About + History

Dedicated to serving filmmakers and their audiences by celebrating excellence in filmmaking, the Columbus Film Council believes in educating and entertaining people with the art and experience of film and video.

Founded in 1950 by a group of progressive educators, the Film Council, through the Columbus International Film + Video Festival (a 6 day event in downtown Columbus), continues their legacy, honoring and screening the work of makers whose creations of vision, beauty and power help us understand the complexities of our world by using their committed artistry to touch our minds and hearts.

The CIF+VF, now in its 62nd year, is the longest running film festival in the United States.

Through the years, the Festival has honored thousands of films, film makers, and producers. The Chris Award — our top honor (a reference to Christopher Columbus) — is proudly displayed in production offices around the world. The Chris Award has also at times been a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards.

The historical progressive mandate of the CIF+VF has prepared us well for the current digital revolution. The revolution might be put thusly: digital video democratizes film production, the internet stretches and expands the boundaries of distribution, and the combination of these two factors leads to radical aesthetic cross-pollination. We are witnessing a revolution on par with the first printing press in 1439. The CIF+VF will not be a witness, we will be a leader.

The CIF+VF will also continue to support professional, educational, and corporate filmmaking. That is a key part of this digital revolution-for the first time in history, every person, group, or cause has an equal voice, and these voices can and inevitably will inform each other. The result will be a new visual culture with new languages, pedagogies, thrills, and resonance.


Susan Halpern, Executive Director
(614) 444-7460

Executive Director: Susan Halpern
Email is the preferred form of communication.

Phone: (614) 444-7460 (please only 9-5 EST)


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Past Festivals

2013 Awards Program

2012 Awards Program

2011 Awards Program (screenings included)

For our complete 2011 Roundup go to http://ohfilm.wordpress.com/

Awards Program 2010 (screenings included)
2010 shorts programs

Awards Program 2009 (screenings included)

Awards Program 2008
main festival week screenings 2008

Awards Program 2007
main festival week screenings 2007

Awards Program 2006

Awards Program 2005
main festival week screenings 2005

Awards Program 2004
Screenings poster 2004

main festival week screenings 2003

main festival week screenings 2002

Awards Program 2001
main festival week screenings 2001

Awards Program 2000

Awards Program 1999

Awards Program 1998



Awards Program 1989

Awards Program 1988

Awards Program 1987

Awards Program 1986


Awards Program 1983

Awards Program 1982


Chris Award winners and screeners 1953-1981