The Fifth Annual Short Film Competition is coming!

SEPTEMBER 20TH-21ST, 2019
LAS LOMAS THEATER
WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA
 

How great was is this Competition? You can read about last year's event, including reviews from some of the filmmakers here.

THE SUBMISSION WINDOW FOR THE 2019 COMPETITION IS COMING.
Submission window opens May 1st.
Submission window closes July 15th.

Again this  year, NO submission fee!

NEW this year: If you are selected as a Finalist, you’re a winner! ALL selected Finalists receive the same $500 cash award! However, note the additional submission requirements below.

PRIZE AWARDS: WITH MOUNTAIN SHADOW’S COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT THE FILM-MAKING COMMUNITY, ALL FINALISTS ARE DEEMED “WINNERS” AND WILL RECEIVE THE SAME $500 CASH AWARD THIS YEAR!

IN ADDITION, AUDIENCE BALLOTING WILL PROVIDE 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD PLACE DESIGNATIONS, WITH ALL FINALISTS RECEIVING LAURELS FOR THEIR CORRESPONDING PLACEMENT IN THE COMPETITION.

Submission Criteria for filmmakers:

  • Submission window begins May 1st. Submission deadline: July 15th, 2019

  • Genre: Short Film (running time: 30 seconds – 25 min)

  • Categories: Any, including Animated, Live-action / Narrative, Documentary and Experimental

  • How recent? The film should have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2018

  • Due to the high number of submissions we receive and review, we have the limitation that entrants should reside in the U.S.

  • Prior release restrictions: the film should not have been broadly screened in any commercial venue or public media (local PBS, for example). Prior festival screenings OK.

  • License release: Entrant grants Mountain Shadow public performance rights for its two shows, free of charge. Applicant further declares their work has taken care of all necessary permission use of any copyrighted material (e.g. music) used in their film.

  • MOST IMPORTANT: if selected as a Finalist, you agree to present your film in person at all three performances of the Competition.

Award Process:

8-12 Finalists will be selected by a Jury comprised of approximately 24 Mountain Shadow Film Society members (non-contestants). 1st, 2n and 3rd Place winners with corresponding laurels will be determined by audience ballots and announced at the conclusion of the last evening performance.

IMPORTANT:  AGAIN, IF SELECTED, ALL FINALISTS AGREE TO ATTEND IN PERSON AND PRESENT THEIR FILM AT THREE PERFORMANCES: FRIDAY, SEPT 20TH, 7:30 PM, AND SATURDAY, SEPT. 21ST, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM. EACH FILMMAKER’S PRESENTATION WILL INCLUDE A SHORT INTRODUCTION, FILM SCREENING AND OPPORTUNITY FOR BRIEF Q&A WITH THE AUDIENCE. FILMMAKERS CAN ANTICIPATE A VIEWING AUDIENCE OF 150 - 300 AT EACH OF THREE PERFORMANCES.  

AGAIN, YOU SHOULD NOT SUBMIT YOUR FILM IF YOU WOULD NOT BE WILLING AND ABLE TO ATTEND THE COMPETITION IN PERSON.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MADE VIA FILM FREEWAY - AFTER MAY 1ST, 2019 YOU MAY SUBMIT YOUR FILM ENTRY BY CLICKING ON THE LINK: HERE.

Good luck!