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Submit Your Film to the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival

"Tallgrass is one of our favorite film festivals that we have been to throughout the whole festival circuit…"- Merete Meuller, Director, TINY: A STORY ABOUT LIVING SMALL

"This 'small' festival is the most exquisite I've attended: the quality of the films chosen; the warmth and depth of the genuine hospitality we experienced; and the passion of the organizers and their team was stunning." – Paul Saltzman, Director, THE LAST WHITE KNIGHT

"I can't express how great it was to come to Tallgrass…And I loved your programming, every single movie I saw was fantastic…the 35mm movies were especially wonderful to see…" – Jason Lapeyre, Director, I DECLARE WAR

 

"In short, my experience at Tallgrass was really quite unique and distinctive from several other festivals I have attended…There's a connectivity between filmmaker, community and audience forged over those fest days that is at once very genuine, enthusiastic and well coordinated. It is not just a film festival. It is a way of seeing the world…and in my mind now, Tallgrass is a brand that means the art of filmmaking (and celebrating films) has found a vital ally in America's heartland." – Karen Whitehead, Director, HER AIM IS TRUE


Tallgrass Announces its 2014 Call for Submissions!                                                                        

The largest independent film festival in the state of Kansas, the 2013 Tallgrass Film Festival received more than 800 submissions and screened more than 180 films from 34 countries around the world including 52 features and 135 short films to an audience of 12,000+. More than 60 visiting filmmakers attended the festival from across North America and Tallgrass was named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2013 by MovieMaker Magazine.

A hallmark of the region’s cultural landscape and an internationally recognized, multi-day platform for world-class cinematic programming, the festival is a program of the Tallgrass Film Association, a 501(c)3 arts organization which fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film.  Flavorwire calls Tallgrass one of the “Top-Ten Best Under-the-Radar Film Festivals” in America.

2013 festival highlights include BLACKFISH, THE HUNT, FAVOR, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE, WORM, BLUE CAPRICE, GOD LOVES UGANDA, I DECLARE WAR and FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY.

In addition to showcasing the best of independent cinema from around the globe including documentary, narrative, world cinema, animation, LGBT, retrospective and premiering films, the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival is specifically seeking films to feature in the following special programs and spotlights:

  • Grasscendo – music-themed films
  • Greengrass  – environmentally-themed films
  • Grassroots  – featuring films about social issues
  • Spotlight on Women Filmmakers – films directed and produced by women
  • Smallgrass – short and feature length family-friendly independent films for children ages 3+
  • Stubbornly Independent Films: domestic, narrative features made for under $750,000 USD with no traditional distribution
  • Timothy Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers  – Kansas filmmakers submit for free – see below for official rules)
  • Joel Fein Emerging Filmmakers Program – short films from filmmakers (19 and younger) may submit for free – see below for official rules

Tallgrass Film Festival will grant cash awards in the following categories:

  • Audience Award Winning Documentary Feature: $1,000
  • Audience Award Winning Narrative Feature: $1,000
  • Stubbornly Independent Gala Winner: $2,500
  • Audience Award Winning Short Film: $500

Non-cash special recognition awards include:

  • Golden Strands Awards (awarded by Tallgrass Programming Directors) for Outstanding Documentary and Fiction Feature, Short Film, Acting and more
  • Best Kansas Filmmaker Short Film
  • Best Emerging Filmmaker Short Film

Submission Guidelines:

Films should be submitted through Withoutabox.

Deadlines:

  • Early Bird: April 15, 2014
  • Regular: June 17, 2014
  • Late: July 8, 2014
  • WAB Extended: July 15, 2014

Fees:

Features:

  • Early Bird Deadline: $40/$30 students
  • Regular Deadline: $50/$40 student
  • Late Deadline:  $100/$75 students
  • WAB Extended Deadline: $125/$100

Shorts:

  • Early Bird Deadline: $15
  • Regular Deadline: $25
  • Late Deadline: $50
  • WAB Extended Deadline: $75

Entries must be submitted on DVD (NTSC format) and will be screened in either 35 mm, HDCam DigiBeta, BluRay or DVD as a final presentation format. Entries should be sent to: 6505 East Central Avenue, Box #146, Wichita, KS, 67206. To submit a film, please visit www.withoutabox.com and follow official submission instructions.

Submissions from Kansas filmmakers for the Kansas Filmmaker Category, and Emerging Filmmakers for the Emerging Filmmaker Program will not require a submission fee, however, filmmakers must submit a valid Kansas address or a copy of a school ID, respectively, in order to submit for free. Students (older than 19 years of age) may submit feature films at a discounted rate with a valid copy of a school ID to qualify for reduced fee.

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