The Moorpark Film Festival is a 3 day festival that screens independent features and shorts at the historic High Street Arts Center located in downtown Moorpark, CA on August 21 - 23, 2020.

To view last years program and watch film trailers visit https://www.moorparkfilmfestival.com/program

Located within 30 miles of Hollywood, Moorpark has a long history of filmmaking serving as shooting locations for films like "Chinatown", "Magic Camp" and "Some Kind of Nut".

The Moorpark Film Festival is committed to promoting and continuing education in both the cinematic and performing arts while raising awareness about international fundraising efforts. The festival is organized by the nonprofit Moorpark Morning Rotary Club and is hosted by the nonprofit High Street Arts Center. In 2020 the festival will serve as a fundraiser to support research towards Childhood Diabetes and other local charities.

Moorpark Film Festival films are screened in a theatrical setting. We strive to promote the theatrical viewing experience, especially to our youth, which is why we have included a student shorts in our program. The Jury panel will be made up of motion picture industry professionals with years of filmmaking experience. Their knowledge will be crucial to helping filmmakers grow and hone in their skills. In each category with the exception of the student categories there will be a jury award and an audience choice award. High value camera rental credits at Shadowcast Pictures and other prizes will be awarded.

$20,000 credit towards equipment rentals at Shadowcast Pictures, LLC for the winner of the feature narrative Jury Award.
$3,000 credit towards equipment rentals at Shadowcast Pictures, LLC for the Jury Award Winner of the following categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Music Video.
$100 cash award for each Jury Award Winner for Student Short K-5, Student Short 6-8 and Student Short 9-12.
All winners of both Jury Awards and Audience Choice Awards will receive a trophy.
$100 cash award in each category for the Audience Choice Award winners.

Films must have been completed after July 5th, 2018.

Films may have screened in other festivals but we do not accept films with past theatrical distribution or that have been broadcast (televised) anywhere in the U.S. before August 21st, 2020.

Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway online screener.

No Fee Waivers are available.

Entry fees are non refundable.

No commercials.

We do consider works in progress but your film needs to be close to completion and if selected it must be completed before July 20th, 2019.

Do not send a press kit until your film has been selected.

All non-English language films must have legible English subtitles.

All multiple submissions must have separate forms and appropriate fees.

The selection committee's decisions are final.

If your film is selected, your screening print must arrive by August 9, 2019 and must be submitted as NTSC High-Definition (720p minimum) .MOV (H.264 or Apple ProRes), .MPG, .MP4 video files on a Data-DVD/Blu-Ray, a USB flash-drive or downloadable through a supplied link (YouTube, Vimeo, Hightail, Dropbox, Googledrive, etc.) – Playable-DVDs are NOT acceptable.

All films MUST use a Stereo audio format/mix – no 3.1, 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound mixes allowed.

If your film is selected, you must provide two high-resolution screen shots or a poster and a secure online link for press by April 25, 2019. You will also be asked to provide press materials and a trailer for the website.

All filmmakers under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian submit on their behalf.

Filmmakers must be authorized to submit their films to the 2020 Moorpark Film Festival (MFF) and are responsible for the accuracy of all information provided on the application form.

The Moorpark Film Festival may use images, sounds and excerpts from the films for promotional purposes in all media including the MFF website and may present accepted films at the 2020 MFF.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive we are unable to contact each applicant individually if we do not receive his or her film. It is your responsibility to ensure that your package arrives at our office before the deadline you have selected.

You must clear all copyrighted materials included in your film before you can publicly screen it. However, MFF does not check to ensure that you have obtained clearance for these materials at any point during the application process, nor will we be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holders of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright.

You indicate that you have read and understand the MFF entry guidelines and rules and regulations and that you agree to the MFF Terms and Conditions. Furthermore, you indicate that you shall indemnify and hold harmless the MFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

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  • The start of something special! Loved this festival. Had several friends attend screenings and all were highly complimentary of the overall experience. Keep up the good work.

    September 2019
  • Such an amazing festival. Can’t wait to see how it grows!

    September 2019
  • Suzanne DeLaurentiis

    Lovely Festival, the city of Moorpark is just a great place for a festival and the Theater was really a joy!!

    September 2019
  • Rathin Rao

    The level of commitment towards Indie filmmaking in its Inaugural year is top notch. It was a fantastic experience.

    August 2019