69 Years in the Making

Combination Digital/Drive-In Festival, 2021

For 69 years the Columbus International Film and Animation Festival has gathered together filmmakers and film enthusiasts around the globe annually.

This year’s festival will be hosted online and at our Pop-Up Drive-In at Scioto Audubon Park, in Columbus, Ohio.



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 2021.

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 have closed submissions for the 2021 festival. However, we will be opening submissions for the 2022 festival this summer.

2021 Festival

Our 2021 Festival is scheduled for April 17th and 18th online and at Berliner Park for CIF+AF’s first Pop-Up Drive-In. 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, 2021.