COVID-19 | Update

Digital Festival, 2020

For 67 years the Columbus International Film and Animation Festival has gathered together filmmakers and film enthusiasts around the globe annually.

In view of the recent announcements by Gov. Mike Dewine and Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Acton, that we limit our gatherings of 50 or more people due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We will be hosting the 68th Columbus International Film and Animation Festival online (April 15-19, 2020). We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our community during this time and will continue to support our strong filmmaking community through digital mediums. 



As the oldest, continuously running film festival in North American history, we have quite a lengthy story. Beginning in 1950 with the formation of the Film Council leading to our upcoming festival in 2020.

About and FAQ

Learn about the film festival, its board, and the most frequently asked questions. This is the space to find out important info about who to contact and what to do for commonly occurring issues before attempting to contact us.

Film Submission

We are currently accepting film submissions for our 2020 festival. Don’t delay, we close at midnight on January 15th. Join the legacy of the old festival in America!

2020 Festival

Our 2020 Festival is scheduled for April 17th and 18th at a TBD location. The Festival is laid out in blocks and includes categories such as documentary, narrative, animation, short films, student, international and Ohio.


The final deadline is January 15th, 2020.

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