Celebrating the art of films 5 minutes and under.

More than just yearly event, with laurels and prizes, MicroMania Film Fest officially selected films can opt in to out streaming channels - building views and engagement up to during and beyond our July event.

Our Vimeo channel views, alone are over 6K and growing as of 4/5/20!

Grow your audience as millions of viewers search for movies to stream or wait until our July event - the choice is yours & you can opt out at any time. - We're here to promote your work, not get in your way.

2020 films are selected on a rolling basis.

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Because of COVID-19 our July 18th event including workshops and filmmaker talkbacks will be streamed online across multiple platforms for free. Award winners will be determined highest total audience views across multiple platforms beginning July 18th and ending July 25th.

Non-cash prizes include 1 IndieVice Pro (www.indievice.com) per category winner.
Cash prize $50 per category winner.

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'Brevity is the sister of genius’ - Anton Chekov

MicroMania Film festivals created to celebrate the skill and artistry of films up to 5 minutes long (with or without credits).**

Submission is open to films made this year or over 10 years ago and we require no exclusivity.

If your film is 45 seconds or under - you deserve a discount. Email us with using the subject 'Ultra Micro' and include a link for us to verify the length of your film and we'll send you a code.

SELECTION PROCESS:
Films are screened and rated by a panel of industry (producers, podcasters, critics and academics) - see below.

AWARD PROCESS:
Official, juror-selected films will screen online across multiple platforms July 18th-25th and compete for an audience chosen 'Best Micro-x' Award film within each category as determined by total audience views.

Officially Selected films will have the option of inclusion on MMFF's branded Instagram TV channel, FB Watch playlist and Vimeo Showcase prior to the official festival date.

MicroMania Film Festival's streaming program includes a mobile filmmaking workshop, micro-storytelling workshop (in development), and filmmaker talkbacks.

Officially selected films including Festival Finalists receive a laurel and compete for 'Best Micro-x' film in their category and a cash award (see above). Award winners are selected by highest total audience views across multiple platforms.

JUDGES:
Our submission judges include a growing list of popular genre specific podcasters, bloggers, film critics, Media Studies and Communications professors, MicroMania Film Festival 2019 award winners.

Meg Knowles (Prof. of Communications)
Carl Lee (Professor of Media Studies)
Nick Bigtower (Bigtower Pictures)
Killer Horror Critic
Julian Vigo (anthropologist, filmmaker, writer)
MJ Micheaux Film Club
Christa Avampato (blogger - Curating a Creative Life)
Black Girls Flm Club
Richard Smith (Unexplained Podcast)
Ed Cardoni (Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center)
John Massier, Curator (Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center)
Max Majoros (MMFF 2019 Best Micro-Animation winner)
Kazuya Ashizawa (MMFF 2019 Best Micro-Documentary winner)
Nick Brannigan (Real World Films)
MiMi Q. Atkins (Mystic Road Films)

Some Love For Our Inaugural Festival in November.

‘Wonderful labour of love by the founders, and it shows! Lots of care was put into the format and running order. They are committed to trying to give micro-shorts opportunities and platforms. Clear communication and we had a great time at the screening itself. For a festival in its first year to be so confidently and carefully put together was a wonderful surprise and we're very excited to go back in the future.’ -Joseph Beebe, Official Selection MicroMania Film Festival 2019.

‘MicroMania was a unique and engaging experience. There was a wide variety of stories and I was impressed with the creativity and power packed into the “5 minute and under” requirement.’ - Danielle T., Festival Attendee.

‘I wasn’t expecting much. It was really good.’ - Anonymous Boomer, Festival Attendee.

SUBMISSION PERKS:

MicroMania Film Festival offers the opportunity for your work to reach an international audience and the chance to win a cash prize.

MicroMania does not limit entries based on the year in which they were made or if the work is online already. We also do not require a premiere status in order to accept your content as official selection.

MicroMania is dedicated to sharing your powerful minute stories with as many people as possible. We work with local non-profit organizations to show donation- based encore presentations of the festival for those who are financially disadvantaged. You may opt out of this if it does not align with your film’s trajectory.

**If your film is over 5 minutes due to credits, you may submit a version without them. If your film makes it to official selection the festival will screen the credited version.

