It's the 4th Annual Int'l Wild Bunch Film Festival, founded in 2015 by film producer Rock & Brenda-Marie Whitehead. Charlie LeSueur will be returning as TWBFF 2019 Emcee!

This 2019 edition will be in conjunction with the 68 Annual "Rex Allen Days" at https://www.rexallendays.org that will have a Rodeo, Carnival, Gun Show, Car Show, Parade and more!

Join us for a family fun weekend in Willcox, AZ and experience a film festival competition in Arizona solely for the western genre and sub-genres for film and screenplays. It'll be legendary!

Western sub-genre's of film and screenplays can include Classical Westerns, Acid Westerns, Charro, Cabrito or Chili Westerns, Comedy Westerns, Contemporary or Modern Day Westerns, Electric Westerns, Euro-Westerns, Fantasy Westerns, Florida Westerns, Horror Westerns, Curry Westerns and Indo Westerns, Martial arts Westerns or Wuxia Westerns, Meat pie Westerns, Northwesterns, Ostern westerns, Revisionist Westerns, Science fiction Westerns, Space Westerns, Spaghetti Westerns, Weird Westerns, etc. More details on sub-genres at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_(genre)#Subgenres

Our hope is to attract high profile and novice filmmakers and screenwriters.

Attendees of the festival will enjoy an array of artistic experiences of western films and individuals driven by the true and raw spirit of independent movie making.

The Wild Bunch Film Festival is a competitive event for emerging filmmakers as well as screenwriters in hopes to inspire and encourage them to pursue courageous and bold artistic visions in the western genre. The festival will be known for embracing the heart and spirit of independent western genre films.

Friday, October 4th 2019 Independent western genre films will screen at "The Willcox Historic Theater" at 134 North Railroad Avenue in Willcox, AZ. Various Filmmaker Q&A's.

Saturday October 5th 2019: Independent western genre films will screen at "The Willcox Historic Theater" at 134 North Railroad Avenue in Willcox, AZ. Meet Western Celebrities! Various Filmmaker Q&A's.

Sunday October 6th 2019: Independent western genre films will screen at The Willcox Historic Theater at 134 North Railroad Avenue in Willcox, AZ. Various Filmmaker Q&A's. The Award Show for films and screenplay selections will be this evening! Details and tickets sold on the official website as we get closer! Tickets also sold at the door, on the days of events if available. We anticipate a sellout!

For more details visit http://www.thewildbunchfilmfestival.com and sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/b-T03X to stay informed!

TWBFF 2019 Awards

1. Jury - Best Feature Film
2. Jury - Best Short
3. Jury - Best Actor (Feature).
4. Jury - Best Actress (Feature).
5. Jury - Best Supporting Actor (Feature).
6. Jury - Best Supporting Actress (Feature).
7. Jury - Best Actor (Short).
8. Jury - Best Actress (Short).
9. Jury - Best Supporting Actor (Short).
10. Jury - Best Supporting Actress (Short).
11. Jury - Best Director (Feature).
12. Jury - Best Director (Short).
13. Jury - Best Cinematography (Feature).
14. Jury - Best Cinematography (Short).
15. Jury - Best Foreign Film (all combined)
16. Jury - Best Movie Poster (1st, 2nd & 3rd place).
17. Jury - Best Original Score (all combined)
18. Jury - Best Documentary.
19. Jury - Best Animation.
20. Jury - Best Comedy.
21. Jury - Best Web Series.
22. Jury - Best Trailer/Teaser
23. Jury - Best TV Show
24 Jury - The Jerry Vance Award for - Best Stunt (short)
25. Jury - The Jerry Vance Award for - Best Stunt (Feature)
26. Jury - 1st Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
27. Jury - 1st Place Best Screenplay (Feature)
OTHER WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED THAT DO NOT APPEAR IN THIS LIST!

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

This festival is genre specific to Westerns only. No other genre will be accepted. There are many types of westerns. See them here at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_(genre)#Subgenres) and all accepted. If you have questions, contact us.

Project Length Information:
Feature - 45-180 minutes.
Short 3-30 minutes.
Web Series - 3 - 20 minutes.
Animated - 3-90 minutes.
Documentary - 3-90 minutes.
Music Video - 2-10 minutes.
Trailer/Teaser - 1-5 minutes.
Western TV Show - 20 - 60 minutes.
Student Films (Western Genre) 1 - 20 minutes
Willcox, AZ HS Student Films (Western Genre) 1 - 20 minutes
Screenplay (Short) 50 pages or less.
Screenplay (Feature) Feature Scripts: 51 pages or more.

Our Selections / Awards Procedure / Festival Director / Producers make official selections for TWBFF by vote. Official Selections of films and screenplays are then screened/graded by 5 different judges anonymously, and given an overall grade for various categories (with the exception of the “Directors Choice Award”). All judges points are then added together to give it a grade.

If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the The Wild Bunch 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 are eligible.

All films must be completed no earlier than 1/1/2013.

STUDENT FILMS CATEGORIES: School ID's is required that matches the date your film was created. Copies of Student ID's must be emailed to thewildbunchfilmfestival@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: Films submitted cannot be streamed to YouTube, Vimeo, etc., for FREE viewing to the public until after TWBFF has completed. If you do so, you risk your film being disqualified.

