Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our team, to all the Filmmakers who attended, and to the audience who came, we can safely say this year was a huge success! We are looking forward to our 2017 festival! We hope to see all of you again, and some new faces.
The EyeCatcher Film Festival includes industry panels, acting classes, screenwriting workshops and more.
~Documentaries (short & feature)
~Short Films (less than 50 mins)
~Feature Films (all genres)
~Microshorts (less than 9 mins) & smallcam/smartphone
~Screenwriting (short & feature in all categories)
Awards & Prizes
Trophies & Certificates For All Category WInners
Cash Prizes To Include:
$250 For The James Christopher Creative Eye Award
$100 For The Best Student Creative Eye Award
Other cash & prizes will be awarded thanks to our generous partners.
Rules & Terms
EyeCatcher International Film Festival Terms & Conditions
First and foremost, submitting your film to the EyeCatcher Film Festival (EFF) in no way implies any ownership rights by EFF to the submitted film. You own your project. If you are approached by anyone to option your film as a result of being listed on our website or being screened at EFF, we do not take a cut of the deal. It is your film and all rights remain yours. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Our door is always open to our filmmakers.
To be eligible to screen, your film does not have to be a World Premiere or a USA Premiere. Films can be original or adapted works. However, ALL non-original portions of your film MUST be cleared and You must have permission to use someone elses work. If you submit a film with copyrighted or trademarked materials included and you do not have written permission to use them, you will not be eligible to screen at EFF. Also, you should copyright your film with the proper agency (in the USA, its the Library of Congress). It is not required for screening at EFF, but it is smart on your part to protect your work.
All production formats are eligible. Your film needs to be in English, or subtitled or dubbed in English. Whether or not your film has already been distributed or not, has no bearing on our selection process. Film selections and award nominees will be posted on the EFF website,, and email confirmation, approximately one month before the festival or sooner. (most cases, by September 10 for travel purposes and planning)
If you submit a DVD OR BLUERAY, please make sure it works. TEST IT ON AN ACTUAL DVD PLAYER to make sure it works. Sometimes, home-burned DVDs do not work, and YOU are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for EFF being able to screen your film. Make sure your DVD works and also provide a source of wifi download for backup.
Submit your film under whatever category you feel is appropriate to best highlight your film. For your convenience, EFF does not change your film submission category. EFF leaves your film submission in the category you have chosen (example: if you submit your film as a drama film, rest assured that it will be considered as a drama film). Also, if you submit online, please print out your submission confirmation and include it in your submission mailing.
It is fine with us if you send in a DVD that is hand written. We do not select our films based on the packaging. EFF does accept films that are Works-In-Progress. Only one movie per DVD and only one film per application. If entering more than one movie, you must submit each separately. Each project is judged solely on its merits.
Please clearly label ALL submitted materials with AT LEAST the title of the work. EFF does not return submitted materials, so please do not send us your master copies. Also, EFF cannot grant waivers for fees or deadlines. Please do not ask
ALL of your submission entry items (entry fee, copy of your Film, application form) must be POSTMARKED by the deadline date that you are trying to submit by, in order to qualify for that deadline date. EFF does not screen anything that we feel promotes hardcore pornography, real-life cruelty to humans or animals, or hate.
You hereby grant EFF the right to utilize any excerpt from your submitted film for promotional purposes. The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. By submitting your film to this competition you agree that, if your film is selected by EFF, You grant to EFF a NON-exclusive license to use, display, exploit and exhibit Your name, trade names, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, still images, moving images, audio sounds, your submitted film, material, information, and/or any other things received by EFF, whether by physical or electronic delivery (including material and/or material(s) here, and above and below herein), publicly, at EFFs sole discretion to promote, market and advertise the festival. EFF may also use excerpts from trailers of submitted films for promotion, to promote, market and advertise the festival. You also authorize EFF to place your images and synopsis on our website, and films are reviewed by EFF with the intention of selecting screeners for the festival and the work will not be divulged to any persons not affiliated with EFF unless first permitted in writing by a legally authorized representative of the work.
The individual or company submitting the film shall indemnify and hold harmless the Festival 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 items entered. The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations
Non-performance of any party shall be excused to the extent that performance is rendered impossible by strike, fire, flood, earthquakes, war, governmental acts or orders or restrictions, acts of God, physically defective product/equipment, or any other reason where failure to perform is beyond reasonable control of, and not caused by the negligence of, the non-performing party.
Neither party shall owe any liability to the other party arising under this agreement for any indirect, special, punitive or consequential damages, including, without limitation, loss of profit or business opportunities, except as expressly set forth herein. Neither party makes (and each party hereby specifically disclaims) any, representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the services contemplated by this agreement, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, implied warranties arising from a course of dealing or course of performance or any warranties relating to title or non-infringement of intellectual property. Neither party makes any representation, warranty or assurance concerning any minimum or maximum number of viewers or screenings or celebrities or special guests or events.
Except for payments due collected by EFF as stated herein or on EFF website(s), EFF liability for any damages caused to You as a result of performance or non-performance or damage under, or not under, this agreement shall be limited in all circumstances to an amount no greater than one U.S. dollar ($1.00).
EFF attempts to remain servicing 24/7. However, acts of God do happen. In any situation, if anything negative or unwanted happens involving EFF, EFF will not be expected by You to be liable or responsible for the damage in anyway whatsoever, regardless of how severe the damage. Further, EFF will not be expected by You to be liable or responsible in anyway whatsoever should EFF or the EFF website not be accessible. Furthermore, EFF will not be expected by You to be liable or responsible in anyway whatsoever for any items that are stolen while either in, or not in, the possession of EFF, in perpetuity.
By entering EFF, all entrants agree to the complete contents of the EFF rules and policies found on the official EFF website at www.eyecatcherfilmfest.com. All entrants release and agree to hold EFF and/or all other EFF related entities harmless from and against any and all injuries, rights, damages, losses, claims and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from EFF or participation in EFF and any EFF related activity, in perpetuity. All entrants release and waive any claims with regard to EFF and agree to hold harmless EFF and/or all EFF related entities from and against any and all claims of any kind that are or could be asserted with respect to any festival related matter whatsoever, in perpetuity. All entrants further agree to indemnify, defend against and agree to hold harmless EFF and/or all other EFF related entities from any and all liabilities, damage, costs and/or fees incurred in defending against any third party claim(s) or threat(s) of claim(s) asserted against EFF and/or all other EFF related entities arising from any entrant(s) participation in or conduct associated with EFF, in perpetuity
All EFF rules and policies are governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Oklahoma, United States of America, without regards to its principles of conflicts of law, in perpetuity. For any dispute not subject to arbitration, entrant agrees to personal jurisdiction by the federal and state courts located in Pennsylvania, United States of America, and waives any jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such courts. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby irrevocably waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, and/or any other damages, including attorney fees, other than participant(s) actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e.- costs associated with participating in the festival competition), and entrant further irrevocably waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased, in perpetuity. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. All taxes on or connected with any prize and the reporting consequences thereof, are the sole and exclusive responsibility of respective winners.
All information by EFF, whether publicly posted or not, is subject to change without prior notice. All festival and screening decisions will be made by the EyeCatcher Film Festival (EFF) and all EFF decisions are final. In Addition, all films submitted to the festival may be used privately for educational workshops that benefit the youth in the area (Films will not be for public use outside of festival screening. All films will remain in possession of the festival for the duration of the workshop then the HD files will be erased.
Thank You and Good Luck from the EyeCatcher Film Festival.