THE CILECT PRIZE is the first ever award bestowed to a student film not by whatever number of jury members but by the whole community of CILECT Full Member Schools which in 2022 includes 180 institutions from 65 countries. In most cases schools choose to include in the voting panels students, professors and staff accounting to hundreds of members in each panel.

THE CILECT PRIZE was founded in 2005 at the proposal of the (then) Vice-President Conferences and Festivals Prof. Dr. Stanislav Semerdjiev, Rector of the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA), Sofia, Bulgaria.

In the beginning THE CILECT PRIZE Entry Rules did not make a distinction between fiction, documentary or animation and the award given was only one. The introduction of genre awards (fiction, documentary and animation) started in 2010.

The formal ceremony of presenting the award is usually held at the annual Conferences of CILECT. The first such ceremony took place at ECAM, Madrid, Spain (21 November 2006) and honored the outstanding student film achievements of the 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 school years.   


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