We are planning our first event to be held over three days: Tues., April 17th, Wed., April 18th, & Thurs., April 19th, from 5-8 PM at Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath Street, Denver. We'll post a tentative schedule at our website by the end of March.
We welcome both documentary and fictional projects that promote generally positive messages related to Cannabis & Hemp. We would love to feature your documentaries, dramatizations, re-enactments, comedies, comics, animations, music videos and personal narratives.
According to the June 2017 Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry report, almost 84,000 Coloradans have an active Medical Marijuana registration and 651 physicians have recommended Medical Marijuana for one or more patients on the registry. Cannabis is simply the scientific name given to the Marijuana plant. In recent years, scientific studies have demonstrated the health benefits of Cannabis and certain chemicals contained within the plant, namely THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Cannabinoids are the chemical substances contained within Cannabis that can be extracted and isolated.
In recent years, Americans have sought to decriminalize and legalize Cannabis for recreational & medicinal purposes. Some states, such as Colorado, have legalized the plant for recreational use much like alcohol. The regulation and legality of Cannabis & Hemp has been left up to each individual state and U.S. territory.
Consequently, while many states and territories have passed legislation making the distribution and use of Cannabis legal for patients diagnosed with cancers and other medical conditions, others still arrest and jail innocent patients and recreational users. With the federal government agreeing with researchers and patients that there are, in fact, many medicinal benefits for cancer patients, one has to wonder when the use of Cannabis for medical purposes will become common across all fifty states.
To get an idea of the types of films we are hoping to attract, you can browse the selections at Films for Action and Top Documentary Films. Submission topics include Law & Jurisprudence, Natural Healing, Cannabis Economics, Impact on Environment, and Spirituality. All perspectives on the legitimate uses of Cannabis and Hemp are welcome.
Music Videos are always free to submit! We will award Best Music Video.
We're also awarding Best Music Video to Watch Stoned!
For films, we will award Best in Show, Best Music/Soundtrack, Best Cinematography, Best Acting, and Best Titles/Animation.
Depending on the number and types of submissions we receive, we'll also hope to provide additional awards for writing, music videos/lyrics/songs, and photos.
As our festival acquires sponsorship and funding, we hope to offer many cash and other types of awards to talented activist filmmakers and creatives. We are accepting donations at the door and in advance. All donations go toward supporting award-winning activist artists, musicians and filmmakers. To volunteer, sponsor, judge and/or donate, you can contact us via snail mail - In Care Of 4259 West Florida Avenue, # 19495 Denver, Colorado, USA - or by TEXT/CALL (720) 298-1524.
Music videos must be music-track centric, meaning, a submission in the "Free to Submit" "Music Video" Category must feature the music/song/lyrics as the primary content, one single track from start to finish (not including credits). Also, the Music Video must show the musician in the credits. A short that is highly visual with music added to emphasize, augment, and illustrate the visual content would not qualify as a Music Video. Please submit these, your "filmic shorts", under "All Categories."
Please be sure your submission is relevant to the theme of our festival, Cannabis & Hemp! Also, themes peripheral to "drugs", in general, are appropriate: "trippy" states, psychosis, prison, police state, paranoia, money, & high drama. Also, themes like hemp for "green" funerals, hemp clothing, growing hemp industrially, etc.
All non-English speaking submissions must be subtitled in English. Alternatively, please provide a transcript of the spoken content to festival organizers via email.
It is up to our festival organizers whether we wish to grant an award or refund. All refund requests are handled at the discretion of our festival organizers. If submitters have a valid reason for a refund request, we will do our best to provide refunds. Please note that non-acceptance to our festival is not a valid reason for a refund. Submissions under a pen name must be pre-approved by festival organizers before submission. Call/text (720) 298-1524. All plans and practices are subject to change without notice.
Our organizers anticipate art, music, film and screenplay submissions from many countries. As our festival grows in popularity both locally and online, we hope to screen submissions for up to two weeks at multiple venues around Denver. In upcoming years, we hope to invite partners and volunteers. In the future, we hope to hold panels and debates as time and budget permit.