The mission of Middle Coast Film Festival is to celebrate makin' movies!

The Middle Coast Film Festival screens films in competition five categories: Narrative Feature and Shorts, Documentary Feature and Shorts, Episodic, and Web Series.

Films 49 minutes or less are considered short films; 50 minutes or longer are considered feature films.

Submissions are accepted in only one of the categories.

To be eligible for consideration:
1. Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations in order to be considered eligible for the 2018 Middle Coast Film Festival.
2. Films completed prior to 12/31/2016 are not eligible for competition entry.
3. Films with prior distribution and/or that have been exhibited publicly for profit in the central Indiana region are not eligible for submission for competition with the Middle Coast Film Festival.
4. Feature-length films with ongoing (or infinite-run) online distribution or availability (via iTunes, etc.) are not eligible for competition entry. Films with finite or limited availability (i.e. an online only film festival) or via independent distribution (i.e. filmmaker’s own website) remain competition eligible.
5. Non-English language films must be subtitled in English to be eligible for entry.
6. Films that require a screening fee for exhibition are eligible for submission, but not eligible for category or Grand Jury prize consideration.
7. Films must be available for screening at the Middle Coast Film Festival 09/22/18 through 10/22/19; an exhibition copy and Region-free NTSC DVD back-up copy must be in possession of the Middle Coast Film Festival this entire time.



1. Accepted films will be notified via email at the address included in the FilmFreeway submission form.
a. Please add the email address email to an accepted senders list to ensure receipt of festival emails, our primary mode of communication.
2. Filmmakers (or primary contact) will be required to submit a consent form ensuring an absence of any legal or rights issues, and indemnifying the Middle Coast Film Fest of any liabilities that may arise out of screening with the festival.
3. Consent form contractually confirms the film for screening at the Middle Coast Film Fest.
4. Upon acceptance, filmmakers (or primary film contact) will provide the following by the dates specified by festival organizers:
a. An exhibition copy in one of the following formats (*Should any issues arise regarding the availability of the intended exhibition copy, films will be screened as scheduled from a format left to the discretion of festival organizers, most likely the DVD submission copy.):
i. DVD
ii. Blu-ray
iii. HDCam
iv. (For Short Films Only) QuickTime 1080p HD 8 bit uncompressed or Apple ProRes file (or equivalent)
iiv. DCP
b. Three (3) additional screening copies or a password protected digital copy, through an external URL- Vimeo, personal website, etc,.of the completed film, for jurying purposes.
c. One DVD/Blu-ray copy of the final, completed film for archiving in the Middle Coast Film Fest program library.
d. Press Materials as itemized in the Filmmaker Info & Consent Form.
5. Filmmakers are responsible for shipping costs associated with delivering all materials to the MCFF. The MCFF may assume the cost of return shipping HDCam tapes following the run of the festival, should arrangements be made to do so.
6. The Middle Coast Film Festival reserves the right to rescind acceptance of any film should eligibility status change.
Thank you for your interest in submitting your film with the Middle Coast Film Festival! Should you have any questions regarding this process or your film’s eligibility, please email

Overall Rating
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    Thomas DeCarlo

    Met so many great filmmakers and saw so many great films!

    August 2017
  • I love telling my filmmaker friends about this film fest. It's just such a COOL festival. First of all, they've got a great looking website, so you already know that quality is something they care about and their team definitely works hard to leave no stone unturned. Their communication is excellent. They send out very detailed emails with information on deadlines, contact info, transportation, and accommodations (they even offer filmmakers a complimentary hotel room for one night) so you're never left in the dark. If you still have questions, they're so great about making themselves available to you. The festival itself is SO MUCH FUN! I've only gone once and sadly I missed out on this year's festival, but the town is super cute and the community is awesome and heavily involved. I've met some talented people who I'm still in touch with thanks to the fun parties they throw over there! Definitely submit if you're looking for a fest that cares about its filmmakers and films.

    August 2017
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    Alex Meredith

    A wonderful festival. The festival director Jess Levandoski is kind and inclusive and sets the standard for what is a very well-run and enjoyable festival. Bloomington is easy to navigate and both venues had a very high quality screen and sound for film screenings. I hope to be accepted for future films and look forward to Middle Coast's expansion to Chicago which should also provide for greater attendance and a wider audience. I recommend this film festival to all filmmakers.

    August 2017
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    Robert Bruce Carter

    This was one of the best festival experiences I've ever had. The staff was so friendly and organized, they communicated clearly, and they made sure that all attending filmmakers had a great time. Plus, the programming was excellent and I saw some really inspiring and hilarious films. I will definitely submit again next year.

    August 2017
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    Rebekah Nelson

    An absolute joy to attend this festival!

    Very organized, friendly & accommodating staff. Bloomington is a great town with great venues for the screenings. The quality of content that was screened was well worth the trip. Highly recommend and will be submitting again in the future. Thanks again!

    August 2017