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Columbus International Film + Video Festival (Chris Awards) 59

The Film Council Of Greater Columbus is accepting entries for the 59th Columbus International Film + Video Festival. The Columbus International Film + Video Festival, the longest running film festival in the United States, is also known as the Chris Awards.

Aware of the power of cinema to educate and transform, the Film Council of Greater Columbus’ mission is to encourage the creation of film, video, and electronic images of vision in both form and content by publicly screening these productions and awarding recognition to the both the productions and the makers of the productions.

There is now a $1500 Travel Award for a filmmaker to come to the CIFVF.


Submit films and videos 2008 produced 2009 in 2010 and 2011 in various divisions listed below.

  • Animation
  • Arts
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Comprehensive Marketing Strategy
  • Educational
  • Experimental Short
  • Humanities
  • Mental + Physical Health
  • Narrative
  • Promotional/ Industrial
  • Religion + Spirituality
  • Science + Technology
  • Social Issues
  • Student

Founded in 1950 by a group of progressive educators, the Film Council, through the Columbus International Film and Video Festival (a 6 day event in downtown Columbus), continues their legacy, honoring and screening the work of makers whose creations of vision, beauty and power help us understand the complexities of our world by using their committed artistry to touch our minds and hearts.

The following criteria are applied during the judging process:

  • Target audience
  • Credibility
  • Purpose
  • Organization and Development
  • Concept and Creativity
  • Technical Proficiency


The Festival’s awards remain a revered prize for industry professionals, but the organization is equally passionate about supporting independent film. The juried competition focuses on rewarding the world’s best films, regardless of origin, while the Festival serves to promote and screen more and more films every year.

  • Best Of Festival Award
  • Silver Chris Award
  • Chris Award
  • Bronze Plaque
  • Certificate of Honorable Mention


  • Films and videos 2008 produced 2009 in 2010 and 2011 are eligible for entry into the 2011 Festival.
  • Entries should be submitted on DVD (0 or 1).
  • Entries from previous Columbus International Film+Video Festivals are eligible for this year’s competition if they are a revision, or entered in a different division than the original submission, and were produced during or after 2008.
  • All entries must have audio essential to the message on an English language soundtrack or English subtitles. An English translation script is not an acceptable substitute with the exception of foreign student entries.
  • Although the jury panel would prefer an English soundtrack or English subtitled production, if this is not possible, you may submit an English language script with your entry. This exception applies only to student entries.

How to enter?

Send fees with two entry forms for each entry and your entry in DVD format to:

Film Council of Greater Columbus
1021 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205

It is also possible to submit entries online through Withoutabox.

Entry fee

  • Feature/Long: $70
  • Short: $50
  • Student/Long: $50
  • Student/Short: $35
  • Experimental Short: $25
  • Marketing Strategies: $35
  • Marketing Strategies: No Charge (When Associated With an Entry in Another Division)
  • First Early-Bird Discount: $10 off (For Entries Received by 1 April 2011)
  • Second Early-Bird Discount: $5 off (For Entries Received by 1 May 2011)
  • Late Fee: $35 (For Entries to Arrive Between 1-15 July 2011)