Every horse has a story, it’s our mission at the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest to share those stories, through film, art and literature.

EQUUS is the ONLY equestrian film festival to offer the EQUUS Film Channel for our filmmaker to distribute their films!

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest "Official" Artist Ejaz Khan: https://ejazkhanearth.com/

The EQUUS Film & Arts Fest is the world’s premier showcase for domestic and International Equestrian Content feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercials, training and educational materials, art and literature. In addition to film programming, interesting guest speakers and presenters, informative PANELS and industry workshops. Hosting exhibits and interactive experiences with horses and trainers.

EQUUS Strives to bring a greater awareness and understanding to the unique relationship between horses and the humans who love them.

The EQUUS Film Festival host an annual award event highlight and reward the diverse and creative efforts of those in indie film, music, and advertising, who artistically pay homage to the horse through media. We travel with the WINNIE Award winners and other films to TOUR STOPS around the country and in the UK throughout the year.

The 10th annual EQUUS Film Festival will take place December 2 - 11, 2022 in the comfort of your own home and we will be making an announcement soon as to the California location of the December 2 - 4, 2022 "LIVE" Fest!
Storytellers of the horse world, with films, documentaries, videos, commercials and shorts from around the world and cultural elements of fine equestrian art and literature.

Filmmakers, Artist and Authors will be showcased in the EQUUS Film & Art Fest Pop-Up Gallery.

Founded in 2013 by Lisa Diersen, Director/Organizer, an avid equestrian, who has spent her life in the company of horses. The festival was joined by Diana De Rosa, and international equine photographer and journalist in 2015, as Co-Organizer of the Fest. The EQUUS Film Festival highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse.

Our mission is to show the world how horses can bring everyone together regardless of race, age, gender, abilities or disabilities.

The EQUUS Film Festival is now available ON-DEMAND, streaming to all your devices.
For more information contact: Lisa Diersen, Founder/Director -lisa@equusfilmfestival.net, 630-272-3077.
Visit our website at: http://www.equusfilmfestival.net/ and our FaceBook page.

The OFFICIAL Theater and Pop-Up Gallery location is: TBA

**Awarded to Equine Network Favorite Film**

**Awarded to Horses For Mental Health Favorite Film**


Espana Silk Grooming Products - $200 Product Voucher

Rusty Brown Jewlery
Beautiful piece Awarded - $200 Value

OMEGA FIELDS, Inc Products Voucher - $140 Value
Omega Horseshine 4.5 lb
Omega Nibblers Low Sugar & Sugar 3.5 lb
Omega SureGut 2 lb canister
Mega Omega 2 lb
Omega Fields large zippered totes

Knudsen Coffee Gift Certificate -

Breyer Model to top WINNIE WINNERS - Value $50

WINNIE Award Winners not present to collect their Awards can have them shipped.
In the Continental USA - $30
Outside USA - $60

The EFF jury will present the WINNIE Awards to films and videos selected as best in category.
WINNIE Award & Assorted Prizes

WINNIE AWARDS PRESENTED FOR FILM: (list subject to change without notice)
1. Equestrian Music Video
2. Equestrian Music Video – Short
3. Equestrian Music Video – Full Length
4. Wild Horse Music Video
5. Hobby Equestrian Documentary
6. Equestrian Commercial – Art
7. Equestrian Commercial – Mini
8. Equestrian Commercial – Short
9. Equestrian Commercial – Full Length
10. Equestrian Commercial – Documentary Format
11. Equestrian Commercial - Series
12. Equestrian Commercial - International
13. Equestrian Animation
14. Equestrian Series – Short
15. Equestrian Series – International
16. Equestrian Series – Documentary Format
17. Equestrian Series Western
18. Equestrian Children’s Film
19. Equestrian Children’s Film - International
20. Wild Horse – Narrative
21. Wild Horse – Short
22. Wild Horse – Documentary – Full Length
23. Equestrian Documentary – Mini
24. Equestrian Documentary – Short
25. Equestrian Documentary – Full Length
26. Equestrian Documentary – Therapy
27. Equestrian Educational/Training
28. Equestrian Art Film – Mini
29. Equestrian Film
30. Equestrian Director - Documentary
31. Equestrian Director - International Documentary
32. Equestrian Director - International Short
33. Equestrian Director - International Feature
34. Equestrian Student Film – Adult
35. Equestrian Photo Journal
36. Equestrian International Documentary - Mini
37. Equestrian International Documentary - Short
38. Equestrian Inspirational Documentary -
39. Going To The Dogs
40. Human Interest
41. Horses Helping Humans
42. Humans Helping Horses
43. Equestrian History
44. Equestrian Sports
45. Equestrian War Horse



All information by EQUUS FILM FEST, LLC, whether publicly posted or not, is subject to change without prior notice.
All decisions will be made by the EQUUS Film Fest, LLC and all decisions are final.
Thank you and “Good Luck” from the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest herd.
Pony On!

Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form and all applicable entry fees. Entries must be submitted as a DIGITAL FILE that can be direct downloaded. Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Please include a 3-line synopsis of your film. A digital image of your cover art and selection of production images are required.

EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST does accept films that are Works-In-Progress.
(this work may be submitted as a trailer or short film)
Only one film per application.

If entering more than one movie, you must submit each separately.
Each project is judged solely on its merits.

The Festival requires that all films be submitted additionally via a password-protected streaming URL link. Please prepare this link in advance of beginning your online film entry form. (If you are unable or unwilling to submit your film by URL link, please contact the Festival coordinator to discuss an alternate method of entry).

EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST’s publicity and marketing teams will create a promotional campaign for “Official Selection” films on our FaceBook page. To assist in this campaign, participating filmmakers will be responsible for providing the following materials if selected to participate:
Digital images
Digital Press Kits
Digital File media screeners of their film
Digital copy of trailer and film clips
Any other marketing materials you wish to be used to promote your film
Upload film for Film Festival Formatting with password protection
Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter links

ENTRY REGULATIONS: The EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST Programming Committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. Only works completed in 2005 to 2022 are eligible for the competition phase. Any application materials sent to the EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST will not be returned. If confirmed receipt of entry is required, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

You hereby grant EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST the right to utilize any excerpt from your submitted film for promotional purposes. The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

By submitting your film to this competition you agree that, if your film is selected by EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST, you grant to EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST a Non-exclusive license to use, display and exhibit your name, trade names, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, still images, moving images, audio sounds, your submitted film, material, information, and/or any other things received by EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST, whether by physical or electronic delivery, publicly, at EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST’s sole discretion to promote, market and advertise the festival. EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST may also use excerpts from trailers of submitted films for promotion, to market and advertise the EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST.

You also authorize EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST to place your images and synopsis on our website, Social Media, Twitter, Pinterest and Face Book pages. Films are reviewed by EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST with the intention of selecting screeners for the EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST and the work will not be divulged to any persons not affiliated with EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST unless first permitted in writing by a legally authorized representative of the work.

You also understand that the Official Selection and WINNIE Award winning entries will be presented at other EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST events, locations, exhibitions and tours throughout 2022 – 2027.
**Filmmakers are always welcome and encouraged to join us at these events.


LIABILITY: We do NOT return your films. Do not send original media. Please keep the EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST notified of any address/phone number changes.

EXHIBITION FORMATS: Acceptable exhibition formats vary by venue and may include Digital Files. The festival requests Digital Files copies to accompany all exhibition formats. By entering your film, you agree to work with EQUUS FILM FEST, LLC to provide compatible exhibition format(s) and back-ups.

If your film contains any copyrighted material (music for example) the filmmaker will be responsible for securing the licensing rights.
Upon entering your film in the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST.

Checks or money orders must be made payable to “EQUUS Film & Arts Fest”.
Submission Opening Date – February 14, 2022
Regular Deadline – August 14, 2022 - $100
Final/Late Deadline – October 14, 2022 - $125
Notification Date – November 1, 2022
Live Event Date – December 2 - 4, 2022

Fees are (non-refundable) – Credit Card payments have additional fees for processing.
• Fees for entries from outside the United States must be paid by international bank draft/money order payable from a U.S. bank, PayPal or FilmFreeway.
• You can also pay with credit card using PayPal. PayPal users – we will send you an invoice.
• Credit Card and PayPal payments have an additional fee for processing.

Submit ALL Films Online to FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/EQUUSFilmFestival
EQUUS Film & Arts Fest - c/o Julie Martin – Executive Assistant to the Director / 5N334 Foxmoor Drive / St Charles, Illinois / 60175 USA

Please note: Do not use registered or certified mail.
Use First class, Priority, Airmail or Media Mail. FedEx, UPS and DHL also accepted.

All entries must include the following:
(1) An official EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST21 online entry form, properly completed. (Please mail hard copy)
(2) As applicable, a password protected streaming link of the film.
(3) As applicable, the entry fee(s) for the film submission (see the “Entry Fees” section above), which are payable ONLY by check or credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, TCB, or Discover). If submitting a student short film, a scan of the student ID or enrollment verification may be provided. If using PayPal, invoice will be sent and additional fees will apply.
Please note that only DVDs, formatted for NTCS or Blu-Ray, will be accepted for physical submission; all other formats will NOT be accepted.

Note: It is your sole responsibility to ensure that your online entry form is properly submitted. Approximately one week after you have completed and submitted your online entry form, you will receive an email confirmation. If more than one week has passed and you have not received an email confirmation, you may email the festival at lisa@equusfilmfestival.net or call at 630-272-3077. It is also your responsibility to ensure the streaming link is functional and the link and password submitted are accurate. The password protected link must be active at least through JANUARY 31, 2023. Regardless of your method of entry, the Festival MUST receive all entry materials no later than the deadlines referenced above. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission, without refund of any kind, if it is not completed in accordance with these Entry Rules and Regulations.

All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. The EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST will make no cuts or changes. Festival selections will be announced on or around November 1, 2022. Email will be used to notify all entrants. Selected film names and trailers will also be posted on our website, Twitter feed and Facebook page. The festival does not pay rental fees for submitted work. If selected, exhibition format is DIGITAL FILES or other approved media (please contact EQUUS FILM FEST, LLC festival coordinator for other options).

The EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST strives to serve the interests and needs of equine filmmakers, connecting artists with audiences, exhibiting and promoting new films and filmmaking talent, and nurturing a creative community by facilitating relationships that last well beyond each year’s festival. We curate for quality, not quantity. The EQUUS Film & Arts Fest is hosted in a world-class destination. If your film is selected, we would expect you to attend and present your film to the horse lovers who live in and/or are visiting. And, YOU can expect first-rate hospitality, appreciative audiences, networking events, awards, and the opportunity to explore the most celebrated Equestrian city in the country.

If your film was submitted and considered for previous editions of the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest, you may re-enter it if you have made significant changes and if all applicable eligibility requirements are met at the time of entry for EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST 2022.

1) You must fully comply with these Submission requirements, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements.
2) Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.
3) Selected EQUUS Film & Arts Fest films, commercials, music videos, trailers and others with FREE access on the internet will also be loaded onto the EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST Vimeo Channel for viewing. https://vimeo.com/equusfilmfestival
4) All submitted materials will be retained in the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest Archives.


WINNIE Award Winners not present to collect their Awards can have them shipped.
In the Continental USA - $30
Outside USA - $60

PLEASE CONTACT LISA at lisa@equusfilmfestival.net FOR MORE INFORMATION.
EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST ONDEMAND PLATFORM - https://filmfestivalflix.com/festival/equus

Submission Opening Date – February 14, 2022
Regular Deadline – August 14, 2022
Final/Late Deadline – October 14, 2022
Notification Date – November 1, 2022
Live Event Date – December 2 - 4, 2022

Overall Rating
  • Dave Garcia

    Congratulations on a wonderful virtual film festival. I'm sure it would've been even better as a live, in-person event, but it was a success, nonetheless. Thanks for letting me be a part of it, and for honoring my film. Congratulations to all the selected entrants, and especially to all those in the winner's circle.

    December 2021
  • Connie Jo Sechrist

    What a lovely festival. So glad we were apart of it.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!!

  • Alexandre Mexis

    Very happy to have been part of the festival this year! Oh if only I could be present physically one day, maybe next year!I'm so looking forward to experiencing the warm welcoming I received online!
    All the best!

    November 2021
  • This being one of our first film submissions, I didn’t know what to expect. Well, I was completely blown away with the entire process, from receiving a personal welcome email from the festival’s Director & Founder Lisa Diersen to being asked to do a ZOOM interview about the documentary by Co-Founder Diana De Rosa, to receiving a WINNIE Award for “Horse Rescue” announced by Julianne Neal of Ja Media Productions. All in all, a very well planned and produced festival worth the entrance fee by very hard working and committed staff and most of all, the enthusiasm one can’t help but notice for the equine world.

    November 2021
  • Zoë van Kruiningen - Coade

    I love this film festival and the people behind making it happen!
    Again the entries were amazing this year. I never thought for a second we had a chance of winning not one but two awards.
    I am also very thankful that we have an alternative option to share messages and different ways to express the beauty of our dear friends of the Equine family.
    Thank you to everyone involved and congratulations to the wining entries.

    November 2020