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Best Overall Film from a Kansas Filmmaker

Best Overall Film from any non-Kansas Filmmaker

Best Documentary Filmmaker (Both Kansas & Non-Kansas)

Best Animated Filmmaker (Both Kansas & Non-Kansas)

Audience Appreciation Award: (Festival Audience Vote for any film)

Judge's Kansas Choice Awards: Award, & free entry to next year's festival (at least 3 available)

Judge's Choice Non-Kansas Awards: free entry to next year's festival (at least 3 available)

Thank you for your interest in the Doc Sunback Film Festival in Mulvane, Kansas on June 21st, 22nd, 23rd, & 24th in 2018. The following is a list of rules for those who would like to enter:

All films from anywhere in the world will be considered for entry & all films will be screened by at least 3 screeners.

• Best Kansas Films or Kansas prize winning films must be directed by residents of the State of Kansas & proof of residency must be provided, i.e. Kansas I.D., Kansas Driver’s License, etc.

• All filmmakers who had films selected for entry in last year’s film festival will receive a free entry for 1 film that must be submitted before March 1, 2018.

• Early submission will be from October 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. Non-student films must be submitted with a $15 submission fee or receive a fee waiver. Student films will be submitted free of charge during this time period.

• Regular submission will be from January 1, 2018 to February 28, 2018. Unless a waiver is authorized non-student films must be submitted with a $20 submission fee. Student films must be submitted with a $5 submission fee or receive a fee waiver.

• Late submission will be from March 1, 2017 to March 15, 2017. Non-student films must be submitted with a $50 submission fee or receive a fee waiver. Student films must be submitted with a $20 fee or receive a fee waiver.

• Student Films must be submitted with a copy of a current valid Student Identification Card. This image can be transmitted via e-mail.

• Films that contain nudity, visual violence, content of a highly sexual nature, or extensive use of profanity might be labeled inappropriate for small children in our program listings.

• Films must be submitted on through Please test before sending. All films with non-English dialogue or script must contain English subtitles in the film. (Film credits are not required to be listed in English.)

• Films must have been completed after January 1, 2013. Films must be available for screening during the Doc Sunback Film Festival, June 21st, 22nd, 23rd, & 24th, 2018.

• Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for Doc Sunback Film Festival screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.

• We strongly prefer films be at least Kansas premieres. While we will accept features that have played at other Kansas festivals or screened publicly in a theater in Kansas, the film’s premiere status will be taken into account when making final selections.

• Please do not submit your film until it is complete.

• Please include an e-mail if your film was SHOT IN KANSAS (include locations).

• Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

• In order to receive cash prizes filmmakers must be able to accept American checks from American banks. The Doc Sunback Film Festival does not guarantee delivery of prizes and awards to foreign addresses. Unfortunately, we will not be able to send any prizes (other than laurels) to anyone living in countries where trade has been restricted by law. We will send laurels & certificates via e-mail to the address provided. Prize winners must make contact within 30 days of the end of the festival or risk forfeiting all prizes. All prizes will be distributed as quickly as possible.

• Film submission does NOT guarantee entry.

• We reserve the right to change these rules at any time & at our discretion.
Send your synopsis and, if desired, a cover letter introducing you/your film. DVDs will not be returned under any circumstances. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry in regular mail.

Overall Rating
  • Nate Jones

    Just really great experience! Their team does a great job and I met a ton of like-minded filmmakers.

    July 2017
  • Yaron Betan

    Amazing Festival, Highly recommend this festival and event!!!!

    July 2017
  • It seemed to be a very nice festival, so far away from Australia =) Thank you for your work, good luck with the next one.

    July 2017
  • Anthony Bradley

    One of the best festivals I have ever had the honor of attending. They treat the filmmakers well and truly are excited about the films they are featuring. Simply they are the best!

    July 2017
  • Austin Snell

    Very cool, charming festival run by the nicest people you'll ever meet. Their hospitality was out of this world. Definitely submit!

    June 2017