The LDS Film Festival was founded in 2001 by Austrian filmmaker Christian Vuissa, who envisioned a place for LDS Filmmakers to network with each other and showcase their work to an appreciative audience. Every March, as many as 7000 people come to view films with a fairly wide spectrum of religious content to controversial topics of the day. The festival is not closed only to Filmmakers of the Mormon Faith or films with LDS themes. Participants of all faiths are encouraged and and welcomed with no religious requirement.
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Since its inception, the LDS Film Festival has awarded over $45,000 in cash awards to filmmakers. Categories include:
Best Feature Film (dramatic narratives over 60 min)
Best Short Film (dramatic narratives under 45 min)
Best Feature Documentary (over 60 min)
Best Short Documentary (under 45 min)
Best Music Video (under 10 min)
Best Web/YouTube Video or Series (under 20 min)
Best Animated Short (under 30 min)
Best Family Film (under 10 min)
Best 24 Hour Film (Enrollment in this competition starts December 15, 2018)
Due to the nature of the festival, we hold to standards that exclude the use of nudity, over-the-top violence or hard language.
All films have to be:
1) Original content, holding the representing filmmaker responsible for all rights.
2) Available to the festival by February 2, 2018 or shipped by this date.
3) Formats include Bluray and DCP. (Exception is the Family Film and 24 Hour Competition)
Response from festival:
Thank you for your kind words. It's my first year taking over the festival so I appreciate the advice. You are right, we had a lot of responses about the pitch panel, plus I did have to fly people from out of town. So it took a little bit to get them all in the same room. Come again!