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Important Dates

Festival:

September 29th – October 1st, 2017.

Early Submissions:

April 1st – April 30th (11:59PM CST)

Regular Submissions:

May 1st – June 14th

Late Submissions:

June 15th – June 30th July 15th [deadline extended]

Film selection notification:

August 15th, 2017

Why are there submission fees?

CSAFF is a non-profit organization and thrives on providing talent a strong platform but we must have the minimal costs met of doing so. Our fees are set as with the constraints of the Festival and Filmmaker in mind. CSAFF encourages all filmmakers interested in submitting their film to submit before Early Submissions end to take advantage of the discounted submission fees.

Can I get a Fee Waiver to submit my film?

Unfortunately, CSAFF is unable to provide submission waivers at this time in order to ensure fairness amongst all the applicants. CSAFF is a non-profit organization and thrives on providing talent a strong platform but we must have the minimal costs met of doing so. Our fees are set as with the constraints of the Festival and Filmmaker in mind.

I am a student filmmaker, may I get a Fee-Waiver to submit my film?

Student filmmakers receive a 20% discount off the regular submission fees with valid Student ID/proof of current year enrollment.

However, CSAFF is unable to provide submission waivers at this time in order to ensure fairness amongst all the applicants. We are a non-profit organization and thrives on providing talent a strong platform but we must have the minimal costs met of doing so. Our fees are set as with the constraints of the Festival and Filmmaker in mind.

When will I know if my film got selected for CSAFF?

You will receive a notification via email of your film’s status. Check above important dates for announcement/notification times.

If I submitted my film year(s) before and it wasn’t selected, can I re-submit my film for this year?

ONLY if the film has had substantial changes from the last submission attempt. Resubmission of the same film will not be approved and all fees are non-refundable.

Is there a non-competition category this year?

All films selected for the Festival will automatically be entered in competition. Therefore, there will NOT be a non-competition category in this year’s festival.

If I still have more questions, what do I do?

Please visit https://filmfreeway.com/festival/CSAFFestival for more information on CSAFF Rules & Regulations or email us at programming@csaff.org.