FOR ADDITIONAL NEWS OF THE 8TH ANNUAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION, GO TO THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE!
Begun in 2014, Mountain Shadow Film Society currently has hundreds of active members. Our goal is to bring the best in foreign and independent filmmaking to Walnut Creek (EastBay/San Francisco). We screen films otherwise unavailable in local commercial theaters. This includes award-winning short films along with feature films, periodic live presentations by the filmmakers themselves, and opportunities to engage other film enthusiasts.
Our Annual Short Film Competition has become an exciting addition to our program, presented each September to Society members, their guests and the general public. The final program includes 8-12 Finalists, with a total running time of approximately 90-100 minutes in the program.
ALL selected Finalists will receive the same $150 cash award! Audience balloting will determine Laurels for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place, with remaining Finalists receiving Finalist Laurels.
Finalist agree to present their film in person at 3 screenings at our Walnut Creek theater venue (Friday evening, Sept 16th, and Saturday afternoon and evening, Sept. 17th)
While pandemic restrictions required a virtual event last September, it is our strong expectation we will be able to return to a weekend of live events September 16-17. If the in-person event has to be canceled, finalists will NOT be required to present their films in person. As a result, all finalists will instead allow their film to be screened online with a secure link.
1) License release: Entrant to grant Mountain Shadow public performance rights to their film, to be included on the secure video link, free of charge. (The secure video link will be disabled after the shows.) Applicant further declares their work has taken care of all necessary permission use of any copyrighted material (e.g. music) used in their film. There are also other events for the Finalists to enjoy, including a Reception prior to the screenings, a Saturday brunch and Saturday night After Party.
2) If live shows are cancelled, and replaced by virtual screenings, Finalists will provide a brief two minute video introduction of themselves and their film, to be included in the compiled online show
3) If live shows are cancelled, and replaced by virtual screenings, Finalists agree to participate in a 30 minutes Q&A discussion with the audience members, via is a ZOOM link following each of the two online screenings
Submission Fee: For the seventh year in a row, and — in keeping with our mission to support independent filmmaking -- there is NO SUBMISSION FEE. However:
Submissions: Short Films (running time: 1 Minute – 25 Minutes)
Categories: Animated, Live-action/ Narrative, or Documentary
How recent? The film should not have been completed any earlier than January 1, 2020. Films completed earlier than Jan. 1st, 2020 will not be considered.
Prior release restrictions: The film should not have been broadly screened in any commercial venue or public media (local PBS, for example): Prior festival screenings OK.
License release: Applicant grants Mountain Shadow public performance rights for its two shows, free of charge. Applicant further declares their work has taken care of all necessary permission use of any copyrighted material (e.g. music) used in their film.
Finalists will be selected by a Jury comprised of Mountain Shadow Film Society members and professional filmmakers (non-contestants).
All submissions selected as a Finalist will be notified by Aug. 15, 2022.
Entry Deadline: June 30, 2022
Event Dates: Sept. 16, 7:30 PM & Sept. 17, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM.