11 years ago an artist and a filmmaker bought a run down acreage in the Canadian wilderness and began building Skullback Studios, a retreat for artists and filmmakers to celebrate and create.
Skullback Film Festival (SFF) celebrates independent cinema year round and at our main event taking place each Summer that highlights talent at a unique site in the Canadian Wilderness.
Skullback offers a retreat where artists meet in nature. Filmmakers and attendees can watch films under the stars, network and “get their skull back” The Festival has held outdoor screenings, campfire parties, and hosts filmmakers, and industry professionals in a relaxing, rustic environment like no other.
Best of Festival Award
Emerging (student) Award
1.Submissions may be made through FilmFreeway.com
2.All genres are welcome! International films must be either be in English or have English sub-titles.
3.Films must be available for screening during the festival.
4.By submitting a film to SFF, you agree to allow highlights or excerpts of your film (e.g. a trailer) to be placed on the SFF website and used for other marketing and promotional purposes. You also agree to allow SFF to promote the future year's festivals by using your film, in whole or part, in promotional "Best of" screenings. SFF will never solicit or screen your film outside the promotion of the SFF.
5.You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry requires its own entry fee.
6. SFF is digital only and does not accept DVDs for submission copies. *film prints may be accepted for screening on a case by case, but a digital copy is required at submission.
7. If you must submit any physical materials, send to Skullback Film Festival, Waldheim, Saskatchewan, PO Box 579, S0K 4R0. Note physical materials will not be returned.
8. Vimeo/You Tube/DropBox links are accepted as submission copies and DropBox /Vimeo downloads are accepted as exhibition copies. Provide password (if applicable). Send link via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with SKULLBACK FILM FESTIVAL in subject line.
9.The selected works will be exhibited in digital format. Exhibition submissions should be Quicktime (.mov) files in H.264 codec or secure Vimeo downloads. *DCP screening may be available on case by case only.
10.Exhibition copies will not be returned unless explicitly requested with a pre-paid mailer included. SFF is not responsible for lost or damaged drives or film prints.
11.The entry fee is non-refundable and constitutes agreement with SFF terms and conditions.
12.Filmmaker must have obtained all clearances for exhibition and must certify that the work is original and no disputes regarding ownership exist on the film. SFF is not liable for any infringement of copyright, and is granted rights to exhibit the film as part of the SFF program.
13. All entries must be postmarked by deadline date.
14. SFF does not offer paid transportation or screening fees. *Lodging may available to attending filmmakers willing to do a talk on a first come, first serve basis and is assessed case by case.
15.Awards will be presented and announced after the festival concludes.
Terms & conditions: By entering the Skullback Film Festival, entrants release, and hold the promoter and host and other contest entities harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and action of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the Skullback Film Festival. The Skullback Film Festival is neither responsible nor liable for any claim involving copyright, trademark or royalty infringements related to any film entered or exhibited at the festival. The applicants are responsible for their own insurance and are not covered by the festival's insurance. Filmmaker certifies and agrees with these terms upon completion of entry application.
Screenplay Competition (COMING IN 2020)
You must be 18 or older to apply.
- Your script must be in English. All genres are accepted.
- We accept screenplays and pilots.
- Your script must be in PDF format.
- This is an international Fellowship, we do accept scripts from around the world.
- All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
-We recommend you register your script with the WGA or the US Copyright Office.
-We do accept writing teams. If a team wins the Fellowship, one (1) prize is awarded.
-Your script cannot be under an option when submitting.
-Once script is submitted, NO revisions or replacements are allowed.
-You may submit more than one entry, but they must be submitted separately with their own application and fee.
-If your script becomes optioned, sold or produced during the timeframe of the festival and mentorship, your entry will be disqualified.
-Adaptations are eligible if the work is in public domain or writer has the rights to it.
-All entries are non-refundable.
-Any candidate who does not meet this criteria will be disqualified