Speechless is an international festival inspired by the art of visual storytelling.
The festival is named for our signature category—Speechless Shorts—though we also receive and show films in a broader range of categories. In addition to film showcases, Speechless hosts a number of guest speakers, special screenings, and events with food and music.
Our cash prizes range from $500 to $1000 depending on the category. All of our award winners (including honorable mentions) also receive trophies or plaques.
Each filmmaker must own the rights to the material being submitted.
Each film must have been completed sometime after January 1, 2017.
The Speechless Film Festival is a juried competition. All entries are evaluated and scored by three to six film professionals, professors, and arts representatives typically from southern Minnesota.
It is the responsibility of the submission contact to communicate any concerns or changes in entry status as it relates to a film's premiere. If we have not received correspondence at the time of our status announcement to filmmakers (Feb 1, 2017) we will assume your film has not been removed from our contests.
All materials in a film's digital press kit or posted publicly at the time of acceptance are viable for the Speechless Film Festival to use in promotional materials.