The aim of the Storytellers Cinema is to present the science of archaeology and Indigenous history to the general public through films made by professional and avocational archaeologists and Indigenous people, assuring the promotion and the spreading of these films. The Cinema offers a broad range and varied program featuring films of differing lengths focusing on different periods and themes, but all with one thing in common: to discover and preserve our shared heritage.

Each film selected for award will receive a $500 prize, a certificate of award and continued promotion on the Storytellers Cinema website (

Jury Awards include:
- Best Archaeology Narrative
- Best Indigenous Narrative
- Best Archaeology Documentary
- Best Indigenous Documentary
- Best Archaeology Short
- Best Indigenous Short
- Best Heritage Preservation Inspiration
- People Choice Award

All awards are NOT guaranteed to be presented, depending on the number and quality of entrants.

Film Submission Guidelines:
1. Projects should be recent and not older than 4 years since production.
2 Projects may originate from anywhere in the world.
3. No premiere requirement.
4. Projects may have distribution.
5. Storytellers Cinema is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Cinema for promotional purposes.
6. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
7. The submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless Storytellers Cinema from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
8. Storytellers Cinema DOES NOT provide screening fees or honorariums for submitted work — or for any film screening as part of the Cinema’s juried competition.
9. Digital film copies must be provided for submissions to be reviewed by the programming committee.
10. If accepted, the entrant agrees to provide an exhibition file in DVD format by September 1, 2022. All films must be in English or with English subtitling. Any costs necessary to deliver the exhibition file in the required format, or for any necessary subtitling, are the sole responsibility of the entrant.
11. If the submission becomes an "Official Selection" or wins an Award, Storytellers Cinema requests that this be noted on promotional materials. Cinema laurels are available to all Official Selections and award winners.
12 All materials shipped from outside the United States must be sent "free domicile" to the Storytellers Cinema office, with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Storytellers Cinema will not handle customs clearances.

Overall Rating
  • Sara Martin

    The Border Community Alliance appreciates being a part of this new festival and sharing the screen with top-notch producers. Congratulations on a successful first year!

    November 2022
  • roger bill

    Tristram Clark and I were delighted to have our documentary Who Will Sing For Me? screened at the festival. The entire line-up was outstanding.

    November 2022