Rising Tide Film Festival is an annual student-run film festival that looks to showcase the unique talents of student filmmakers within the United States. In order to submit to RTFF, you must be a student at a registered United States University or College.

Best Picture (by genre)
Best Performance by an Actor
Best Performance by an Actress
Achievement in Cinematography
Achievement in Production Design
Achievement in Editing
Achievement in Sound Design
Best Direction
Best Original Score
Audience Choice


I. Certification of Film Entrant 
II. Film Submissions 

I. Certification of Film Entrant:
I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows:
1. I have read, understand and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission
Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements.
2. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;
3. This production (narrative short or documentary, or other media) is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;
4. I am duly authorized to submit this production to the competition;
5. I hold The Rising Tide Film Festival (RTFF) harmless from any damage to the print(s) or tape(s) or media en route or otherwise during the course of the festivals possession of the film;
6. I hold the Rising Tide Film Festival (RTFF), its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.
7. I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the production.
8. I give permission for the RTFF to use excerpts of up to three minutes of the production for promotional purposes, unless otherwise noted in attached writing and submitted with entry.
9. I give permission for the RTFF to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the production for promotional purposes.
10. I give permission for the RTFF to screen the production at the RTFF event.
11. Submitter must own all copyrights; (If requested) must be able to provide model/actor release verification if requested; must be able to provide music, product and other copyright licensing verification if requested. Submitter/Producer agrees to take on all copyright liability in regard to submitted film.
12. I give my permission for the RTFF to share my film and contact information with RTFF festival partners unless I specify otherwise note.
13. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into RTFF festival or other RTFF events.

1. SUBMISSION FORMAT: All Festival submissions should be submitted through FilmFreeway as an online screener.
2. SUBMISSION LENGTH AND GENRE: The RTFF is open genre; meaning we accept all forms and genres that would be deemed within a G, PG, PG-13, R, or NC-17 rating by RTFF staff. We do not accept pornographic entertainment.
3. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. 
4. MULTIPLE ENTRIES are allowed.
5. PRODUCER / FILMMAKER / COPYRIGHTS: submitter (filmmaker or producer) will be referred to as producer or submitter. Producer must own all copyrights; must be able to provide model/actor release verification if requested; must be able to provide music, product and other copyright licensing verification if requested. Producer agrees to take on all copyright liability in regard to submitted film.
6. SUBMISSION DEADLINES: Entrants are expected to enter by the deadline with assets (including screening copy and fees) to be received within 5 business days following the deadline.
7. ENTRY FEES: View the "Call for Entries"; to note fees and deadlines. Entry fees are non-refundable. If your entry fee is not received with or prior to your submission, your entry may be deemed disqualified at the discretion of the RTFF.
8. ORIGINATING FORMAT: Film, digital and new media originating formats are accepted for
9. PRESENTATION FORMAT: If accepted into the RTFF, producers must be able to provide a file for digital presentation. Other formats may be permitted. 
10. DATE OF COMPLETION: Production of submitted film, must have been completed while attending a United States University/College. 
11. PREMIERE/DISTRIBUTION STATUS: We accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere; submissions may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, video, cable, pay-per-view, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Decisions made at RTFF discretion. 
12. LOSS OR DAMAGE: Every precaution will be taken to prevent or loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival. However, Producer agrees to release the RTFF from responsibility should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the RTFF.
13. ROUGH CUTS AND INCOMPLETE PROJECTS: Always try to send the best representation of your project. Rough cuts can be entered in contest, but if selected, final cuts must be submitted one week following the notification date. Please note: submissions will be judged as is. Therefore, Final Cut submissions are encouraged.
14. RTFF MARKETING: By submitting producer is consenting for use and copying of accepted projects for the purpose of promoting the Rising Tide Film Festival and future festivals. Producer is giving RTFF permission to use up to three minutes of submission to promote the festival. 
15a. RTFF EXHIBITION AND SCREENING: By submitting to the festival, if chosen as an official selection, Producer is hereby granting permission for the RTFF to exhibit Producer's submission in the festival event.
15b. RTFF EXHIBITION AND SCREENING: By submitting, Producer acknowledges that the
number of films the festival selects and exhibits may vary from year-to-year based on, but not limited to, total number of entries, quality of entries, final sponsorship revenue, and venue availability. Decisions are final and at the discretion of the RTFF.
15c. RTFF EXHIBITION AND SCREENING: Producer further understands that there is no monetary compensation for entering, exhibiting or being chosen as an official selection to the festival.
15d. RTFF EXHIBITION AND SCREENING: 2022 AMENDMENT - Due to COVID-19, entries may be taken home with selected programmers for review. This is done to maintain social distancing and safety of the RTFF directors and committee members. By submitting your project, you grant permission for these actions are occur. Unless, otherwise specified in your submission.
16. SCREENERS AND JURY: All screening, selection, and jury decisions are final. Our panel of jurors and our screening committee use a consistent rating system on entries and official selections. However, as with all festivals, there is limited programming availability. By entering the RTFF and any of its contests, Producers are verifying that you understand entry does not guarantee a screening. Decisions are final and at the discretion of the RTFF.
17. OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: If chosen as an official selection, the RTFF will request
acknowledgment of your acceptance and additional materials. If any of the requested materials are not received by the festival in the time allotted, it is at the discretion of the festival to keep or remove the project as an Official Selection.
18. QUALIFIERS: Entrants must adhere to the category requirements as outlined on the website.

For Complete and Current Rules, please visit http://www.blackwarriorfilmfest.com as it is the expectation that all entrants adhere to the most recent set of rules and terms as posted on our website.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you so much for the consideration for my film NOMAN! Wasn't able to attend but I definitely will the next time one of my films gets selected by guys. Your communication was the best!

    May 2023
  • Emma Francis

    Thank you so much for selecting my film, The Confession! Although I wasn't able to attend in person, I couldn't have been more satisfied with the constant communication to make me feel included! Thanks again!

    May 2022
  • Sofía Castro

    Thank you for selecting Maids for 2019's edition! Even though I couldn't attend the festival, communication couldn't have been better. All the best for future editions.

    July 2019