The Joshua Tree Film Festival gives a voice to independent, underrepresented filmmakers, with a local part of programming focusing on desert content, from documentaries to films connected to the Mojave Desert, Climate Change, the National Parks, and the Wildlife world, whatever the genre or length of your movie.

The Joshua Tree Film Festival will welcome the Spring around the Super Bloom time in March/April.

The Joshua Tree Film Festival accepts films in every genre, on any topic, from every country around the world. We spotlight low-budget and independent content with a special emphasis on environmental and outdoor content, whatever the genre and length.
We do not disqualify any films based on premiere status or date of completion.

The festival program is selected entirely by independent viewers and no films are given special treatment based on who made them or who they know.

Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Feature Film
Best Script
Best Art Photography

Every selected entry will screen.

Every participant will receive
---> an Award Certificate (digital if online, framed and in person if live event)
--> official laurels

and based on secured sponsorship, the festival may announce more prizes and gifts.

ONLY PARTICIPATING FILMMAKERS are eligible to an award or a prize.
Participating meaning taking part in presentation, after-movie talks and QnAs, in a person if the festival is in person, or in a digital manner if the festival is online.

Laurels and certificates are sent by email on a digital form, some are handed to the filmmakers participating in person.

IMPORTANT: all selected filmmakers agree to participate and present their film in person -or at least digitally -, and take part in AMA or QnAs with audience.

In case of a live event, travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of each filmmaker.

The film should have been completed after January 1, 2018.

Submitters grant the Joshua Tree Film Festival all necessary rights, free of charge, to screen use and promote the submitted materials, for public performance, with or without entrance fee. Applicant further declares their work has taken care of all necessary permission use of any copyrighted material (e.g. music) used in their film.

ONLY PARTICIPATING FILMMAKERS WILL BE GRANTED tentative PRIZE MONEY, gift bag and cash awards. Laurels and certificates are sent by email on a digital form.

Any submission stands for a full acceptance of the Festival rules.
A withdrawal does not void the fact a submission has been made.
Festival decisions are final.

We accept all genres and nationalities and language for all international categories.
You are allowed to have multiple entries and submit to multiple categories, with the same or different films. Each category requires its own fee.
Entries are non refundable.
We do not provide free submissions.
We do not review movie submissions sent directly to us by email, unless we requested it. We only accept online digital submissions via selected platforms.
Each entry and submission category must have its own submission fee. 

If you submitted to the wrong category, contact us (there may be a fee).
Your submission grants the Festival the right to use and utilize any image, excerpt, titles, words you submitted to us, for promotion purposes.
The festival organizers may refuse any illegal, non-artistic, fake, false, incomplete entries.
The festival shall pick the submissions of their choice to create the festival program.
The festival reserve the right to cancel, change any part of the program or revert selected submissions without notice.
Each student film submitted has to provide proof of studies. If you do not provide, your entry may not make it to selection and be set to incomplete or end up disqualified.
Animated short films (even student made) must submit to animated category.
Animated features (even student made) must submit to feature category.
A documentary (even student made) must submit to the documentary category.
Works in progress are not accepted unless local work made in the Hi-Desert area and San Bernardino County.

The names, title, country and all elements you fill your FilmFreeway profile with will be used if you get selected to the festival. Fill your profile fully and careful.
ALL communications are sent to the email address you provide. The festival is not responsible for any lost communication whatsoever.

Your FilmFreeway profile must provide a direct access to your work (video, film, photo) at all times. If your film or video disappears from your profile, your submission may be set to incomplete or even disqualified, if the incident happens after the official selection.

We strongly recommend you have a Facebook and/or Instagram page for your project or film so we can fully promote you.

Screenings will require a HD digital file, sent by WeTransfer Google Drive... NO DROPBOX unless direct download without signup.
Specifications : .mp4, H264. Films below 5 minutes : less than 500MO. Films 5 to 10 minutes : less than 1G. Films 10 to 30 minutes : less than 2G. Feature films : less than 5G.
NO .mov will be used.
Regarding 2K, 4K: we welcome these formats. Please send us an email to arrange good reception of the files.
It is your responsibility to provide with the proper screening file. If you do not provide, you will be disqualified.

If your film raises some concerns about potential or actual copyright issues, illegal copy or plagiarism, submissions may be NOT SELECTED or DISQUALIFIED without notice.
The Festival has a no tolerance policy for fraud, with regards to any form of influence toward a biased tentative outcome.

If you are selected or win, you are expected to attend the festival and the Award Ceremony. If you cannot attend the ceremony, you must find someone to represent you and claim your award and prize money, on stage.
Only attending or represented filmmakers will be awarded, with no exceptions.
We do not ship trophies.

Is at the charge of the participating filmmaker.

We may announce the first nominees before the notification date. This does not mean the selection is complete, this means we may make a first wave of selection to facilitate attendance.
When you receive the first platform update as a selected submission, that means you are selected, and you get an Official Selection Laurel. The selection does not grant a screening in every case, please check our website.
We cannot give each submitter a personal answer regarding their selection.
The selected talents receive an email with a link to the laurel center and all information about the festival.
If you're not selected, your movie status will be updated on FilmFreeway, and the platform will send an automatic notification at due date.