovery emails in the morning helped to let us know updated times. It was just very inconvenient at times to look at the book and then have to check your email to see what lined up. There were a few times when volunteers were around and they mentioned small things falling out of place, ie: scanners not working, not knowing where events were taking place etc. Some even mentioned this year may have been cursed. There was one screening where the film stopped and we didn't get to see the end of the film. This was due to the file from the filmmaker didn't have the whole cut. But, these small things I noticed throughout the week did add up after a while. Again, I totally understand things go wrong and it's out of anyone's control.

    I want to reiterate this is not a negative review whatsoever. I really enjoyed the festival overall and was honored to be there. I really appreciate hospitality and the support of my work. I hope my feedback is received well and not taken as anything negative but hopefully received as constructive criticism.

    October 2019