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Tallgrass Is Now Accepting Submissions for the 2020 Tallgrass Film Festival

Tallgrass Film Association (TFA) announces the call for submissions for the 18th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, October 14-18, 2020 in and around downtown Wichita, Kansas.

Tallgrass Film Festival is regular on MovieMaker Magazine's annual “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” 

Films should be submitted through FilmFreeway.

Deadline

  • Jan 7, 2019 – Opening Date
  • Apr 13, 2020 – Earlybird Deadline
  • May 11, 2020 – Regular Deadline
  • Jun 15, 2020 – Late Deadline
  • Jul 10, 2020 – Extended Deadline
  • Oct 14-18, 2020 – Event Date

 

Categories & Fees

Stubbornly Independent Feature Filme – USA Produced Narrative (60+minutes only)
Stubbornly Independent Submissions must be US Domestic narrative feature film made for $500,000 or under USD, without traditional, theatrical, domestic distribution at the time of the festival screening, A representative for the winning and nominated films must be able to attend the festival. A selection of films will be nominated for the gala screening, and the winning film will be voted on by a select jury. In addition to the Gala Spotlight, the jury selected film will also receive a $5,000 cash prize. All nominated films will automatically be accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival and will be eligible for the Best Narrative Feature Audience Award and The Golden Strands Outstanding Narrative Feature Film Award selected by the Festival Programming Directors.
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Doxx Spotlight
DOX Spotlight Submissions must be a female-directed documentary feature without traditional, theatrical, domestic distribution at the time of the festival screening, A representative for the winning and nominated films must be able to attend the festival. A selection of films will be nominated for an evening screening, and the winning film will be voted on by a select jury. In addition to the Spotlight screening, the jury selected film will also receive a $1,500 cash prize. All nominated films will automatically be accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival and will be eligible for the Best Narrative Documentary Audience Award and The Golden Strands Outstanding Documentary Feature Film Award selected by the Festival Programming Directors.
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Feature Film - Narrative
Fiction feature films may be a narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign film. Films entered in this category are eligible to be in competition for two awards. The Audience Award Winning Fiction Feature $2,500 award is granted to the fiction feature film accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival that receives the highest score by the audience. The Golden Strands Outstanding Fiction Feature Film award is granted to the narrative feature film (foreign or domestic) accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival that is selected by the Festival Programming Directors.
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Feature Film - Documentary
Documentary feature films may be a foreign or domestic feature. Films entered in this category are eligible to be in competition for two awards. The Audience Award Winning Documentary Feature Film award is granted $2,500 to the documentary feature film accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival that receives the highest score by the audience. The Golden Strands Outstanding Documentary Feature Film award is granted to the documentary feature film accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival that is selected by the Festival Programming Directors.
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Earlybird Deadline
Standard: $45
Gold Members: $40

Regular Deadline
Standard: $55
Gold Members: $49

Late Deadline
Standard: $100
Gold Members: $90

Extended Deadline
Standard: $130
Gold Members: $115

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Short Film - Narrative
Narrative short films (under 60 minutes) may be animation, experimental, domestic or international. The Tallgrass Audience Award Winning Short Narrative Film is granted to the short film screened at the festival scored highest by the audience and is awarded a $1000 cash prize.
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Short Film - Documentary
Documentary short films (under 60 minutes) may be animation, experimental, domestic or international. The Tallgrass Audience Award Winning Short Documentary Film is granted to the short film screened at the festival scored highest by the audience and is awarded a $1000 cash prize.
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Earlybird Deadline
Standard: $15
Gold Members: $13.50

