Filmslang is a film festival based in Lexington, Kentucky dedicated to showcasing bold and fiercely independent films by filmmakers from Kentucky and her border states. Each fall Filmslang screens new narrative, student, documentary, animated and experimental films from emerging and established filmmakers. Co-sponsored by the Lexington Public Library and the Lexington Film League, the seventh annual Filmslang will take place October 6 – 9, 2016 at the 140 seat, state-of-the-art Farish Theater in downtown Lexington. Filmslang’s mission is to highlight and foster the work of regional filmmakers and provide the thriving city of Lexington (population: 320,000) with four days of innovative and entertaining storytelling. Filmmakers from Kentucky and the following states are eligible to submit to Filmslang 2016: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.

Best Documentary Film

Best Short Film
Best Student Film

All submissions must have a tie to Kentucky or the states that border Kentucky (IL, IN, MO, OH, TN, VA, WV).

This requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways. If you currently reside in Kentucky or any state that borders Kentucky and you play a prominent role in the filmmaking process then you are set. Additionally if your film was primarily produced in Kentucky or any state that borders Kentucky then you're good to go!

You MUST include a brief statement with your application that explains your and/or your film's relationship to Kentucky or its border states.

Any submission WITHOUT a connection to Kentucky or a state that borders Kentucky will not be considered for the festival.

Films submissions are accepted in the following categories:

- Narrative Feature (41 minutes or longer)
- Narrative Short (40 minutes or less)
- Documentary Feature (41 minutes or longer)
- Documentary Short (40 minutes or less)
- Student Short (40 minutes or less)
- Kentucky Feature (41 minutes or longer)
- Kentucky Short (40 minutes or less)
- Experimental (60 minutes or less)

The primary and encouraged way to submit your film is via FilmFreeway, as an online screener (vimeo password protected link is recommended).

Entries may also be submitted on DVD (NTSC format only) with a label indicating the title and running time along with a brief statement that explains your and/or your film's relationship to Kentucky or its border states. Mail entries to: Lexington Public Library/Filmslang, 140 East Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507

All entries must be submitted by July 31, 2016.

All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2014. 
• All films must be in English or have English subtitles. Non-subtitled or dubbed foreign language films will not be considered. 
• All clearances must be obtained for exhibition. Entry fees will not be refunded.

Each submitted film will be viewed in their entirety at least twice by a member of Filmslang’s selection committee.

If accepted, selected films (shorts and features) must provide a digital file of the film for exhibition by September 16, 2016. Files must be at least Apple ProRes 422 (or equivalent) and 1080p.

One Blu-ray backup and One DVD backup must be provided for each film, in case of issues with the primary exhibition format.

Films previously screened publicly in Kentucky will not be eligible for competition, but could be included in special non-competitive screenings.

All filmmakers with a film in competition will receive a VIP pass, giving free access to all events and screenings (subject to availability) at Filmslang. These passes are non-transferable and must be worn at all times in clear view. Passes are not sent by mail, but must be picked up in person at the designated Festival site.

A digital press kit is required upon acceptance of film.

All accepted films may be screened more than once, and are scheduled at the discretion of the Filmslang staff.

Films produced or financed by a major motion picture studio are not eligible for festival screenings. Films that have acquired distribution are eligible for festival screenings but are not eligible for competitive awards.

Filmslang is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes. The festival is hereby also granted the right to utilize image(s) and/or biographical information of the filmmakers for promotional purposes. The festival reserves the right to fill in any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.

It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film. I shall indemnify and hold harmless Filmslang from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. The individual or corporation submitting this film additionally grants Filmslang the right to one or more public screenings of the entry during the dates of October 6 – 9, 2016.

Entries that are not completed or available for screening must pull their entry prior to September 1, 2016 or the film will be screened as entered.

Filmslang does not pay screening fees or guarantee travel or distribution for filmmakers.
By submitting your film, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.

The management of Filmslang reserves the right to decide all questions regarding rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein.

Overall Rating
  • Alanna Wilkinson

    I really enjoyed being a part of Filmslang. It was a great festival put together by good people, and maybe it's because we're in the South, but I really appreciated the Southern hospitality upon entering. This festival made my first trip to Kentucky worthwhile.

    December 2016
  • Stanley Sievers

    Filmslang is a great festival run by incredibly nice people. They curate and screen mostly local films or films by people who are from Kentucky. If you get a chance to come visit Lexington, you should take it!

    October 2016
  • Margaret Orr

    This is a great festival, showing almost exclusively local film. The quality of the films shown was very high. The organizers of the festival are filmmakers themselves, and are invested in making the experience a positive one for filmmakers. They asked great questions in their Q&A sessions after the films had screened.

    The festival takes place in the Lexington Public Library. The theater has great sound and visuals. My film looked great on their screen! Audiences tended to be small, but engaged.

    Overall, this was a great experience. Recommended!

    October 2016