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.

Overall Rating
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    Muriel Paraboni

    This was by far the best experience we've had throughout our movie career! It was an honor and a real joy to participate in the official selection of a so well organized event, serious, committed and with such a welcoming atmosphere! Thank you very much for the invitation to participate as on-line panelist, talking about experimental cinema and the process of making the film. Thank you for the trust, kindness and constant assistance, for the respect to the films and filmmakers! Hope to participate in future editions, wishing to all Speechless team great success!

    April 2017
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    Paul Gall

    This was the first festival that our short film was accepted to and the first festival I've ever been to. It set the bar very high. Although it's a small and relatively young festival it was so much fun. There are small things here and there that I remember thinking maybe could have been better, but I honestly don't even remember them. I'll probably make this a yearly thing, regardless of whether or not I have a film playing there.

    March 2017
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    Eugene Park

    Fantastic festival! I've screened at Speechless twice, and am always so impressed with their professionalism and the overall spirit of the fest. Will continue to submit here for many years to come.

    March 2017
  • Was honored to have my film screened next to such excellent films. The staff was great and super friendly. I would highly recommend this festival!

    March 2017
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    Luz Emma Canas

    Speechless was my first film festival experience, and I must they set my standards extremely high. Everything from the hospitality to the film selection was exceptional! I left inspired to continue to make more and even better films. I am grateful and honored to have been a part of. I highly recommend submitting to this festival and more importantly attending.

    June 2016