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04-May-2015 4:09pm PDT  

 

Marfa Film Festival

6 Annual October 14, 2015 to October 18, 2015

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PO Box 817
Marfa TX 79843
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Phone: 213 634 7115
info@marfafilmfestival.com
http://www.marfafilmfestival.com

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
The heart of contemporary story-telling. MFF has a strong reputation for featuring promising and surprising works from unknown and up-and-coming filmmakers, and for showcasing the year's very best from rising and celebrated masters of visual story-telling. Feature length narrative films of any genres except Sc-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror (which have their own separate categories) belong in this category.

Minimum Runtime : 45 minutes
Narrative Short
The heart of contemporary story-telling. MFF has a strong reputation for featuring promising and surprising works from unknown and up-and-coming filmmakers, and for showcasing the year's very best from rising and celebrated masters of visual story-telling. Short narrative films of any genres except Sc-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror (which have their own separate categories) belong in this category.

Maximum runtime : 45 minutes
Animated Feature
Advancements in animation, 3D modeling, and compositing technologies increasing place an unprecedented set of highly flexible story telling tools in the hands of today's filmmakers. MFF has a keen interest in the works of filmmakers utilizing these tools to bring their visions to the screen. Feature length animated works of any genre belong in this category.

Minimum runtime : 45 minutes
Animated Short
Advancements in animation, 3D modeling, and compositing technologies increasing place an unprecedented set of highly flexible story telling tools in the hands of today's filmmakers. MFF has a keen interest in the works of filmmakers utilizing these tools to bring their visions to the screen. Animated shorts of any genre belong in this category.

Maximum runtime : 45 minutes
Experimental Feature
Feature length films utilizing experimental / mixed mediums, non-traditional structures / techniques, or which otherwise defy standard categorization belong here. Marfa itself has a strong tradition of experimental visual media, so unconventional works invariably find popularity with our audience.

Minimum runtime : 45 minutes
Experimental Short
Short films utilizing experimental / mixed mediums, non-traditional structures / techniques, or which otherwise defy standard categorization belong here. Marfa itself has a strong tradition of experimental visual media, so unconventional works invariably find popularity with our audience.

Maximum runtime : 45 minutes
Documentary Feature
Documentary filmmaking has an undeniable power to inform, entertain, and transform the way we perceive ourselves and the world in which we live. MFF accepts feature length documentary films addressing any topic.

Minimum runtime : 45 minutes
Documentary Short
Documentary filmmaking has an undeniable power to inform, entertain, and transform the way we perceive ourselves and the world in which we live. MFF accepts feature length documentary films addressing any topic.

Maximum runtime : 45 minutes
Music Video
Beyond its reputation for art and film Marfa receives frequent visits from eminent musical acts (Fiona Apple, Beachouse, Animal Collective, Sonic Youth, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Cat Power and Feist to name a few). Insofar as music videos offer unique opportunities for creative visual story-telling we welcome videos of any musical genre into consideration.

Maximum runtime : 15 minutes
Sci-Fi / Fantasy Feature
Marfa's remote location, vast landscapes, crystal clear night skies, and unexplained mystery lights lend an otherworldly / magical atmosphere to MFF, rendering it the perfect setting for feature length works of speculative Science Fiction or films characterized by fantastical settings or events.

Minimum runtime : 45 minutes
Sci-Fi / Fantasy Short
Marfa's remote location, vast landscapes, crystal clear night skies, and unexplained mystery lights lend an otherworldly / magical atmosphere to MFF, rendering it the perfect setting for short works of speculative Science Fiction or films characterized by fantastical settings or events.

Maximum runtime : 45 minutes
Horror feature
The unforgiving desert surrounding Marfa for hundreds of miles in every direction makes the prospect of escape very remote indeed. We accept feature length horror films...

Minimum runtime : 45 minutes
Horror short
The unforgiving desert surrounding Marfa for hundreds of miles in every direction makes the prospect of escape very remote indeed. We accept short horror films.

Maximum runtime : 45 minutes
Trailers / Teasers
This category exists to showcase trailers and teasers for films which have never yet been made. Regardless of the production status or intention of actually creating a film beyond the trailer, we feel a keen interest to explore and share original film concepts through speculative trailers. Many "48 hour film" projects fit well into this category.

Maximum runtime : 10 minutes
Screenplays
In 2015 we're very excited to celebrate the work of talented screenwriters as part of our official program. Selected screenplays will receive live readings featuring local and visiting actors during the festival. Acclaimed author and MFF 2009 alumni Larry McMurtry will participate as part of our screenplay selection board.

