Congratulations to our 2023 winners!
CMU IFF 2023 Short Film Competition
Maximum Film Length: 5 Minutes
Prize: $1,000 for Judges' Choice
Eligibility: Filmmakers local to Pittsburgh
Registration Deadline: March 24
The Short Film Competition is a 1-week challenge for ALL filmmaker teams across Pittsburgh, under the theme of Con-Science. Each team will compete for a $1000 grand prize to submit the best film scored by a panel of guest judges from Pittsburgh’s Filmmaking Community.
Unique to this competition, teams will have access to exclusive virtual office hours with mentor filmmakers to get feedback and advice in creating the best version of their short film.
"Con-Science" invites you to explore the possibility of the future, the advances of technology, and the humanities behind them. Using the medium of film, we would like to hear your interpretations of science, the humanities, and how they will collide with the human form, whether that be socially, or internally. How will people change in the future? How will technology and science influence these things?
March 24, 2023 6 PM @ Frank Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry
Event includes competition overview, pizza social and film workshop
Screening and Reception
March 31, 2023 5:30 PM @ Simmons Auditorium
Event includes screening, awards ceremony and catered reception
Teams may have a maximum of 4 members.
Films may be no longer than 5 minutes.
Films must be complete, i.e. not a trailer for a more extended project.
Only original works are accepted. Submitting parties must hold complete ownership and rights to the submitted product.
Submissions are due March 29, 11:59 PM, with 1 hour grace period for technical issues. No submissions will be accepted after March 30, 1 AM.
All submissions are final. Repeated submissions will be considered ineligible to win.
Video submissions will be uploaded to the CMU IFF WeTransfer account. Participants will receive a confirmation email from CMU IFF confirming their submission has been received.
Jane Bernstein, English Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Steven Haines, Founder and Director of Pittsburgh Sound+Image
Jeffery Hinkelman, Director of the Film and Visual Media Program, Carnegie Mellon University
Christian Lockerman, Executive Producer, The Warhol Creative | Sr. Director, External Affairs, The Andy Warhol Museum
Harsh Pundit, Filmmaker
Isabelle Strollo, Adjunct Instructor, Carnegie Mellon University
Andres Tapia-Urzua, iDeAte Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Mark Tierno, Actor
Rodolfo Manuel Vega, Director of the Latin American Programs for the Center for Voice Intelligence and Security, Carnegie Mellon University
Ralph Vituccio, iDeAte Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Inbar Haga, Virtual Reality and Multimedia Artist, Carnegie Mellon University
Dan Finegold, Video Director
Lance Parkin, Director, Writer, Producer, & Sound Engineer
Milky Tran, Filmmaker, Point Park University Alumnus