This year’s Soo Film Festival is set for September 15-17, 2017. The festival, now in its fourth year, is once again headquartered in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, at the historic Soo Theatre.

The festival has issued an open call for entries. All genres and nonfiction in feature and shorts categories will be accepted online exclusively through FilmFreeway, starting April 4. The festival committee has set a fee-free early bird deadline of May 12. The regular deadline is June 23 and requires a $10 entry fee. Late entries must be submitted by July 7 with an entry fee of $15. The selected films will be announced the first week of August.

Soo Film Festival 2017 is open to anyone but will continue to emphasize and showcase work from the Great Lakes region.

Four years later and we're just as excited as the first. We anticipate this may be the biggest festival yet. We look forward to showing off more of your incredible talent.

Send us your film!

Thank you
Taylor Brugman
Festival President

P.S. Send us your film before May 12 and your entry is FREE!!!

Awards & Prizes

Audience Awards: Best in Category (depending on submissions)

Rules & Terms

IMPORTANT DATES (2017)
May 12: Early bird deadline - *** FREE ENTRY ***
June 23: Regular deadline - $10 entry fee
July 7: Late deadline - $15 entry fee
August 4: Filmmaker notification of acceptance
August 25: Exhibition copies must be in the office
September 15, 16, and 17: Festival Dates

ELIGIBILITY REGULATIONS

Completion Date: No restriction.

Prior Screenings: No restriction.

Exhibition Formats: If your film is accepted, your final exhibition copy must be in Blu-Ray, DVD, or MP4 format. Digital delivery via cloud service (for example, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.) is preferred. If we have not received your exhibition copy by the August 25 deadline, a screening copy will be used.

Language: Foreign language films must include English subtitles.

Copyrighted Material: It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure prior authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film.

Screenings: All accepted films may be screened more than once, and are scheduled at the discretion of the Soo Film Festival staff.

ENTRY REGULATIONS

Deadline: You must submit your film online through FilmFreeway.com. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Notification: Films selected for screening will be notified by email around August 4, 2017.

CATEGORIES

You may enter your film in one category only.

If the Festival determines that work has been entered in the wrong category, it will be reassigned and the entrant notified.

In all categories, preference will be given to films that are connected to the Great Lakes in some way. Examples: film personnel (director, actors, writers, musicians, etc.) are from the Great Lakes area, or the film is shot on location in the Great Lakes area, or the film is about the Great Lakes area. The Great Lakes area includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; and the province of Ontario.

The categories are:
-- Narrative Feature - Narrative works of fiction that are 40 minutes or longer.
-- Narrative Short - Fiction films that are shorter than 40 minutes.
-- Documentary Feature - Non-fiction films that are between 40 and 90 minutes long. If your documentary is longer than 90 minutes, please consider submit a shortened version in the appropriate category.
-- Documentary Short - Non-fiction films that are shorter than 40 minutes.
-- Animation - Films shorter than 40 minutes, animated by any means
-- Music video – Music videos shorter than 15 minutes.

REQUIRED ENTRY MATERIALS

1. Completed submission through FilmFreeway.
2. A short summary of your film (25-35 words). Additional press and publicity materials are appreciated but not required.
3. A description of the connection for your film to the Great Lakes, if any.

Please note: Because we give preference to films that are connected to the Great Lakes in some way, it is very important that your entry describe the connection. In FilmFreeway this is accomplished by your entry in a custom field.

AWARDS

Audience Awards: Best in Category (depending on submissions).

AGREEMENT

By signing and submitting this form or by submitting your film through FilmFreeway.com, you are stating that you have read, understood, and agree to the following:

1) Soo Film Festival, Inc. (SFF) reserves the right to include selected films in any category deemed appropriate. Not all films will be selected for screenings during the 2017 Soo Film Festival (the Festival), but all submitted films will be considered. All Submitters will be notified on or about August 4, 2017 of the status of their submission/s. SFF reserves the right to program selected films as many times during the Festival as it sees fit, at whatever venue it sees fit.

2) If a film is selected for screening, the Film Director (Submitter) guarantees that he/she/they are the sole and rightful owner/s of the submission and that it does not violate or infringe on any trademark, trade name, copyright, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic or other intellectual property or personal right. If a film is selected, the filmmaker agrees that he/she will be solely responsible for the delivery of his/her film to the SFF Festival Office no later than August 25, 2017. All DVDs must be marked with the name of the film and filmmaker.

3) All participants acknowledge that the Festival is a public event that is open to the media. As such, all participants are subject to media coverage and scrutiny and may have their likenesses published in print, electronically, or via digital broadcast. SFF is not now, nor will it be in the future, responsible or liable for such media coverage or actions of the press or other publicity agents during any events or functions associated with the Festival.

4) Once a submission has been made, and the entry fee, if applicable, has been paid, there are no refunds. ALL submission materials become the property of SFF and will not be returned.

WHERE TO SEND YOUR MATERIALS

If you are not delivering your materials digitally, send them by US Postal Service or by UPS or FEDEX with NO SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT to:

Soo Film Festival
10170 W Lake St Loop,
Brimley, MI 49715

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    Jeff Vande Zande

    Great communication! Did not get to attend, but they gave our students a chance to showcase their films.

    March 2017
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    Zoran Maslic

    Great film festival for real film lovers!

    December 2016
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    joe nason

    Excellent exposure for your work!

    September 2016
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    Ben Krush

    We love the Soo Film Festival! Great experience, Great people! 5 star ratings across the board!

    September 2016
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    Lee Chambers

    Awesome venue in a great little city. With an extra push on getting audiences out this festival would be even better!

    September 2016