CFF and Cincy Stories Collaborate on New Award for Inaugural Film Festival

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CFF and Cincy Stories Collaborate on New Award for Inaugural Film Festival; "Young Filmmaker Award" created exclusively for high school students.

Cincinnati OH - (May 24, 2018) - The Cindependent Film Festival and Cincy Stories have joined forces to create a new opportunity for budding filmmakers with the “Cincy Story Award” to be presented on August 26, 2018.

Cincy Stories is dedicated to building community through story and has found a unique opportunity in CFF to spread that message by recognizing a high school student film that will be presented at CFF. The award will be announced from nominated films at the Awards Brunch following the festival. The winner will work directly with Cincy Stories within the next year to develop and produce a unique film with guidance and resources from Cincy Stories.

To be considered for the award, submissions must be:

  • submitted/produced by a filmmaker in high school or graduating high school in 2018

  • a programmed short film at the Cindependent Film Festival

  • available for film production in Ohio upon receiving the award (winner not required to be an Ohio resident)

There are no restrictions on subject or genre, but submissions must specifically indicate in the profile that the film was produced by a high school student. Submissions must be made through FilmFreeway and will be judged based on creativity, content and execution.


The Cindependent Film Festival is presented by CIFF, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a home for independent filmmaking in Cincinnati, Ohio. CIFF strives to bring professional resources to filmmakers so as to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit of filmmaking.

The Cindependent Film Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, August 23-25, 2018 at the Woodward Theater, MOTR Pub and the Mini MicroCinema in Over-the-Rhine. Submissions are being accepted through FilmFreeway until July 3. Official Selections will be announced on July 4, 2018: Cindependence Day! Find CFF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and online at