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
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.
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.
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"?
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.
Q: CAN I GET A REFUND ON THE APPLICATION FEE?
A: No. The application fee is non-refundable.
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