From the ethereal to the atrocious, the Buskopolis Festival of Cinematic Oddities explores the square pegs of movie history as well as the proud misfits of present-day filmdom who defy genre.

The hope of the festival is to unearth oddities from all corners of the filmmaking world - without concern for vintage, budget or notoriety. We accept any genre (narrative, documentary, animation, experimental) - with an emphasis on oddball, underground, art, weird, handmade or otherwise unclassifiable bits of flotsam.

Submissions are limited to a maximum running time of 20 minutes.

Films from any and all eras are strongly desired.

All accepted filmmakers are encouraged to attend the festival if possible. Q&A will be held after each screening.

The festival takes place at the historic Clifton Theater in downtown Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA, within walking distance of restaurants, the shopping district, and a short drive to Raystown Lake, the largest man-made lake in the state.

Please check our website for updates on scheduled films and to be placed on our mailing list.

NOTE: All accepted filmmakers will receive entry fee waivers to all future festivals - limit of one waiver per year.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway's online screener option. Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Entry fees are non-refundable. We have no film premiere requirements or date of completion requirements.

SELECTION & NOTIFICATION
All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. All entry fees are non-refundable. Selected films will be announced on or around August 14, 2019. All entrants will be notified by email. The festival does not pay rental fees for submitted work.
Exhibition format: DIGITAL FILE only.

Terms and Conditions:
I have carefully read and understand the complete rules of the festival. By entering your film for consideration for the 2019 Buskopolis Festival of Cinematic Oddities, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2019 Buskopolis Festival of Cinematic Oddities. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Buskopolis Festival of Cinematic Oddities, Buskopolis Films LLC and any other agents, owners and employees of said entities from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

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  • DT Kofoed

    A Festival that lives up to its name in Curated Shorts and restored Repertory features. We received great hospitality from the organizers, the other filmmakers were lovely, and the venue was classy. The audience was robust and engaged with the films, and the Q&As were lively and lengthy. This is a solid festival that knows what it is.

    October 2019
  • I would recomend the festival to any independent filmaker.
    See you next year.

    October 2019
  • Cecilia Seaward

    This festival was well-curated and organized! My friends and I attended and had a great experience. A receptive audience and an interesting selection of films from all over the world in beautiful Huntingdon, PA.

    October 2019
  • Vanda Ladeira

    Thank you, for letting our film Alder be a part of this wonderful festival.
    Great communication!
    All the best and hope to work with you again.

    October 2019
  • Ember Crowley

    Unfortunately I couldn’t make this festival but I was so honored to have had my film selected! They were amazing with communication and clear info on how everything was going to work. Thank you so much!!!

    October 2019