Welcome to the McMinnville Short Film Festival. Celebrate our 11th anniversary with us in February 2022!
Set in the heart of Oregon wine country, the McMinnville Short Film Festival (MSFF) is a true filmmaker’s and film lover’s fest. The MSFF has been selected as a “Top 100 Best Reviewed Festival” by FilmFreeway multiple times, most recently in 2020! We foster a critical component to the arts community by connecting local filmmakers with their counterparts around the world, and by providing a venue for culturally diverse screenings, events, and gatherings.
MSFF organizers - including the original founders - cater to filmmakers from the moment a film is submitted to the moment the festival wraps. Experience why Portland, Oregon, filmmaker Heather Older says, “There are many festivals but very few have the vibrancy, personal touches and enthusiasm that the McMinnville Short Film Festival have… It's the type of festival that builds networks for creative people and possibly future collaborations.” A festival for amateur and professional filmmakers alike, the MSFF welcomes short films of any genre and of no more than 20 minutes in length.
In 2021 held an all-virtual festival that was streamed all over the world! 127 Films were screened over 10 Days to celebrate Year 10 of our Festival. As our virtual format was so successful in 2021, for MSFF 2022 we are exploring a hybrid in-person/virtual format to be as inclusive as possible.
We look forward to celebrating independent filmmakers with you. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each Official Selection will receive a certificate. Each Award Winner will receive a certificate and a trophy (cash prizes noted below).
Grand Jury Award - $500 prize
Best Experimental / A Bit Strange
Best Oregon Filmmaker
Best First-Time Director
Best Student Film (Grades 6-12)
Best Student Film (College)
Will Vinton Award for Best Animated Film - $150 prize
Best Environmental Film (Sponsor: Zero Waste McMinnville) - $100 prize
Shawash Ilihi Award - presented in partnership with The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Short films in any genre, maximum 20 minutes in length.
Submission to the 2022 McMinnville Short Film Festival constitutes an agreement with all festival terms and conditions, and permission to exhibit the work during the festival if selected. Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to submit the work to MSFF, that all statements made in this application are true and accurate, and that all necessary rights and clearances have been secured to exhibit the work at the festival.
MSFF DOES NOT provide screening fees or honorariums for submitted work — or for any film screening as part of the festival’s juried competition.
MSFF may deny acceptance of any film at its sole discretion. ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway.
Entrants will be notified of their submission’s selection status on or about November 15, 2021. Accepted films are required to deliver a 1080P MP4 file. Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.
Any costs necessary to deliver the exhibition file to MSFF in the required format, or for any necessary subtitling, is the sole responsibility of the entrant.
All accepted films grant MSFF and their designated agents’ permission to utilize clips, trailers, and images from the film for MSFF and McMinnville Short Film Festival promotional content. The entrant agrees to notify MSFF if or when they may lose ownership of the clips, trailers, and images and no longer be able to grant said permission.
If the submission becomes an "Official Selection" and/or wins a Jury or Audience Award, MSFF requests that this be noted on promotional materials. Festival laurels are available to all Official Selections and Award winners.
Although every possible care will be taken with exhibition material in our possession, MSFF is not responsible for loss or damage. Please do not send originals, special prints or master tapes.