Regular Deadline
Standard: $30
Gold Members: $26

Late Deadline
Standard: $50
Gold Members: $45

Extended Deadline
Standard: $80
Gold Members: $72

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Kansas Filmmaker Film
Kansas filmmaker films may be a documentary, narrative, animation or experimental film. Kansas filmmakers may submit their films and have any entry fees waived. Filmmakers MUST submit a valid Kansas address, connection and identification to be eligible for this category. For each major cast/crew Kansas connection, please include name, title, and city in Kansas connection. Include this eligibility information in your cover letter when you submit. Films submitted in this category that do not fulfill this requirement will not be considered. Kansas filmmaker short films are eligible to win the Best Kansas Filmmaker Short Film Award. The award is granted to the Kansas filmmaker short film screened at the Tim Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers Program scored highest by the Tallgrass Programming Directors. All Kansas films (features or shorts) are eligible to qualify for other festival awards.
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Emerging Young Filmmaker Short Film – 18 and Younger Only
Films submitted in the Emerging Filmmaker films category MUST be works written, directed, and shot by high school age students – 18-YEARS-OLD AND YOUNGER. This category is not for university or college filmmakers. Emerging Filmmaker Short Films may be a documentary, narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign films. Adult supervision is limited to advisory capacity. The winning Emerging Filmmaker Short Film is granted to the short film screened at the Joel Fein Emerging Filmmaker Program scored highest by the Tallgrass Executive Programming Directors. Fees are waived for any high school student submissions with valid high school identification (student id, school record, passport, drivers license or official identification that includes date of birth). All emerging young filmmaker films (features or shorts) are eligible to qualify for other festival awards.
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Earlybird Deadline
Standard: Free

Regular Deadline
Standard: Free

Late Deadline
Standard: Free

Extended Deadline
Standard: Free

Awards & Prizes

Tallgrass Film Festival will grant cash awards in the following categories

  • Audience Award Winning Documentary Feature: $2,500
  • Audience Award Winning Narrative Feature: $2,500
  • Stubbornly Independent Gala Winner: $5,000, as well as a gala screening and one-of-a-kind Tallgrass tap handle
  • Audience Award Winning Short Documentary Film: $1,000
  • Audience Award Winning Short Narrative Film: $1,000
  • DOXX Spotlight: $1,500, as well as a Spotlight screening and an award
  • Best Kansas Filmmaker Documentary Short Film: $500
  • Best Kansas Filmmaker Narrative Short Film: $500

Non-cash special recognition awards include

  • The Stubbornly Independent winner also receives a gala screening and one-of-a-kind Tallgrass tap handle.
  • Golden Strands Awards (awarded by Tallgrass Programming Directors) for Outstanding Documentary, Narrative Feature, Short Film and more
  • Best Kansas Filmmaker Short Film
  • Best Emerging Filmmaker Short Film

 

Rules & Terms

  • Films must have been completed after January 2017. Some exceptions will be considered for non-domestic releases.
  • Online screeners from secure sources are preferred. Include screener link and password in your submission.
  • 2 submission preview copies of the film are required if you are submitting on disc media (DVD).
  • Press kit is optional - electronic only, please
  • A Wichita premiere is required. World and US Premieres are not required, however premieres (especially Kansas premieres) are preferred and premiere status may be one of the factors considered when determining a film's inclusion in the Festival.
  • The festival does not screen films available on VOD or any online streaming portal at the time of the festival. However, the festival reserves the right to make exceptions to this rule.
  • All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for festival presentation.
  • The festival will consider works-in-progress, films with temporary soundtracks, digital outputs, and work that did not originate on film. Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated) for Festival screening. No exceptions will be permitted.
  • Fees are waived for any Kansas and Emerging Filmmakers under their respective categories with proper identification and qualifications.
  • Emerging Filmmaker films MUST be works written, directed, and shot by high school age students – 18-YEARS OLD AND YOUNGER. This category is not for university or college filmmakers. Adult supervision is limited to an advisory capacity. Emerging filmmakers must submit a valid high school identification (student id, school record, passport, driver's license or official identification that includes date of birth) to receive the fee waiver and to be eligible for this category. Please provide this in your submission or in a separate email to submit@tallgrassfilmfest.com.
  • For each major cast/crew Kansas connection, please include name, job title, and Kansas connection city. Please provide this in your submission or in a separate email to submit@tallgrassfilmfest.com. Kansas Filmmaker films are eligible for festival prizes if the film is accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival.

Screening/Presentation Terms of Agreement: 

  • Tallgrass Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
  • The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
  • The individual or corporation submitting the film shall indemnify and hold harmless Tallgrass Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
  • Should your film be accepted, we ask permission to keep a copy of the film for our festival library. This request is voluntary and is not conditional. The copy of the film in the TFF library will not be used for profit. Should we consider re-screening the film for a public paid event, we will notify individuals or corporations representing the film for permission and conditions.
  • Packaging - ship your media in a bubble-pack envelope whenever possible. If you must use a fiber pack, please wrap the media with protective material. The festival is not responsible for damage to tapes incurred in shipping.
  • Costs and labeling - all shipping costs to and from Wichita must be borne by the sender. All discs must indicate title, shipper's name, and FilmFreeway tracking number.
  • International entries - all entries from outside the US should be sent Airmail Registered or by a parcel express service. We cannot accept entries shipped via air-freight if customs and delivery fees have not been paid.
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