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CIFF

Submit your Films

& Screenplays

CIFF

What to expect as

a CIFF Filmmaker.

CIFF

Submission Categories

& Awards

 

State of the Art Venues. 125K in Jury Prizes. Lodging Provided for ALL Official Selections. Iconic Grand Jury (see below). Industry Networking Events, Red Carpet Premieres, Panels, Parties and PITCHFEST! featuring 175K in prizes – we’re a film festival created by filmmakers for filmmakers.

Located in the stunning Reno-Tahoe region of Nevada, the Cordillera Int’l Film Festival is Nevada's largest, premiere film festival and a FilmFreeway Top 100 Best reviewed out of 10,000 film festival worldwide. CIFF prides itself on amazing venues with packed houses – our Friday night screening is the only one that doesn’t take place in a luxury theater because it’s at an outdoor amphitheater, on the water, with an average audience of 2K!

As filmmakers, we understand we are all going through uncertain times, and choosing what festivals are worthwhile can be challenging. Since day one, Cordillera has provided the following to all our Official Selections – yes, all of them:

Lodging – What!? We know - it's awesome – and so is our host hotel!

Filmmakers Lounge – MEALS, SNACKS & DRINKS. The cost of meals can become challenging, so we provide 3 meals a day - every day of the festival. The lounge is a perfect place for Filmmakers, VIP Guests and Jury Members to meet-up for great conversations and enjoy drinks and snacks with a Hosted Wine & Beer bar.

5th Day Fun – Film Nevada Initiative VIP Experience - Official Selections are invited to join us on the Monday after the festival for a day spent on the water and in the mountains, exploring our beautiful region as a VIP. Spots are limited, so make sure to sign-up right away!

HERE ARE SOME EXCITING THINGS TO EXPECT IN 2023:

ONE – 300K in prizes, including an incredible production package for our PITCHFEST! winner valued at 175K, courtesy of Company3, Panavision, the Film Nevada Initiative as well as our amazing Grand Jury and industry partners. Notable Awards include our Best Female Focus Film, Best Indigenous & LGBTQIA+ Film, and our Innovate award - all of which come with a $500 - $1000 cash prize. Our John Singleton Impact Award, celebrating stories that inform & inspire change, will be presented by Chairman Peter Menzies Jr. and one of Mr. Singleton’s Adult Children and will include a $1,000 cash prize.

TWO – Our Grand Jury! With Australian Cinematographer and Academy Member, Peter Menzies, Jr., ACS known for his diverse and critically acclaimed body of work which includes: A Time to Kill, Shooter, The Incredible Hulk, The General’s Daughter and Die Hard with a Vengeance, as Cordillera’s Chairman of the Board, we’ve assembled a who’s who of Hollywood, signing on as Board Members or as part of the festival’s prestigious Grand Jury and Special Jury.

The impressive list of iconic Oscar & Emmy Award Winning and Nominated talent that have participated in our Grand Jury include:

• Writer/Director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies, Double Jeopardy)
• Oscar winner/Writer/Actor Brian Currie (Green Book)
• Actor Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves, Geronimo: An American Legend, Avatar)
• Producer Hunt Lowry (Last of the Mohicans, A Time to Kill, Donnie Darko, A Walk to Remember)
• Director Simon West (Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Con Air, The Mechanic, The General’s Daughter)
• Art Department Warren Drummond (Blade Runner 2049, Skyfall, Jungle Cruise, Respect)
• Hollywood Executive / Producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein (Hollywood Reporter Power 100, Founder of Gotham Group; Producer of The Maze Runner Franchise, Creature Comforts)
• Director/Cinematographer Mikael Salomon (The Abyss, Far and Away, Backdraft, Band of Brothers, Rome)
• Director David Nutter (Game of Thrones, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, The Sopranos)
• Director Benny Boom (All Eyez on Me, Movie Videos – Nicki Minaj, Drake)
• Disney Hall of Fame Bill Farmer (Legendary Voice of Goofy - Presenter and Voice Actor)
• Casting Director Junie Lowry-Johnson (Grosse Pointe Blank, The Umbrella Academy
• Actor Kristoffer Polaha CIFF Board & Grand Jury (Angel, North Shore, Mad Men, DC’s Wonder Women 1984, Jurassic World: Dominion)
• Director / Writer Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits, Annie, Peter Rabbit Franchise)
• Colorist Mitch Paulson (Rogue One: Star Wars Story, Unbroken, Skyfall)
• Art Director Derek Hill (Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, The Postman, Three Kings)
• Director Alex Kalymnios (The 100, Titans, S.W.A.T. Once Upon a Time, EastEnders)
• Cinematographer Paula Huidobro (Barry, CODA, Tallulah, Shelter, Oh Lucy)
• Industry Executive Dick Walsh (Former AMC Film Chairman)

THREE – 175K PITCHFEST! - Pitch your project to an incredible Line-up of Cordillera Grand & Special Jury Members for a chance to win a 175K Production Package!

