Film Festivals


The Annual CCH Film Festival

Our 2016 Film Festival included accomplished industry guest Richard Tanne. Richard is a Columbia College Hollywood alum whose recent film, Southside With You, premiered the Sundance Film Festival before receiving a nationwide release through Roadside Attractions. Southside With You Chronicles the summer afternoon in 1989 when the future President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago's South Side.
The college also uses the evening to honor those companies that have shown significant support to our students, often giving large discounts on goods and services or even free services. Among the companies that have been so honored are Kodak, Fuji Film, Panavision, Fotokem, Abel Cinetec, and Birns & Sawyer.

48 Hour Film Festival

Each year during the Winter academic quarter, Columbia College Hollywood hosts a student-run competition called the 48 Hour Film Challenge. Student teams are given an equipment package and a set of set requirements and have from Friday to Sunday morning to write, shoot, and edit a short film.

The competition ends with a gala awards ceremony and reception in which prizes are given to the top three films as chosen by an industry jury and honorable mention given to 10 other film projects.

3 Hour Screenwriting Challenge

The 3 Hour Screenwriting Challenge was created by a student at Columbia College Hollywood and takes place every Spring academic quarter. Students have three hours to write a short script under monitored conditions in our writing lab. The scripts are then given to an industry panel of jurors who determine three winners and 10 other scripts designated for honorable mention. At the ceremony and reception honoring the student participants, CCH acting students perform the winning scripts.

External Film Festivals

In addition to our Film Festival for the Entertainment Industry, 48 Hour Film Challenge and 3 Hour Screenwriting Challenge, the Career Development office keeps an up-to-date calendar of both domestic and international film festivals. Film festivals are a significant way to get noticed and gain a solid foothold in the industry. Our student and alumni films are frequently winners and “Official Selections” of film festivals around the globe, including The Sundance Film Festival. The Career Development Office offers many strong resources to help you find the best festivals for your film submissions, get you entered and get you noticed. Be sure to check the requirements for each festival as the requirements can and do differ.


External Film Festivals