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Attention all student filmmakers!

The 9th Annual Centrally Isolated Film Festival (CIFF) is seeking submissions from talented student filmmakers for this year's competition.

Submission is free!  Deadline to submit is February 18th, 2022


Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions of any narrative, documentary, or experimental student films.

  • Films must be 20 minutes or less in length
  • Maximum two submissions per person
  • Email your submission to ciff@cornell.edu. (YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc. links are accepted.) 

How to Submit to CIFF

Email ciff@cornell.edu with the subject "CIFF Submission" and include the following information in the message body: 

  • Film title
  • Your name
  • Pronouns
  • Link to film and 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


About CIFF
The Centrally Isolated Film Festival seeks to bring together student filmmakers from universities and colleges in the Northeast.  Students submit narrative, documentary, or experimental student films under 20 minutes for the competition.  A committee of Cornell University students and faculty select submissions to screen as part of the festival and prizes are awarded to the top films.

For more information, please contact: ciff@cornell.edu


List of CIFF Awardees

2021 Awardees

Best Narrative Film
The Bag—Sam Azghandi, Syracuse University
Honorable Mention: Remember Me in Therapy—Jacob Mollot, Ithaca College

Best Documentary Film
What An Ivy League Restaurant Taught Me About Success—Ryan Ng
Honorable Mention: Jornada—Mary Conlon, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

Best Experimental Film
Bibi Amir—Zelikha Zohra Shoja, Syracuse University
Honorable Mention: Pictorial Abstraction—Nick Rockwood, Binghamton University

Audience Award
Winner: La Cena Italiana—Alex Chu, Colgate University
Honorable Mention: Panto—Justin d'Emilio, Ithaca College


2020 Awardees

Best Documentary
The Butterfly Effect—Jeremy Coyle, Cornell University

Best Narrative Film
Distant Interiors—Kieu-Anh Truong, Syracuse University

Best Experimental Film (tie)
In Transit—Ruby Que and Iyanah Bativala, Cornell University
Untitled—Wanrong Zhen, Syracuse University

Audience Award
정리해 (Make it Clean)—Nicholas (Nick) Fletcher, Sergio Muñoz, and Hyunjun (Alex) Ryu, Syracuse University


2019 Awardees

Best Documentary
Ms. Jackson—Nate Bellavia, Rochester Institute of Technology

Best Narrative Film
an American family—Kieu-Anh Truong, Syracuse Universiity

Best Experimental Film
CRW no. 1—Katiana Weems, Syracuse University

Audience Award
XXX—Danial Khan, Syracuse University


2018 Awardees

Best Documentary
DACAmented—St. Clair Detrick-Jules, Brown University

Best Narrative Film
O.B. and the Galactic Three in: The Staff of Funk—Evan Montgomery, Ithaca College

Best Experimental Film
Building Room—Claire G. McClusky, Ithaca College

Audience Award
ZVOOV—Lee Manor, SUNY Purchase


2017 Awardees

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 Awardees

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 Awardees

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 Awardees

Best Film
Winter Rye—Victoria DeMartin, SUNY Purchase

Best Screenplay
The Playground—Rachel Ellicott, Cornell University