The 2nd annual Conch Shell International Film Festival (CSIFF) is an online festival that showcases the creative, bold voices of indie and student film directors and writers of the Caribbean Diaspora and the Caribbean whose work inspires social change.
Presented by New York City-Based, Conch Shell Productions, CSIFF 3-day online event celebrates work produced by our community of artists with 3 days of on-demand screenings; and sparks dialogue during informative panels and masterclasses that broaden the perspectives of all who attend. Plus, our afterparties brings together diverse featured filmmakers, media and industry experts in live & interactive parties featuring a live DJ.
SHORT FILMS: MAX LENGTH: 30 MINUTES
Indie & student narrative, documentary, animation, micro-budget, web series/pilot, experimental, web series, mixed media (zoom theatre, etc), & music videos.
MICRO SHORTS: MAX LENGTH 4 MINUTES
(Includes all categories above)
SHORT SCREENPLAYS: MAX LENGTH 40 PAGES
Films that have previously screened in other festivals are eligible for consideration.
As are films completed between 2010-2022.
Submitted works MUST satisfy ONE of the eligibility criteria below:
CARIBBEAN DIASPORA FILMS OR SCREENPLAYS:
Films by indie or student screenwriters and/or directors of CARIBBEAN ancestry (living in North America, South America, Central, African, Europe, Asia, Africa, etc).
CARIBBEAN FILMS OR SCREENPLAYS:
Films written or directed by indie and student filmmakers who are living in the Caribbean. Filmmakers working in all Caribbean regional languages are encouraged to apply. Subtitles or dubbing required for non-English language films.
SCREENERS: A Secure Online Screener
Online screener format: .mp4 or .mov (1080p) via FilmFreeway.com. The submission must be downloadable. Passwords must be provide for password protected submissions.
FILM PRESS KIT - Including: 4 Hi-Res publicity stills, film poster, synopsis, log line, writer and director picture & bio (bio must specify Caribbean ancestry of eligible filmmaker), Cast and Crew information.
If submitting as a student entry, some form of proof of being a student must be provided (student id or current transcript). Student filmmakers must be over eighteen years of age and competent to contract in their own name.
Entry forms and payment will not be processed without accompanying Preview Copies in one of the accepted formats for film applicants.
Non-English films must be SUBTITLED or DUBBED in English.
By submitting to General submissions you acknowledge that you agree to that if your film is selected to be screen in CSIFF 2022 the 15-60 second trailer of your film (including credits) will be streaming on our website for at least three years; stills for at least 10 years. If your film wins an award your trailer will be on our website for at least 10 years.
Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form, entry materials and entry fee.
Jury Awards and Official Selections are based on overall merits of the films and are at the sole discretion of the jury and programming committee.
SCREENING FEE - The festival does not offer screening fees for its films. By submitting through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to NOT request a screening fee as a requirement for your film's participation in the festival, should your film get selected for the program.
Filmmakers waive any right to inspect or approve the photograph, advertising copy, audio piece or printed matter that may be used or to the eventual use that it may be applied.
CSIFF reserves the right to refuse to consider any submission at our discretion.
All fees are nonrefundable.
Submission to the festival is not a guarantee that your film will be screened.
Participating in CSIFF implies understanding and acceptance of festival regulations.
Award Laurels will be presented to all winners.
The following Award Winners will receive a certificate for downloadable version of
Best Student Film
Best Web Series/Pilot
Best Unproduced Short Script
CSIFF Jury Awards Laurels include:
- Best Director
- Best Screenwriter
- Best Lead Performer
- Best Film
- Best Cinematographer
- Best Student Film
- Best Animation
- Best Documentary
- Best Music Video
- Best Web Series/Pilot
- Best Mixed Media
-Best Unproduced Short Script
(All featured filmmakers will receive a free All-Access Fest pass to attend all screenings, panel discussions, after parties and private events.)