The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival is a juried international competition in the cultural heritage/archaeology film genre, bringing you the world’s best films relating to archaeology, ancient and indigenous cultures, and their world. This Festival is a counterpart to popular European archaeological and cultural film festivals found in places like Amiens, Athens, Bordeaux, Brussels, Kiel, Nyon, Istanbul, Rome, and Rovereto.

The next year's 18th Annual edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival will run from Wednesday, May 12th, through Sunday, May 16th, 2021, with most venues located in downtown Eugene, Oregon.

Please read Rules & Terms for the complete entry process!

Film selected for awards will receive a certificate of award and continued promotion on The Archaeology Channel (

Jury Awards include:

• Best Film
• Best Narration
• Best Animation & Effects
• Best Public Education Value
• Best Script
• Best Cinematography
• Best Music
• Most Inspirational

with additional special mentions at the Juries discretion.

Audience Favorite Award

Winners of the Jury’s Best Film award and the Audience Favorite Award will be presented with an Archy, The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival award trophy.

Submission to the 2021 edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival (TACIFF) constitutes an agreement with all Festival terms and conditions and permission to exhibit the work during the Festival if selected. Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to submit the work to TACIFF, that all statements made in this application are true and accurate and that all necessary rights and clearances have been secured to exhibit the work at the Festival in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

To be eligible for the 2021 TAC International Film Festival, submitted work must have been completed after January 1, 2014.

Work accepted to screen at the Festival will be programmed in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of TACIFF. Venue(s), program time(s) and number of screenings of selected work are also at the sole discretion of TACIFF. The number of scheduling slots available for competitive and non-competitive narrative features, documentary features and short films may vary from year to year.

TACIFF DOES NOT provide screening fees or honorariums for submitted work — or for any film screening as part of the Festival’s juried competition. Films not accepted into the juried competition may still be eligible for audience awards, as determined by the TACIFF programming committee.

TACIFF may deny acceptance of any film at its sole discretion. ENTRY FEES, IF ASSESSED, ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Digital film copies must be provided for submissions to be reviewed by the TACIFF programming committee. If not provided through a specific submission platform, a method as determined on the completed entry form will be used.

Entrants will be notified of their submission’s selection status on or before January 1, 2021.

If accepted, the entrant agrees to provide an exhibition file in TACIFF's required format by April 1, 2021. All films must be in English or with English subtitling. Any costs necessary to deliver the exhibition file to TACIFF in the required format, or for any necessary subtitling, are the sole responsibility of the entrant.

Entrant also agrees to allow TACIFF to keep a copy of each submission in the TACIFF Video Bar, should it be accepted as a Festival entry. The Festival Video Bar allows audience members in Eugene to enjoy films that have been submitted and accepted to the Festival on individual viewing stations on demand, outside of any scheduled screening times, but only from May 13 to 16, 2020. (To opt out of the TACIFF Video Bar, please notify TACIFF in writing by February 1, 2021.)

If the submission becomes an "Official Selection" or wins a Jury or Audience Award, TACIFF requests that this be noted on promotional materials. Festival laurels are available to all Official Selections and award winners.

All materials shipped from outside the United States must be sent "free domicile" to the TACIFF office, with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. TACIFF will not handle customs clearances, so please be sure to include all of the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service.

Although every possible care will be taken with exhibition material in our possession, TACIFF is not responsible for loss or damage. Please do not send originals, special prints or master copies.


Submission Guidelines:

This, the eighteenth edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival, features films produced between 2014 and 2020 about archaeology, cultural heritage and indigenous peoples. A $10 USD fee will be assessed for those submitting films. These fees contribute to growing the Festival. ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. See further details posted on The Archaeology Channel ( ENTRY VIA FilmFreeway IS JUST ONE OF A TWO STEP PROCESS. YOU MUST COMPLETE OUR ENTRY FORM FOR YOUR FILM TO BE OFFICIALLY ENTERED. REFER TO OUR CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR CONTACT THE FESTIVAL:

• Completed entry process on FilmFreeway for each film submission, including payment of entry fee. (For consideration for a fee waiver, contact:, with the subject: Festival Fee Waiver)
• Completed entry form for each film submission and a review copy of each film. The film summary is required. We rely on you for information! Read the form carefully and be accurate and complete! (Online Entry Form:
• For film review, please allow the download of your film on FilmFreeway or provide an alternative method (refer to Section Five of the online entry form). Max file size allowed: 4GB.
• A maximum of two films by each entrant producer may be submitted. Distributors may send films from multiple producers (limit of two per producer). Entrant distributors must provide assurance that the producers of entered films have been contacted and have agreed to the film entry. Each individual film submission must be accompanied by a signed official entry form.
• Films must have been produced in 2014 or later and must be in English or have English subtitles.

Overall Rating
  • marianne george

    Great job setting up before the COVID interruption. Great job transforming into an online festival. Great follow through with networking. TAC provides a unique opportunity to see archaeologically relevant selection of films and gather the filmmakers and audience of such films into a conference. We felt appreciated and look forward to participating next year.

    May 2020
  • kevin kelley

    We were so honored to be accepted into this festival! The quality of films with which we were showcased, were top quality National PBS worthy productions. We were very inspired by many of the other films because of their artistic beauty and timely content. The staff members and Director were extremely professional and caring. This was even more astounding when considering the scope of this festival, along with the pressure and complexity of operating in the shadow of The Covid 19 epidemic. Early on, this festival made the right decision to shift to an online experience which was done smoothly and effectively. My colleagues and I look forward to attending The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival in the future, regardless whether we have an entry or not in the festival.

    May 2020
  • Very nice festival, happy to have been selected and awarded.

    May 2020
  • Maurice Gunning

    The team at the festival were just fantastic throughout the whole process - a joy to be involved this year, thank you!

    May 2018
  • Jesse Pickett

    Absolutely wonderful festival. Organizers are truly affable.

    May 2018