The 15th Ellensburg Film Festival (EFF) will be October 4, 5 & 6, 2019. This year, we celebrate 15 years of bringing notable films from all around to world to Ellensburg. And, for bringing film lovers from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond to Ellensburg to see these films.

EFF is an affiliate of the Laughing Horse Arts Foundation. Our partnership with the Central Washington University Film and Video Studies Program allows us to screen films in the McConnell Theatre Complex on campus.

This year, we have a special interest in films made in or about Washington State or the Pacific Northwest. Films with connections to Ellensburg are particularly important to us.

$500.00 Films made in Washington State
$500.00 Best Feature
$500.00 Best Documentary
$500.00 Best Short

Submission Categories
Feature Film
Documentary
Short Subject
Made In Washington State

Experimental work can be submitted in any of the above categories and will be considered as long as it can be presented in a traditional "movie house" format.
"Feature" is any film over 40 minutes running time. "Short" is anything under 40 minutes.

Fees and Deadlines

Fees and deadlines for the 2019 film festival submissions are as follows:

DEADLINE DATE FEE

Earlybird February 28, 2019 $35 (earlybird fee)
Regular March 31, 2019 $45 (regular submission fee)
Late April 30, 2018 $60

EFF reserves the right to add, alter or eliminate categories based on the availability of qualified entries. Solicited films that charge the festival a screening fee are eligible for the award but forfeit the cash prize.

Evaluation Criteria

In evaluating film festival submissions, the EFF will take into account the following:

Does the film . . .
demonstrate a firm competence of technical skill?
demonstrate excellence in artistry and creativity?
present an original or unique idea, even if it is introduced within a familiar context?

EFF will not reject films based on explicit content; however, we will not consider ANY work that is sexually exploitative or pornographic in nature.

Film Festival Submissions

Films submitted to the festival must be available for exhibition for the duration of the festival, October 4, 5 & 6, 2019.
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On line screeners are the preferred format for submissions.

Films selected for screening must also be provided in digital format. Detailed specifications will be sent to filmmakers upon acceptance.

Make sure you fully comply with all applicable legal criteria regarding copyrights, including soundtrack licensing, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: CAN I SUBMIT MY FILM AS A "ROUGH CUT"?

A: No.
Q: CAN I ARRANGE A SCREENING FOR YOU OF MY FILM PRINT?

A: No. We only screen electronic submissions
Q: HOW MANY FILMS CAN I SUBMIT?

A: As many as you like. However, each submitted film must have its own screening link, completed Submission Form, Entry Fee and Supplemental Materials. DO NOT send one link for put multiple projects
Q: WHEN WILL YOU NOTIFY ME THAT MY FILM HAS BEEN ACCEPTED.

A: Notification of Acceptance will be made via email on a rolling basis as we screen and select. All notifications will be made by June 1, 2019. We will notify declined films via email, too.
Q: IF MY FILM IS NOT CHOSEN, MAY I SPEAK WITH A JUROR FOR NOTES OR FEEDBACK.

A: No.
Q: CAN I GET A REFUND ON THE APPLICATION FEE?

A: No. The application fee is non-refundable.

For more information, contact efftraffic@gmail.com

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Mohammad Mohammadian

    Your film festival is very nice, Thank you so much.

    December 2017
  • Jierel Almario

    This is an amazing festival. I highly recommend it. The hospitality is amazing, the staff is wonderful, and communication was excellent. The festival takes place in multiple beautiful venues. My film had one of the most engaged audiences I've ever had from any festival with a great Q&A. I enjoyed all of the other films that played as well. This is a festival that really cares about their filmmakers. So glad I submitted!

    October 2017
  • Wanderhouse Productions

    Really tremendous festival. Communication was solid and frequent. Hospitality was second to none. We will definitely submit future projects for consideration and encourage other filmmakers to enter as well. Very enthusiastic programmers and strong proponents of independent cinema. Grateful for the selection!

    October 2017
  • Rasmus Tirzitis

    Thank you so much. We had a great experience and you communication was well.

    October 2017
  • Russell Emanuel

    Thank you for making our experience at the Ellensburg Film Festival a wonderful one!

    October 2016