2016 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival
Call for Entries!
Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival! Keep this letter within easy reach as you fill out the entry form. It should hold the answers to most of your questions about the Festival and our entry process. In the event that we fail to answer all of your questions herein, the following person can help you out.
Phone: (319) 431-1320
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The EventThe Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers are proud to host The 16th Annual Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival to be held Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 2016 at The Collins Road Theatres in Marion, Iowa.
The Festival provides a unique opportunity for Iowa-connected films and filmmakers. After our panel of independent judges has culled its Official Selections from among all the submitted films, we will screen all the selected films in front of an open invitation audience. All Official Selections will be in the running for the coveted Eddy Awards as well as other valuable prizes. Filmmakers will also have the chance to view their fellow entrants' films and to network with their peers. Filmmakers will also have the option of introducing their films to the audience prior to the screening, either in person or via a written statement to read by Festival emcees.
All filmmakers who submit their films for consideration will receive one (1) Full Event Pass and one (1) commemorative 2016 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival t-shirt (with Official Selections and credits printed on the back) for each film they enter. The Full Event Pass entitles each filmmaker to free admittance for every screening of every film and associated events throughout the two-day Festival.
All entrants will also have the opportunity to attend a critique session with the panel of judges in the days following the Festival. This critique session will give each filmmaker a chance to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their films with the judges as well as consider possibilities for any future projects.
But before we can have a festival, we need some films to screen. That's where you come in...
Film Eligibility and Submission GuidelinesThe Iowa Connection
This is what makes The Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival unique. Any film you enter must have a connection of some kind to the Hawkeye State. It can have a story set in Iowa or about Iowans. It can be produced (in whole or in part) in Iowa. It can have a key actor or crew member who has some connection to the state, whether that connection is through birth, residence, work or educational experience. Whatever else your film is about, Iowa must, in some way, be a part of its creation.
We accept films of all genres: narrative, documentary, animation, music video, etc. There is no date-of-completion requirement; however, films submitted to previous Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festivals will not be eligible.
Student, Pro-Am, and Professional Category Definitions
Student: For elementary, high school or college students or for films completed while a filmmaker was a student. (Proof of enrollment is necessary, such as a student ID or course registration.)
Pro-Am: For filmmakers who earn less than sixty (60) percent of their income from the film or video production industries. (Students may enter this category to compete at a higher level, if desired. Professionals may not enter this category.)
Professional: For filmmakers who earn sixty (60) percent or more of their income from the film or video production industries. (Pro-Am and Students may enter this category to compete at a higher level, if desired.)
Running Time Category Definitions
Pro and Pro-Am Shorts: running time up to 59 minutes, 59 seconds.
Pro and Pro-Am Features: running time of 60 minutes or more.
Student Shorts: running time up to 19 minutes, 59 seconds.
Student Long: running time of 20 minutes or more.
Freestyle and Documentaries: no required minimum or maximum running time.
Entry FeesProfessional and Pro-Am Categories: $40 (Discounted entry fee of only $30 if we receive your film by Jan. 15th)
Student Categories: $35 (Discounted entry fee of only $25 if we receive your film by Jan. 15th)
Final Deadline is January 29th.
That's all folks, everything you should need to know about the 2015 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival and all of our entry procedures.
Film Submission Process
To enter, be sure to complete the following items...
- Complete and signed Official Online Entry Form (electronically or printed).
- A Video Upload of your film for screening by our judges (if entry becomes an Official Selection, an additional format may be needed).
- A check payable to Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers or a PayPal payment for the amount of your entry fee (see category definitions above)
- A copy of your student identification card or class schedule (if you're entering in one of the Student categories)
Entry Fee Payment via PayPal
Pro & Pro-Am CRIFF Entry Payment
Student CRIFF Entry Payment
For entries sent by mail, send all to:
Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers
Attn: Festival Entries
P.O. Box 10251
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-0251
As always, we appreciate your interest in this year's Festival. We look forward to receiving your entries and viewing your films - and we hope to see them all up on the big screens at The Collins Road Theatres this April!
All the best and good luck,
The Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers