22nd Annual

Kansas City FilmFest

April 11, 2018 to April 15, 2018


Heartland Student Short


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
September 29, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Regular Deadline
October 20, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Late Deadline
November 17, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
WAB Extended Deadline
December 15, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately February 28, 2018

Shorts: maximum 40 minutes

Projects completed after September 1, 2016

Projects must originate from Kansas City

Projects must be a premiere in Kansas and Missouri

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

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Media Files
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Producer
> Biography/Filmography - Writer
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Best Heartland Student Young Filmmaker Award
This award is given to the top film among Heartland Student Short Entries*
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

To qualify: a student entrant must either reside in Missouri or Kansas, OR students attending school elsewhere may also enter if his/her parent or guardian resides in Missouri or Kansas.

*An entry can be considered for the Student Heartland Division if any of the following criteria are met: any student* enrolled in a college or university as an undergraduate or a graduate student or any high school student are accepted for entry in this division/category. Each student should note his/her school/college/university level.

Fiction, experimental and/or animation films may be original or adapted from a previously published source. All footage must be original. Documentaries may include footage from other sources. In ALL genres the music may be original or an interpretation but you must certify receipt of any and all releases &/or permissions. To be considered for competition, no public screening should have been held in the Kansas City Metro Area past December 1, 2017.

Submission implies acceptance of the Rules and Regulations by all producers, directors and/or their agents submitting material.
Submission Guidelines:
• Works in progress will NOT be considered for competition or screened at KC FilmFest 2018.
• All work must be completed and submitted no later than the deadline date (December 15, 2017.)
• Entries must have been completed no later than September 1, 2016.
• All films must be in English or subtitled in English.
• The filmmaker(s) must secure all rights, licenses, clearances and releases necessary for exhibition. A completed entry will be accepted as acknowledgment of the entrant having done so.
• All entry materials become the property of the Kansas City FilmFest and will not be returned. No refunds. By submitting this material you acknowledge the Jubilee's right to copy any submitted material for KC FilmFest's non-commercial use only.
• All determinations will be made and clarified by Kansas City FilmFest programmers and jurors. Their decisions are final. Kansas City FilmFest reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project and to rule on cases not foreseen by these guidelines. Work will be classified as a competitive or non-competitive entry at the sole discretion of Kansas City FilmFest.

ACCEPTED FILMS: Should your film be accepted in the 2018 KC FilmFest, you grant KC FilmFest the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the KC FilmFest for promotional purposes.

Agreements: If your film or video is accepted for screening by the KC FilmFest 2018, you agree to and understand the following:
• FORMAT: You agree to provide the festival a digital upload for exhibition. DCP must be approved by the Content Manager. ONLY feature films may send DCP. Films must be received no later than March 16, 2018 so we can build the program reels.

• SHIPPING: If you are mailing an exhibition copy, you are responsible for the arrangements and cost of shipping the exhibition copy to the Kansas City FilmFest.

• PUBLICITY: Upon acceptance, you must supply Kansas City FilmFest with digital stills and other digital and printed press materials. You should be available for interviews prior to and during KC FilmFest 2018.

• LOSS & DAMAGE: Every precaution will be taken to safeguard films, videos and publicity materials while they are in the possession of the KC FIlmFest/Jubilee. However, if loss or damage occurs, Kansas City FilmFest/Jubilee cannot accept or assume responsibility.