Opening Date: 
April 07, 2017
Earlybird Deadline: 
July 03, 2017
Regular Deadline: 
November 30, 2017
Late Deadline: 
July 23, 2018
Extended Deadline: 
August 23, 2018
Notification Date: 
September 03, 2018
Event Date: 
September 22, 2018 to September 24, 2018
Festival Description: 


Connecticut is the art and cultural hub of as well as a hotbed for innovation and emerging digital media and content creation. It is at the forefront of artistic expression, innovation and of course emerging music. The Film Festival seeks to support filmmakers, artists and musicians looking to tell a story. Our aim is to enlighten as well as entertain audiences through a series of cinematic visions, approaches and perspectives.
The Connecticut International Film Festival is devoted to being a springboard for exciting and inspiring new films to be seen by the world, and ultimately picked up for distribution.
The Connecticut International Film Festival is the BIG annual event! It is the culmination of our statewide weekly and monthly screening and series that takes place in a half a dozen theaters, museums and cultural & arts venues throughout the state.
The 2017, CIFF plans to showcase more than 150 fantastic, thought-provoking and entertaining films in numerous award competition categories including but not limited to: Comedy, Narrative Feature, Documentary, Shorts, Student and Animation as well as web series and commercials.
Awards & Prizes: 
Audience Favorite
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Comedy Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animation Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Dramatic Short
Best Student Short
Best Sports Short
Best Web Series
Best Commercial/Advertisement (Television & Web)
Rules & Terms: 
All films must be in English or must have English subtitles.
Only completed projects will be accepted.
Filmmaker must have obtained all clearances for exhibition and must certify that the work is original and no disputes regarding ownership exist on the film.
Only completed submission registrations will be accepted.
All films must be available to screen immediately.
Although complete care is given to every entry, the festival cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to materials submitted.
Please do not send entries in fiber -filled mailers.
Marketing of your film and the festival
To facilitate the promotion of selected films, the CIFF requests that submissions include an electronic press kit via Dropbox or other FTP site. The EPK should not come on a disc. The EPK should include the follow:
5 JPEG formatted images. 300 Dpi and no greater than 500kb
1 Poster image. Hi Res. No greater than 2 Gb
1 WORD document with 3 synopses: a short 50-100 words, medium 100 – 250 words and a long 250 – 500 words.
1 WORD document with 1-2 Press Releases. One short press release describing the film, a second more in depth press release.
1 WORD document listing all URL and social media links
Theatrical Screening Formats
All accepted must be made available in the following formats:
-Feature Length Films BluRay and/or 2 Standard Definition DVD discs as backup. Additional option is Digital format file: QT H264.MOV files will be considered for features.
-Short Films, Commercial/Advertisements and PSAs will be screened from digital files ONLY, with a few exceptions.
-Short Films Theatrical Format: QT H264.MOV and MP4 files. Mail 2 Standard Definition DVD NTSC Only discs as backup. Additional back up option: BluRay.
The management of the Connecticut International Film Festival (CIFF) and parent company: Connecticut International Film Festival (CIFF) reserves the right to decide all questions regarding the rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein.
I, the undersigned, have read and understand the rules, regulations and guidelines of the Connecticut International Film Festival and The New Haven International Film Festival. To the best of my knowledge, all the information is correct as indicated on the submitted entry.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Connecticut International Film Festivall 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. By submitting your project through FilmFreeway you acknowledge this paragraph.
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