Film Festival Guidelines


Applicant must be Kent State University students or alumni but can be from any major.

Films must have been produced after the August 1st, 2017.

Any genre is welcome.

All crew members must be over the age of 18, and parental permission forms for actors under the age of 18 must be on file.

Films in a foreign language must include English subtitles. Closed captioning for all English films is highly recommended.

Submissions longer than 20 minutes may be subject to rejection.

Submission Deadlines and Fees

There is no submission fee, however, every audience member must purchase a ticket.

Films must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on April 19th, 2019.

Submissions are accepted in the form of .mp4 or online viewing link at HD quality or above. If accepted, online films must be re-submitted in .mp4 format by 11:59 pm April 26th, 2019.     

The submission link can be found at

Selection Process

KSUIF is not obligated to accept all submissions or disclose reasoning for non-acceptance. To be clear, KSUIF can accept or reject films for any reason whatsoever.

Final decisions will be made by KSUIF board members, Kent State faculty, and select film professionals.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by 11:59 pm EST on April 24th, 2019.


Categories of awards may include the following and are subject to change:

-Best Cinematography

-Best Sound Design

-Best Production Design

-Best Writing

-Best Editing/Effects

-Audience Choice

Winners will receive an award plaque and publication on all KSUIF platforms.

Winners do not have to be present to accept awards.