Submissions are now closed for the 2017 festival.


– Submissions –


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Submissions Guidelines


Short films: running time; 5-25 mins, not to exceed 25 mins


Feature films: running time; 90 mins, not exceeding 103 mins


Music videos: running time; not to exceed 6 mins


Documentary Film: running time; 5-90 mins


Screenplays: Short: Max 25 pages, Feature:  Max 103 pages


Filmmakers will need to send us a digital copy of the film in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes.


Filmmakers must be cleared for all copyrighted materials including movie posters and trailers.


Homegrown, a film made by a Columbus native or a filmmaker exclusively residing in Columbus Ohio; running time guidelines will apply


All films must be made after 2014



Submission Fees


Feb 1, 2017- March 31, 2017 $25.00

April 1, 2017- May 31, 2017 $35.00

June 1, 2017- June 19, 2017 $45.00

Dates & Deadlines


January 9, 2017

Opening Date


January 31, 2017

Earlybird Deadline


March 31, 2017

Regular Deadline


May 31, 2017

Late Deadline


June 19, 2017

Extended Deadline


June 30, 2017

Notification Date


August 4 – 6, 2017

Event Date






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