Please understand BEFORE you enter that the films we accept are our top 100 award winners - because of this, we require that one official from crew or cast in attendance the entire time of the festival including the Awards ceremony (3 days) . We also require for you to submit your final film for the festival in DCP FORMAT. Ii you are not willing to do so, please do not enter - there are plenty of online festivals. All award winners are shown in a state of the art theater! Both US and International compete in separate categories with separate Awards. No refunds. we do offer an alternative festival with online quarterly awards only festival that feeds into the annual Show Low Film festival. https://filmfreeway.com/whitemountainsfilmfest. Exception is the Children's film festival portion - does not require attendance.
To be eligible, Projects must be finished after January 1st, 2021. Accepted film must have an official representative at the festival, properly registered during official registration days and times, present during the entire festival to do the Q & A for their film, and attend the awards ceremony in order to be eligible for any awards and to screen! Please keep this in mind - we do not make exceptions! It is only 3 days!

NO FREE WAIVERS

FILMS
Our International festival is held in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona showing films from all over the world. Come be in the cool pines and fresh mountain air. All selected award winning films are shown in 4 of the 8 big screens in the state of the art WME theatre - all in one building, this is why we require a DCP. All of our winners receive a classy award and our CASH awards are given on stage during the ceremony. Enter early as we select our finalist in March, May, Jun, July and finally at deadline. This will give you early notice to make travel and lodging plans. We supplies lots of free food and parties. One free VIP All Access film makers pass to each accepted entry that is attending- Additional passes available at a discount. We treat all film makers equally and like a VIP . Each attending film (or representative if more than 1 film or script) will receive a swag bag and will screen at least 2 times. A free page on our website per film including your trailer at no cost. All of us are a fun group with a great heart and a drive to help film makers further their career and we truly care about your films. Film Makers are informed after each deadline if their film made it. This way you can take care of travel arrangements as well as DCP conversion and upload early. If you do not get an early notification, don't worry, you are still in the running until all films have been judged. Final selections are informed after the announcement date. We invite Press and distributors to attend our festival. All accepted films must be in DCP format - if you are not willing to do so, please do not enter - there are plenty of online festivals that accept other formats. Our film fest is all about you being there to attend great workshops and learn from industry experts and to be mentored for the 3 days. Our FANTASTIC industry workshops are free and optional to accepted film makers with VIP All Access Passes - Entertainment Law, Pitch fest, Is my Movie sellable?, Producer panel, Lighting workshop, Media magic, Think Tanks and more. Check www.showlowfilmfestival.com for details often as we will be adding them. To be eligible, Projects must be finished after January 1st, 2021. Accepted film must have an official representative at the festival, properly registered during official registration days and times, present during the entire festival to do the Q & A for their film, and attend the awards ceremony in order to be eligible for any awards and to screen! Please keep this in mind - we do not make exceptions! It is only 3 days!

SCRIPTS:
Script winners may attend less days, or chose not to attend. However, we highly suggest that you consider coming the entire time to take advantage of the workshops. Awards will not be shipped - We will only mail a certificate as top 100 finalist if you do not attend. Please let us know in advance.

Screenings are Fri, Sat & Sun. We will do our best to not overlap screenings with workshops. Discounted lodging links will be available via www.showlowfilmfestival.com. These are hotels we personally vetted and refer and we do not receive a kick back! This festival has the support of the Arizona Film Commission and the local chambers and cities.

The Owner and Producer of the festival , Martina Webster owner of DarMar Production LLC, has done festivals in California, was a producer on Justin Haywards (Moody Blues) Music video "The Wind of Heaven", Hashtag Blessed the Movie , Turnover and in 2023 Christmas Witch Movie. Her and her husband Daren live in the White Mountains. They partnered up with long time friend Stephany Borders also living in the White Mountains and daughter Dalea Faulkner , both experts in their own fields for event planning and media.

Winners will receive a prestigious award, some will receive other industry sponsored prizes, such as a run in the movie theater, products or CASH.
Categories might be split, deleted or combined according to entries and selections. Check often for any changes in categories, prizes and awards along the way. Cash awards are based on number of competitors within that category as well as sponsorships. Please check often as we are working on the categories after our final deadline .

