It's the 6th Annual Int'l Wild Bunch Film Festival, founded in 2015 by film producer Rock & Brenda-Marie Whitehead.

PLEASE NOTE: 2021 we'll be only using DCP for selected films that will be screening at the theater. You can download FREE software called DCP-o-matic at https://dcpomatic.com
and it's FREE to use. You can find DCP-o-matic tutorials on youtube if needed.

The film festival will be in conjunction with the 71st Annual "Rex Allen Days" that will have a Rodeo, Carnival, Gun Show, Car Show, Parade and more!! BOOK YOUR HOTEL AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE!!

Join us for a family fun 4 day weekend in Willcox, AZ and experience a film festival competition in Arizona solely for the western genre and sub-genres. It's for film, screenplays, songwriting, photographs, paintings, novel manuscripts, etc.. It'll be legendary!
THUR Sept 30th - 3pm to 10pm Screenings, Q&A's
FRI Oct 1st - 3pm to 10pm - Screenings, Q&A's
SAT Oct 2nd - 11:30am to 10pm - Screenings, Q&A's
SUN Oct 3rd - 10am to 10pm - Screenings, Q&A's & Award Show.
SUN Oct 3rd 10:30 pm to 12:30 am After Party at the Cattlerest RV Park & Saloon!

Western sub-genre's of film, screenplays and novel manuscripts 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, screenwriters, authors, photographers, artist and more.

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, screenwriters, authors and others, in hopes to inspire and encourage them to pursue courageous and bold artistic visions in the western genre.

The festival is known for embracing the heart and spirit of independent western genre films.

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 2021 Awards
Best World Premiere Short Film!
Best World Premiere Feature Film!
Best Feature Film
Best Short
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 Cinematography (Feature).
Best Cinematography (Short).
Best Foreign Film (all combined)
Best Movie Poster (1st, 2nd & 3rd place).
Best Original Score (all combined)
Best Documentary.
Best Animation.
Best Comedy.
Best Web Series.
Best Trailer/Teaser
Best TV Show
Best Western Gunfight Reenactments
The Jerry Vance Award for - Best Stunt (short)
The Jerry Vance Award for - Best Stunt (Feature)
Screenplay Awards (Short)
Screenplay Awards (Feature)
TV script Long Form Award
TV Script Short Form Award
Best Female Filmmaker Award
Best Western/Country Video
Best Western Ad/Tributes
Best Western Lyrics
Best Songwriting Music
Best Western Poetry
Best Western Photography
Best Western Painting
The Charlie LeSueur Award
Best Western Novel Manuscript (Published)
Best Western Novel Manuscript (Unpublished)
OTHER WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE AWARD SHOW THAT DO NOT APPEAR IN THIS LIST!

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

This festival is for the Western and western sub-genres. 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.

NEW IMPORTANT INFORMATION - All Filmmakers that have been selected are required to provide DCP'S for the 2021 season. Thumb drives will not be returned, unless you provided a return package that is postage paid in full. PLEASE NOTE: Submitters....if your film is selected, you must have your DCP media at the onsite location (The Willcox Historic Theater) by the Sept 12th 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

Project Length Information:
Feature - 45-180 minutes.
Short 3-30 minutes.
Web Series - 3 - 20 minutes.
Animated - 3-90 minutes.
Documentary - 3-90 minutes.
Western/Country Music Video - 2-10 minutes.
Trailer/Teaser - 1-5 minutes.
Western Ads/Tributes - 1- 7 minutes.
Western Gunfight Reenactments 1-15 minutes
Western TV Show - 20 - 60 minutes.
Student Films (Western Genre) 1 - 20 minutes
Screenplay (Short) 50 pages or less.
Screenplay (Feature) Feature Scripts: 51 pages or more.
Short Form TV Pilot (pilot episode under 20 mins duration). TV pilot of any western or western sub-genre.
Long Form TV Pilot (pilot of over 20 mins in duration). TV Pilot of any western or western sub-genre.
Western Novel Manuscript (Published & Unpublished): Minimum of 8,000 words or roughly 18 pages single spaced or 30 paged doubled spaced, and not exceed close to 120,000 words or roughly 267 pages single spaced, or 439 pages double spaced.
Western Lyrics - Under 3 pages (PDF).
Western Songwriting Music - Under 5 Min (MP3)
Western Poetry - Any length from single stanza to 5 pages is accepted as long as it is NOT a compilation of Several works. (PDF)
Western 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)

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: The 'Ads/Tributes', 'Western trailer/teaser' & 'Web Series' are the ONLY categories that can be streamed to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc., for FREE viewing to the public prior to TWBFF. ALL OTHER FILM CATEGORIES CANNOT be streamed on ANY media to the public until after TWBFF has completed. If you do so, you risk your film being disqualified.

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, 2021.

