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|Stubbornly Independent Feature Length Domestic Narrative Competition
|Films considered for SI contention must be a US Domestic fiction feature (60 minutes +) film made for $500,000 or under USD, and without traditional theatrical, domestic distribution at the time of the festival. At least one representative for the winning and nominated films must be able to attend the festival. A selection of films will be nominated for the SI award, and the winning film will be voted on by a select jury.
In addition to a Gala Spotlight, the film will also receive a $5,000 cash prize plus other awards and accolades from TFF. 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
|DOX Female-Directed Feature Length Documentary Competition
|Submissions must be a women-directed (male/female co-directing teams are not eligible) documentary feature-length (60 minutes +) film without traditional, theatrical, domestic, or VOD distribution at the time of the festival screening, A representative for the winning and nominated films must be able to attend the festival in October.
A selection of films will be nominated for a spotlight 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 Documentary Audience Award and The Golden Strands Outstanding Documentary Feature Film Award selected by the Festival Programming Directors.
|Feature Length Film (60+) - Fiction/Narrative
|Fiction feature (60 minutes +) 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.
|Feature Length Film (60+) - Documentary
|Documentary feature (60 minutes +) 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 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.
|Short Film (-59) - Fiction/Narrative
|Short Fiction films (59 minutes or less) may be a narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign film. The Tallgrass Audience Award Winning Narrative Short Film is granted to the narrative/fiction short film screened at the festival scored highest by the audience and is awarded a $1000 cash prize.
|Short Film (-59) - Documentary
|Short documentary films (59 minutes or less) may be a domestic or foreign films. The Tallgrass Audience Award Winning Documentary Short Film is granted to the documentary short film screened at the festival scored highest by the audience and is awarded a $1000 cash prize.
|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, job title, and Kansas connection city. Include this eligibility information in your cover letter when you submit or those credentials can be emailed to email@example.com. 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.
|Emerging Young (18 & under) Filmmaker Short Film
|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. Adult supervision is limited to advisory capacity. This category is not for university or college filmmakers. Emerging Filmmaker Short Films may be a documentary, narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign films.
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.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Founded in 2003 the Tallgrass International Film Festival is a program of the 501 (c)3 Tallgrass Film Association (TFA), which fosters and appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film, while showcasing Wichita’s venues, cultural attractions and artistic communities.
Year round programs include Special Screenings, Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab workshops, Down to the Wire: A 24 Hour Film Race, and the Tallgrass Film Festival Road Show.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Flavorwire calls Tallgrass “one of the foremost regional festivals in the country, showcasing exciting new movies and festival hits that otherwise probably wouldn't make their way to the heartland…a wonderful festival, and a reminder that New York and L.A. don't have the market cornered on vibrant film culture."
The largest independent film festival in the state of Kansas, the 2017 Tallgrass Film Festival received 2000 submissions and screened 182 films (47 features, 135 shorts) from more than 30 countries around the world, to an audience of more than 16,000. More than 80 visiting filmmakers from across around the globe attended the festival, which has been included in MovieMaker Magazine’s annual “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” for the last three years.
A hallmark of the region’s cinematic 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.
A growing Midwestern city that truly represents the spirit and hospitality of America's Heartland, Wichita was described in the Boston Globe’s Travel Section as “on-the-cusp America, a place where old ways and new styles are beginning to blend, where empty downtowns are being revived, museums founded, and unexpected treasures lie waiting in antiques stores...” Though Johnny Depp likes to insinuate that Midwestern American audiences are not sophisticated enough to appreciate independent film, Tallgrass audiences beg to differ.
Wichita is also home to a large art and music community, a growing filmmaking community, and generous patrons of the arts making Tallgrass audiences a hallmark of the festival. Sophisticated movie-goers of all ages and backgrounds - hungry for quality independent film - audiences are receptive, opinionated and genuine. Screening a film at Tallgrass is a catalyst for generating awareness and buzz in the epicenter of the country that radiates throughout the region. Also as accessible at Tallgrass, are the visiting filmmakers. Due to the city’s authentic nature it’s common to find a Golden Globe-nominated filmmaker deep in conversation with a high school documentarian or an avid movie-goer.
Located in the South Central portion of the state, Wichita, is known as the "Air Capital of the World” and is the largest city in Kansas in terms of both land area and population, with an estimated populace of more than half a million people in the greater metropolitan area. Known as a breeding ground of entrepreneurs, the city is home to corporations including Pizza Hut, Hawker Beechcraft, Learjet, Cessna and Coleman.
Amber Brown (Production Assistant); Andre Seward (Programming Assistant); Arietta Austin (Hospitality Director); Gretchen Mitchell (Programming Director/Festival Registrar); Hannah Bothner (Programming Assistant); John Jones (Programming Coordinator); Kathy Siebert (Festival Treasurer); Lela Meadow-Conner (Senior Programming Consultant); Lela Meadow-Conner (Senior Programming Consultant); Nick Pope (Director of Programming and Education ); Nick Pope (Programming Director); Shan Jabara (Director of Acquisitions); Shan Jabara (Director of Acquisitions)
-Films must have been completed after January 2017. Some exceptions will be considered for non-domestic releases.
-Online screeners from alternate secure sources are preferred. Include screener link and password in your cover letter.
-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 work-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.
-Emerging Filmmaker films must be works shot, directed, and produced by high school age students - 18 YEARS OLD AND YOUNGER. This category is not for university or college filmmakers. Adult supervision is limited to advisory capacity requirements. Emerging filmmakers must submit a copy of his/her valid high school identification (student id, school record, passport, drivers license or official identification that includes date of birth) to receive the fee waiver. Please provide your identification in your submission or in a separate email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kansas filmmakers must submit a valid Kansas address and identification respectively to be considered. 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 email@example.com. Kansas Filmmaker films are eligible for festival prizes, if the film is accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival program.
-Fees are waived for any Kansas and Emerging Filmmakers only when submitted under their respective categories with proper identification and qualifications.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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 undersigned 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 do ask you to permit us to keep a copy of your film for our festival library. Copies of your film in our library will not be used for profit, and should we desire you re-screen your film for a paid event we would notify you and ask for permission to be granted.
Packaging - ship your media in a bubble-pack envelope whenever possible. If you must use a fiberpack, please wrap the media in a plastic bag. 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, WAB tracking number, and return shipping address. To confirm receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard with your entry.
International entries - all entries from outside the US should be sent Air mail Registered or by a parcel express service. We cannot accept entries shipped via air-freight if customs and delivery fees have not been paid.