MicroMania (channel) and MicroMania Film Fest 2021 is are nonprofit projects created to support independent voices in film while celebrating the skill and artistry of films up to 5 minutes long (not including credits).**
MicroMania Film Festival offers year round programming featuring officially selected films via our MicroMania channel (Vimeo) and an annual in person event in July 2021.
Our channel accomplishes helps filmmakers build their audience and find new viewers with 3570,000 views and rising since its launch in March 2020.
Plus, we work with our filmmakers to amplify.
The more you tag us, the more we engage, share, retweet and highlight across our social networks.
**If your film is over 5 minutes due to credits - enter your runtime as 5 min.
SELECTION PROCESS, JUDGES AND SPONSORS
Filmmakers are notified within a month after each of our channel deadlines (Early Fall, Winter, and Spring). Films officially accepted have the opportunity to generate views via our MicroMania channel and advance to our finalist round.
The top 10 highest rated films in each category, notified by June 17 2021, advance to compete for awards, prizes, and other opportunities leading up to during and after our MicroMania Film Fest 2021 event.
View former MicroMania Film Fest 2019 & 2020 officially selected and honorable mention films on the MicroMania channel: vimeo.com/showcase/micromania
We take great care to make sure that our judges reflect all members of a society.
It's the only way to ensure that brilliance isn't passed over because of unconscious prejudice or bias.
Films are screened, evaluated and rated by industry professionals, bloggers, critics, academics, multi-disciplinary artists and film festival programmers.
Our judges are instructed to rate based on impact and production quality. Technical imperfection is not grounds for inclusion as long as it doesn't distract from overall impact.
All officially selected films receive a laurel and have the opportunity to screen on our MicroMania Vimeo channel. Officially selected films compete for finalist status. Finalist notification by June 17, 2021. Channel selection does not guarantee 2021 event inclusion.
we are currently assembling our judging panel.
Carl Lee (Professor of Media Studies)
Nick Bigtower (Bigtower Pictures)
Killer Horror Critic
MJ Micheaux Film Club
Christa Avampato (blogger - Curating a Creative Life)
Black Girls Film Club
Tweed (Artistic Director Native Spirit Film Festival)
Richard Smith (Unexplained Podcast)
Kazuya Ashizawa (Filmmaker, MMFF 2019 Best Micro-Documentary winner)
Nick Brannigan (Real World Films)
MiMi Q. Atkins (Mystic Road Films)
Tilke Hill (Actor, Producer/Director and Festival Director - Buffalo International Film Festival 2017-2019)
Joanna White-Oldham (Writer/Director/Owner JWO Media)
Aaron Leventman (Actor, Playwright, Instructor)
Ed Cardoni (Director, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center)
John Massier (Curator, Director, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center))
Neil Weschler(Playwright/ Filmmaker/ Mixed Media Artist)
Tweed (Native Spirit Film Festival)
Money isn't everything. MicroMania takes care to only select sponsors and partners with a track record of inclusion and a sensitivity to undue financial barriers that impede diverse perspectives.
2020 Sponsors: The New Hotness Media Institute, IndieVice, FREE AGENT, Argle Bargle: The Game Where you Insult Your Friends and collaborative partners such as Black Girl Film Club, CaraMax Studio, Mystic Road Films and Alycia Ripley.
MicroMania is dedicated inspiring micro-short fandom and new creators.
We work non-profit organizations to provide donation-based encore presentations of festival films.
MicroMania Film Fest 2021 Finalists compete for the following titles and a minimum of $50 USD cash award.
Best Micro-Short Film 2021
Best Micro-Short Film 2021
Best Micro-Film Trailer 2021 (not eligible for MicroMana channel inclusion)
Best Micro-Drama 2021
Best Micro-Comedy 2021
Best Micro-Horror 2021
Best Micro-Animation 2021
Best Micro - Trailers and Music Videos
Rules & Terms
MicroMania Film Festival is open to micro-short content up to 5min long (before credits) from all countries.
All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. We also ask that English language films include a caption file so that everyone can enjoy your film.
The use of copyright protected music unless you can produce written permission or proof of a usage agreement. We will ask.
Obviously branded props or costuming is not allowed. This is a legal liability for you and the festival. We are happy to give entrants the opportunity to swap out music or cover logos if time permits.
No pornography and NO HATE.
MicroMania Film Festival reserves the right to remove any category for which a minimum of 8 films have not been selected due to low submissions or low acceptance. Accepted films within a category that has been eliminated will be shifted to 'Micro-Freestyle' or the closest thematic category related to the content.
We're happy to furnish a detailed accounting before or after the event, upon request.
Accepted filmmakers are expected to respond fully to requests for assets (film files, still images, descriptive text and contact information) in a timely fashion. Assets must be delivered by method requested however, we will work with you if you have accessibility issues.
While we understand that life happens and are happy to follow up.
Lack of responsiveness after 2 attempts will result in disqualification.
Entry fees pay for operational costs (website, marketing, venue, promotional costs), filmmaker cash awards and stipends for filmmaker panelists (if a surplus remains).
Entry fees are non-refundable and required for each distinct category submission.
One fee per entry. If a film is duplicated in more than one category, and is accepted, the duplicate will be disqualified.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All entrants agree with the terms and conditions below to be featured as 'Officially Selected' and to qualify as a finalist/winner.
Delivery of 'Officially Selected' films will be accepted by digital means only via WeTransfer or DropBox only.
All films must be delivered in HD with credits to specifications requested in acceptance email notification. Filmmakers will also be required to send promotional stills and may be asked for descriptive text in aid of our promotional efforts.
Accepted filmmakers must ad festival email to safe list and respond in a timely manner, where possible. We understand that times are crazy and that we have no idea what anyone is facing at any given moment. We will do our best to work with you.
MicroMania Film Festival reserves the right to remove an accepted film from its programming schedule due to low resolution, poor quality or lack of timely response on the part of accepted filmmakers.
MicroMania Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize still images and submission descriptions, provided by accepted filmmakers for exhibition on the MicroMania channel (opt-in) during MicroMania Film Fest 2021 (mandatory) l and for promotional purposes leading up to the event (mandatory) and any encore events (opt-in).
Filmmakers that opt in to MicroMania Channel inclusion - grant the right for MicroMania Film Fest to stream their films until a request for removal has been sent and acknowledged by MicroMania. We honor your requests and do our best to comply as quickly as possible.
The filmmaker holds the MicroMania Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.
Category award winners will be notified by August 15st, 2021 where available (see above)
Winners must respond by August 31th 2021 to claim award. We will work with awardees to deliver their prize but prefer digital delivery via Paypal, Venmo, TrasferWise or Western Union.