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) ARE SELECTED, YOU'LL RECEIVE TWO FREE FILM SCREENING PASSES FOR THURSAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY SCREENINGS, which also includes the Red Carpet Award Show.
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WESTERN LYRICS/SONGWRITING
Each Lyric entry submission must be original works, under 3 pages and must be in a PDF format.
Think Western - Cowboy/Cowgirl - Country & Western - Old West.
Selections will get two Filmmaker Passes to attend all of TWBFF screenings during the film festival. Is there a PRIZE for winners? Yes. Winners will get Trophies or Awards.

WESTERN SONGWRITING/MUSIC
Think Western - Cowboy/Cowgirl - Country & Western - Old West
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. Selections will get two Filmmaker Passes to attend all of TWBFF screenings during the film festival. Is there a PRIZE for winners? Yes. Winners will get Trophies or Awards.

WESTERN POETRY
Think Western - Cowboy/Cowgirl - Country & Western - Old West
Poems, Poetry, Short Prose - PDF Format Please. Any length from single stanza to 5 pages is accepted as long as it is NOT a compilation of Several works. Selections will get two Filmmaker Passes to attend all of TWBFF screenings during the film festival. Is there a PRIZE for winners? Yes. Winners will get Trophies or Awards.

WESTERN 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. Think Western, Cowboy/Cowgirl, Country, Old West, Horses, Ranch, Scenic, Rodeo, Cattle Drive, Indian, Nature, Western Beauty, etc. We want to see your story as you tell it through your camera lens. Submitter must have rights/releases to submit the work. Selections will get two Filmmaker Passes to attend all of TWBFF screenings during the film festival. Is there a PRIZE for winners? Yes. Winners will get Trophies or Awards.

WESTERN PAINTING REGULAR SIZE: Painting must be unique/original work that tell a story. It can be a copy of the original artwork. Either a single piece or multiple pieces (up to 6 pieces maximum per submission). Think Western, Cowboy/Cowgirl, Country, Old West, Horses, Ranch, Scenic, Rodeo, Cattle Drive, Indian, Nature, Western Beauty, etc. We want to see your story as you tell it through your painting. Submitter must have rights/releases to submit the work. Specify Title, Year, Size and Technique in the Cover Letter. Maximum size per piece(s) accepted: 30 x 50 cm (11.8" x 19.6") N.B.: Send the best high quality photograph(s) of artwork as a JPG or PNG format please. (Minimum Size: 1500 x 2100 pixel, 300 PPI).

WESTERN PAINTING LARGE SIZE: Painting must be unique/original work that tell a story. It can be a copy of the original artwork. Either a single piece or multiple pieces (up to 6 pieces maximum per submission). Think Western, Cowboy/Cowgirl, Country, Old West, Horses, Ranch, Scenic, Rodeo, Cattle Drive, Indian, Nature, Western Beauty, etc. We want to see your story as you tell it through your painting. Submitter must have rights/releases to submit the work. Specify Title, Year, Size and Technique in the Cover Letter. No limit on maximum size per piece(s). Send the best high quality photograph(s) of artwork as a JPG or PNG format please.(Minimum Size: 1500 x 2100 pixel, 300 PPI).

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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 get a pass? Yes. They'll get two free film festival passes allowing access to various film festival screenings for Sep 30th though Oct 3rd 2021.

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.)

Rules For TV Pilots -
Short Form TV Pilot (pilot episode under 20 mins duration). TV pilot of any western or western sub-genre.

Long Form TV Pilot (pilot of over 20 mins in duration). TV Pilot of any western or western sub-genre.

TV Pilot Entries must also include a Series Vision Sheet which is to be sent to thewildbunchfilmfestival@gmail.com with the project title and tracking number in the email subject line. The Series Vision sheet would be a 1-5 page doc that gives an overview of the show including how many episodes not produced, have been produced, or that are in production, potential character arcs, and a synopsis of future episodes to give us a general idea of what the show would become.
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"WESTERN NOVEL MANUSCRIPT" - RULES:

Western Genre only please. Western sub-genres are also permitted. Western sub-genre's can include Classical Westerns, Acid Westerns, Charro, Cabrito or Chili Westerns, Comedy Westerns, Modern Day Western, etc. See the full list of sub-genres here at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_(genre)#Subgenres

Submissions are accepted in PDF only. Several short stories in one novel is not permitted and will be disqualified. Material must be submitted by the Author or their representative.

Corrected pages of the entered material are not allowed. Proof read carefully before submission. All ownership and rights to the material submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders unless and until the rights holder settles negotiations of any proposed deal for partnership or transfer of rights.

The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
Material must include Title, Logline (one to three sentence description of the book), and Synopsis Outline.

The western novel finalists and winner(s) in various western & western sub-genre categories will be chosen based on the following criteria: originality, perceived entertainment value, plot, characters, goal, conflict, theme & setting.

All entries must be original works by the entrant, in English.

Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party characters or another person’s universe, without written permission, will result in disqualification.

