SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED
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.
FILMS SELECTED FOR THE 2016 FESTIVAL WILL BE NOTIFIED BY 8/31/16
Submissions for 2017 will reopen this December
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
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
Additional Prizes for Films
A Prize Package of (1) InkTip Script Listing each for the 'Best Film', Jury Award for Best Feature, and the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature. InkTip Script Listings provide filmmakers the opportunity to get their films more exposure by InkTip's extensive network of producers, reps, managers, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.
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.
Additional Prizes for Screenplays
A Prize Package of (1) InkTip Script Listing each and (1) InkTip Magazine Listing each for the Screenplay Winner, Screenplay 1st Runner Up, and Screenplay 2nd Runner Up. InkTip Script Listings and InkTip Magazine Listings provide writers additional exposure for their scripts and the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip's extensive network of producers, reps, managers, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.
Deadlines & Payments
Film Submissions & Fees are Due by AUGUST 5, 2016 (NOW CLOSED)
Screenplay Submissions & Fees are Due by JULY 18, 2016 (NOW CLOSED)
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
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