Filmmakers are responsible for creating their own film (which typically involves directing, but can also include writing, producing, acting, and any other position). In order to qualify, the filmmaker must collaborate on at least one other CFC film, as well as work with another collaborator or filmmaker on their own film. Filmmakers are eligible to win any of the available prizes, including the jury prizes and collaborator prizes.

Collaborators work on filmmakers' projects, but do not make their own films. They are eligible for fewer prizes than filmmakers, such as key collaborator, acting, and writing.

Actors: please note you can only win an acting prize if you are signed up to the contest as either a filmmaker or collaborator.