A place for music on film, the Jukebox International Film Festival (JIFF) brings you top-notch films about music, musicians, musical styles, venues and songs portrayed in music videos.

JIFF is produced by Wired Wednesday Digital Artists, who have been conducting short filmmaking competitions similar in format to the popular film races for the past seven years. Now, Wired Wednesday is asking filmmakers to submit music-themed films in a festival format.

JIFF is sponsored by and presented in conjunction with Jazz and Beyond: Carson City Music Festival, a month-long, multi-venue concert series. JIFF is designed to complement the music festival by presenting films that celebrate music and musicians.

JIFF will take place at the Bob Boldrick Theatre inside the Carson City Community Center in Carson City, Nevada on August 23-24, 2018. An awards ceremony will be held after the Festival. Tickets are available for purchase in advance and at the door.

To qualify, narrative films (features and shorts) must in some way incorporate musical themes, such as storylines that focus on musicians or performers or songwriters, music-oriented settings or locations, or other celebrations of music. If you're not sure about your film qualifying, please feel free to send any questions you might have to the Festival.

Documentary films (features and shorts) must focus on real life stories of musicians or performers or songwriters, or include stories about music-oriented events, settings or locations, or otherwise celebrate real life music and musical events in some way.

Music videos are self-explanatory and may not exceed seven and one-half (7-1/2) minutes in length.

There are no genre restrictions in any category.

Awards and prizes will be presented to the winning films in each category. Films will be judged by a panel of music and film industry professionals. Judging will take place before the Festival. The full list of judges will be published prior to the start of the Festival. All decisions made by the judges will be considered final.

Revised on July 12, 2018.

All films selected by the Festival will receive one (1) All-Access pass to attend the Festival. If the entrant or filmmakers are unable to attend, they may give their pass away only with the prior approval of the Festival.

There are two (2) awards in each category: Best Picture and Best Picture-2nd Place. Best Picture and Best of Festival winners will receive a custom personalized award and appropriate laurels. Second Place winners will receive an unframed personalized certificate and appropriate laurels. A Best of Festival award will be presented in each category, as well, and will be decided upon by the Festival staff. Additional awards and prizes may be added prior to the start of the Festival. Awards are subject to change without notice.

Revised on July 12, 2018.

1. Jukebox International Film Festival DOES NOT offer any discounts or fee waivers of any kind and asks that potential entrants not write to inquire about same;

1.1. We also ask that potential entrants read our guidelines carefully. This year we rejected 5 films that had nothing whatsoever to do with music. Had those entrants read what our festival is all about, they could have saved their money and used it to submit their films to festivals that are more appropriate;

2. Entrants must submit an online digital screener of their film. The filmmakers whose films are selected for inclusion in the Festival will be asked to send a high definition copy of their film via WeTransfer or similar online transfer services;

3. All submitted films must in some way relate to music as described in the Event Description. If you're not sure about your film qualifying, please feel free to send any questions you might have to the Festival;

4. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying online digital version in the accepted format. Films should, at a minimum, be in 1920 X 1080 resolution, use the h.264 video codec and be in either .MOV or .MP4 file format;

5. High resolution production stills or high resolution screen captures taken from your film, a log-line and short synopsis, along with the director’s full name and biography, are required for promotional use by the Festival;

6. Please be sure to note if your film will be any kind of premiere: World, U.S., West Coast, etc. In our first year, we were pleased to present one U.S. Premiere and two World Premiere films;

7. All entries must be in English or subtitled, unless special arrangements have been made with the Festival;

8. The Student fee option may only be used by entrants whose films were produced as bona fide student films. Additionally, entrant must provide proof that the film was produced while the entrant/filmmaker was a student. Documentation will be requested by the Festival and must be sent to the Festival at the listed email address. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in the film being disqualified from the Festival;

9. Exceptions to the Rules & Terms must be requested in writing and must be authorized by the Festival;

10. By submitting, the filmmaker agrees to let the Festival use excerpts from their films for use in JIFF 2018 trailers, publicity and promotions. Jukebox International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes;

11. The individual (or business entity) submitting the film hereby warrants that they have all pertinent legal clearances and is authorized to commit the film for screening, understands and accepts these requirements and regulations and must be able to provide said documentation to the Festival if so requested. Failure to produce requested documentation will result in disqualification. Furthermore, once a film is submitted, approval is granted for Festival screening whether it is accepted into other film festivals or not. The entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless Jukebox International Film Festival from and against all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred due to any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, and screening;

12. Jukebox International Film Festival, may at its own discretion, notify filmmakers of "Official Selection" status prior to the published "Notification Date," mainly to help facilitate travel planning if they are coming from locations outside the United States;

13. Award winners not present shall be responsible for all shipping costs related to sending their awards and prizes to them. Shipping costs will be provided to the winners after the festival closes. Upon receipt of payment to the Festival, the awards and prizes will be shipped;

14. Jukebox International Film Festival reserves the right to revise these Rules & Terms without notice. Reasonable efforts will be used by the Festival to inform all entrants of any changes before the start of the Festival;

15. Additional Terms and Conditions may apply.

Revised on July 12, 2018.

Overall Rating
  • Fernando Otero

    Fantastic festival. Even though we could not attend to it, we found that the organizers were very friendly, professional and dedicated. It was an absolute honor and pleasure being part of the festival. We totally recommend it.

    September 2017
  • Cinnamin Stephens

    The Jukebox International Film Festival was a great experience. I enjoyed the selection of films, networking with film makers from around the world, and the hospitality from the organizers. I would highly recommend this festival to anyone.

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    We loved meeting you, too, CINNAMIN, and are so happy you had a good experience. Thank you for your awesome comments, and congratulations on "Shine a Light." Best wishes, SCOTT YOUNG.

  • Alex Jimenez

    Attending the Jukebox International Film Festival was an amazing experience. The quality of the films was fantastic and the organizers were super friendly with all of the filmmakers attending the festival. I highly recommend this festival. Thanks guys!!

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    ALEX. Thank you so much for the kind and generous feedback! Congratulations on your award! Regards, SCOTT YOUNG.

  • Lonny Dill

    There were so many good films. Talking with film makers from around the world was super exciting.

    The panel of film makers was my favorite part. The Q & A was really enlightening and educational for any aspiring film maker. I hope to see the panel happen again in 2018.

    For a first year festival, I was pleased but there was room for improvement.

    I wish there were more people in the theater during the films.

    I was a little let down that the judges didn't make an appearance at least once during the festival. Critique from a professional or judge is so helpful to ones growth. I love honest one-on-one critique and hope it will be available in 2018.

    See you in 2018!

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi LONNY. Thanks for the review. I just wanted to address the judges comment -- two of the six judges were there both days... Rita Geil and Ed Nadalin. The other four would have had to travel from Southern California, central Oregon and Seattle, and we just didn't have a budget to be able to assist with their travel. Hopefully, next year, we'll be able to offer small travel stipends to help more people (filmmakers and judges both) be with us. I'm really glad you liked the Filmmakers Forum! Congratulations on your win. Best wishes, SCOTT YOUNG.