Misfit Film Festival developed out of the craziness of Misfit Con, an annual conference held in Fargo, North Dakota for misfits, troublemakers and rabble-rousers. Misfit Film was created to celebrate the misfits of the world who are working in the medium of film.

What is Misfit?

These events and many more projects are brought together under the banner of Misfit Incorporated, a small company with huge dreams. We have worked on projects all over the world and our ethos is about living with intention and doing work that matters.

What is the Misfit Film Festival?

The Misfit Film Festival is the first ever festival dedicated to films made with intention. It’s a curated stage for audacious filmmakers who seek to engage their audience with original work that nobody else could make. If you’re looking for half-baked, mediocre, unremarkably average films, please politely stop reading.

This year, screenings of winning films will be weaved into a weekend of art, theatre, food, music and film the weekend directly following Misfit Con.

Why Fargo?

Fargo is a geographical misfit. It is town of artists and craftspeople, burgeoning with creativity in the middle of the Midwest. It’s the perfect place to host this beautiful Film Festival in tandem with Misfit Con.

The ten shortlisted films will have dedicated screenings in a beautiful old theatre in Fargo. All shortlisted films will receive laurels. The winner will receive $1,000 prize money and a laurel.



The film must be your own original work, meaning that you must have been one of the principal creators and have the right to submit it to this competition and authorise it to be screened to the general public.

There are no categories and very few limits on what you can submit, our only request is that it must fit the theme: Misfit.

All submissions must be short films (maximum running time - 20 minutes)

The submission must not contain any pornographic or obscene content

There is no limit on the age of the film - We have no policy restricting when the film was made. As long as you created it, your film will be accepted.

The submission must be a finished product.

Submissions will open on March 1, 2015 and will close on May 15, 2015.

Animated films will be accepted


If you are selected as the winner, you must be able to provide us with a high resolution version of your film.
The film can have originated in any country in the world, but if it is not in English we would request that it has subtitles, pretty please
Any use of third-party music must be cleared with the original owners/license holders
Films must not have exclusivity rights elsewhere.
The submission must not infringe on any third party’s intellectual property or privacy rights
The Submission must not contain any third party work, INCLUDING ANY MUSICAL RECORDING OR COMPOSITION, unless (1) you have a license to use such work in the Submission from the owners/licensors; (2) such work is in the public domain.
Where required by law, you must have obtained appropriate releases for every person who appears recognisably in your Submission
Your submission must not breach any contractual obligation
We cannot be held responsible for any losses arising from any third-party action against you in relation to your submission
No animals must be used in your film without the owner’s consent
You must be able to provide licenses, releases and permissions upon request



As between you and Misfit Inc, you will own all intellectual property related to your Submission and shall retain ownership of such intellectual property.
By submitting your entry, you grant Misfit Inc a non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, publicly perform, display, reproduce, transmit, sublicense, and distribute in all media formats that exist now or in the future the Submission in connection with (1) the Misfit Film Festival and the promotion of stated festival; (2) the promotion of future iterations of the Misfit Film Festival.

Where permitted by law, each Winner agrees to grant Misfit Inc has the right to print, publish, broadcast and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the world wide web, at any time or times, his or her name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and biographical information as news or information and for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without additional consideration, and without notification, review, or approval.
We reserve the right to disqualify any individual we find to be tampering with the submission process, or to be acting in a manner that we deem to be not within the spirit of this festival.
We assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries.
We reserve the right to cancel, modify or suspend the festival although we will try our best to provide notice to all entrants.