It's the 2nd Annual Int'l Film Festival, founded in 2015 by film producer Rock Whitehead and his wife, actress/screenwriter Brenda-Marie Whitehead

Join us for a family fun weekend, and experience a film festival competition in Arizona solely for the western genre and sub-genres! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_(genre)#Subgenres
It'll be filled with great indie films, music and fun that will be legendary!

Our hope is to attract high profile and novice filmmakers so 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 films.

Friday, October 20th 2017 Celebrity Dinner Buffet from 6:00pm to 7pm: Meet & Greet kickoff party/concert from 8:30pm to 10:00pm.

Saturday October 21st 2017: Independent western genre films will screen at "The Willcox Historic Theater" at 134 North Railroad Avenue in Willcox, AZ. Meet Western Celebrities! Various Filmmaker Q&A's.

Sunday October 22nd 2017: Independent western genre films will screen at The Willcox Historic Theater at 134 North Railroad Avenue in Willcox, AZ. Various Filmmaker Q&A's. There will also be a Red Carpet Event. The Award Show will immediately follow the Red Carpet Event! 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!

Celebrities will be attending! For more details visit http://www.thewildbunchfilmfestival.com and sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/b-T03X to stay informed!

Awards & Prizes

TWBFF Awards

1. Jury - Best Feature Film
2. Jury - Best Short
3. Jury - Best Actor (Feature).
4. Jury - Best Actress (Feature).
5. Jury - Best Supporting Actor (Feature).
6. Jury - Best Supporting Actress (Feature).
7. Jury - Best Actor (Short).
8. Jury - Best Actress (Short).
9. Jury - Best Supporting Actor (Short).
10. Jury - Best Supporting Actress (Short).
11. Jury - Best Director (Feature).
12. Jury - Best Director (Short).
13. Jury - Best Cinematography (Feature).
14. Jury - Best Cinematography (Short).
15. Jury - Best Foreign Film (all combined)
16. Jury - Best Movie Poster (All combined).
17. Jury - Best Original Score (all combined)
18. Jury - Best Documentary.
19. Jury - Best Animation.
20. Jury - Best Comedy.
21. Jury - The Jerry Vance Award for - Best Stunt (short)
22. Jury - The Jerry Vance Award for - Best Stunt (Feature)
23. Jury - 1st Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
24. Jury - 2nd Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
25. Jury - 3rd Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
26. Jury - 1st Place - Best Screenplay (Feature)
27. Jury - 2nd Place - Best Screenplay (Feature)
28. Jury - 3rd Place - Best Screenplay (Feature)
29. Festival Director's Choice Award - (film).
30. Festival Director's Choice Award - (screenplay).
(AWARD NAMES MAY OR MAY NOT CHANGE, & SOME AWARDS COULD BE GIVEN OUT THAT DO NOT APPEAR IN THIS LIST)

Rules & Terms

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

This festival is genre specific to Westerns only. No other genre will be accepted. 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.

Project Length Information:
Feature - 60-120 minutes.
Short 3-30 minutes.
Animated - 3-90 minutes.
Documentary - 3-90 minutes.
Music Video - 2-10 minutes.
Screenplay (Short) 50 pages or less.
Screenplay (Feature) Feature Scripts: 51 pages or more.

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, or are available for continuous online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible. All films as well as screenplays must be completed no earlier than 2012.

All Finalists are required to provide high resolution DVD, Blu-Ray copy. Copies will not be returned. A DCP is preferred above all. The DVD & Blu-Ray can be used as a backup. http://www.simpledcp.com/technical-guidelines/faq-digital-cinema-package-dcp/

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 or in our hands no later than Aug 31st, 2017.

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) IS SELECTED, YOU'LL RECEIVE TWO FREE FILM SCREENING PASSES FOR SATURDAY & SUNDAY SCREENINGS! This does not include Red Carpet Event, Kickoff Party/Concert passes or other special events that may occur.
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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 win a pass? Yes. They'll win two TWBFF passes allowing access to various film festival screenings on Sunday Oct 22nd.

Is there a PRIZE for finalist and winners? Yes, trophies, awards, etc..

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

Fees are submitted online. No waivers. No Refunds.
Features: $30/$40/$50 Shorts: $20/$30/$40

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. All screenplays must be completed no earlier than 2012.

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.)

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.

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    Paul Vernon

    A great festival, friendly and efficiently organised.

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Paul! :)

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    Tomohiko Iwasaki

    It was great honor awarded best foreign film.

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Well deserved and you are more than welcome Tomohiko!