Work submitted can be published or unpublished (see both categories when submitting and choose the one that falls under your work). Please let us know if your novel is published or unpublished when you are filling in your bio, details, etc., on FilmFreeway, as there will be awards for the winners of both published and unpublished work.

Applicants may submit multiple applications, however, each application must be complete with entry fee. Each submission must be uploaded separately.

Any novels written before January 1st, 2015 will not be accepted. Your novel must be a close to minimum of 8,000 words or roughly 18 pages single spaced or 30 paged doubled spaced, and not exceed close to 120,000 words or roughly 267 pages single spaced, or 439 pages double spaced. We prefer that you use a twelve point Times New Roman in black type only. Courier and Arial fonts is also acceptable.

If selected as a finalists, does the person that submitted the novel manuscript get film festival passes? Yes, the finalist would get two TWBFF passes allowing access to various film festival screenings for Sep 30th though Oct 3rd 2021, including the award show. Only two FREE passes are allowed per finalists/submitter.

Is there a PRIZE for novel manuscript winners? Yes. Winners in various western & western sub-genre categories, will be presented trophies or awards at the Award Show.

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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.

REFUND POLICY
All entries are non-refundable.

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Value
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  • wiebe bonnema

    As a big Western fan I was really happy my animated short got selected by The Wild Buch Festival! Sadly I could not be there in person myself, but everything I saw about the festival and especially the great and friendly communication I got really makes me want to make another (animated) Western just to try to actually travel when I am able to next time.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Wiebe! Your film was really great! Thanks again for your ongoing support of TWBFF! Hope to see more of your great work soon!!! All the best!!

  • Joe Cornet

    The Wild Bunch Film Festival is one of the most rewarding and fun festivals around! The location is in the historic railroad town of Wilcox, AZ so it is like stepping into the old west. I continue to meet old and new friends (many of whom I end up working with!) at this festival. Highly recommended!

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Joe! Your film "INCIDENT AT GUILT RIDGE" was really great and loved by so many! Congrats to your whole film team! And thanks again for your ongoing support of TWBFF! Hope to see you again in 2021!!!

  • Alex T Hwang

    what a fun festival, a great crowd, a fun venue in a "fun town". Rock, Brenda and Gary did an awesome job. Tons of fun movies too. Highly recommend it, if you have a western genre.

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Alex! It was great meeting you and we can't wait to see your new film projects! Keep up the great work. We're looking forward to seeing you again at TWBFF in the very near future! :)

  • Enrique Novials

    Great organization, Revosan sympathy, they help filmmakers to feel good and it is a luxury that there are so many awards. That motivates. Thank you very much!! It is a festival of people who love cinema and it shows. Many Spanish festivals should take an example.
    Gran organización, Revosan simpatía, ayudan a los cineastas a sentirse bien y es un lujo que haya tantos premios. Eso motiva. Muchas gracias!! Es un festival de gente que ama el cine y se nota. Muchos festivales españoles deberían tomar ejemplo.

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Enrique! Your film was great! We're looking forward to seeing more of your great films. All the best! :)

  • Bradley Hawkins

    Without a doubt, for those with a passion for western-genre films, The Wild Bunch Film Festival is the place to be! The directors of this event are doing EVERYTHING right and as a result, TWBFF has quickly elevated itself to the top-tier of ALL film festivals that my work as a film director has ever been accepted to.

    Although I was unable to attend TWBFF to represent our film, CALF ROPE, myself, our lead actor flew all the way from upstate NY to attend on my behalf and reported back to me daily about the warm and generous hospitality he received, the terrific networking connections he made as an actor, and the quality of the management of the film festival from start to finish. For those like me who could not attend, the social media savvy team at TWBFF does a tremendous job of supporting and cross-promoting their selected and nominated films several weeks in advance of the three-day event, building tremendous buzz for both the festival and their selected films about their event serves as an outstanding model that ALL film festival directors should be paying attention to. One specific example is their ingenious movie poster contest for those following the festival on Facebook is one of the very best ideas I've ever seen orchestrated to involve the fans and followers of each film and getting the word out about the festival on a global scale. I also was so very pleased to discover the extensive list of nominations and awards presented at this festival, which is often the only form of "payment" that indie filmmakers ever receive for their hard work.

    Bottom line: The Wild Bunch Film Festival is a cinematic event not only for fans of westerns of all types but also for those filmmakers with projects that fit into this niche to be applauded and appreciated for keeping the genre alive and thriving. I only hope that our dream to expand CALF ROPE into a feature-length version is able to happen and that we may be fortunate enough to return to TWBFF if/when that dream comes true. In the meantime, thank you TWBFF for all that you're doing for western-genre filmmakers and fans around the world.

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Wow!! Thanks so much Bradley for really wonderful review! Your film "Calf Rope" was one of the best. You definitely picked the right person when you chose Gorman Ruggiero to represent your film. :) He was great!! Congrats to your whole team, and hope to meet you at TWBFF sometime in the future!