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Based in Cincinnati, the film festival opened to students in the 12 Midwest states (Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) as well as areas within 500 miles of Cincinnati including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.



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Entries for the 2024 Golden Lion Awards will be accepted from October 5, 2023 to April 5, 2024, Eastern Time. Entries received outside of the specified time frame will not be eligible for competition. All films MUST INCLUDE END CREDITS to be considered for the competition. Please make sure that you have read the Rules and Regulations prior to submitting your film.

March 22  – Submission Deadline (FREE)

March 29  – Late Submission Deadline ($25)

April 5  – Final Submission Deadline ($50)


Rules and Regulations

Make sure that you have read and agree to the Rules and Regulations prior to submitting your film.


Category Selection

Check out specific film category rules and time limits before submitting. Please note that to maintain competitiveness, the film festival committee reserves the right to change a film’s category.


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Film Content

Films should be family friendly. Films should NOT contain explicit language, violence, and/or sexual situations. Films should NOT promote any type of drug or alcohol use. Refer to the Rules and Regulations for a complete listing of regulations.


Submissions for the 2024 Golden Lion Awards Student Film Festival are now closed.

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