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Attention all student filmmakers! The Centrally Isolated Film Festival (CIFF) is seeking submissions from talented student filmmakers for this year's annual upstate New York competition.

Early submissions are free until February 21, 2017. The submission fee will be $10 from February 22 till March 1. Email your submission to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc., are accepted. 

Your film should be less than 20 minutes; follow the checklist below to make sure you include all of the necessary information! We look forward to seeing your creativity at work!

Submission Checklist

Email a link to your submission (20 mins. or less) to with the following materials and information: 

  • Film title
  • Your name
  • Link to film & password, if the link is private
  • Category that most closely describes your film (Narrative, Documentary, Experimental)
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Institution
  • Graduation year
  • How you heard about the Centrally Isolated Film Festival

Selected films will be screened on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY, on April 14, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. and April 15, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., in the Film Forum of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. 

Cash Prizes of $200 will be awarded to the winner of each category (narrative, documentary, experimental; audience award).

The Centrally Isolated Film Festival seeks to bring together student filmmakers from central and upstate New York. For more information, please contact:

Student Organizer: 

Faculty Advisor:     

2016 Winners

Best Narrative Film
How They Fall—Tyler Macri, Ithaca College

Best Documentary Film
Paul's Ride—Benjamin Davis, SUNY Purchase

Best Experimental Film
Trash Fever—Kristi Gogos, Ithaca College 

2014 Winners

Best Narrative Film
Pluto—Christopher Maher, Ithaca College

Best Documentary Film
Beats of the Southern Style—Samantha Yu and Adam Mantell, Ithaca College

Best Experimental Film
Burn After Viewing—Daniel Torres, Cornell University

Audience Award
Kids Making Things Happen—Jake Geller and Jesse Kreuzer, Cornell University