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The Columbus International Film and Video Festival is a Columbus, Ohio, USA annual film festival which is designed to encourage and promote the use of film and video in all forms of education and communication. It is held each year in November.

It is the oldest film festival in North America, having existed since 1953.[1]

The present organization has been known as the Columbus International Film and Video Festival since the 1980s. As a competitive festival, it is also known as 'The Chris Awards'. The Festival is supported by a number of sponsors including the Ohio Arts Council and the Columbus College of Art & Design.[2]

The Columbus Film Festival has existed since 1953, but was preceded by the foundation of the Columbus Film Council.[3][2]

A number of awards are presented for each of the following categories:[4]

  • The Arts
  • Business & Industry
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Information
  • Entertainment
  • The Humanities
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Religion
  • Science & Technology
  • Social Issues
  • War & Peace
  • Interactive Online
  • Media of Print
  • Student Competition


  1. ^ COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL - July 1, 2007 by Ritchie G. — film festival, film, call for entries | Gather
  2. ^ a b Untitled Document
  3. ^ The Chris Awards - The Columbus Film and Video Festival
  4. ^ The Chris Awards - The Columbus Film and Video Festival

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