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A festival for amateur and professional filmmakers, we welcome short films of any genre, of no more than 20 minutes in length.
- Call for Entries Open: March 1, 2018
- Early Bird Deadline: December 1, 2018
- Regular Deadline: December 31, 2018
- Late Deadline: January 12, 2019
- Notification Date: January 20, 2019
- Event Dates: February 23 - 24, 2019
RETURNING FILMMAKERS (those who submitted any film with an entry fee in the past) receive an additional $5 discount, email email@example.com
to get your discount code before submitting your entry on FilmFreeway.
Rules & Terms
Short films in any genre, maximum 20 minutes in length. Sexual content and derogatory language towards any group or specific individual is prohibited. The applicant must have prime artistic responsibility for the video submitted. Roles considered to have prime artistic responsibility are director, producer, writer, or editor.
Awards & Prizes
- Grand Jury Prize - $500 cash prize plus trophy
- Best Director - trophy
- Best Story - trophy
- Best Cinematography - trophy
- Best Editing - trophy
- Best Music/Score - trophy
- Best Sound Mixing - trophy
- Best Actor - trophy
- Best Actress - trophy
- Will Vinton Award for Best Animation - $150 cash prize plus certificate
- Sunrise Rotary Award - $100 cash prize plus certificate
- Recology Sustainability Award - $100 cash prize plus certificate
The entry fee includes admission to the festival screening events AND to all of the roundtables.
Will Vinton Award for Best Animation
The Will Vinton Award for Best Animated Film will be awarded to the top scoring animated film. Will Vinton, a native of McMinnville, OR, is an Oscar-winning filmmaker and pioneer of Claymation. He is supporting this award and festival to encourage animation filmmakers!
Sunrise Rotary Award
The Sunrise Rotary Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement by a local and/or regional filmmaker. Whether a first-time filmmaker or a seasoned veteran, the films produced by artists within Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are watched and judged by members of the McMinnville Sunrise Rotary Club during a special viewing session before the festival. All genres are given consideration and voted on by the viewing members.
Recology Sustainability Award
Recology’s vision is a world without waste. This employee-owned company carries out its vision through community based services, educational programs and innovative engineering solutions that promote the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.
The 2019 Recology Sustainability Award will go to a filmmaker who demonstrates and promotes environmental sustainability as a major theme in their short film. Themes can include but are not limited to:
- Natural Resource Conservation
- Waste Reduction Outreach and Education
- Sustainable Product Production, Use and Management
A panel of judges, including Recology’s General Manager Fred Stemmler, will review the qualifying films and select the film that best fits this award.