Package includes:
- 100K Company3 Post Production Package - Company 3 is a comprehensive postproduction facility for features, commercials, and music videos. Known for its creative color artistry, pioneering technology, and global reach, Company 3 is trusted to deliver a quality product every time. It is home to one of the largest and most talented pools of colorists and visual effects artists working in post-production today with a client list that includes many of the most respected and talented film and entertainment professionals in the industry.

- 60K Panavision Production Package Grant - As Panavision begins its seventh decade serving the film and television industry, their long commitment to innovation has made them a trusted partner to the industry's creative community. Panavision is committed to providing outreach, access, and support to the community of filmmakers.

15K - Production Consultation - presented by the Film Nevada Initiative. Includes a one hour consultation with Australian Cinematographer, Peter Menzies Jr., known for his diverse and critically acclaimed body of work spanning feature films, commercials television movies and mini-series. Peter's films include; Shooter, A Time to Kill, The Incredible Hulk, The General’s Daughter, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Four Brothers, The 13th Warrior, Peter Rabbit, All Eyez on Me, and Die Hard with a Vengeance. Peter is a member of the Int'l Cinematographers Guild, the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Our PITCHFEST! Panelists consist of our Grand & Special Jury members and will be announced at least 24 hours in advance.

FOUR - Panels, Filmmaker Q&As & Table Readings of our Finalist Screenplays!

FIVE - 175K PITCHFEST! - Pitch your project to an incredible Line-up of Cordillera Grand & Special Jury Members for a chance to win a 175K Production Package!
Full details can be found: www.ciffnv.org/pitchfest

Finalists: 10 Projects will be selected to Pitch in-person, on the morning of Sunday, July 31st 2022 during our annual film festival.

Lottery Drawing: Everyone who submits for PITCHFEST! and attends the festival in-person, will be entered into a Lottery Drawing where up to 5 lucky projects will get selected to Pitch!

Time: This is a 3 minute pitch, followed by 3 minutes of questions/feedback from panelists.

TO SUBMIT:
Email info@ciffNV.org with the following information:
1. Your Name.
2. Your FilmFreeway Tracking Number - individuals may submit more than one pitch, but each submission must have it's own tracking number. Note: No individual will be allowed to pitch more than one project during the actual event. CIFF will select which of your submitted projects will be pitched.

Upon verifying your entry, you will be emailed a custom link to upload your materials.
The link will ask you to provide: Project Name, Project Type (Narrative or Documentary. Feature Film or Short. Web or Television Series.) Project Logline & Synopsis. Optional Materials: Pitch Deck and/or One Sheet. Please do NOT send scripts or treatments.

Package includes:

- 100K Company3 Post Production Package - Company 3 is a comprehensive postproduction facility for features, commercials, and music videos. Known for its creative color artistry, pioneering technology, and global reach, Company 3 is trusted to deliver a quality product every time. It is home to one of the largest and most talented pools of colorists and visual effects artists working in post-production today with a client list that includes many of the most respected and talented film and entertainment professionals in the industry.

- 60K Panavision Production Package Grant - As Panavision begins its seventh decade serving the film and television industry, their long commitment to innovation has made them a trusted partner to the industry's creative community. Panavision is committed to providing outreach, access, and support to the community of filmmakers.

15K - Production Consultation - presented by the Film Nevada Initiative. Includes a one hour consultation with Australian Cinematographer, Peter Menzies Jr., known for his diverse and critically acclaimed body of work spanning feature films, commercials television movies and mini-series. Peter's films include; Shooter, A Time to Kill, The Incredible Hulk, The General’s Daughter, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Four Brothers, The 13th Warrior, Peter Rabbit, All Eyez on Me, and Die Hard with a Vengeance. Peter is a member of the Int'l Cinematographers Guild, the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Our prestigious PITCHFEST! panelists will consist of our Grand & Special Jury members and will be announced at least 24 hours in advance of the event.

At Cordillera, we love what we do and we can't wait to see what the 2022 season brings to us. We look forward to getting to know you and your projects and hope to celebrate your project in July!

What to expect as a CIFF Filmmaker

 

Come experience an amazing 5-Days filled with great films, impressive programming, hosted lodging, great parties, Q&A sessions, educational panels and networking events with fellow filmmakers! 

