***Please see Rules & Terms below to obtain free submission fee waivers!***

**KIFF has a K-12 student prize category! See Rules & Terms below for more information**

The Klamath Independent Film Festival is the premier Oregon-centric all-genre film festival, receiving more Oregon film submissions and giving more screen time to Oregon films & filmmakers (and our very northerly California neighbors!) than any other festival.

KIFF films are selected by a multi-person jury consisting of filmmakers and regular people to ensure a non-biased, balanced exhibition which celebrates films for film's sake in a way even general audiences can appreciate. Real films selected by real people, for real audiences to enjoy!

Celebrating, growing, and bringing attention to filmmakers is our primary purpose. We program and award Northern and Southern films separately in order to give the greatest opportunity for filmmakers to be seen and recognized for their work. We aim to pass our success back to filmmakers through awards and promotion, both of which increase as our success increases.

With nearly $2,000 in prizes, awards are as follows:

Southern films (shot predominately in, or by residents of Oregon and California counties on the Oregon/California border):

- Jury Grand Prize Feature $300
- Jury Grand Prize Short $300
- Jury Runner Up Short $150 Amazon card
- Jury 2nd Runner Up Short $100 Amazon card
- Jury Best K-12 Student Short $100 Amazon card

Northern films (shot predominately in, or by residents of the remainder of the State of Oregon):

- Jury Grand Prize Feature $300
- Jury Grand Prize Short $300
- Jury Runner Up Short $150 Amazon card
- Jury 2nd Runner Up Short $100 Amazon card
- Jury Best K-12 Student Short $100 Amazon card

...and all submitters are entitled to two (2) free Weekend Passes (Saturday/Sunday) whether their film is selected or not, in order to bring filmmakers together and encourage them to meet/network/see each other's work!

*Student films must meet all KIFF guidelines below. For specific student film info, see #5.

*We list a submission fee on FilmFreeway in part to prevent an onslaught of ineligible films from being submitted to us. If your film meets our eligibility requirements below, we are happy to offer you a free submission waiver upon request. Contact us at info@klamathfilm.org.

[1]. KIFF 2020 is open to shorts (less than 40 minutes in length) and features (more than 40 minutes in length) completed January 1, 2019 or later, by filmmakers who are residents of the state of Oregon, or California counties on the Oregon border (Del Norte, Siskiyou, and Modoc counties), *or* residents from anywhere in the world whose film was predominantly shot in the aforementioned regions.

[2]. Films must be submitted no later than June 1, 2020. Please note we have a tight review and selection schedule. Unlike many festivals we do not tend to take films after the deadline so be sure to get yours in on time!

[3]. Limit two (2) short and two (2) feature submissions per filmmaker.

[4]. Submissions shot in or by residents of Oregon and California counties in Coos, Douglas, Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Harney, or Malheur counties of Oregon or Del Norte, Siskiyou, or Modoc counties of California will be considered for our Southern categories. The remainder of submissions will be considered for our Northern categories.

[5]. K-12 students are eligible for our new student prize. Films must be no more than 5 minutes in length max (not a second more), and meet all other KIFF guidelines in these rules (completion date, rights to content as detailed in #6 below, etc.). Students who are residents of Coos, Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Harney, or Malheur counties in Oregon or Del Norte, Siskiyou, and Modoc counties in California should enter as a "Southern Student Short". Residents from elsewhere in Oregon should enter as "Northern Student Short". The winner of each category will receive a $100 prize!

[6]. Filmmakers shall have all rights to, or have received permission to use, all video/images, music and any other media and/or trademarks contained in submitted films.

**We strongly encourage filmmakers to stay away from relying on "fair use" to use protected content. "Fair use" is not always clear and we reserve the right to disqualify films we feel do not comfortably meet its standard, or which open us to receiving an excess of films with protected content under the guise of "fair use". This includes "fan films", "remakes", trademarked character or product use, and more. It is best to be totally original!

We are more particular about this issue than many festivals due to the range of experience/knowledge among our filmmakers, in order to keep a level playing field for everyone as best we can. Alternatively, some rights-free sources can be found on the internet via a search, such as "rights free music", for example.

For more information, contact us. We want to help you get your film on the big screen!

[7]. We reserve the right to not exhibit works which we feel are not intended for, or well suited to, the big screen audience/film experience. While we don't want to discourage great works of unique, entertaining, or artistic quality, this means submissions made for television, commercials, etc. may be dismissed.

[8]. If your film is selected for show, you grant KIFF the right to exhibit your film, and use clips/stills from your film, in order to promote you and the festival.

[9]. All decisions by judges and organizers are final. Any submissions which do not meet the requirements will be disqualified, so please be sure you meet all requirements! Entry fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • jesse blanchard

    An incredibly special festival, KIFF goes all out to make it super fun for the filmmakers and the audience. I was thoroughly impressed at every turn with the care they put towards me and my film. I can't wait to come back!

    September 2020
  • Rollyn Stafford

    A wonderful festival in a wonderful town. I will definitely be back next year.

    September 2020
  • A really well-run film festival for Oregon filmmakers. I've had a film play 4 out of the last 5 years and every year it gets a little bit better, the crowds get bigger, more filmmakers are there, better parties, etc. It's a really fun weekend, full of cool people and great films. You couldn't ask for a better theater to have your film shown in, a huge, beautiful classic theater, with a nice big screen and good sound. If you're an Oregon filmmaker this is a must enter!

    September 2019
  • Taylor Morden

    This festival has everything I love about smaller independent film festivals:
    - They take care of their film makers.
    - They screen your films in nice theaters and attract a great audience.
    - They have quality films from all over the state of Oregon.

    I was skeptical before driving down to the small town fest, but I was really impressed by the whole production. The staff is great and the town really seems to embrace the festival as well.

    September 2019
  • Gabriel Morgan

    Definitely a wonderful festival! The care that was lacking at other festivals was achieved here and was greatly appreciated. There were plenty of instances for networking and mingling and the whole festival was structured quite nicely. I would recommend submitting to this one! It's worth it.

    February 2019