The Big Muddy Film Festival, based at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has become one of the best-respected, wholly independent, community-focused film festivals. In its 39th year, Big Muddy is one of the oldest student-organized film festivals in the United States.

Awards & Prizes

The Festival provides cash awards to the best works in competition in the categories of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animation. The program is juried by three artists or critics of national and international recognition. Past Jurors have included Barbara Hammer, Naomi Uman, Jim Jarmusch, Kerry Laitala, James Benning, Tomonari Nishikawa, and Anna Margarita Albelo.

A panel of local activists awards The John Michaels Memorial Film Award, which honors films that address themes of peace, justice, community action, human rights, and environmental conservation.

As always, votes from the audience determine the Audience Choice Award.

Rules & Terms

Accepted Formats:
For pre-viewing: DVD/Blu-Ray or .MOV Quicktime, or online screeners
For The Festival screening: DVD/Blu-Ray or .MOV Quicktime

The Big Muddy Film Festival is looking for films of any style, length, content, and genre. The Festival is organized into the categories of experimental, narrative, documentary, and animation.

Cash prizes are awarded to the best of competition in each category. The John Michaels Film Award continues to recognize documentary films that address peace, human rights, community action, and environmental conservation.

Submission:
Each work submitted should be accompanied by an entry form and fee. Please submit only one film for each entry form, and include only one film per screener DVD.

Multiple submissions are welcome. If you wish to submit more than one film, please use separate entry forms and screener DVDs.

Works must be in English or with English subtitles. All films should be completed after Jan. 2015. Works that had been previously submitted to The Big Muddy Film Festival are not eligible.

Shipping
Please do not mail films in fiber filled envelopes. Remember to label your film(s) with the FilmFreeway ID, director/producer's names, film title, and running time.

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    Cati and Mike Gonzalez

    Big Muddy is an awesome Film Festival! We love the fact that it is student driven and inspires young new upcoming Filmmakers. Thanks BMFF for having our Film screen at your Fest! :)

    May 2016
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    Diana Galimzyanova

    A really supportive festival that cares about its alums. I was happy to screen two of my short films there in 2015 and 2016.

    May 2016
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    Michael Lyons

    Student organized, professional quality festival dedicated to screening independent work.

    May 2016