Please note, in addition to the yearly festival, with your permission, films have an option to be screened again as part of the following special programs:

 

Movies in the Park - continuing a 29 year tradition as an Artown Legacy event, Cordillera is proud to present movies under the stars. Classics, Festival Favorites and the best in up-and-coming films from the Festival Circuit are seen by an audience of almost 2k, every Friday in July. 

Fright Night - Spend Halloween in Virginia City - named by USA Today as one of the nation's most haunted towns. We'll screen spooky short films at the infamous...and scary Piper's Opera House!

Here are the categories:

FILMS

 

Narrative & Documentary Features
All Narrative Features, 41 minutes or longer, are invited to submit. Our programming encompasses a broad range of themes. We're looking for films that engage and entertain in ALL genres.

 

Narrative, Documentary, Music Videos & Animated Shorts
All Narrative Shorts, 40 minutes or less, are invited to submit along with all Music Videos that are 5 minutes or less. Our programming encompasses a broad range of themes. We're looking for films and music that engage and entertain in ALL genres.

SCREENPLAYS

Selected Screenplays will have the opportunity to see a selection of their script brought to life during the Festival at a table reading featuring professional actors. 

Features

All Feature Length Screenplays, 61 pages or longer, are invited to submit. Our programming encompasses a broad range of themes. We're looking for screenplays that engage and entertain in ALL genres.

Shorts

All Short Length Screenplays, 60 pages or less, are invited to submit. Our programming encompasses a broad range of themes. We're looking for screenplays that engage and entertain in ALL genres.

Selected Screenplays will have the opportunity to see a selection of their script brought to life during the Festival at a table reading featuring professional actors. 

Special Award Categories:

Female Focus - Features & Shorts - $500 Cash Prize

All works entered must either be created with a women in a key creative role  (writer, producer, or director) or of interest to women.  Preference will be given to fictional and non-fictional stories that feature the everyday lives of women and feature three dimensional, well-formed female characters.

Native American / Indigenous Filmmakers - Features, Shorts & Screenplays - $500 Cash Prize

All works entered must either be created by artists that identify as Native American in a key creative role (writer, producer, or director) or contain a strong Native American theme. Preference will be given to fictional and non-fictional stories that feature the everyday lives of the Indigenous community and feature three dimensional, well-formed characters. 

LGBTQIA+ Films & Filmmakers - Features & Shorts - $500 Cash Prize

All works entered must either be created by artists that identify as LGBTQ+ in a key creative role (writer, producer, or director) or contain a strong LGBTQ+ theme. Preference will be given to fictional and non-fictional stories that feature the everyday lives of the LGBTQ+ community and feature three dimensional, well-formed LGBTQ+ characters.

Nevada Filmmakers - Features & Shorts - $500 Cash Prize
All Nevada Short Filmmakers with films are invited to submit their film. To qualify as a Nevada Filmmaker Short, the submitted film must have been created while the director or directors were residents of Nevada, or where production primarily took place in Nevada. 

 

Thanks to the support of our amazing sponsors, the Cordillera International Film Festival

gives out custom, engraved awards and a series of prizes valued at over $125,000.

GRAND JURY AWARDS:
Grand Jury Award - Best of Fest - Feature Film - $1,000.00 Cash Prize

Grand Jury Award - Best of Fest - Short Film - $1,000.00 Cash Prize
Grand Jury Award - Best of Fest - Screenplay - $1,000.00 Cash Prize

SPECIAL JURY AWARDS:
John Singleton Impact Award - Stories that inform & inspire. - $1000.00 Cash Prize

Innovate Award - Stories told in bold, refreshing & unexpected ways. - $500.00 Cash Prize

Best LGBTQIA+ Film - $500.00 Cash Prize
Best Female Focus Film - $500.00 Cash Prize
Best Indigenous Film - $500.00 Cash Prize

Best Nevada Filmmaker - $500.00 Cash Prize

FEATURE FILMS:

Best Documentary Feature Film

Best Narrative Feature Film

Best Performance Feature Film

Best Director Feature Film

SHORT FILMS:
Best Music Video
Best Web series / Pilot
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Family Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Film
Best Horror Short Film

Best Thriller Short Film
Best Comedy Short Film
Best Drama Short Film
Best Int'l Short Film
Best Student Short Film
Best Nevada Short Film
Best Performance Short Film
Best Director Short Film

SCREENPLAY AWARDS:
Best Short Screenplay - Wins option to be produced in Reno, NV by the multiple award-winning Cordillera Films with an budget with an in-kind value up to $10,000.00
Best Genre Feature Screenplay
Best Comedy Feature Screenplay
Best Dramatic Feature Screenplay

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS:
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Nevada Film
Best Screenplay
Best of Festival - $500.00 Cash Prize

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