14th Annual

Frozen River Film Festival

February 06, 2019 to February 10, 2019

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Extreme Sports
We’re seeking films that seize the audience’s attention and perch them on the edge of their seats. Generally these films are fast-paced and demonstrate a certain level of difficulty and/or danger. This theme could also highlight a fresh and unfamiliar activity, or something the audience would unlikely have the opportunity to experience for themselves. These films will be a part of our “Adrenaline Set,” which is meant to motivate and physically activate people after viewing. Recent years have proven this set to be very popular among college students, ages 18-24. Although feature length films are accepted, those under 20 minutes are more likely to be chosen for this particular set unless they are exceptionally stimulating.
World Culture
Films in this category are meant to teach or enlighten the audience on aspects of culture that may be unfamiliar to them. This category is loosely defined and may include ideas such as varying ethnic lifestyles, traditions, beliefs, issues related to specific geographic regions, and so on. We hope to introduce new perspectives to our viewers so that we may ultimately create a stronger understanding for one another and increase harmony throughout our world.
The environment is pivotal in preserving our human race and our festival makes this a strong focus every year. Because environmental issues vary so greatly, we are looking for films that highlight many perspectives. Environmental films can focus on concerns/problems, success stories, ideas for sustainability and prosperity, or even branch off into the environment’s relation to ecology, health or human rights.
Adventure Travel
Bob Marley was right in describing one world with one love, but sometimes we forget we're all unified. This category is meant to share experiences and travels people have had across the universe so that our audience can also embrace such journeys. We want to be a part of your road trip to Kansas, your volunteer work in Zimbabwe and anywhere else you've explored.


The Frozen River Film Festival identifies and offers programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on environmental issues, sustainable communities, extreme sports, adventure travel and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the local media. We connect our viewers with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations in the forefront of social change and the cultures of an increasingly global community.


The Frozen River Film Festival is committed to:
- Educating our viewers by offering films and discussion on issues of local, regional and world importance. We expose our audience to people they would never meet, to cultures they might never understand and to issues they have yet to consider.
- Providing a global perspective on environmental issues and culture offering alternate viewpoints. Through the presentation of filmmakers from around the world, we offer diverse perspectives on world issues and nature.
- Giving opportunities for debate, discussion and discourse on a variety of topics important to our community.
- Encouraging action on the part of each festival participant. Our festival will give audiences access to tools and connections to take action on social issues.
- Promoting cross-cultural dialogue through innovative film making.
- Fostering collaboration through coalition building with partner organizations and grassroots organizations around specific issue programs.


screening committee


Frozen River Film Festival 2018: February 6-10, 2019

Submissions Rules

Frozen River Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from Frozen River Film Festival.

1. Entrants must submit a Secure Online Screener (Quicktime or .AVI formats) viewing copy for consideration. DVD's will also be accepted.

2. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying DVD or Preview Copy in Secure Online Screeners, Quicktime or .AVI formats.

3. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English (unless special arrangements have been made with festival.)

4. Please include your Wtihoutabox tracking number with the Preview Copy if mailing in a DVD.

5. For publications purposes, if your film/video is selected for screening, digital press kits are mandatory.

6. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by one of the Festival Directors.

The cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or C.O.D. shipment will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to the Frozen River Film Festival will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by the shipping company.


Frozen River Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film and related materials submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film and related materials hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film and materials for screening and use in publications, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Frozen River 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.