Catskill International Film Festival (2)


01 Aug 2020
Call for entries

15 Aug 2020
Early deadline

19 Sep 2020
Standard deadline

09 Sep 2020
Late deadline

09 Oct 2020
Extended deadline


09 Dec 2020
Notification date

23 Oct 2020
25 Oct 2020


30 Upper Main Street,  12723, Callicoon, New York, United States

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 60'<
Feature film festival >61' 120'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 60'<
 Feature Films  >61' 120'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 23 October 2020      Festival end: 25 October 2020

Covid-19 Update:

We are excited and proud to announce our first ever virtual (online) format to the Catskill International Film Festival (CIFF)! Our goal is to have a safe, interactive, and fun experience for everyone involved. This year's festival will be proof that COVID-19 has not destroyed our enthusiasm or love of the arts. Creative people have used this challenging time to brainstorm, plan, and execute their newest masterpieces in new and unique ways by adapting to the changing world around us. We are eagerly looking forward to sharing these amazing projects with all of you this October!

Our history:

The Catskill International Film Festival is passionate about promoting quality independent films, television pilots, and screenplays from filmmakers around the world. CIFF is a star-studded affair that celebrates an interactive and contemporary experience which will inspire, challenge, and enlighten viewers and participants alike. Attendees will walk the red carpet, attend after-parties with live entertainment, view award-winning independent films, enjoy a variety of events such as film seminars, and meet with filmmakers, stars, and models during an unforgettable weekend.

The Callicoon Theater and Western Hotel in Callicoon, NY will begin a new chapter for the area and arts community by housing the Catskill International Film Festival. Nestled in the world renowned Catskill Mountains and within driving distance of New York City, the Callicoon Theater is the perfect film venue. CIFF intends to showcase the best talent the Catskills and the world has to offer, these talented artists will be given a platform to gain exposure and the promotion they rightfully deserve while celebrating the arts together and having an incredible time. The Catskills hold a wonderful history with incredible events such as Woodstock among many others and now it brings the Catskill International Film Festival to the world.

(Submission must be paid in full and award recipients must be present virtually during the festival, and available for Q&A, to receive their cash prize)

Best Picture (Feature) - $500 plus trophy and certificate
Best Director (Feature/Short) - $250 plus trophy and certificate
Best Cinematography (Feature/Short/Documentary) - $250 plus trophy and certificate
Best Screenplay (Feature/Short) - $100 plus trophy and certificate
Best Actor (Feature/Short) - $100 plus trophy and certificate
Best Actress (Feature/Short) - $100 plus trophy and certificate
Best Animation - Trophy and certificate
Best Pilot - Trophy and certificate
Best Music Video - Trophy and certificate
Best Ensemble - Trophy and certificate
Best Supporting Actor (Feature/Short) - Trophy and certificate
Best Supporting Actress (Feature/Short) - Trophy and certificate
People's Choice Award (Online Poll) - Trophy and certificate
Best Documentary/Jury Award - Certificate
Best Documentary/Audience Choice - Certificate
Best Comedy/Jury Award - Certificate
Best Comedy/ Audience Choice – Certificate
Best Horror-Sci-Fi/Jury Award - Certificate
Best Horror-Sci-Fi/ Audience Choice - Certificate
Family Film Award - Certificate
Special Recognition Award “Someone Who Makes the World Better” - Certificate

1) All films must have completed post production AFTER January 1, 2019.

2) Films must be in English or have English subtitles.

3) Participants who are granted a fee waiver or discount are exempt from receiving any cash prizes.

4) Award recipients must be present virtually during the festival, and available for Q&A, to receive their cash prize. Prizes will not be mailed or available for pickup at a later time.

5) All prizes will be distributed to the person who is presented with the award.

6) Submitting filmmakers/individuals will be notified by e-mail on or before October 10, 2020.

7) All films must be sent with a downloadable link as projects will be screened online.

8) All filmmakers must promote and share their work online.

9)Entry fees are in U.S. dollars, per film entry, and are non-refundable.

10) All films must be submitted through Festhome to be accepted.

11) A filmmaker with multiple entries (titles) must submit each entry separately.

12) Anyone who submits a film understands they are in no way entitled to any of the ticket sales, concession sales, merchandise sales, and so forth made at the venue.

13) Films submitted may be spliced by CIFF staff for promotional purposes.



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