​ ​​​Central States Indie FanFilmFest

Submissions and Rules

ALL SUBMISSIONS are eligible to be nominated for genre, role and crew categories as determined appropriate by judges, for example Comedy or Horror, Actor or Actress, and Director or Cinematography.

BEST CENTRAL STATES FILM - given to the winner chosen from all Central States categories.

BEST OF FEST - given to the overall winner chosen from all submitted films.

STUDENT FILMMAKER - anyone 18 and under, or a college student (verified by student ID) please submit at student rates for automatic eligibility for student awards.

MUSIC CATEGORIES, FILM POSTERS, and TRAILERS - only films that specifically submit to one or more of the Soundtrack, Song, Music Video, Poster, or Trailer categories will be judged for those awards. Selected Trailers and Music Videos will be screened.

Submission to a CENTRAL STATES CATEGORY must meet one of these criteria:
1) at least partially filmed in the Central States (see logo map or list) AND comes from a Director OR Producer who resides in one of the Central States, or 2) was filmed in its entirety in the Central States, or 3) a film whose Director and Producer BOTH currently reside in one of the Central States regardless of where it was filmed. Submission to one of these categories makes your film eligible for a Central States Award, Best of the Fest, and any other juried categories that we may deem appropriate.

Submission to the Central States Short Documentary category must be filmed in, AND about a topic in, one or more Central States.

Short Films - 1 to 20 Minutes
Featurettes (Mid-length) - 21 to 49 Minutes
Feature Films - 50 Minutes and over
Central States Short Film - 1 to 20 Minutes
Central States Featurette - 21 to 49 Minutes
Central States Feature - 50 Minutes and over
Short Documentary - 1 to 44 Minutes
Feature Documentary - 45 Minutes and over


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All entries and submissions to Central States Indie FanFilmFest must be made through FilmFreeway. See categories for specific lengths. Films not in English must be subtitled in English.
If you meet requirements for a Central States submission category, your film will be judged in the more narrow category while still eligible for top festival awards.
If your film is selected in only a MUSIC category - Soundtrack (Short or Feature), Original Song with Lyrics, Original Song Instrumental, we reserve the right to screen it in part.
By submitting your film you have read and agreed to all CSIFFF submission rules and these terms and conditions. If you have any further questions, please contact us via the email link. 
1. SCREENING FEES - The Central States Indie FanFilmFest, LLC does not pay screening fees. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you
    acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work. 
2. SUBMISSION - All works must be submitted via FilmFreeway as an online screener. FilmFreeway allows you to upload the film or provide a link

    for a host site such as Vimeo or Youtube. 
3. ONLINE SCREENERS must have working links and passwords throughout the submission process. It is your responsibility to notify us if any

    changes are made. 
4. COMPLETION DATE - Entries must have been completed on or after January 1, 2016 unless previously unreleased, or submitted as an

    Experimental, Art House, Film Noir, or Silent Film entry. 
5. PREMIERE REQUIREMENTS - currently there are no premiere requirements, however feature length films that are viewable by the general

    public online will be disqualified. We do not discriminate against shorts or featurettes films that are available to the public online, but many
    festivals do, so it is suggested that public release be delayed until you have completed your film festival run. Password protect the online
    viewer to guard against this issue. 
6. WORKS IN PROGRESS are accepted but PLEASE READ: While you may submit the final edit up until the extended deadline, your original

    submission should be a fair representation of your final piece as our judges will be making their initial decisions based on it. When your final
    edit is complete, simply send us an email letting us know. If the film is substantially changed please re-submit the following year. 
7. All works selected must be available and downloadable (by us) by May 1, 2019 for inclusion in the 2019 festival. 
8. REFUNDS - CSIFFF does not issue refunds for submissions received

By entering your film for consideration for the Central States Indie FanFilmFest 2019, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the Central States Indie FanFilmFest, LLC. CSIFFF is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Central States Indie FanFilmFest, LLC, and all of their agents from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. The Central States Indie FanFilmFest, LLC may opt to withdraw your work from the festival at any time for any reason. The Central States Indie FanFilmFest, LLC DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work. CSIFFF reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees. CSIFFF does not issue refunds. 

Entering your film for consideration in the Central States Indie FanFilmFest is, hereby, your digital signature of agreement to posted Rules & Terms.