It's the 5th Annual Int'l Wild Bunch Film Festival, founded in 2015 by film producer Rock & Brenda-Marie Whitehead.

The film festival will be in conjunction with the 69 Annual "Rex Allen Days" & celebrating Rex Allen's 100th Birthday! They 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. It's for film, screenplays, songwriting, photographs, etc.. It'll be legendary!

Meet our special guests!

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 2nd 2020: 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 3rd 2020: Independent western genre films will screen at "The Willcox Historic Theater" at 134 North Railroad Avenue in Willcox, AZ. Various Filmmaker Q&A's.

Sunday October 4th 2020: 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 2020 Awards

1. Best Feature Film
2. Best Short
3. Best Actor (Feature).
4. Best Actress (Feature).
5. Best Supporting Actor (Feature).
6. Best Supporting Actress (Feature).
7. Best Actor (Short).
8. Best Actress (Short).
9. Best Supporting Actor (Short).
10. Best Supporting Actress (Short).
11. Best Director (Feature).
12. Best Director (Short).
13. Best Cinematography (Feature).
14. Best Cinematography (Short).
15. Best Foreign Film (all combined)
16. Best Movie Poster (1st, 2nd & 3rd place).
17. Best Original Score (all combined)
18. Best Documentary.
19. Best Animation.
20. Best Comedy.
21. Best Web Series.
22. Best Trailer/Teaser
23. Best TV Show
24. Best Western Gunfight Reenactments
25. The Jerry Vance Award for - Best Stunt (short)
26. The Jerry Vance Award for - Best Stunt (Feature)
27. Screenplay Awards (Short)
28. Screenplay Awards (Feature)
29. TV script Long Form Award
30. TV Script Short Form Award
31. Best Female Filmmaker Award
32. Best Western Ad/Tributes
33. Best Western Lyrics
34. Best Songwriting Music
35. Best Western Poetry
36. Best Western Photography
37. The Charlie LeSueur Award
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 MOV, MP4'S on a thumb drive. DCP'S, DVD's & Blu-ray will NOT be accepted for the 2020 season. Thumb drives will not be returned, unless you provided us with a return package that is postage paid in full. PLEASE NOTE: Submitters....if your film is selected, you must have your 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.
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 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 for free 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, 2020.

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 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.

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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 TWBFF passes allowing access to various film festival screenings on Sunday Oct 4th 2020.

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.

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
  • Alex Verlage

    Great Festival, Very happy to have been included in it!

    December 2019
  • Paul Winters

    Good people. Good festival. See you next year.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Paul! It was nice meeting you and others from your film. Everyone loved you film and we can't wait to see what you have coming next! Have a great Holiday season!

  • This is an amazing film festival for those who love westerns. Brenda and Rock did a superb job! This is my second year entering the festival and first year attending and their communication and hospitality are top notch! They feature a plethora of talented individuals with quality feature and short western films. This is a must attend if you like westerns as well as those that cross into other genres. Well done. Keep up the great work!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Tim! It was nice finally meeting you. Looking forward to seeing you again in the near future. :)

  • Robert Conway

    Just an all around great time for a Western Filmmaker /Western Film Fan. It's was such an honor to participate in the Wild Bunch Film Festival. Special thanks to Rock Whitehead and his team for putting on such an amazing fest and for keeping the spirit fo the Wild West alive!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Robert! Thank you so much! It was nice meeting you and some of your film team that attended. Everyone absolutely loved "Eminence Hill"! Looking forward to seeing more of your great westerns in the near future. Let's keep the Wild West alive! :)

  • Shane Hagedorn

    We had a great time at this year's TWBFF. Rock, Brenda, and their staff and volunteers put out great hospitality and films for the western genre. It was a pleasure to be amongst so many talented artists. You must get out to Wilcox, AZ and experience this unique and fun film festival.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so very much Shane! It was nice meeting you and some of your film team that attended. "Wild Faith" is truly a great film and looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful work again in the near future.