As storytellers, we’re often flying from place to place, moving from edit to edit, and we rarely get time to really step back and celebrate the work that makes an impact OR changes us.

More than that, 2020 has taken the wind out of the sails for much of our community. Many of us have been challenged with massive roadblocks and had our hope, enthusiasm, and passion dwindle.

But together we can rekindle that fire. We can choose to make 2021 the year we choose to tell the stories we are passionate about and let that passion drive us.

That starts with getting crazy inspired by seeing some remarkable stories and discussing the WHY behind how they were brought to life. It continues with hearing from powerful speakers who will share ideas to help unlock those mental roadblocks and physical barriers that have held us back from telling the stories we love. And it wraps up with an opportunity to put your story idea out into the world, workshop it, make it real, and hopefully make some connections with other community members who will help you bring it to life.

This isn’t an event just for you. It’s also for us. We need this as much as we believe you may.

We’re doing this because together, we are more. Together, we can bring far more stories into the world that need to be told. And together, our collective voice will travel much further.

- Best Documentary (Submission Category)
- Best Narrative (Submission Category)
- Best Brand Film/Commercial (Submission Category)
- Best Non Profit Film (Submission Category)
- Best Story (Selection Category)
- Best Character (Selection Category)
- Celebrating Amplified Voices (Selection Category)

1. The focus of the Muse Film Festival is on storytelling and we're on the hunt for the top stories to share with the community.

2. You may submit up to three films in total, across any categories. If you submit more, we only review the first three.

3. All submissions must be less than 10 minutes in total length. There is no minimum length.

4. You can submit in any of the four categories – documentary, commercial, nonprofit, or narrative.

5. The film you submit does not need to be made with Muse nor do you need to have any familiarity with Muse.

6. There is no cost to submit, to attend, or to present your film if you are chosen as a finalist.

7. You may submit your own film or nominate one made by somebody else. We'll provide the option for you to tell us which you prefer.

The following is an explanation of rules and regulations (“Rules and Regulations”) governing the submission of projects (hereafter referred to as “the Project”) to Muse Storytelling (hereafter referred to as “Institute”) for consideration for the 2020 Muse Film Festival (hereafter referred to as “Festival”).

1. The undersigned represents and warrants to the Institute that: (a) The undersigned is duly authorized, on behalf of the undersigned and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights, licenses or interests (including, without limitation, intellectual property rights or distribution licenses) in or relating to the Project (collectively and separately hereafter called the “Project’s Owners”), to permit the Institute to exhibit this Project in the Festival and to make the promises, representations and warranties set forth herein, (b) exhibition of the Project in the Festival will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity, whether such exhibition is theatrical (live), digital, or any combination thereof; and (c) the Project is not subject to any litigation, arbitration, or other adversarial claim or proceeding, nor is the Project the subject of any threat of litigation, arbitration, or other adverse claim or proceeding.

2. The undersigned further represents and warrants, on behalf of the undersigned and the Project’s Owners, that the exhibition of the Project in the Festival, whether live, digital, or any combination thereof, will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity, and that the Project does not and will not constitute or include any defamation of any person or entity. All license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from or associated with the exhibition of the Project in or in connection with the Festival, have been and will be timely paid in full.

3. In the event that the Project is accepted by the Institute for inclusion in the Festival, the undersigned acknowledges, on behalf of the undersigned and the Project’s Owners, that the Institute’s exhibition or presentation of the Project in the Festival does not and will not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Institute on the one hand and the undersigned and/or the Project’s Owners on the other. The undersigned further acknowledges, on behalf of the undersigned and the Project’s Owners, that neither the undersigned nor any of the Project’s Owners will receive any compensation for such exploitation. The undersigned acknowledges that no obligation of any kind is assumed by, or may be implied against, the Institute or the Festival in the event of, by virtue of, or as a result of the Institute’s selection of the Project for the Festival. The undersigned and the Project’s Owners understand and acknowledge that the selection of the Project for inclusion in the Festival does not and will not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Institute or the Festival of the content of the Project or any opinion expressed therein.

4. The undersigned agrees, on behalf of the undersigned and each of the Project’s Owners, to indemnify and hold harmless the Institute and the Festival, together with each of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisors, agents and representatives , from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and other costs) that may be asserted by any person or entity, or may be incurred by the Institute or the Festival, at any time in connection with the Project or the Institute’s use, handling, consideration or exhibition thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by the undersigned to the Institute or the Festival, including, without limitation, any express or implied representation in these Terms and Conditions.

5. The undersigned warrants and agrees, on behalf of the undersigned and each of the Project’s Owners, that by submitting the Project to the Institute, the Institute and all persons employed by, contracted by, or otherwise directly associated with the Institute are deemed to have been granted the irrevocable right to view and/or download all digital assets associated with the Project, including, but not limited to, any representation of the Project in the form of video files, still images, assets streamed via the Internet, and/or all other assets and information provided by the Applicant on the application.

6. Code of Conduct: Muse Storytelling promotes an environment where bold, creative, and distinctive voices are celebrated. Muse is committed to allowing filmmakers, their teams and Festival attendees to experience the Muse Film Festival free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behavior. The Institute reserves the right to rescind an invitation to participate in the Festival for those who engage in such conduct.

7. By completing the submission application for 2021 Muse Film Festival for consideration, the undersigned, on behalf of the undersigned and all Project Owners, freely and voluntarily gives and expresses full and complete acceptance of all of the terms and provisions set forth in these Terms and Conditions. The parties acknowledge that no oral representations, inducements, promises or assurances of any kind, and no representations, inducements, promises or assurances not set forth in these Terms and Conditions, have been made to the undersigned or the Project’s Owners by the Festival or the Institute.