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The Syracuse International Film Festival 2018 will take place on October 10-13, 2018. Now in its 15th year, the festival presents films from around the world in a juried competition. There will be four top cash awards, starting at $1,000, a special music video and web series award, three of the festival’s coveted beautiful crystal Sophia Awards, and other category specific awards.



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Eligible Films


We seek films on any subject. Submissions can be any length, any genre, and can include Feature Film, Feature Documentaries, Animation, Experimental Films, Short Films, Music Videos, and Web Series.


Music Videos will be judged based on the creative quality and concept of the visual. Filmmakers submitting a web series should submit only ONE episode.


All submissions must have a copyright date of 2016 or later.

Judges are professional filmmakers, film critics, and writers.



All selections will receive the Syracuse International Film Festival 2018 laurel and certificate.


First Place Prize - $1,000

Second Place Prize - $500

Third Place Prize - $250

Special Selection Prize - $250


In addition, there will be non-monetary laurels and citations for films in other categories. And there will be additional awards for our two special showcases: Imaging Disability in Film, and Films on Social Justice.


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Tickets are available for purchase now through Film Freeway and Eventbrite. Follow the links below for more details.



The Syracuse International Film Festival was created in 2003 as the place where information by, for and about film and media-related programs could be brought to the community: members produce, present and promote programs throughout the year that are created to engage, inspire, and entertain.

Our Mission is to engage, entertain, inform and inspire the community through innovative film and media programs and  film-based special events throughout the year; to build partnerships and present programs that will enrich the CNY community through the world of international film.


Our Vision is to bring to the community the latest information on the Syracuse filmmaking scene.  SIFF works with the Onondaga County Film Commission to make possible local, national, and international filmmaking projects that add economic, cultural, and educational value to Syracuse and Central New York.


Our Founders, S.U. Professor Owen J. Shapiro and his wife, Christine Fawcett-Shapiro created the SIFF organization in 2003. Their dedication towards the film industry, continues to guide SIFF and has helped it become what it is today.


Our Growth is made possible by a volunteer Board of Directors and support from such institutions as Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, Onondaga County, CNY Film Professionals, and various businesses, individuals, and organizations help support our work in the community and beyond. Over the past 13 years, Syracuse International Film Festival has grown beyond an annual festival event to become a year-round producer of screenings and media-related programs for the whole community.


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