The State of Arizona has been celebrating the Copa Shorts Film Festival for three years now. It is a two-day event that attracts some of the best emerging short filmmakers from around the world.
The Copa Shorts Film Festival aims to help aspiring filmmakers to showcase their best work in filmmaking.
Copa Shorts Film Festival 2019
On February 23, 2019, Maricopa City School’s Performing Arts Center in Maricopa, Arizona will hold the 3rd annual Copa Shorts Film Festival. The festival will showcase works from both Middle School and High School filmmakers from around the world.
It will be a fun-filled two-day celebration of their talent.
On the 24th of February 2019, the CSFF will showcase short films tjat include stories about Military Veterans, Native Americans, as well as a range of comedy, animation, drama, documentary, foreign, sci-fi, and horror films.
The COPA film festival allows filmmakers to interact with their peers from all around the world. The organizers hope that this will help them expand their horizons and learn new things about filmmaking.
To this end, the organization provides educational seminars for attendees. These are undertaken with the help of professional filmmakers who share their insider expertise via Q&A sessions.
Who can join the CSFF?
If you are a filmmaker who is still attending school and wish to submit your short film (20 minutes or less), you can submit it to the festival.
The categories for the short films are:
- Foreign (captioned in English)
With Special Category for Middle School and High School
Awards @ Prizes
The Copa Shorts Film Festival presents the following awards to the competition winners:
- Awards for each genre category: Certificate / Laurel
- Best of the Fest: Cash Award + Software prize to be announced
- Audience Choice Award: Prize from Allied Industry Sponsor
- Screenplay Contest: Grand Prize Winner – Cash award + Software prize to be announced. Runner-Up – Software prize to be announced
- College Student Category Winner: Cash Award + Software prize to be announced
- High School Student Category Winner: Software prize to be announced + Gift Card
- Middle School Student Category Winner: Software prize to be announced + Gift Card
- Native American Category Winner: Software prize to be announced
- Veterans Category Winner: Software prize to be announced
GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
- COPA Shorts Film Fest will present $250 to the winning screenwriter at the awards party plus a certificate for Screenwriting Software from Write Bros. /Movie Magic Screenwriter.
The prize for the RUNNER-UP:
- A certificate for Screenwriting Software from Write Bros. /Movie Magic Screenwriter.
Awards and Past Winners
The Copa Shorts Film Festival 2018 was a total fun-filled celebration of talents. It was absolutely amazing and awesome.
The Copa Shorts Film Festival presents the following awards to the competition winners.
- AUDIENCE CHOICE -The Chocolate Soldier – Director Jackson Smith
- BEST of the FEST – Lion in a Box – Director Melanie Brown
- MIDDLE SCHOOL – The Inverted – Director Kaden Rogers
- HIGH SCHOOL – Imaginarium – Directors Robert Carrillo, Taylor Chavez, Danyae Souther
- COLLEGE – The Chocolate Soldier – Director Jackson Smith
- MILITARY – Lion in a Box – Director Melanie Brown
- NATIVE AMERICAN – Waabooz – The Waabooz Group
- SCREENPLAY – Privacy Please – Screenwriter Sheri Davenport
- AFTER HOURS – It’s Just a Gun – Producer John Sayage
- ANIMATION – Totem – Director Alex Cannon
- COMEDY – Girl Meets Roach – Director Alison Zatta
- DOCUMENTARY – From the Shadows – Jacques de Vos
- DRAMA – Split Ticket – Director Alfred Thomas Catalfo
- FOREIGN – Freezer – Director Dimitrios Nakos
- HORROR – Mannequin – Director Dante Aubain
2017 Copa Shorts Film Festival Winners!
- Best in Animation – Stuck in Time
- Best Comedy – Belly Flop
- Best Documentary – Mother Tongue
- Best Drama – Driver’s Ed
- Best Foreign Film – Proverbial Luck
- Best Horror – Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir
- Best Sci-fi – West Side Swordy
- Honorable Mention – Focus
- AUDIENCE CHOICE -A King’s Betrayal-Awarded Write Brothers’ Outline 4-D
Ak-Chin Indian Community award winners!
- Dubai International Film Festival 2019 (Yet To Be Confirmed)
- St. Louis International Film Festival
- 10 Best International Film Festivals
- Winner – The Thunderbird Over the Whale -Wins an Ak-Chin Award plus Jungle Software’s Chimpanzee software
Screenplay Table Read
- Runner-up – Floating-Wins Write Brothers Dramatica Pro screenwriting software
- Winner – Kitsune Mask-Wins an Ak-Chin award plus Write Brothers’ Movie Magic Screenwriter screenplay software
Native American Film
- Winner – Iroquois Creation Story-Wins an Ak-Chin award plus Jungle Software’s Chimpanzee film software
BEST OF THE FEST-BELLY FLOP
- An Ak-Chin Award,
- Jungle Software’s Gorilla Combo film scheduling and budgeting software,
- Complimentary consultation from Entertainment Attorney Stephen Wade Nebgen
Rules for Submission of Entries
- You need to submit all short film (20 minutes or less) or screenplays (5 pages or less) to FilmFreeway.com.
- NO FEE WAIVERS are available.
- All foreign/non-English language films must have English language subtitles. This is a must for a better understanding of the short film.
- Works-in-progress will not be considered. The short film should be finished before submission.
- To be considered for the competition, the film must have been completed AFTER January 1, 2018.
- “MATURE SUBJECT MATTER”: If film warrants it, must be designated on FilmFreeway. No pornographic materials allowed.
The Copa Shorts Film Festival will be held from February 24th – 29th, 2019, at the Maricopa City Hall in Maricopa, Arizona.
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