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25-May-2015 10:32am PDT  


17th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival

17 Annual: September 18, 2015 to September 19, 2015

  US & International Short Films


Deadlines & Entry Fees

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 15.00.

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
December 15, 2014
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 15.00

March 30, 2015
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00

June 15, 2015
Late Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00

June 30, 2015
WAB Extended Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 45.00

Approximately 15-Aug-2015

Shorts: maximum 15 minutes

Projects completed after 01-Jan-2014

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution


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Media Files
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

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  .MOV (Quicktime)
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Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements
A press kit is required with the entry form, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Fliers
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director
> Press Clippings

Prizes & Awards
This category is a competition.

Best of Fest Award
Sponsor:Milwaukee Short Film Festival
This prize is shared with other categories.

Honorable Mention
2nd place
Sponsor:Milwaukee Short Film Festival
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Director
Sponsor:Milwaukee Short Film Festival
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Actor
Given to an Actor or Actress, we also do consider ensembles
Sponsor:Milwaukee Short Film Festival
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Script
Sponsor:Milwaukee Short Film Festival
This prize is shared with other categories.

Audience Choice Award
Sponsor:Milwaukee Short Film Festival
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

ELIGIBILITY This competition is for emerging filmmakers, student filmmakers and independent filmmakers. TYPES OF FILMS ACCEPTED Narrative, documentary, experimental or animated films or videos up to 15 minutes in length. All entries in a language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English unless dialogue is inessential to comprehension and appreciation.

The festival will not consider demo reels, commercials or advertisements, video or new media games, films with prior commercial release, industrial and instructional films or films screened in the Milwaukee area three months prior to the fest.

These entries may be considered to run out of competition at the total discretion of MSFF.

FORMATS ACCEPTED All submission copies must be DVD, Blu-Ray (NTSC system only) or as an online screener.

Exhibition formats accepted are DVD (not DVDRW) formats. And data digital files (H.264 preferred).

For questions on other video festival screening formats, please contact the MSFF.

ENTRY LIMITATIONS Filmmakers can submit up to three entries. Each entry must include a separate entry and fee. Entries previously submitted to the Milwaukee Short Film Festival cannot be re-submitted. Entrants are responsible for securing all necessary rights / permissions for festival exhibition of each work submitted and all accompanying materials.

ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE -Entry fee -MSFF accepts credit card payments online or checks or certified money orders via mail - DVD copy of work , digital file submitted -Film synopsis, stills, principal cast list, and brief filmmaker bio -Press kit if available I

NCOMPLETE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED One entry per DVD. Clearly mark name of film / filmmaker on the case AND the DVD PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS Entrants are invited to submit promotional materials with initial submission. After notification of acceptance into the festival, filmmakers are encouraged to provide one still each of the director and a scene from the film, either 8 x 10 photos or 600 dpi 6” x 8” JPEG files, for publicity. All publicity materials should be labeled with the name of the filmmaker and of the film. Please note that publicity materials cannot always be returned.

We will send notification of receipt of entry to each entrant via email. DVDs, photographs or other materials will not be returned unless a self-addressed stamped envelope / mailer is included. Entries are eligible to be selected for programming and exhibition at the Milwaukee Short Film Festival.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS Clips from accepted films may also be used by the MSFF for festival promotion, festival program and possible televised broadcast. While the festival will take precautions to handle your film and publicity materials responsibly, the festival, its committee and staff cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any materials entered. 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 undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Milwaukee Short 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Screening Feature Films The Milwaukee Independent Film Society has also used some of our open spots to help give local Milwaukee filmmakers a chance to premiere their feature film. If you are a Milwaukee Filmmaker and you have completed a feature, or will by August 1st, 2015 please contact us. We want to help you get your work seen by an audience.