IMPORTANT - All Filmmakers that have been selected are required to provide MOV. MP4, or a high resolution DVD & Blu-Ray. DVD & Blu-Ray copies will not be returned. PLEASE NOTE: Submitters....if your film is selected, you must have your media at the onsite location (The Willcox Historic Theater) by the Sept 14th Deadline, or you will be disqualified. Mail them to either address at:

Willcox Historic Theater
P.O. Box 217
Willcox, Arizona 85644

Willcox Historic Theater
134 N Railroad Ave.
Willcox, AZ 85643

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 Aug 1st, 2019.

The Wild Bunch Film Festival and BrenRock Productions LLC is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry information is incorrect or illegible.

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 The Wild Bunch Film Festival competition, all entrants agree to hold harmless The Wild Bunch Film Festival, BrenRock Productions LLC, the Willcox Historic Theater, 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 three day event.

You must execute a release agreement wherein you accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at The Wild Bunch Film Festival, warrant you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film; and indemnify and hold harmless The Wild Bunch 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 Wild Bunch Film Festival.

SUBMITTERS, IF YOUR FILM(S) IS SELECTED, YOU'LL RECEIVE TWO FREE FILM SCREENING PASSES FOR FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY SCREENINGS, which also includes the Red Carpet Award Show.
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SCREENPLAY SUBMISSION RULES:

What are the judges looking for? They'll be judging screenplays based on:

PREMISE/CONCEPT
The idea behind the story. What the movie is about. The “hook.”

PRESENTATION
Standard spec screenplay or teleplay format (12 pt. Courier font, correct margins, etc.), as well as spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.

STRUCTURE
The framework of the script. Effective use of three-act (most common), odyssey, linear, or non-linear story progression.

PLOT
The actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward. How the story unfolds (points for originality/unpredictability).

PACING
The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements, and character development.

CHARACTERS
Personalities that are distinctive, compelling, multi-layered, and unpredictable. A protagonist and antagonist with clear and active goals.

DIALOGUE
Voices that are natural, succinct, and unique to each character. Use of language that effectively reveals character and moves the story forward.

THEME
The underlying message of the story as revealed through plot, dialogue, and visual elements.

STYLE/TONE
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.

COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL
Audience appeal and box-office potential.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_(genre)#Subgenres

If selected, do finalists win a pass? Yes. They'll win two TWBFF passes allowing access to various film festival screenings on Sunday Oct 6th 2019.

Is there a PRIZE for winners? Yes. Screenplay winners will get Trophies or Awards.

Are there qualifications for scripts? Yes, they must be western genre or western Subgenres. See examples at at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_(genre)#Subgenres

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.

Our Selections / Awards Procedure / Festival Director / Producers make official selections for TWBFF by vote. Official Selections of films and screenplays are then screened/graded by 5 different judges anonymously, and given an overall grade for various categories (with the exception of the “Directors Choice Award”). All judges points are then added together to give it a grade.

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.

Formatting Standards: Please format your screenplay according to the sample screenplay reference on our website. MovieMagic Screenwriter, Final Draft, or Celtx are suggested programs. Use 12 point Courier font. Pages must be numbered.

Submissions: Only online. No mailed or emailed entries are accepted.

Pages: (approximate numbers) Short Scripts: 50 pages or less. Feature Scripts: 51 pages 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: Western genre and subgenres. See subgenres listed here at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_(genre)#Subgenres

Disqualifications: Submissions ARE NOT disqualified for minor formatting errors (title page, software or length.)

The submitter agrees to indemnify TWBFF against any and all claims, expenses, losses, or liabilities that may be asserted against TWBFF 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 TWBFF 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 TWBFF 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 TWBFF.

The submitter has retained a copy of the Material and agrees that TWBFF shall not be obligated to return the Material to the submitter. The submitter releases TWBFF from all liability if the Material is lost, misplaced, stolen or destroyed.

The submitter acknowledges that TWBFF 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 TWBFF 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.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Brenda and Rock are superb! I submitted my western feature screenplay and their communicaton was excellent all the way through from submissions to the finals and after the festival. Although I was not able to work my schedule around to attend this year, I was able to watch the awards show via live steam. I highly recommend ‘The Wild Bunch Film Festival’ for your western genre film or screenplay. A big thanks goes out to Brenda and Rock for their hard work and a top notch screenplay competition.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so very much Tim for your kind words!! We're looking forward to seeing more of your great screenplays in the future!! :)

  • One of the best festivals I've attended. Friendly, helpful, fast in communication and efficient. I recommend to anyone who has made a short film like that, to participate. A pleasant surprise!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Fabio! Very much appreciated!! We hope to see a more of your great work again in the near future! :)

  • Friendly, communicative, professional..just the kind of festival every screenwriter wants to enter!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Lawrence! We're looking forward to seeing more of your great screenplays in the future!! :)

  • Unfortunately I could not make the festival, but Rock and Brenda (Festival Directors) are very organised, good at communicating and they have a passion for the genre. I would suggest submitting to this festival if your film relates.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Keith! Maybe we'll see you at the next TWBFF. Thanks again for submitting your work to us. :)

  • John Hall

    Great western genre festival in an old west location. My partner and I attended and loved the people we met and the area. Organization is top rate and Festival is in a historic theater!! Highly recommended for western genre filmmakers

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so very much for your kind words John! Thrilled that you guys attended! We're looking forward to seeing more of your work again very soon! :)