General Information 

CEBU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CEBU.IFF) aims to gather global filmmakers to celebrate the art and craft of filmmaking, promoting valuable cross-cultural partnerships, and sharing inspirational stories across the globe. CEBU.IFF also aims revive the Visayan film industry and further support the development of Philippine produced films that have a global reach. CEBU.IFF will serve as the leading International Platform to showcase world-class films while also promoting Philippine produced narrative and animated films to the rest of the world.

Subject Matter 

CEBU.IFF welcomes narrative and animated films covering a broad scope of genre.


CEBU.IFF is open to professional, debut, and student filmmakers of all ages and nationalities.

Permissions & Authorizations 

By submitting a film to CEBU.IFF, the filmmaker or authorized representative confirms that he or she has authorization from each person appearing in the film or otherwise has the right to film them; all content is his or her own work, and the filmmaker or authorized representative has the right to use all content. The filmmaker or authorized representative guarantee that he or she have obtained all the necessary permissions, licenses and clearances and that the film and the screening of the film, does not infringe the moral and ethical rights including copyright of any third party.

The filmmaker or authorized representative hereby warrant that he or she is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and agrees to these requirements and regulations. The filmmaker or authorized representative shall indemnify and hold harmless the Cebu International Film Festival and its Organizers from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim including copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening of the submitted film for official selection.

The official language of the CEBU.IFF is English. Foreign language films must have English subtitles or captions. Transcripts will not be accepted.


All Entries must contain English subtitles. Entries submitted without subtitles, or with supplementary printed translations/transcripts, will be automatically disqualified.

Film Categories

CEBU.IFF or "The Festival" is composed of the following categories such as: 

a) Best Long Narrative/Documentary (International or Philippine Focused) 
b) Best Short Narrative/Documentary (International or Philippine Focused) 
c) Animation (International or Philippine Focused)

CEBU.IFF accepts films under the 3 categories as stated above. Films may not be submitted into more than one category. All films must be within 3 years of submission.

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY (subject to change without notice) 

A. Best Long Narrative/Documentary. Films from twenty-five to ninety (from 25-90min) minutes in duration. Open to professional and amateur filmmakers. 
B. Best Short Narrative/Documentary. Film under twenty five (25) minutes in duration. Open to professional and amateur filmmakers
C. Animated Films Animated films of any length and genre. Open to professional and amateur filmmakers.
(Subject to change without notice)
[IMPORTANT]: Once selected, the film cannot be withdrawn during the event and give permission for the Cebu International Film Festival (CEBU.IFF) and its organizers to screen selected films during the festival and any other CEBU.IFF presentations, programs, and/or events. Films previously screened and/or awarded elsewhere may be submitted. Selection of films for Competition Section will be made by a committee whose decision will be final.

Deadlines and Fees 

CEBU.IFF is managed and operated by Cebu International Documentary Film Festival (CIDFF), a non-profit organization that is dependent on public and private funding.
Donations have no bearing upon competition results. 

Early Bird: (June 23 - July 26 UTC+8 PHT) = US$35/PhP1,925 each

Regular Fee: (July 27- August 1 UTC+8 PHT) = $55/PhP3,025 each

How to Enter 
To submit a film to CEBU.IFF, filmmakers must register on the CEBU.IFF website and fill out the film submission form. E-mail to .

‚óŹ Also send: 
- Printed out Film Submission form as requested on 
- One (1) USB copy- with English subtitles regardless if the spoken language is in English 
- Three (3) Blu-ray copy, free from ads and watermarks - with English subtitles regardless if the spoken language is in English 
- Digital Cinema Package (Preferred when selected) 
- High Definition File (16:9 Aspect Ratio) – with English subtitles 
- Download-enabled Trailer/Teaser 
- Film poster art 
- Logline and Synopsis of the film, along with cast & crew details 
- Curriculum Vitae of the Director 
- Permit to Screen/Screening Confirmation Form

Send above mentioned details and screeners to:

c/o Lilu Aliño, Film Manager
225-H Elizabeth Pond St., 
Cebu City 6000, Philippines 
T: +63 32.5056632
Cellphone: +63 329171568980
Email: and 

For International Submissions:

For Philippine Submissions:
You may deposit directly to:
Account Name: Cebu International Documentary Film Festival
Account Number: 009051-0019-47
BPI N. Bacalso Branch

CEBU.IFF requires that all online film submissions to be download-enabled due to heavy online traffic. Please fill out the a) Permit to Screen and b) Screening Confirmation Form. If you are unable to download the updated forms on our website, kindly email and to request for the forms.

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