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College Movie Festival

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The annual competition and celebration of college student filmmaking in the Greater Cincinnati region.


The College Movie Festival is Greater Cincinnati's long-running student filmmaking production celebration and competition. Students from participating colleges write, shoot, and edit movies with academic oversight for two and a half weeks. Then, three weeks later, the student filmmakers recevie feedback and network with area filimmaking professionals who have seen and made notes on the movies - receiving tips on making their movies better and exploring how the productions evolved. From there the movies are screened and select awards are presented at a professional movie theatre.

2024 Award Winners

  • Judges Choice: "Hermit" by NorseMedia (NKU)
  • Best Use of Required Elements: "Fishbowl" by Annoying Piece of Cat (Cincinnati State)
  • Best Production Book: "Dear Mr. Douglass" by Norse Film Society (NKU)
  • Audience Choice, Group A: "Two Step Program" by Off the Dome (Xavier)
  • Audience Choice Runner Up, Group A: "Hermit" by NorseMedia (NKU)
  • Audience Chioce, Group B: "No Running in the Halls" by CCM Studios (Cincinnati)
  • Audience Choice Runner Up, Group B: "Professional Paper Toss" by The Fellas (Xavier)
  • Automatic Entry to the Over the Rhine International Film Festival: "Fishbowl" by Annoying Piece of Cat (Cincinnati State)

2024 Viewing Blocks in the Dolby Theatre at the AMC West Chester

Group A - 9:00am

  • Cincinnati State Annoying Piece of Cat
  • Cincinnati State the Rewinders
  • NKU NorseMedia
  • NKU Team A
  • UCi Clermont College Cougars
  • Xavier Cinematics
  • Xavier Off the Dome
  • Xavier Team Rocket 

Group B - 10:15am

  • Cincinnati State Keeping it Reel
  • NKU Norse Film Society
  • NKU Team One
  • UCi CCM Studios
  • Xavier Bread and Butter
  • Xavier Elite Employees
  • Xavier Team Deep Web
  • Xavier The Fellas 

2024 Required elements

  • Theme: Human Connection
  • Line: "I'd rather you just tell me."
  • Included with the final production book - a log line for your movie.

The 2024 schedule

  • Kickoff: Thursday, February 15, 7:00pm (start arriving at 6:30pm) at Wandering Monsters Brewing 
  • Screenwriting and Pre-Production: Feb 15 - Feb 23
  • Production and Post-Production: Feb 23 - March 3
  • Initial Cut and In-Progress Production Book due by 11:59pm, March 3
  • One-on-Ones with the Pros: 1:00pm, March 24 at NKU's Digitorium
  • Final Cut, Production Book, and Log Line due by 11:59pm, March 31 through this upload link
  • Screening and Awards: April 20, 9:00am (group A) and 10:15am (group B then awards) at the AMC Theatre in West Chester

The College Movie Festival is excited to again partner with the Over the Rhine International Film Festival!

The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival is the nation’s first diversity film festival led by people in the disability community and takes place July 6-8, 2023. The OTR International Film Festival was named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World for 2022. The film festival’s mission is to share untold stories that celebrate our shared humanity.

The festival provides opportunities to connect with filmmakers, film stars, producers and leaders in our community. To find out more about the festival visit and if you are interested in volunteering please email

CMF 2024 Resources:

Past College Movie Festival information and movies:

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