Celebrating our 13th year in showing notable films from our area and around the world. The Ellensburg Film Festival is proud to be affiliated with Central Washington University Film and Video Studies Program and The Laughing Horse Arts Foundation. The festival categories are feature length dramatic, documentary, shorts and made in Washington State.

Awards & Prizes

$500.00 Films made in Washington State
$400.00 Best Feature
$400.00 Best Documentary
$400.00 Best Short

Rules & Terms

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 forty minutes total running time. "Short" is anything under forty minutes.
Fees and Deadlines
Fees and deadlines for 2016 film festival submissions are as follows:
DEADLINE DATE STANDARD FEE
Earlybird March 30, 2016 $40 $35
Regular May 30, 2016 $50 $45
Late June 30, 2016 $60 $55
Extended July 15, 2016 $70 $65
Made In Washington - $500
Best Feature – $400
Best Documentary – $400
Best Short Subject – $400
* 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?
The 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 6-8, 2017.
On line screeners are the preferred format for submissions.
If submitting on consumer-burned DVD, please test your submission copy on multiple players before sending it to our offices. A DVD that is not readily viewable can significantly delay the completion of your submission.
Make sure your full name, film title, and FilmFreeway entry # are clearly marked on both your submission media and its case/cover.
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 submissions in DVD or VHS format.
Q: HOW MANY FILMS CAN I SUBMIT?
A: As many as you like. However, each submitted film must have its own VHS tape or DVD, completed Submission Form, Entry Fee, and Supplemental Materials. DO NOT put multiple projects on the same screening tape or DVD.
Q: WHEN WILL YOU NOTIFY ME THAT MY FILM HAS BEEN ACCEPTED.
A: Notification of Acceptance will be made in writing on a rolling basis. All notifications will be made no later than September 1st, 2017. Accepted films will receive both e-mail and paper copies confirming their acceptance. Declined films will only be notified through e-mail.
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

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    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
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    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
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    Rasmus Tirzitis

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

    October 2017
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    Russell Emanuel

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

    October 2016