March 22


Screening of the silent classic 'Rapsodia Satanica'

March 23


Screening of the uncut version of 'Once Upon A Time in America'

March 24


Screenings of winning submissions at Palace Theatre.


Building on its 15 years of great programming in support of independent filmmaking, the Syracuse International Film Festival will present the CNY Film Festival 2018 on March 22-24, now in its 5th year. Submissions may include Feature Film, Documentaries, Animation, Experimental Films, Short Films, Music Videos, and Web Series.

General Information


CNY Film Festival 2018 is a juried competition for films made by filmmakers who have a connection to New York State. This means that the filmmaker was born here, regardless of where he or she is living now, or is currently living or has lived in NYS, attended school or worked here, or whose film has a NYS subject matter. Submissions can be of any length, and can include film, documentary, or animation. Judges are professional filmmakers, film critics, and writers.


In addition to the competition, CNY Film Festival 2018 will feature a screening of the silent classic Rapsodia Satanica on March 22, 2018, and the four and a half hour uncut version of Sergio Leone's masterpiece Once Upon A Time in America on March 23. On the third day, Saturday March 24, 2018, the top films submitted will be shown at the Palace Theater in Syracuse, NY, and awards and citations will be announced.


CNY Film Festival 2018 is sponsored by the Syracuse International Film Festival in partnership with the Central New York Humanities Corridor and CNY Film Professionals. The Bologna Cinemateca will also be on hand for discussion of the Sergio Leone film.



Awards & Prizes


Monetary prizes and citations will be given for the top films selected by the jury. In addition, there will be non-monetary citations for best submissions.


First Place Prize - $1,000

Second Place Prize - $500

Third Place Prize - $250



Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway.org from February 1st, 2018 until March 1st, 2018 at 11:59pm. No late submissions will be accepted.



Submission Guidelines


Early deadline Feb 15, 2018

Regular Deadline March 1, 2018


Entries under 30 minutes

Early Deadline - $15

Regular Deadline - $25


Entries from 30 - 60 Minutes

Early Deadline - $20

Regular Deadline - $30


Entries Over 60 Minutes

Early Deadline - $25

Regular Deadline - $40


Notification of acceptance March 10.




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Email: info@syrfilm.com

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