SUNNY SIDE UP FILM FESTIVAL is an international film festival. Join us March 24th, 25th & 26th 2023 for a family fun weekend, and experience a film festival competition held in the beautiful iconic Coleman Theatre in Miami, Oklahoma! Located on Route 66 and nestled in the four state area of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri & Oklahoma! The Coleman Theatre is a beacon for tourists from around the world!
Meet Karen Knotts and see her Comedy Show, prior to the festivals award show, and Karen is also hosting the festival's award show!!
Also, Two Mystery Tours from 8:30pm - 10pm have been added for Fri & Sat Night. This is for Festival Attendees only and you must have a SSUFF festival pass to enter. The cost is $10 cash paid at the door prior to the tour on a first come first serve basis. Only 15 people maximum allowed. The Coleman Theatre is in charge of this tour. IS the theater haunted???
Sunny Side Up Film Festival is a competitive event for filmmakers, screenwriters, songwriters, musicians, photographers, artists, painters, costume/wardrobe designers, authors, writers, poets. Our hope is to inspire and encourage them all to continue courageous and bold artistic visions.
Friday March 24th 2023: 1:00pm to 10:00pm - Independent films will screen at "The Coleman Theatre", 103 N Main St, Miami, OK. Various Filmmaker Q&A's.
Saturday March 25th 2023: 10:00am to 10:00pm - Independent films will screen at "The Coleman Theatre", 103 N Main St, Miami, OK. Various Filmmaker Q&A's.
Sunday March 26th 2023: 10:00am to 8:00pm - Independent films will screen at "The Coleman Theatre"...and ending with Karen Knotts Comedy Show and she's also hosting the festival's award show, 103 N Main St, Miami, OK. Various Filmmaker Q&A's.
After Party with food and drinks and entertainment provided by Aurora LaRay!! See the official website for all details at www.sunnysideupfilmfestival.com
Awards & Prizes
Best World Premiere Short Film!
Best World Premiere Feature Film!
Best Feature Film
Best Actor (Feature).
Best Actress (Feature).
Best Supporting Actor (Feature).
Best Supporting Actress (Feature).
Best Actor (Short).
Best Actress (Short).
Best Supporting Actor (Short).
Best Supporting Actress (Short).
Best Director (Feature).
Best Director (Short).
Best Foreign Film
Best Movie Poster
Best Original Score
Best Music Video
Best Oklahoma Film
Best Kansas Film
Best Missouri Film
Best Arkansas Film
Best Four State Film
Best Route 66 Film
Best Web series
Best Female Filmmaker
Best Student Film
1st Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
2nd Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
3rd Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
1st Place - Best Screenplay (Feature)
2nd Place - Best Screenplay (Feature)
3rd Place - Best Screenplay (Feature)
Best Novel Manuscript (Unpublished & Published)
Best Short Form TV Pilot Script
Best Long Form TV Pilot Script
Best Comic Art, Drawings, Etc
Best Costume/Wardrobe Designers
Festival Director's Choice Award - (film).
Festival Director's Choice Award - (screenplay).
(AWARD NAMES MAY OR MAY NOT CHANGE, & SOME AWARDS COULD BE GIVEN OUT THAT DO NOT APPEAR IN THIS LIST)
Rules & Terms
Rules & Terms - SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
By submitting your film*, screenplay* or both to SSUFF, you acknowledge that you have read the rules and agree with them. If you have questions, contact us.
If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Sunny Side Up Film Festival: You also must be prepared to supply at least three electronic images (publicity stills) either in jpeg or PDF format, 300dpi, for publication purposes. Press kits would be helpful, but not required.
Films that have previously aired on US television prior to the Festival, or are available for continuous online viewing for FREE to the public in their entirety are NOT eligible. All films as well as screenplays must be completed no earlier than 2016
We only accept MP4 files.
Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print and at live Festival events. All entries must be in English, contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English.
Works in Progress: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e.,without final color correction and sound mixing), please note that the festival committee will accept the version submitted. Completed work or replacement copies MUST be uploaded no later than Jan 30th, 2023.
Sunny Side Up Film Festival (SSUFF) and BrenRock Productions LLC is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry information is incorrect or illegible.
All entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received and notification of results. These fees must be paid during the entry process.
By entering the SUNNY SIDE UP FILM FESTIVAL competition, all entrants agree to hold harmless the SUNNY SIDE UP FILM FESTIVAL, BrenRock Productions LLC, The Coleman Theatre, owners, employees, associated Boards of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers from all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the festival.
You must execute a release agreement wherein you accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at Sunny Side Up Film Festival, warrant you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film; and indemnify and hold harmless Sunny Side Up Film Festival, its parent company BrenRock Productions LLC.,, affiliates, subsidiaries and any of the respective officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising from exhibition of your film at the Sunny Side Up Film Festival.
