The Experimental Film Fest 2024 celebrates its 5th fabulous year!
The Experimental Film Fest features Avant-Garde and Experimental films in any sub-genre. We want the unusual, the macabre, the offbeat, the beautiful, the ugly, and the truly experimental film. We want you to explore the medium in ways that are not only unconventional but entertaining. Remember that you want an audience for your films so be sensitive to the eyes, ears, and emotions that will experience your work.
Student films are judged with all other films for awards but are also judged separately for Best Student Film. This award is meant to encourage young filmmakers to participate in film festivals and to bring new talent to the screen for audiences. The submission fee for Student Films is always $10 ($9 Gold) USD.
***WE DO NOT OFFER FEE WAIVERS***
Be sure to listen to The Experimental Film Podcast and arrange to be a guest.
***Exciting News for 2023***
This year, there are cash prizes for festival winners! Our first year for giving cash prizes to the following:
Festival Winner - $250
Critic's Choice - $100
Audience Favorite - $100
Best Student Film - $100
Best Animation - $100
FESTIVAL DATE IS CONFIRMED!!!
September 23, 2023
Bank of the Arts 317 Middle St, New Bern, NC 28560
Festival Winner - BIG BANG - Laura Munoz - US
Critic's Choice - NAKED CAME THE STRANGER - Rosanna Verdon-Roe - UK
Best Animation - (Woman life freedom) - Sanaz Safaie - Iran/Germany
Best Student Film - Shrub Oak - Sophia Wolfe - US
*** Audience Favorite - Tides - Andre Silva - US
second born son: a transsexual documentary - Merit Thursday - US
Shadow - Lu Li - China
The Unseen - John Akre - US
Transmission - Mats Landstrom - Sweden
White Noise - Soyeon Jung - US
Bleach - Eno Enefiok - UK
BOOKANIMA: Dance - Shon Kim - Republic of Korea
Clear Ice Fern - Mark Street - US
Hemorrhage - Ruth Hayes - US
SOULS - Alberto Martin-Aragon - Spain
Films must be downloadable via FilmFreeway. If your film is password protected, please provide the password with your submission.
If your film is selected for screening at the festival, you must provide a short (1-2 minute) video that introduces you and your film to the audience. This introductory film is required for screening at the festival.
I have revised what is an Official Selection for the 2024 festival. Only Official Selections will be screened. I apologize for my confusion about the purpose of Official Selection in previous years.
This year, there is a 15-minute time limit for films.