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Attention all student filmmakers!

The 5th Annual Centrally Isolated Film Festival (CIFF) is seeking submissions from talented student filmmakers for this year's annual upstate New York competition.

Submission is free!

Submission deadline: February 1, 2018

Email your submission to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc., are accepted. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Any narrative, documentary or experimental student films
  • Films must be 20 minutes or less in length
  • Maximum 2 submissions per person

Submission Checklist

Email a link to your submission 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
  • Degree Program (BA, BFA, MFA, or MA/PhD)
  • Graduation year
  • How you heard about the Centrally Isolated Film Festival
Cash Prizes:
1st place (per category): $200


Selected films will be screened on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY, on April 13, 2018 at 4:30pm and April 14, 2018 at 2pm, in the Film Forum of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

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:     

2017 Winners

Best Documentary
Pig—Holly McHahon, Rochester Institute of Technology

Best Narrative Film
What Comes From a Swamp—Tyler Macri, Ithaca College

Best Experimental Film
Astral Migrant—Emilio Seri, City College of New York

Audience Award
Let's Rob a Fucking House—Casey Creveling, Ithaca College

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 

2014-15 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

2013 Winners

Best Film
Winter Rye—Victoria DeMartin, SUNY Purchase

Best Screenplay
The Playground—Rachel Ellicott, Cornell University