The OutLive Film Festival: Celebrating the strength of the human spirit and the healing power of the outdoors. Held in the Spring on Thursday May, 25th 2023, the OutLive Film Festival is located in beautiful Spokane, Washington.

Our venue is the Overbluff Cellars Event Center located in the Historic Washington Cracker Factory, which is located in the heart of downtown and is within walking distance of fine restaurants, breweries, and the always beautiful Riverfront Park. Filmmakers will get to experience their productions on the big screen in front of a live audience, followed by a simple Q&A session and award ceremony. Filmmakers are encouraged to participate in Q&A session following the screening to further engage and connect with the audience.

All films selected will be screened during the festival. Our festival seeks out an eclectic mix of narrative, documentary, and short films. We seek all genres of film that adhere in some or all parts to our festival theme: “Healing trauma by setting goals that involve outdoor activity and human connection.”

OutLive is a juried film festival concluding with both juror and audience award presentations.

Audience Awards:
Audience Award - Best Short
Audience Award - Best Mid-Length

Juried Awards (subject to Judges’ discretion):
Best Narrative
Best Documentary

OutLive reserves the right to offer additional awards that recognize significant achievement in filmmaking.

OutLive accepts narrative and documentary short (under 10 minutes) and mid length (under 20 minutes) films from around the world. Films are judged on overall acceptance and weighted by how closely they fit the theme of people overcoming trauma by setting goals that get them active outdoors and connected with other people.

Our ideal film is raw, honest and thought-provoking. The subject(s) face an obstacle with courage and a goal. Nature is a living part of the story, not just a backdrop. The film leaves audience members inspired to view their lives and their world through a fresh lens.

Film Categories: Documentary, Narrative
Film Lengths: Short (under 10 minutes); mid-length (under 20 minutes)

Submission Format: Submit preview copies as a secure online screener, via FilmFreeway. The OutLive Film Festival only accepts online screeners.

Presentation Format: We will exhibit accepted and collected works on Blu-Ray, or via a digital format for presentation.

Notification: The Festival will notify, by email, all submissions on or before May 2nd whether or not their film has been selected to be screened.

Please note: If your work is accepted for OutLive, we prefer electronic press kits -- upon notification of your film being accepted to be screened, OutLive will also reach out and request promotional materials to help in advertising the screening, as well as instructions on getting your film to us for screening. Accepted films will receive two passes to the screening event on Thursday May, 25th 2023.

By submitting your film, you agree that have secured all necessary broadcast rights for both picture and sound and The OutLive Film Festival is granted non-exclusive license to screen work(s) at the festival and possible future screenings at other venues and time-constrained online screening, as well as for promotional, archival and other non-commercial uses. All filmmakers retain copyright of their works.

Overall Rating
  • Thaller Louise

    Fantastic communication from the festival crew throughout the entire process! Congratulations on this first edition!

    June 2023