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, educational materials, art & literature.

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

The only criterion for each title is that it captures the elements or essence of the horse, the horse industry at large, and/or all that surrounds the horse.

The EQUUS Film & Arts Fest strives to serve the interests and needs of equine filmmakers, artists, podcasters, live streamers, bloggers, and authors, connecting artists with audiences, exhibiting and promoting new films and filmmaking talent and equine art, 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 held in a world-class destination. If your work is selected, we would expect you to attend and present your work, if you are able, to the horse lovers who live in and/or are visiting. You can expect first-rate hospitality, appreciative audiences, networking events, awards, and the opportunity to explore Sacramento and the beautiful wine country of Napa Valley and the surrounding areas in California.

Benefits of a Partnership with the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest.
• Partnering with an established Internationally acclaimed Equine Film, Art & Literary Fest
• Celebrating the 11th season in 2023
• Exposure to a Global Audience through the “Virtual” On-Demand Film Fest
• Attended by International guests, artists, and filmmakers and those from across the country
• Annual visitors in New York City 800 – 1000 film & art fest guests attending over the weekend – hosted in a smaller venue in NYC for the artist and authors (in 2019 when we moved to the expansive Kentucky Horse Park artist and authors attendance doubled)
• Connecting with subscribers and visitors to the EQUUS Film Channel
• Marketing and exposure on all EQUUS Social Media outlets
• Filmmakers and fest participants coming in for the event, better weather, and amenities in Sacramento are much more inviting to visitors in November.
• Partnering with the EQUUS Art & Literary Corral – with the invited local equestrian artist as well as a selected award-winning EQUUS artist, creating a great holiday shopping opportunity and exposure for the marketing of products and services

All information by EQUUS Film & Arts Fest, whether publicly posted or not, is subject to change without prior notice. All decisions will be made by the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest and all EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST decisions are final.

Please be sure to include all of the following information with each submission:
Film Title Title
Last Name
First Name
About the Filmmaker, Author, Podcaster, Artist
You-Tube Video Link
Twitter Page
Instagram Page
Amazon Link
Facebook Page

**Awarded to Equine Network Favorite Film**
“Selected video winner will be featured in Horse Week 2024. Permission for usage must be granted to Equine Network (Horse Week) at the time of submission.”

**Awarded to Horses For Mental Health Favorite Film With A Mental Health Message**

**Special Horses For Mental Health - Charity Partners Category**


Espana Silk Grooming Products - $200 Product Voucher

Rusty Brown Jewelry
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

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 - $35
Outside USA - $65

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

WINNIE Award & Assorted Prizes


**We are requiring all entries, Films, Literary Work, Art, Podcasts, etc. to have an under 3-minute long introduction video included in your submission. Please say the name of your entry, tell us a little bit about yourself and if possible show your film poster, book, artwork, etc.** YouTube works best for this. You can include the link text within the body of your Brief Synopsis under Section 1 of your Edit page. See category descriptions for further details.

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!

Upon entering you shall indemnify and hold harmless the EQUUS Film Fest, LLC and any other agents, owners, or affiliates of said entities from and against any claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred because of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of/or damage to the screening materials entered into the EQUUS FILM & ARTS FEST.

WINNIE Award Winners unable to attend the fest can have them shipped.
In the Continental USA - $35
Outside USA - $65

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 directly 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, a director photo and a 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 film, art submission, literary work, podcast, etc., 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 any submitted project eligibility. Only works completed from 2005 to 2023 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 FaceBook 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 2023 – 2028.
**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.

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 a 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, Artwork, Literary Applications, and Podcast, Online to FilmFreeway:

Overall Rating
  • Lam Can-zhao

    Absolutely wonderful Festival! I hope to come back in future years.

    January 2023
  • Nick Barkla

    A beautifully run festival. Bravo. Highly recommended!

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Nick!

  • It was a wonderful experience not only because I was one of the winners of my category, but also because I found professionalism and availability in the organizers. Special thanks to Lisa Diersen creator and director of the Festival.

    December 2022
  • 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!!