Dakota Film Festival (DFF) is dedicated to supporting the work of emerging and talented filmmakers and video artists by promoting local video/film production and by expanding awareness of professional careers within the industry.

Terms of Eligibility:
• Must have a Total Run Time no longer than 20 min.
• Any genre is accepted; however, content must be non-commercial.
• Must have been completed within the past two years of submission date.
• Must NOT have screened in the Bismarck area prior to our festival.
• Non-English films must have English sub-titles.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and releases for public screening of their work. Each entrant warrants to DFF that his or her entry:
• Is completely an original work of the entrant(s) or other filmmaker(s) represented by the entrant.
• Is not currently distributed in any media or format, with the exception of other film festival submissions and screenings.
• Is not in violation/conflict of the trademark, copyright, or any other rights of any person or entity.

The official screening panel, at its sole discretion, will make a number of "Official Selections" from eligible entries received. Official Selection entrants may be asked to:
• Submit a high resolution copy of their film (if not previously submitted).
• Submit any promotional materials they may have; including but not limited to, a personal bio & photo, still images(s) of their film, trailer(s), press kit, bonus material and out-takes.
• Participate in promotional and publicity activities (e.g. public appearances, media events, interviews) to promote DFF.

Each entrant shall retain the copyright in and to his or her respective entry. However, by entering, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that DFF shall have the right to use entrant’s names, photographs, likenesses, voice, and/or biographical information for DFF programming, publication, publicity, advertising and all other promotional purposes without compensation, review, or approval.

An entry may be declared ineligible for any of the following reasons:
• Contains content determined by DFF, in its sole discretion, as indecent, inappropriate, morally objectionable or otherwise unfit for dissemination or broadcast.
• Contains material which may infringe or violate any law or any rights of a third party.
• Does not meet basic technical standards.
• Does not adhere to stated Total Run Time requirements.
• Does not satisfy these Submission Guidelines in any respect.

An entry fee must accompany each entry and submissions are accepted via FilmFreeway. By submitting an entry, or entries, you agree to these Submission Guidelines and acknowledge that the decisions of the DFF officials will be binding and final.

DFF, its affiliates, employees, directors, and volunteers will not be responsible for late, lost, incomplete, illegible, damaged, technically corrupt, or misdirected entries. Submitted materials (photographs, press kits, etc.) may not be acknowledged or returned due to the volume of materials submitted.

DFF is administered by Dakota Media Access (DMA) and is managed by a volunteer committee.

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  • Lewie Kloster

    We loved this FEST. My brother and I screened our short here- first off… the theater is unreal. It was built in 1914!!! Like compared to slap dash, convention center screens, this venue takes the cake. Then they have an awesome Q&A style where we watch 3 shorts- then a Q&A, then more shorts and so on. And the absolute best part of this festival is that the theater is filled with locals! Everybody in the town knows of the fest- and is only two nights! Which makes it simple and easy to see every movie.
    Definitely submitting everything we make to this lovely festival!

    April 2022
  • This is a one of a kind festival! Strong screening blocks all around. The screenings were held in the beautiful and historic Belle Mehus auditorium, which was incredible! After party was lovely, and the ND film folks were welcoming to we out-of-staters. We are honored to have been selected, and been able to participate in 2022.

    April 2022
  • Matt Fern

    A great film festival and great opportunity to connect with other filmmakers. You don't ever want to miss the Dakota Film Festival!

    April 2019
  • Anna Martemucci

    A truly lovely festival. Curated very well, with great taste across varied genres, and it was contained— not overwhelming like some other festivals that kind of throw the kitchen sink at you. Their night of short films was so entertaining. The format of breaking the film screenings up by having a really impressive number of filmmakers come on stage and speak about their work in between showing the films made for such an entertaining and engaging night. Great people, great festival! A+

    April 2019
  • This is a great film festival. I've been to a few different festivals around the country. I have to say, I'm very impressed by the level of interest and passion for independent films in Bismarck. I truly love this film festival.

    April 2018