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, without concern for vintage, budget or notoriety.

We accept any genre (narrative, documentary, animation, all-ages, 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. 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.

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

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.

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, 2020. 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 2020 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 2020 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.

Overall Rating
  • One of the most unique festivals I've had the privilege to be a part of. Communication and programming are amazing, as is the venue. I'm so proud my film's been recognized as a cinematic oddity - no higher praise - and that it screened alongside so many offbeat gems, past and present. Highly recommended!

    November 2020
  • Unfortunately, I couldn't attend due to the cost of air travel. I can attest to the excellent communication throughout the process.

    October 2019
  • 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