The Covellite International Film Festival takes place in September, 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 - sponsored by Avid, best actor, best actress, the Judges award for best film, and the Frank Little Award for Self Sacrifice and Social Change
Two awards are given for the following short film categories: best doc short, best narr short, best youth filmmaker,
The Covellite International Film Festival will take place in Butte, Montana from September 12th to September 16th, 2018.
1. Submission Deadline
The early deadline is Feb 20th
The deadline is May 1st.
The late deadline is July 1st
The extended deadline is July 15th
2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted on DVD or BLURAY, via a link with password (Vimeo) or the IMDb online screener only. The title, FilmFreeway tracking number, screening format, and running time must be clearly labeled on the disc and cover. Please avoid stickers on the cover. Submitted copies will not be returned.
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.
Submissions should be sent to:
Covellite International Film Festival
61 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 July 15th, 2016 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 the print or DVD/BluRay and/or .mov file to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.
A selected DVD/BluRay or .mov file must be received at Covellite International Film Festival no later than THIRTY days prior to its scheduled screening date for features, and FORTY-FIVE days for shorts. The Covellite International Film Festival will take place from September 15-18, 2015.
8. Festival Screenings and Scheduling
Covellite Intern Film Festival has the capability to screen .mov, BluRay, DCP and DVD. Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC. 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