Voices Heard! Still the only showcase for local Wisconsin Filmmakers of color. We are a program that the Milwaukee Short Film Festival holds every year.

Please read everything carefully. If you are not a local filmmaker of color living in Wisconsin. You will be disqualified. An address is necessary to qualify. We also do not accept films longer than 15 minutes. If you send a film over 15 minutes it will be disqualified.

Best Film
Best Director
Best Actor/Ensemble
Best Script
Artistic Achievement
Audience Favorite

GENERAL RULES (PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING) :

ELIGIBILITY

The guidelines are easy.

1. You must be a filmmaker of color who is currently living in Wisconsin. If not your film is disqualified. Please provide full address to verify. Not supplying an address could disqualify your film.

This competition is open only to those filmmakers, they can be student level to professional.

To qualify you must be a minority and a resident of Wisconsin. Otherwise your film will be disqualified.

We will not accept films that are playing for the public on youtube or vimeo. If it is we will not take your film.

And we will not take films over 15 minutes.

TYPES OF FILMS ACCEPTED
Narrative, documentary, experimental or animated films or videos up to 15 minutes in length.

All entries in a language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English unless dialogue is inessential to comprehension and appreciation.

The festival will not consider demo reels, commercials or advertisements, video or new media games, films with prior commercial release, industrial and instructional films or films screened in the Milwaukee area nine months prior to the fest.

All films and press kits are due 10 days after being accepted into the festival.

FORMATS ACCEPTED
All submission copies must be DVD, Blu-Ray (NTSC system only) with a digital file (H .264) or as an online screener. Exhibition formats accepted are only data digital files (H. 264).
For questions on other video festival screening formats, please contact the MSFF.

ENTRY LIMITATIONS
Filmmakers can submit up to three entries.

Each entry must include a separate entry and fee. Entries previously submitted to the Milwaukee Short Film Festival and Voices Heard cannot be re-submitted.

Entrants are responsible for securing all necessary rights / permissions for festival exhibition of each work submitted and all accompanying materials. (Including music rights)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Clips from accepted films may also be used by the MIFS for festival promotion, festival program and possible televised broadcast.

While the festival will take precautions to handle your film and publicity materials responsibly, the festival, its committee and staff cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any materials entered.

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.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Milwaukee Independent Film Society 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.

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately 1-August-2019

RUN TIME
Shorts: maximum 15 minutes, we will not accept films over 15 minutes.

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after 01-Jan-2018


PREMIERE STATUS
A local premiere is preferred but we will consider your film if not. We also reserve the right to screen your film if accepted.

ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE:
-Film synopsis, principal cast list, poster and brief filmmaker bio
-Press kit. (This is a must)

INCOMPLETE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED


PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS
Entrants are invited to submit promotional materials with initial submission. After notification of acceptance into the festival, filmmakers are encouraged to provide one still each of the director and a scene from the film, either 8 x 10 photos or 600 dpi 6” x 8” JPEG files, for publicity. All publicity materials should be labeled with the name of the filmmaker and of the film.

Please note that publicity materials cannot always be returned.We will send notification of receipt of entry to each entrant via email. Videotapes, DVDs, photographs or other materials will not be returned unless a self-addressed stamped envelope / mailer is included.

Entries are eligible to be selected for programming and exhibition at the Milwaukee Short Film Festival.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • J. Anthony Ramos

    What a fun experience! Can't say enough good things about The Milwaukee Short Film Festival. Wonderful communication with the Festival Director and his organizers, who are complete professionals and obvious Fellow Film Lovers. The Venue was excellent and the opportunity to showcase my Directorial Debut in Voices Heard was an honor. Thank You.

    September 2018