JULY 25TH - 28TH, 2019
The Cordillera International Film Festival is located in Reno-Tahoe at the base of the stunning Sierra Nevada mountain range. We are a film festival by filmmakers for filmmakers, so we know the more affordable we make our Festival, the easier it will be for you to attend. At CIFF we provide lodging to all invited filmmakers and screenwriters with either sponsored hotel rooms or by providing affordable lodging options. We know the cost of meals can add up, so we provide a light breakfast every day of the Festival along with light lunch options during the day. We understand the importance of getting to do Q&A's after screenings - so every film gets one. Getting to network with other filmmakers is half the fun - so we organize mix and mingle events every night of the Festival and have a dedicated lounge that's always open, so you have a place to meet up for great conversations, free drinks and snacks. Finally, we know you put in countless hours perfecting your film - so we honor it by screening all films in a luxury, top of the line venue - The Galaxy Luxury IMAX Theater Complex.
Along with an atmosphere aimed at attracting filmmakers, screenwriters, distributors and content producers alike, CIFF has it’s sights set on becoming a festival known for being a place where long-term professional and personal relationships are fostered.
Screenings - 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 - Cordillera is proud to present Artown's legacy event celebrating the best in film under the stars. An average audience of 1, 000+ gets to watch everything from fan favorites to
the best in independent film, every Friday in July.
Submissions are officially closed for 2019
Check back soon for 2020 submissions!
Submissions for the 2019 Cordillera International Film Festival are officially open! Come experience an amazing weekend 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 our Films on Tap tradition, and in conjunction with Artown, Cordillera is proud to present movies under the stars. Both classics, films we screened at our Annual Festival and up-and-coming films from the Festival Circuit are seen by an audience of almost 2k, every Friday in July.
Women in Film - a weekend devoted to female filmmakers featuring Narrative & Documentary features and shorts of all genres.
Here are the categories for 2019:
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, 30 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. Categories include Horror/Thriller, Fan-Fiction, Comedy and Drama.
Female Filmmakers - Features & Shorts
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.
Future Filmmakers - Short Films
All Student Films, 20 minutes or less, are invited to submit their film at a discounted rate. To qualify as a Student Film, the submitted film must have been created while the film's director or directors were enrolled at a school, college, or university. Proof of enrollment, such a copy of a student I.D., must be sent to the festival by email. If the director is not enrolled at the time of submission, or has graduated, proof of past enrollment must be submitted.
Nevada Short Filmmakers - Short Films
All Nevada Short Filmmakers with films, 30 minutes or less, 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. Proof of residency, such as a copy of a driver's license, must be sent to the festival by email.
Screenplays - Features and Shorts
All Screenplays for both Features and Shorts are invited to submit. Our programming encompasses a broad range of themes. We're looking for scripts that engage and entertain. 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.
2019 Jury & Audience Choice Awards
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 $25,000.
Here are the Jury & Audience Choice Awards:
Jury Awards - Film:
Best Music Video
Best Female Filmmaker
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Horror/Thriller Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Drama Short
Best Nevada Short Film
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film
Best Web Series / New Media
Best Director Short Film
Best Director Feature
Mary Hughes Award
Best LGTBQ Short
Best Actor Short Film
Best Actress Short Film
Best Actor Feature Film
Best Actress Feature Film
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Social Justice Film
Best Narrative Film
Best of Festival - Feature
Best of Festival - Short
Jury Awards - Screenplay:
Best Dramatic Feature Screenplay
Best Comedic Feature Screenplay
Best Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy Feature Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay
Best of Festival - Screenplay
Best Narrative Feature
Best Animated Short Film
Best Comedic Short Film
Best Dramatic Short Film
Best of Festival - Audience