Begun in 2014, Mountain Shadow Film Society currently has over 520 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 are guaranteed and receive a $500 cash award. In addition, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners are determined by audience voting for corresponding Laurels. All other Finalists receive Laurels designating them as such.
Submission Fee: For the fifth year in a row, and — in keeping with our mission to support independent filmmaking -- there is NO SUBMISSION FEE. However:
IMPORTANT: If selected, all Finalists agree to attend and present their film in person at three identical performances ( September 20th at 7:30 PM, and Sept. 21 at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM, 2019). Each filmmaker’s presentation will include a short introduction, film screening and opportunity for brief Q&A with the audience. Filmmakers can anticipate a viewing audience of 150-250 attendees at each performance. Travel expenses are the responsibility of each Finalist. Overnight accommodations will be provided, if needed. You should not submit your film if you would not be willing and able -- if selected as a Finalist -- to attend the Competition in person. Due to the above requirement, only US-based submissions will be considered.
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, 2018. Films completed earlier than Jan. 1st, 2018 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, 2019
Entry Deadline: July 15, 2019
Notification Date: Aug. 15, 2019
Event Dates: Sept 20, 7:30 PM & Sept. 21, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM.