Welcome to the inaugural film festival of Ely, Minnesota, where we celebrate stories from the End of the Road! Ely is a small town in Northern Minnesota that is surrounded by Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Because of its unique location, Ely has become a crossroads of history and cultures.

Our festival seeks to entertain, inform and engage our audiences by sharing stories of adventure, advocacy, indigenous traditions, rural economies, crafting in nature, mental health awareness, comedy, horror, and more! We recognize that Hollywood has played a huge role in shaping our society -- we aim to uplift filmmakers whose stories offer alternatives to mainstream narratives. This type of work can take on many forms, and so we are encouraging submissions from all genres, categories, and seasons! Programmed films will appeal to adults and youth alike as we foster a family friendly event!

End of the Road Film Festival is an official event of the 17th Annual Ely Winter Festival, so it's a great time of year to visit Ely! In between screenings, you can take a stroll through the Snow Sculpture Symposium in Whiteside Park; grab a hot cup of coffee at one of our local shops; check out the work of local artists in the Ely Artwalk; enjoy live music events, guided snowshoe hikes, or a fully outfitted dogsledding trip; visit the Bois Forte Heritage Museum, the International Wolf Center, or the Dorothy Molter Museum; take a class at the Ely Folk School; or spend an afternoon shopping and dining at our local stores and restaurants. There will be something for everyone at the End of the Road Film Festival, and it is one event you don't want to miss!

Prizes To Be Announced.

Films completed on or after January 1, 2017 will be eligible for the 2023 festival.

Submission fee is non-refundable.

End of the Road Film Festival (ERFF) does not pay screening fees.

Films may be submitted by Vimeo link, DVD or Blu-Ray. If accepted, DCP delivery is required for festival screening purposes. Filmmakers will assume any shipping and handling costs to the festival.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by its own online entry and entry fee.

Films produced in languages other than English must provide legible English subtitles.

If your film is accepted, ERFF has the right to show, post, or broadcast images from the film in association with materials related to advertising and promoting ERFF.