For Filmmakers

Festival Timeline

December 1, 2022: Earlybird Submissions Open

December 22, 2022: Regular Submissions Open

January 12, 2023: Late Submissions Open

February, 1, 2023: Final Deadline to Submit

March 1, 2023: Official Selections Notification

March 14: Festival Begins 

April 15 (World Circus Day): Festival Winners Announced

In its third year running, Circus International Film Festival will be offering 5 competitive categories for submissions: Under 18, Short Shorts (Under 5 Minutes), Shorts - Documentary, Shorts - Non-Documentary, and Full Length. For more information about each category, visit the Submissions page. 

Festival prizes will be awarded to one film in each category. Honorable Mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the jury. 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:

$100

AYCO/ACE One (1) Year Memebership

Under 18 Audience Choice Prize:

CIFF Merch

Short Shorts - Jury Selection Prize:

$​100

Short Shorts Audience Choice Prize:

CIFF Merch

Shorts - Documentary Jury Selection Prize:

$100

Shorts - Documentary Audience Choice Prize:

CIFF Merch

Shorts - Non-Documentary Jury Selection Prize:

$100

Shorts - Non-Documentary Audience Choice Prize:

CIFF Merch

Full Length Jury Selection Prize:

$250

Full Length Audience Choice Prize:

CIFF Merch

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