SUBMITTERS, IF YOUR SUBMUISSION IS SELECTED, YOU'LL RECEIVE TWO (2) FREE FILM SCREENING PASSES FOR THE LIVE IN-PERSON WEEKEND SCREENINGS, Q&A'S AND AWARD SHOW ON SUNDAY! Details at sunnysideupfilmfeatival.com
Passes for the live film festival do not included the virtual version of the film festival. All of SSUFF 2023 film selections that are chosen will be encouraged to join our virtual edition as well! This will help your film get more exposure from all over the world! Details on that will be located on the official website at www.sunnysideupfilmfestival.com
LYRICS/SONGWRITING Each Lyric entry submission must be original works, under 3 pages and must be in a PDF format. All genres are welcome.
SONGWRITING/MUSIC All genres welcome. Each music entry submission must have a song title, and the name of artist(s) or band attached. Sound quality can be studio, live, or demos. Format: .mp3 file is preferred, but we also accept .wav. PLEASE do not submit music videos, as there is a different category already listed for that. Each song entry must be no longer than 5 minutes.
POETRY All genres of poetry are welcome. Any length from single stanza to 5 pages is accepted as long as it is NOT a compilation of Several works. PDF format please.
PHOTOGRAPHY Photography stills must be unique/original work that tell a story. Either a single photo or multiple photos in the same series (up to 6 photo maximum per submission). JPG or PNG format please. Photography can include: Wedding, Event, Portrait, Product, Fine Art, Fashion, Architectural, Travel, Advertising or Lifestyle, Photojournalism, Pet, Sports, Scientific or Specialty Photography are all welcome. We want to see your story as you tell it through your camera lens. Submitter must have rights/releases to submit the work.
All other categories such as, costume/wardrobe designers, novel manuscripts, paintings, drawing, etc., see the rules in the categories drop down boxes.
If selected, do we get festival passes? Yes, if selected you will get two SSUFF weekend passes allowing access to ALL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS, Q&A'S, FOLLOWED BY THE AWARD SHOW. Details at sunnysideupfilmfestival.com
SCREENPLAY SUBMISSION RULES:
What are the judges looking for? They'll be judging based on:
The idea behind the story. What the movie is about. The “hook.”
Standard spec screenplay or teleplay format (12 pt. Courier font, correct margins, etc.), as well as spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.
The framework of the script. Effective use of three-act (most common), odyssey, linear, or non-linear story progression.
The actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward. How the story unfolds (points for originality/unpredictability).
The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements, and character development.
Personalities that are distinctive, compelling, multi-layered, and unpredictable. A protagonist and antagonist with clear and active goals.
Voices that are natural, succinct, and unique to each character. Use of language that effectively reveals character and moves the story forward.
The underlying message of the story as revealed through plot, dialogue, and visual elements.
Overall quality of the writing. Tone that is appropriate to the material and narrative that is distinct, cinematic, and effectively conveys the mood or “feel” of the movie.
Audience appeal and box-office potential.
If selected, do Screenplay finalists win a pass? Yes. They'll win two SSUFF weekend passes allowing access to ALL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS, Q&A'S, FOLLOWED BY THE AWARD SHOW. Details at sunnysideupfilmfestival.com
Is there a PRIZE for winners? Yes. Screenplay winners will win trophies!
Are there qualifications for scripts? No. All genres accepted.
Fees are submitted online. No waivers. No Refunds.
Format: All entries must be written in English and submitted as a PDF file less than 5 MB, size 12 Courier font, standard industry format. Title of script only on title page: no author name. Pages should be numbered. MovieMagic Screenwriter, Final Draft, or Celtx are suggested software programs. All screenplays must be completed no earlier than Jan 1st 2016.
Original: All entries must be original works by the applicant.
Coauthors: If a screenplay has more than one author, it is up to the authors to decide who will be the primary contact e-mail.
English: All entries must be submitted in English.
Pages: (approximate numbers) Short Scripts: 50 pages or less. Feature Scripts: 51 or more.
Title Page: Include title only. The author’s name should not appear on the title page or anywhere on the script, to preserve anonymity and fairness.
Accepted are: All genres and sub-genres.
Disqualifications: Submissions ARE NOT disqualified for minor formatting errors (title page, software or length.)
The submitter agrees to indemnify SSUFF against any and all claims, expenses, losses, or liabilities that may be asserted against SSUFF in connection with the Material or any use thereof, including, without limitation those arising from any breach of the warranties and promises given by the submitter.
The submitter releases and discharges SSUFF from any and all claims and demands and will not assert, maintain or assist any party in asserting or maintaining any claims or demands against SSUFF in connection with the Materials, including, any and all claims for libel, rights of publicity, theft or misappropriation of ideas or trade secrets, or infringement of copyright and other intellectual property rights.
The submitter agrees to warrant that he/she is the sole owner and author of the described material or has the official representation of the co-author, and has the full right and authorization to submit the material to SSUFF.
The submitter has retained a copy of the Material and agrees that SSUFF shall not be obligated to return the Material to the submitter. The submitter releases SSUFF from all liability if the Material is lost, misplaced, stolen or destroyed.
The submitter acknowledges that SSUFF is under no obligation to use the Material in any manner and further represents and warrants that the Material is original, that the submitter has the right and authority to submit the Material to SSUFF on the foregoing terms and conditions, each and all of which shall be binding on the submitter, his/her agents, heirs, successors, licensees and assigns.
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