This fall, the Ridgway Creative District and the Ridgway Chautauqua Society at the Sherbino will once again be showcasing the work and creativity of regional (and global!) independent filmmakers. We are calling to filmmakers to enter short films for a free public showing on Friday, Nov. 6th, & Saturday, November 7th, 2020, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM each night, at the historic Sherbino in Ridgway, Colorado.
We are asking filmmakers to submit creative, high-quality films that run no more than 20 minutes, and that demonstrate engaging storytelling and strong filmmaking skills. All genres will be accepted.
Ridgway is a small, rural town on Colorado's Western Slope, located in a beautiful valley beneath the San Juan Mountains. The Ridgway Creative District has been a Colorado-certified creative district since 2013. Ridgway Chautauqua at the Sherbino is a 105-year old theater, run by the non-profit Ridgway Chautauqua Society. The Sherbino is known locally as "Ridgway's Living Room".
Four films will receive recognition in these categories:
People’s Choice (one each night)
Best Amateur Filmmaker
Best Professional Filmmaker
As stated above, filmmakers are asked to submit creative, high-quality films that run no more than 20 minutes. Filmmakers should follow the guidelines below for their submissions:
1) We ask that submissions demonstrate engaging storytelling, high entertainment value, as well as strong filmmaking skills, including editing and sound design.
2) Films must have a total run time of no longer than 20 minutes.
3) We will accept all work that celebrates the art of the motion picture and all genres of films for submission.
Films will be juried for selection to be shown at the two-night event. If at all possible, selected filmmakers should be prepared to give a 5-minute presentation about the inspiration for their film and/or anecdotes about the making of the film (which can be done in person or remotely). The more filmmakers that attend, the better the opportunities to network with each other!
Films must be submitted by Friday, September 25th, 2020, at 5:00 PM. Please submit entries at the festival page on the FilmFreeway website. If an applicant cannot submit their entry online for some reason, they should contact John Clark or Diedra Silbert (info below). We prefer that entries be submitted via our online festival page, but exceptions can made if necessary.