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Festival Timeline

January 1: Submissions Open

February 20: Submissions Close

March 14: Official Selections Announced

March 21 - April 15: Festival Begins & Audience Voting Open. Festival Schedule TBA

April 16 (World Circus Day): Festival Winners Announced

In its second year running, Circus International Film Festival will be offering 5 competitive categories for submissions: Under 18, Shorts - Documentary, Shorts- Under 10 MIn., Shorts - Non-Documentary, and Full Length. 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:


AYCO/ACE One (1) Year Memebership

Under 18 Audience Choice Prize:

CIFF Merch

Shorts - Under 10 Min. Jury Selection Prize:


Shorts -Under 10 Min. Audience Choice Prize:

Circus Concepts Prize Package

Shorts - Documentary Jury Selection Prize:


Shorts - Documentary Audience Choice Prize:

CIFF Merch

Shorts - Non-Documentary Jury Selection Prize:


Shorts - Non-Documentary Audience Choice Prize:

CIFF Merch

Full Length Jury Selection Prize:


Full Length Audience Choice Prize:

CIFF Merch

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