A festival for amateur and professional filmmakers, we welcome short films of any genre, of no more than 20 minutes in length. Filmmakers call us "a festival for filmmakers!" where we honor the filmmakers first and foremost.
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Grand Jury Prize - $500 cash prize
Best Sound Mixing
Will Vinton Award for Best Animated Film - a $150 cash prize
Sunrise Rotary Award - a $100 cash prize
Recology Sustainability Award - a $100 cash prize
Short films in any genre, maximum 20 minutes in length.
The Will Vinton Award for Best Animated Film will be awarded to the top scoring animated film. Will Vinton, a native of McMinnville, OR, is an Oscar-winning filmmaker and pioneer of Claymation. He is supporting this award and festival to encourage animation filmmakers!
Recology Sustainability Award
Recology’s vision is a world without waste. This employee-owned company carries out its vision through community based services, educational programs and innovative engineering solutions that promote the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.
The Recology Sustainability Award will go to a filmmaker who demonstrates and promotes environmental sustainability as a major theme in their short film. Themes can include but are not limited to:
• Natural Resource Conservation
• Waste Reduction Outreach and Education
• Sustainable Product Production, Use and Management
A panel of judges will review the qualifying films and select the film that best fits this award.
Sunrise Rotary Award
The Sunrise Rotary Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement by an Oregon-based filmmaker. Whether a first-time filmmaker or a seasoned veteran, the films produced by artists within Oregon are watched and judged by members of the McMinnville Sunrise Rotary Club during a special viewing prior to the festival. All genres are given consideration and voted on by the viewing members.