Columbus International Film & Animation Festival


Founded in 1952, the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival is the oldest film festival in the United States. Presented by Columbus College of Art & Design, the festival showcases world-class independent films in central Ohio.



March 22 – 24, 2018


*Save your seat, save some cash. CCAD Students, Staff & Faculty may reserve tickets for free in advance of the festival at On the day of the event, entry will be $2.

Featuring short and feature-length films in categories including narrative, documentary, experimental, and Ohio filmmakers.

Showcasing traditional and experimental animation categories, plus the annual family-friendly Saturday Morning Cartoons from Around the World.

Including a new section to highlight the growing motion graphics industry in Columbus and around the world. Show us your gifs!

What's New

The Name

The Columbus International Film & Animation Festival was previously known as the Columbus International Film + Video Festival. But the name change reflects all the cool new animation programming at the festival. (You can read more about that here.)

The Programming

The 2018 Columbus International Film & Animation Festival will include experimental animation and animation geared toward adults — in addition to the long-running Saturday Morning Cartoons From Around the World.

The festival will also feature:

  • Motion graphics
  • A specially curated Malt Adult screening, thanks to CCAD grad Sarah Schmidt (Animation, 2014)
  • Ohio film showcase


The Columbus International Film & Video Festival takes place at Columbus College of Art & Design and other awesome venues in Columbus, Ohio.

Learn more about the city here and find details to help plan your stay here.

There are plenty of parking options for your visit to CCAD. Our campus is in the heart of downtown Columbus. Learn more here.

Please note that Starting February 2018, Columbus College of Art & Design is currently undergoing a campus beautification project. Please check for updates on how to access our campus.


Every year, juries made up of industry professionals view all entries to determine which films to include in public screenings. The juries select screening participants, awards and distinctions for each category. Awards of distinction are offered, when applicable, for Achievements in Education, Achievements in Technology and Achievements in the Arts, as well as other categories.


Founded in 1952, the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival is the oldest film festival in the United States. Click below to learn more about the Festival's history. 


The Supporters

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The People Behind the Scenes

Jeremy Henthorn, Executive Director

John Beattie, Festival Programmer

Program Design, CCAD Student Agency

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