For Filmmakers

Festival Timeline

February 28: Submissions Close at 9pm GMT-5

March 14: Official Selections Announced

March 21 - April 16: Festival Begins & Audience Voting Open. Festival Schedule TBA

April 17 (World Circus Day): Festival Winners Announced

In its inaugural year, Circus International Film Festival will be offering 4 competitive categories for submissions: Under 18, Shorts - Documentary, Shorts - Performance, and Full Length, plus a Non-Competing Exhibition category. For more information about each category, visit the Submissions page. 

Festival prizes will be awarded to up to two films in each category. The films receiving the Juried awards in each category will all be considered for the Best of Fest award. Audience Choice will also be awarded to one film in each competitive category.

Note: Film selections and awards will be based on excellence in filmmaking, not on the level of circus skills displayed. 

BIPOC filmmakers are especially welcome.

Accessibility features are highly encouraged. 

Festival Prizes:

Under 18 Jury Selection Prize:

$25 USD 

One (1) Year American Youth Circus Organization membership

Under 18 Audience Choice Prize:

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Shorts - Documentary Jury Selection Prize:

$50 USD

Shorts - Documentary Audience Choice Prize:

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Shorts - Performance Jury Selection Prize:

$50 USD

Shorts - Performance Audience Choice Prize:

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Full Length Jury Selection Prize:

$100 USD

Full Length Audience Choice Prize:

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