12th Annual

Rural Route Film Festival

July 20, 2017 to July 23, 2017

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Astoria NY 11103
Phone: 917-225-9226

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The Rural Route Film Festival was created to highlight works that deal with unique people and places outside of the bustle of the city. Taking in a Rural Route program is like choosing the road less travelled, and learning something new about our constantly amazing world. Whether it be a fictional backpacking drama set in the Peruvian Andes, a personal/experimental work about life in a Kazakh village, or a documentary about an organic, Appalachian turnip farm, our mission is to screen work about rare people and cultures normally overlooked by the mainstream media. Our content consists of top quality, cutting edge contemporary and archival work from sources both local and far, far away.

Since 2002, the Rural Route Film Festival has been centered in New York City, where both founders (originally from Iowa) met working in the film industry. Whether screening in New York (currently at the Museum of the Moving Image and Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm), or on one of our many tour dates, our content is more relevant than ever, tackling some of the most important topics of the day within the slow food movement, global warming/environmental arena, and life sustainability symposium.


The Rural Route Film Festival was created to highlight works that deal with rural people and places. The festival, which showcases rural themes in an urban environment, features award-winning narrative, documentary, and experimental films as well as music videos. Based in New York City, the most urban of environments, the festival brings an alternative to the box office action flick so often set in New York or Los Angeles. We give city folks a chance to see what's going on in the rest of the world, and bring a sense of home to country folk that have relocated to the city. While our main event takes place in New York every July/August, it is our pleasure to bring "Highlights" from the festival to venues in small towns and cities all over the world. Rural Route traveled to spots on all 7 continents during the 2008-9 continuous year-long backpacking Rural Route Nomad world tour.


Alan Webber (Director); Alan Webber (Director)


The Rural Route Film Festival accepts all films and videos that can lay claim to a "rural" theme. This can be anything from a Bolivian camping trip gone wrong comedy to a documentary about a Kansas farming family. The primary setting for the work should be rural, or within an ag-based city of 200,000 people or less. Works can be completed in any year, in any country, at any length. International works are encouraged.

Once film is accepted you will need to provide digital still photos in JPEG format, size: 4"x6", 300dpi, along with a synopsis and filmmaker bio.

If selected, a final print in composite 35mm, 16mm, Super 8, hi-res QT, or bluray DVD is required by July 1, 2017.

In the cover letter section, please include a short explanation of what makes your film "rural." This can also be included with the preview copy.

Also, after the festival selections have been made, there is a possibility that your film might be chosen for the Rural Route offseason "highlights" tour, which showcases festival picks in big city, small city, and small town venues across the country and around the world. See the tour section at www.ruralroutefilms.com for more info. Be sure to indicate whether or not you agree to be included (if selected) at the time of submission.


By submitting to the Rural Route Film Festival 2017, the filmmaker (or their representative) agrees that:
1. The Rural Route Film Festival is permitted to use the submitted video and any and all press materials of all selected entries for publicity and promotional purposes;
2. The Rural Route Film Festival is permitted to retain the submitted video for inclusion in our non circulating library;
3. Rural Route Films is not responsible for any costs, expenses, loss or damages to materials submitted and materials provided for festival screening;
4. That the person signing the entry form is legally authorized to enter this film in the Rural Route Film Festival 2017.

All submissions will be reviewed by the Rural Route Film Festival 2017 Selection Committee. All selections are at the sole discretion of Rural Route Films.