Is your deep, diverse idea and voice distilled to glimpses, flashes and snaps? Do you agree with our boy Anton Chekhov in that ‘Brevity is the sister of genius?’ Then MicroMania Film Festival (MMFF) is the premier festival for your tiny and mighty cinematic adventure!
MMFF is an event created by filmmakers to share micro-media up to five minutes in length.
** If your film's credits take you over 5 min, no problem. You may, submit a version without your credits. If your film is officially selected we'll screen a version that includes them.
We are an international film festival showcasing content in eight categories - rocking worlds one little story at a time. 5 films from each category will screen and compete for Best film within their category and a cash prize.
MicroMania, now in our second year, has grown into a hybrid event including an outdoor screening at Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center Buffalo NY on July 15 with a Video On Demand event July 15th - July 22nd. This allows for MicroMania to offer cash prizes!
Audience votes from the Dnipro screening will be combined with those of streaming viewers to determine festival category winners. Category winners will receive a cash award of 5% of net proceeds from Video On Demand sales.
Up to 5 films will be accepted from each category.
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)
Max Majoros (MMFF 2019 Best Micro-Animation winner)
Kazuya Ashizawa (MMFF 2019 Best Micro-Documentary winner)
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.
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.
Remember, 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.
Best Micro-Episodic (webseries, series)
Best Micro-Music Video
Estimated cash prize $50 or more. Cash prizes per category are the equivalent of 5% of net VOD sales.
*Net - sales proceeds minus overhead costs (hosting fees, promotional costs...) We're happy to furnish a detailed accounting after the event, upon request.
Cash awards will be paid via online transfer within one month of 2020 festival close. Awards delivered via PayPal or Xoom.
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.
Up to 5 films will be accepted per category. 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.
Entry fees pay for operational costs and festival prizes.
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.
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.
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.
Category award winners will be notified by August 1st, 2019.
Winners must respond by August 15th to claim their cash award.
Cash award delivery requires a Paypal or Xoom account.
Category winners receive 5% of net streaming sales minus associated Paypal/Xoom cash transfer fees.
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.