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 20-22, 2019. 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 September 5, 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.

Awards categories are as follows:

BEST PICTURE (FIRST PLACE) – BY CATEGORY
BEST PICTURE (RUNNER UP) – BY CATEGORY
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – NARRATIVES ONLY
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – NARRATIVES ONLY
BEST ACTING – NARRATIVES ONLY
BEST DIRECTOR – BY CATEGORY
BEST OF FESTIVAL – BY CATEGORY

Winners will receive customized awards. The type and nature of the award will be decided by Festival staff as the Festival dates grow closer. Additional awards and prizes may be added prior to the start of the Festival. Awards are subject to change without notice.

Revised on September 5, 2018.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY, AS YOUR FILM MAY NOT FIT OUR CRITERIA. WE ARE A NICHE FESTIVAL. WE DON’T WANT YOU SPENDING MONEY ON FEES IF YOUR FILM IS NOT A GOOD FIT FOR US.

1. Jukebox International Film Festival DOES NOT offer any discounts or fee waivers of any kind. Please DO NOT write to us asking for free rides;

2. In our 2nd year we rejected 5 films that had nothing whatsoever to do with music. Had those filmmakers read what our festival is all about, they could have saved their money and used it to submit their films to festivals that were more appropriate;

3. If you have any doubts about whether your film is appropriate for us, please contact us. We’ll review your film and advise you to submit or not submit it your film. This happened in four cases in 2018. The filmmakers were not 100% certain their films were right for JIFF. They contacted our coordinator, who looked at each film, and in all 4 cases, it was suggested that they indeed submit their films. Two went on to be top winners in their categories;

4. Entrants must submit an online digital screener of their film;

5. 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.

6. Communication is essential at this point. In 2018, we had to drop a film from the selections because the filmmaker was lazy and took forever to submit the requested materials. They arrived too late. His film was not on our screening schedule;

7. 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;

8. 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;

9. We are now able to handle ProRes files, or the equivalent thereof. We are still not up to DCP, though;

10. 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. Please do not send these items until such time as we request them;

11. Please be sure to note if your film will be any kind of premiere: World, U.S., West Coast, etc. In 2018, we were pleased to present three U.S. Premiere and seven World Premiere films;

12. Note that you do not need to inform us of lesser premieres, i.e. West Coast only, individual States (California premiere, Nevada premiere, etc.). These premieres are awesome, but they do not mean much to the people we seek grant funding from. They only want to see U.S. and World Premiere statistics;

13. All entries must be in English or subtitled, unless special arrangements have been made with the Festival. We had a big problem in 2018 with files arriving that had no subtitles;

14. If your film arrives without subtitles, we will request ONCE only that you provide a file with subtitles. It is imperative you check your Spam and Junk folders regularly, as our emails going to these folders caused one filmmaker to lose his screening spot. He didn’t know we were trying to contact him;

15. 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;

16. Exceptions to the Rules & Terms must be requested in writing and must be authorized by the Festival. If we grant an exception of any kind, you are may be required to produce said exception upon request. Failure to do so might result in said exception not being honored;

17. By submitting, the filmmaker agrees to let the Festival use excerpts from their films for use in JIFF 2019 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;

18. 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;

19. 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 filmmakers are coming from locations outside the United States;

20. 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;

21. 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;

22. Moving into our 3rd year, we are not yet able to offer travel stipends or assist in any monetary way with travel and accommodations. In both our first years, we were honored to have many filmmakers accompany their films to our festival. They were very understanding and took on the expenses of visiting us on their own. The same will be true of our 3rd year. We will make deals with local hotels to offer discounted group room rates, but for the most part, filmmakers will have to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodations;

23. In 2018, bands that were featured in selected documentaries accompanied the filmmakers to our festival. While the experience was exciting, please understand that we are not here to provide special deals on accommodations, nor are we here to provide transportation on the local level;

24. We WILL do the following: a) we will help book visiting bands into local clubs throughout the region (Carson City, Reno, Lake Tahoe), as we have established relationships with many now; and b) we will provide lists of resources to call upon while visiting (i.e. instrument rentals, equipment rentals, transportation options, etc.);

25. Please understand that our staff if already overwhelmed with the tasks of running this film festival. We cannot also be club promoters, drivers, equipment rental specialists, etc. Any musicians or bands visiting must arrange for their own equipment needs and check with each venue we book you into to see what equipment they have available, then procure what is needed to effectively play those clubs;

26. If you are a traveling musician or band coming with the filmmaker of the film you appear in, you may contact us at any time for additional information and all rules concerning your visit during the festival;

27. Additional Terms and Conditions may apply.

Revised on September 5, 2018.

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  • Katie Garibaldi

    I was extremely excited to be selected in the Jukebox International Film Fest, and the icing on the cake was winning the award for Best Music Video! The communication was fantastic from the get-go and it was clear that the organizers were very supportive of the filmmakers and artists who attended. There was a distinct personal touch. On top of the great quality of people, the films were all top notch--films the world should see. Highest quality all around from the people to the art to the venue. I love the concept of combining music and film and JIFF did a great job of this. I recommend it to anyone and hope the fest grows bigger next year!

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Aw, you're a sweetheart Katie. Thanks for the great review. Maybe we'll see you next year with a world premiere music video? :)

  • It was great to be selected by the JIFF! I attended the festival with the band that is the protagonist of the documentary I directed, and we won an award. The festival organizer and director worked really hard to make our experience at the festival a very positive one. They didn’t just create a great networking platform for filmmakers and producers, but they also tried to extend the interaction to the general local community. This was a very special experience, where music really is utilized to deeply connect people. I wish for JIFF to keep growing and developing its uniqueness and to be able to connect more and more people every year through film and music.

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Sara, wow, thank you so much for your great review! We're glad you enjoyed your experience here.

  • russell mcmahon

    The JIFF was our first film festival experience so we were festival rookies. The communication with festival staff was stellar and complete. There were no standard responses. Every piece of correspondence was individually written. Extremely valuable. This is a young festival that is finding it's footing after only 2 years in existence. Make no mistake, this is a film festival for filmmakers. The majority of attendees were filmmakers and their crews etc. which was beneficial for networking and discussion. The venue was excellent. Big Screen-Big House. Be aware that JIFF is a subject specific festival looking for films about musicians and music. I whole heartedly recommend all new filmmakers give this festival a good look. Both you and your film will be treated very well throughout the process. Kudo's all around to the JIFF staff.

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Wow, Russ, thank you so much for your kind words. :)

  • Andy Truschinski

    Scott is running a great show at Jukebox and communicates well. If you have music as a theme for your project, you have to submit to Jukebox.

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Andy... actually, it's me and Darla, but that doesn't matter. We're glad you had a good experience. Thank you for the review! :)

  • This was our wold Premier of our film The Mountain Minor. I can’t imagine a better festival experience! The pre-festival communication was outstanding and I could feel a community building long before the festival ever started. There were great opportunities to meet and become friends with the other filmmakers and bands. I felt like I was getting a lot of personal attention but soon found that this was the way all of the films were treated. Thanks to Darla and Scott for making this such a memorable event! Winning a couple awards was such an honor and the post festival celebration concert was so much fun! I want to make another music film just so I can come back.

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dale, you're too kind. Darla and I are happy you left with some good memories. It was a lot of fun this year! :)