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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
A farm fresh alternative to stale cinema, the Free Range Film Festival is a celebration of independent film and country living. Films are screened inside a big old barn located in the heart of Minnesota's organic farm country.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
For the past ten years we've opened up our century old barn to screen films and videos nurtured without the use of pesticides, growth hormones or a distribution deal from a fancy-pants Hollywood studio. A Free Range Film can be a full-length feature, an independent short, a provocative documentary or a two-minute video starring your aunt, an old bicycle and a friggin' huge, black, winged unicorn. Past year's movies have included "Dragonslayer", Lena Dunham's "Creative Nonfiction, and Alex Katz' "Quiet City" and "Dance Party USA".
Here are some frequently asked questions:
You run movies in a barn? Seriously?
Seriously. The films we select for our festival are projected on a 24-foot wide screen inside the hayloft of a barn built in 1916. It’s kind of a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience.
When is this Free Range Film Festival?
Plant yourself here for the weekend. The festivities begin on Friday, July 25 and won't let up until we're done showing movies on Saturday, July 26.
Where is this big old barn, anyway?
The Free Range Film Festival will be held at the corner of County Roads 1 & 4 just one mile south of Wrenshall, Minnesota. The venue is two hours north of the Twin Cities and just 30 minutes south of Duluth.
What is a Free Range Film?
A Free Range Film is any film, video or kinescope nurtured without the use of pesticides, growth hormones or a distribution deal from a fancy-pants Hollywood studio.
Hey! I think I might have a Free Range Film in my closet! What should I do with it?
Whatever you got, we want. Just point your eyes at our Submissions Guidelines page for a link to our official entry form. After you send your film to our official selection committee, they'll take it for a test run and see how it holds together.
Is there a submission deadline?
Yep. The final deadline for entries is May 1. We are currently taking submissions for this year's festival.
How can I be sure my film will run in the festival?
Send us a good film. That's all we ask.
Will there be any prizes at the Free Range Film Festival?
We like to think the thrill of seeing your Free Range Film projected in a big old barn is reward enough.
How much does it cost to enter this Free Range Film Festival?
Only ten bucks! That’s a steal!
How will I know if my submission has been selected as a Free Range Film?
We'll let you know. Or you can obsessively check this website for a complete schedule this summer.
Anne Dugan (Festival Registrar)
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I/We will indemnify and hold harmless the Free Range Film Festival, its
sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities, and expenses, including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims or thirdparty claims based on material submitted to the Free Range Film Festival. Free Range Film Festival has permission to use my name, my film, photos and press materials for festival promotion.
By signing this form, I/We understand and agree to the terms and conditions.