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Now Accepting Submissions for the 2020 Tallgrass Film Festival

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

DOXX 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.

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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