Submission Guidelines

$1000 for Best Film $500 for Best Screenplay


Submissions will re-open November 16th

All films submitted to Charleston International Film Festival are selected 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 2015 Charleston International Film Festival will be held on November 4-8 2015. All winners will be announced at the Closing Awards Ceremony to be held on November 8th, 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 7, 2015:
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 2015 CIFF.
For maximum exposure of your film, the festival recommends 4 DVD screeners, film trailers, posters and postcards
Synopsis of film (3 sentences or less)
Final format of your film – H264.MOV


Requirements for Screenplay Consideration

Submissions are Due by JULY 10, 2015

The festival is also accepting screenplays for its screenwriting competition. Awards will be given at our awards night ceremony held on November 8, 2015 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 10, 2015.

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 7, 2015
Screenplay Submissions & Fees are Due by JULY 10, 2015

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 October 17th – $30
By February 20th – $40
By May 15th– $45
By August 7th – $60

*Shorts & Animations:
By October 17th – $30
By February 20th – $40
By May 15th – $45
By August 7th – $60

By September 19th – $25
By January 16th – $30
By April 17th – $35
By July 10th – $50

The Festival is not responsible for the damage to DVDs incurred in shipping. All preview DVDs and submitted press materials will not be returned. Absolutely no exceptions will be permitted.