Submission Guidelines

$1000 for Best Film $500 for Best Screenplay

for the 2016 CHSIFF

All films submitted to Charleston International Film Festival are reviewed by our festival selection committee, which evaluates each film, looking for excellence in quality and originality in new independent cinema. The festival will showcase 80+ of the most auspicious non-studio films, which include features, shorts and documentaries.

The 9th Annual Charleston International Film Festival will be held on November 2-6 2016. All winners will be announced at the Closing Awards Ceremony to be held on November 6th, including the winners of the Screenplay Competition.


Requirements for Film Consideration

The film cannot play in any film festival screenings in the Charleston area 90 days prior to the Charleston International Film Festival.

The following materials must be received by AUGUST 5, 2016:
Screener (DVD – NTSC format only), Completed submission forms, Submission fees

Film Status:

Feature films must be 50 minutes and over in length. Short films must not exceed 50 minutes in length. The festival will accept films of all genres. The festival will consider all films regardless of any commercial, theatrical or television play in the US. World and US premieres are not required. All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for festival presentation. Works-in-progress will be considered. Upon acceptance, filmmakers must deliver final format for festival screening.

Requirements for Selected Films

The following is a list of items needed for films, which will be screened at the 2016 CIFF.
- For maximum exposure of your film, the festival recommends a private screening link for jury and press requests
- Synopsis of film (3 sentences or less)
- Final format of your film – H264.MOV


Requirements for Screenplay Consideration

Submissions are Due by JULY 18, 2016

The festival is also accepting screenplays for its screenwriting competition. Awards will be given at our awards night ceremony held on November 6, 2016 and winners will be announced on our official website.

We will be accepting screenplays of all lengths and genres. Fees to enter the screenplay competition are below. All screenplays must be submitted by hard copy and received no later than July 18, 2016.

Note: Please be sure when submitting the paper copy that you do not include the writer name on the script copy itself – only the title on the title page.

Deadlines & Payments

Film Submissions & Fees are Due by AUGUST 5, 2016
Screenplay Submissions & Fees are Due by JULY 18, 2016

Payment in US dollars may be made by check, money order, Visa or MasterCard only. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Charleston International Film Festival in US Dollars only. Do Not Send Cash. International entrants who do not pay by credit card must use an international money order paid in US dollars through a US bank.

Film & Screenplay Entry Fees

*Feature Films & Documentaries:
By January 15th – $40
By March 18th – $45
By May 20th – $50
By August 5th – $65

*Shorts & Animations:
By January 15th – $35
By March 18th – $40
By May 20th – $45
By August 5th – $60

By January 1st – $30
By March 11th – $35
By May 13th – $40
By July 18th – $55