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Because of the Covid 19 pandemic, we will be transitioning the 2020 Covellite International Film Festival, to a virtual setting. We will be launching our new site in September, and rolling out a new CIFF App. Notices for the 2020 film festival will go out in July, and we ask that you please be patient with us, while we orchestrate this change. We're so disappointed that we won't be able to see you this year in person, but we will do our best to bring Butte, Montana to you.

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updated 04/30/2020

Year in and year out Covellite International Film Festival is about one thing above all others. STORY. And we want your STORY! Please submit to Covellite today!

Thousands of years ago, people told stories by scratching and painting on cave walls. Lit by a flickering torch, the walls faintly projected the myths and understanding of their place in their lives -- graphic representations that left physical form as metaphor of their own world view. Fortuitously, these drawings still remain -- these remarkable stories still cause us to ponder, allowing us pause for contemplation in the complex world we live in today.

What is the metaphor? What are Art and Story and Form? A focused expression of metaphor like these cave drawings represent an idea, an idea put into Form. Art is the process of taking the idea and shaping it, refining it, and putting it into Form. Through Form we bring the meaning of the metaphor forth, capture it, create a Story. By allowing the Story to be told, again and again, interpreted uniquely by each individual observer with their own world view as their lens, the Story brought into being.

Covellite embraces continuing this tradition of storytelling. As extended family through our shared DNA, we are brought together by the intrinsic need to share our collective on-going story. We embrace the opportunity for conversation created by the metaphor, with open minds and hearts. Conversation creates connection. And by connection, and we wish to build and refine our collective epic story.

The 5th annual Covellite International Film Festival will take place June 18th through the 21st, at a number of historic venues located in Uptown Butte, Montana. With workshops, forums, after parties, live music and special events with some of the most exciting independent films from around the world, the Covellite International Film Festival puts the spotlight on indie filmmakers.

Awards are given for the following feature film categories: best documentary feature, best narrative feature, best cinematography narrative film, best cinematography documentary film, best editing, best actor, the Judges award for best film, and the Frank Little Award for Self Sacrifice and Social Change. As well as 5 awards for achievement in short film-making, the CIFF Short of the Year, and 2 awards for Youth Film-making. with more than 20 awards given out over the course of the festival.

The 5th annual Covellite International Film Festival will take place in Butte, Montana from June 18th through June 21st, 2020.

1. Submission Deadline
The early deadline is Sept 15th, 2019
The deadline is Feb 29th, 2020.
The late deadline is Mar 31st, 2020

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via a link with password (Vimeo) or the FilmFreeway online screener only.

3. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2010.
- There is no premiere policy for submission.

4. Premiere Status
- There is no premiere policy.

5. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Covellite International Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

6. Shipping
Submissions should be sent to:

Festival Submissions
Covellite International Film Festival
57 West Broadway St.
Butte, MT 59701

All shipping and postage costs for the submission package and, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all prints, tapes and additional materials sent to and returned from Covellite International Film Festival must be borne by the submitting party. Covellite International Film Festival will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Covellite International Film Festival will not absorb any fees incurred in customs. All charges must be pre-paid. Covellite International Film Festival will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party.

Submission packages from outside the US must be labeled 'Trade Sample' on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$10.

7. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Strength of story
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production

Covellite International Film Festival endeavors to complete all selection procedures on April 15th, and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping, and electronic delivery, for the print and the hi-res mp4, and other info to the Festival. Along with press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

A hi-res mp4 file must be received at Covellite International Film Festival no later than THIRTY days prior to its scheduled screening date. The 5th annual Covellite International Film Festival will take place from June 18 through June 21st, 2020.

8. Festival Screenings and Scheduling
Covellite Intern Film Festival has the capability to screen hi-res mp4s. Our facilities do NOT support 35mm, Super 16mm or double-head formats.

The Covellite International Film Festival’s Projection and Audio needs will be taken care of by Montana Pro Audio, to give the filmmaker and film viewer the best possible film experience.

The Covellite International Film Festival aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. The Covellite International Film Festival assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival print or tape.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of The Covellite International Film Festival. While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, The Covellite International Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. The Covellite International Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. The Covellite International Film Festival also runs daily industry screenings with limited availability during the Festival.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection, and no film may be screened outside the festival venue during the Festival and before its official presentation without the approval of Covellite International Film Festival.

9. Festival Jury Prizes
Jury prizes for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short. If short-listed for a Jury Prize, additional preview copies of the film must be provided or authorized by the submitting party if requested by Covellite International Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Marina Santana

    I loved being part of this festival. Very unique and amazing curation. I hope that the next edition we can attend!

    February 2021
  • Greg Hall

    Brilliant platform for independent cinema, couldn't attend the festival but was very pleased to be included in the great selection of films!

    December 2019
  • Yuanpeng Cai

    I did not get a chance to attend but the organization of the festival was amazing.

    September 2019
  • The people in charge of it and the whole town of Butte really take pride and have a passion for this festival. Very friendly festival. Thank you!

    August 2019
  • So very delighted to be selected for this festival! I enjoyed seeing the short films and a few features as well! And it was the first festival that offered a table read of those screenplays (like mine) that made it to the final round. Troy was so very helpful and everyone in Butte, Montana is pretty amazing as well!

    July 2019