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

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

The Klamath Independent Film Festival is truly a filmmaker's film festival, with a well rounded program showcasing the Klamath region and Oregon as a whole, to bring attention to regional filmmaking, and to expose Southern Oregon to filmmaking throughout the state, with support and attendance from statewide film organizations.

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 regional and statewide 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 more than $1500 in prizes, awards are as follows:

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

- Jury Grand Prize Feature
- Jury Grand Prize Short
- Jury Runner Up Short
- Jury 2nd Runner Up Short
- Jury Best Student Short

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

- Jury Grand Prize Feature
- Jury Grand Prize Short
- Jury Runner Up Short
- Jury 2nd Runner Up Short
- Jury Best Student Short

...and, just for submitting, we will make sure you get some tickets to the festival whether your film is selected or not, because we want to bring filmmakers together!

*Student films must meet all KIFF guidelines below. For specific student film info, see #6.

[1]. We list a submission fee on FilmFreeway in order 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. Contact us at info@klamathfilm.org.

[2]. KIFF 2018 is open to shorts (less than 40 minutes in length) and features (more than 40 minutes in length) completed January 1, 2017 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.

[3]. Films must be submitted no later than June 1, 2018.

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

[5]. Submissions shot in or by residents of Oregon and California counties on the Oregon/California border will be considered for our Regional categories. The remainder of submissions will be considered for our Oregon Statewide categories.

[6]. K-12 students are eligible for our new student prize. Films must be less than 5 minutes in length, and meet all other KIFF guidelines in these rules (completion date, rights to content as detailed in #7 below, etc.). Students who are residents of Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, and Lake counties in Oregon or Del Norte, Siskiyou, and Modoc counties in California should enter as a "Regional Student Short". Residents from elsewhere in Oregon should enter as "Oregon Statewide Student Short". Winners will receive a $100 prize!

[7]. Filmmakers shall have all rights to, or have received permission to use, all video/images, music and any other media contained in submitted films. There are also rights-free and/or "fair use" sources which 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!

[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.

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    Molly Kreuzman

    We were so delighted that a festival of this size has such magnanimous cash prizes (Earth Seasoned...#GapYear won the Oregon and N. Cali Shorts and Features and received $250) For us independent filmmakers this is so nice!! Thanks Klamath Independent Film Festival and keep up the great work supporting independent cinema!!

    October 2017