For an additional $60 we'll provide detailed, personal constructive feedback concerning your script's strengths and areas for possible improvement.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Our festival proposes a breezy counterpoint to the chaotic and competitive environments often found on the film festival circuit.

Since 2007 the Marfa Film Festival has attracted talented filmmakers, international press, industry professionals, and attendees from around the world. The vast, remote landscape surrounding Marfa has witnessed a fascinating history of art and film which continues to unfold.

Festival attendees enjoy an intimate get-away immersed in the unique culture, spectacular scenery, and clear air of the Marfa plateau, invariably an unforgettably enchanting experience.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Selecting a film for the Marfa Film Festival program is the only formal award we bestow. MFF doesn’t choose ‘best-of’ or organize selected films into competitive hierarchies. Our program celebrates innovation and excellence in film through mindful curation and fostering a relaxed social space where up-and-coming filmmakers and adventurous cinephiles mix with film veterans and living legends in a captivatingly scenic, culturally rich environment. Marfa's relatively few distractions and unhurried pace of life imbue the festival experience, giving rise to a genuine, lasting sense of familiarity and community among attendees. Many fruitful collaborations have arisen from conversations and interactions during the festival.

Alumni include Dennis Hopper, Larry McMurtry, Lou Reed, Omar Rodriguez – Lopez, and Heath Ledger. Screenings feature works from promising newcomers and established filmmakers as well as beloved or forgotten classics. Many works we've shown went on to win Oscars (Man on Wire, Gasland), Emmys (I am a Man), top honors in festivals around the world (Blackfish), and even Grammys (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros played their first ever show at the 2008 festival).

Typical happenings at the Marfa Film Festival include open air screenings in the vast serenity of a starlit west Texas prairie, impromptu musical performances commandeering the streets, and unexplained mystery lights dancing on the outskirts of town. Life feels different, spacious.

The area around Marfa has featured prominently in several celebrated films. George Stevens's "Giant", P.T. Anderson's "There Will Be Blood," and the Coen Brothers' "No Country for Old Men" were all filmed here. Film historians also note Fort Davis (just up the road) as the primary "Texas" inspiration for most of John Ford's projects.

Marfa's strange juxtaposition of cowboy culture and high art has made it a world famous art destination with an active scene of galleries where renowned artists regularly show their work. Creatives like David Byrne, Rebecca Miller, Larry Clark, John Waters, XX, Beachouse, Feist, Grizzy Bear, Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, Sonic Youth, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, and many more have shown or performed here in recent years.

Recent press reportage concerning Marfa includes articles in major publications like the New York Times (NYT can't seem to resist writing about Marfa on a regular basis), Vanity Fair, Vogue, LA Times, Travel and Leisure, Details, Filter, Nylon, Flaunt, Salon, Artforum, W, and others.

"1 of the top 25 Film Festivals worth the submission fee"
- Movie Maker Magazine.

"The best little festival I've ever attended."
- Randall Roberts, LA Weekly.

Just beyond the edge of town in every direction we find beautiful high desert vistas and austere mountain ranges. Some wonderful hot springs are located a short drive south, near Big Bend National Park, one of the most beautiful but also the least visited of all US national parks. The Mexican border is about 60 miles away.

The stars in Marfa shine more brilliantly than most places on Earth due to our remote location, the supreme clarity of the desert air, and total absence of of light pollution. Many who visit have never before seen the Milky Way so clearly. Beneath this amazing sight, out on the edge of the desert, we screen classic films nightly.

We consider filmmakers the central focus of the festival. We screen films one at a time so every filmmaker and the entire audience can experience each work without scheduling conflicts or a sense of competition.

So far it's been a magnificent journey and getting noticeably better each year, we hope you'll join us to share your work.



ORGANIZERS
Nathan Stueve (programming / Assistant to director) ; Robin Lambaria (Festival Director : Chief Programmer)

GENERAL RULES
There are no rules only that you are the rightful owner or have permission to exhibit any and all materials you submit.





TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Marfa Film Festival LLC is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. Marfa Film Festival LLC will not pay screening or exhibition fees to screen submitted films. By submitting your film you acknowledge that no screening or submission fee is required to you or distributor and hereby grant Marfa Film Festival LLC the right to screen the film at the festival free of charge. Marfa Film Festival LLC also reserves he right to screen work outside of festival for promotional use. 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 Marfa Film Festival LLC 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.