SPONSORS:

IndieVice (indievice.com)

Best Micro-Drama
Best Micro-Comedy
Best Micro-Horror
Best Micro-Animation
Best Micro-Documentary
Best Micro-Episodic (webseries, series)
Best Micro-Freestyle
Best Micro-Experimental
Best Micro-Music Video

Estimated cash prize $50 or more depending upon total submissions.
We're happy to furnish a detailed accounting after the event, upon request.

Prizes will be delivered directly from sponsor partners.

Rules & Terms
MicroMania Film Festival is open to micro-short content from all countries.
All foreign language films must be subtitled in English. Subtitles are not necessary for music videos.

No pornography or film trailers will be accepted.NO HATE.

MicroMania Film Festival reserves the right to remove any category for which a minimum of 3 films have not been selected due to low overall ratings as determined by MMFF submission judges. High rated films within a category that has been eliminated will be shifted to 'Micro-Freestyle'

ENTRY FEE
Entry fees pay for operational costs (website, marketing, venue, promotional costs)
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Entry fees are non-refundable and required for each distinct category submission.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All entrants agree with the terms and conditions below to be featured as 'Officially Selected' and to qualify as a finalist/winner.

Delivery of 'Officially Selected' films will be accepted by digital means only. All films must be delivered in high resolution with credits. MicroMania Film Festival reserves the right to remove an accepted film from its programming schedule due to low resolution.

MicroMania Film Festival reserves the right to remove an accepted film from its programming schedule if the filmmaker is unresponsive to requests for files or information.

PROMOTIONAL RIGHTS
MicroMania Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize still images and submission descriptions, provided by accepted filmmakers for exhibition at the Festival and for promotional purposes leading up to the event.

MicroMania Film Festival is hereby granted the right to stream officially selected films in it's online streaming on-demand component for a period of up to one month.

ENTRY LIABILITY
The filmmaker holds the MicroMania Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

CASH AWARDS:

Category award winners will be notified by August 1st, 2019 where available (see above)
Winners must respond by August 15th to claim their cash award.
Cash award delivery requires a Paypal or Xoom account.

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  • John G

    I occasionally enter film festivals that I am unable to go to, so my ability to review them is based on their communications with me and their social media presence. I was unfortunately not able to attend this film festival this year (would have been an expensive trip), but I was thrilled with the excellent and enthusiastic communication I received and how active they are on social media. I felt valued as someone with a film that had been selected and it really made me wish I could have been there. They are a brand new festival, but I can see big crowds coming for them in that future if they continue their excellent level of service. I really appreciated the level of effort put towards me as a filmmaker who couldn’t make it and I’d bet anything they rolled out the red carpet for filmmakers in attendance. Definitely recommend.

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, John!!! We would certainly have rolled out the red carpet for you. I hope very much to see more of your work in the future and maybe even meet you at some point.

    Keep up the amazing work! Lukia C.

  • For it's first year, MicroMania was incredibly well organised. Communication was excellent and they proved themselves to be serious and commited. MicroMania's professional approach has the potential to attract film makers from all over the world and grow as a leading short film festival. Great job.

    November 2019
  • I'm so glad to have had Shadow at the Door be a part of MicroMania Film Festival. Great communication!!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Roshini! We hope that you'll submit more beautiful work in the future. Stay tuned. We're working on a bunch of great ideas that'll bring even more value to our 2020 submitters and beyond!

  • What an honor and great pleasure to have been a part of this festival!! Due to a scheduling conflict, I did not have the opportunity to attend the event in support of my short film, "Samuel's Got A Sweet Tooth". Though the energy and effort was apparent in every aspect of this festival. Lukia and company were kind, communicative, and obviously extremely passionate about this creative medium. Again, super kudos and congratulations to all!!!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Angel. That's very kind - and much appreciated!

    We really hope you keep making beautiful micros (and longer work too) and that you always consider submitting to MicroMania Film Festival.

    We're working on a bunch of ideas for next season that aim at bringing more attention the micro-short flm form - and it's creators.

  • Josef Beeby

    Wonderful labour of love by the founders, and it shows! Lots of care was put into the format and running order. They are committed to trying to give micro-shorts opportunities and platforms. Clear communication and we had a great time at the screening itself. For a festival in its first year to be so confidently and carefully put together was a wonderful surprise and we're very excited to go back in the future.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Joseph! It was such a pleasure to have you and Grace in attendance to talk about your lovey, inventive film! We can't wait to see more!