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CAPA Announces New Film Festival Coming in 2020

Posted: January 9, 2020

CAPA, in partnership with the Drexel Theatre and Gateway Film Center and additional support from community partner Film Columbus, will launch a new, annual film festival in 2020 called Cinema Columbus. Celebrating new and diverse cinematic works from around the world, the inaugural Cinema Columbus 2020 will be held May 7-17, and offer screenings at the Drexel Theatre, Gateway Film Center, and select CAPA venues. An exciting lineup of special events will be held throughout the festival, including red-carpet events, filmmaker talks, educational opportunities, and more.

“We are proud to be a part of bolstering the local film industry and serving as a platform for filmmakers to launch their careers or premiere new works,” stated CAPA President and CEO Chad Whittington. “Cinema Columbus is a fantastic, collaborative opportunity for the city’s many film industry resources to come together and showcase Columbus as an international destination for the best up-and-coming films and filmmakers.”

Cinema Columbus 2020 is now accepting entries in the following categories:
Narrative Feature – A narrative, animated, or experimental film 41 minutes or more in length.
Documentary Feature – A documentary film 41 minutes or more in length.
Narrative Short – A narrative, animated, or experimental film 40 minutes or less in length.
Documentary Short – A documentary film 40 minutes or less in length.

Filmmakers can enter their films and pay the entry fee through https://filmfreeway.com/CinemaColumbus. Entry fees are as follows:

Early submission: Now – January 24 - $35
Regular submission: January 25 – February 22 - $45
Late submission: February 23 – March 22 - $55

Films with 50% or more footage shot in Ohio are eligible to apply for a local waiver of the entry fee. Requests for a local waiver can be emailed to [email protected] and must be received on or before January 24, 2020. Entrants will be notified of waiver approval or denial on or before February 1, 2020. Films that are approved for a local waiver must also submit an entry through https://filmfreeway.com/CinemaColumbus.

Submissions will be judged by a local panel of film experts, and films selected to participate in Cinema Columbus 2020 will be notified on or before March 30, 2020.

Selected films, a full schedule of events, and details on how to purchase tickets will be announced in April 2020. Additional venues may be added.

For a complete list of rules and submission requirements, visit www.CinemaColumbus.com.