Best of Fest high scoring - TOP 10 highest scoring
Best of Fest high scoring scripts - TOP 3 highest scoring
Best of Fest high scoring Music Videos - Top 3
Best off Arizona - in numerous categories
Producer's Choice - The Martina Webster Award
Producer's Choice - The Stephany Border Award
Producer's Choice - The Dalea Faulkner Award
Best Short under 10 Minutes
Best Short 10-15 -Minutes
Best Short 16 -25 Minutes
Best Screenplay (Separate competition)- for family/Drama, Horror & Sci Fi/Suspense
Best Documentary short
Best Documentary Featurette/Feature
Best Featurette/Feature
Best Mockumentary/Comedy
Best Suspense (Short-Featurette-Feature)
Best Sci-Fi
Best Horror - (Short-Featurette-Feature)
Best Production Design
Best Hair/Makeup
Best Wardrobe
Best Ensemble
Best Score
Best Director Documentary
Best Director Feature/Featurette
Best Director Short
Best Cinematography - short
Best Cinematography - Documentary
Best Cinematography - Featurette/Feature
Excellence in Producing
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Youth

Eligibility: Please understand BEFORE you enter that the films we show are the top 100 award winners - that means you know if selected that you will be receiving an award, because of this we require one official from the project to attend the entire time of the festival (3days) including the Awards ceremony and all Q & A. Parties and workshops are optional. Scripts attendance is optional - We also require for you to submit your film for the festival in DCP FORMAT ONLY . If you are not prepared to do this, please do not enter! If you do, we would love to have you! NO FREE WAIVERS. Exception is the Children's film festival portion - does not require attendance. Must be works in English, International entries must have English subtitles. Only works completed after January 1, 2021 will be accepted. (exceptions are scripts) We only take digital online submissions via FilmFreeway. FilmFreeway accepts all major video formats in full quality HD for online FilmFreeway judging. After being selected all official selected films into the festival must then submit in DCP format in order to be shown at the state of the art theater. All submitted works will be judged by the Selection committee and festival producers. We reserve the right to determine the eligibility of any project or to combine, delete , change or add categories. Works will be categorized or changed at the sole discretion of the Festival Committee. Filmmaker irrevocably grants Festival the right to use, for promotional purposes, an excerpt from the Film if it is selected for screening at the Festival. We do not show nominations. Accepted film must have a representative at the festival properly registered during festival official registration times, be present during entire festival to do their own Q & A and awards ceremony in order to be eligible for any awards or Screening. Representative must be someone on your film that has knowledge of the film. Any other representative, such as a company that reps films, must be approved and accepted by the festival. No more than 5 films per rep company. A film maker may only rep 2 films. You may not ask another film to rep yours, unless they are in the official credits of that film. Custom forms must be filled out completely.

Feature: 60 to 120 minutes
Featurette: 26 to 59 Minutes
Short: 25 minutes or less
International: Must have English subtitles if not in English. All films must be produced overseas.

Judging committee has the right to change the category of an entry, if it is in the best interest of the film maker. All entries must be paid for in order to be judged or accepted. All decisions are final - no Refunds - Reminder - after you are selected - you must submit your film as a DCP. Please check them out in advance. Judges overall average score and their personal selections for each award is taken in consideration. Best of Festival Top 10 will not score within a category. It is the highest honor of the festival.

Submitter and affiliates if accepted into the festival, are responsible for the transport costs and housing. Arizona White Mountains Film festival, Show Low Film Festival, white Mountain Film Fest and it’s directors and staff cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage. By submitting to the Festival you warrant, as sole and exclusive owner/s of all legal right and title that you have absolute authority to submit to the Festival. You indemnify and hold the Festivals and all it’s affiliates harmless, including WME theatres, event locations, all judges, sponsors and staff against all claims, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses including legal fees, based on films/videos submitted to the Film Festival. You hereby grant the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes for the festival as well as the full film at the theater during the festival. Judges will keep content, form technical aspects and sound in mind. By digitally signing the entry form, each participant accepts, without reservation, the terms of the regulations as stated in this document.

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  • We are so humbled by the board and judges who nominated us in three categories - WINNER of Best in Score/Music, Best Educational Short, Best Cinematography (short). What a delightful experience - see you next year !

    November 2022
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    Response from festival:

    We were delighted to have this wonderful Children's video!

  • Relationship Killers

    Incredible Film Festival. Lovely people and great film community. This is one to try and attend every year!

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    So very grateful for this nice review!

  • Rachel Delovino

    Filmmakers… THIS is the festival you want to go to! Nestled in the mountains (yes, Arizona has mountains!) amongst some of the most hospitable people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet, runs the Show Low Film Festival complete with themed parties (hello networking opportunities,) mentoring workshops (really wonderful to hear everyone’s process in their areas of expertise along with nuggets of information I will take and use in my own future films) and an awards ceremony that is sure to delight and surprise you. What these festival creators have done for filmmakers is a real treat. The awards are actually heavy, good quality awards, too—something you will be proud to place on a shelf and say “I won that!”

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    We are so very thrilled and honored with this review. Thank you

  • Roger Paradiso

    Very nice festival and people. A destination for your filmmakers to a film retreat in the mountains.

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind remarks, truly appreciated

  • M Jason Allen

    One of the very best film festival experiences we've ever had (veterans of more than 100 festivals). Organization, communication before/during/after, events, films, locations, everything. I would highly recommend attending as a filmmaker or as an attendee.

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Jason, hoping to see you again in the future