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 parties.

Our cash prizes for Best of Fest range from $0 to $500 depending on the category. All of our award winners (including award of merit winners) also receive certificates.

Each filmmaker must own the rights to the material being submitted.

Each film must have been completed sometime after January 1, 2019.

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 (Jan 17, 2020) 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
  • David Groom

    I wasn't able to attend Speechless FF but there was good communication from the festival team and it looked to be a great niche film festival. We were very honoured to be selected and would happily submit again in the future!

    May 2018
  • Thomas C. Johnson

    Organized, professional, and fun. An excellent film festival.

    May 2018
  • What a great small-town festival! Kurt, Amanda, and the rest of the festival team were all so welcoming, and the programing was top notch for a festival of this size. The quality of this fest can not be spoken of enough, the overall design this year was great, the food was terrific, and the films were high quality. I love this festival, and hope to return again soon.

    May 2018
  • Luciano Blotta

    This festival is a quite a jewel in the festival circuit. It has the high quality films and infrastructure of a bigger festival yet the attention to detail and personal attention of a smaller one. The human element is key and one of the joys of attending, the whole staff is lovely and dedicated, which shows everywhere, from the love and care put into the printed programs to the panels and events they organize. And their angle is so unique and relevant, you can't miss this festival. Love, all around.

    April 2018
  • 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