Since its inception, the object of the COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL FILM+VIDEO FESTIVAL and the Columbus Film Council has been to encourage and promote the use of 16mm motion pictures and, subsequently, video tape in all forms of education and communication, not only in the local community but throughout the world. During these many years of continuous operation, the Festival has honored thousands of film and video producers . The Festival has grown in scope, becoming international in 1972, in the late 80's adding video, and in 1997 adding the CD ROM format. In 2004 the Festival added DVDs to its list of accepted formats.
Although the organizational structure of the Film Council, sponsor of the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, The Chris Awards, has remained the same, there has been a continuing effort to keep the Festival current with trends in production and distribution. The Festival also recognizes the written word, incorporating two key elements of the creative process, writing and marketing through its Screenwriting and Media of Print Divisions. Producers who win our awards eagerly promote them through their own marketing media and through national audio-visual and trade publications.
Best Of Festival Award
This special award is presented to the film or video that is judged “Best of Festival”. A special panel will choose the best of the Silver Chris winners for the Best of Festival Award.
Silver Chris Award
The “Silver Chris Award” will be presented to the the production deemed over-all best in each division. These “Silver Chris” winners will compete for the “Best Of Festival Award”.
“The Chris Statuette” is the highest award given to film or video productions. Entries are judged on a seven point rating system. A superior rating of seven is required for winning the Chris. Productions are competitively evaluated against other productions in their division and category as well as on the merits stated above.
“The Bronze Plaque” award is presented only to productions of high merit, which in the opinion of the judges will be effective and useful contributions to their subject area.
OSU Photography and Cinema Alumni Society Award
The top award presented is “The OSU Photography and Cinema Alumni Society Award.” This award is presented in conjunction with the Alumni Society of the Department of the Department of Photography and Cinema, The Ohio State University.
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