OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.
|NARRATIVE (Produced in the USA)
|Must be 15 minutes or less, and produced in the U.S. This is usually a "made up" story that is scripted. Examples would be comedy, horror, drama, thrillers, etc. (No Music Videos please).
|DOCUMENTARY (Produced in the USA)
|Must be 15 minutes or less, and produced in the U.S. You can include "Reality TV" and "Mockumentary" in this category. We have a separate category for WEB-TV.
|YOU TUBE or WEB TV (Made in the USA)
|Can be a one-episode project or an ongoing series. Must be 15 minutes or less, and produced in the U.S.
|ANIMATION (Produced in the USA)
|Must be 15 minutes or less, and produced in the U.S. Animation can be hand-drawn, computer generated, or stop motion.
|TRAILER (Produced in the USA)
|Must be 15 minutes or less, and produced in the U.S. A trailer for any type of movie, web series, or TV show.
|PSA or COMMERCIAL (Made in USA)
|A :30, :60, :90, or 2:00 PSA or commercial. Do NOT submit infomercials or sales presentations longer than two minutes in length. (No music videos please.) Must be produced in the U.S.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
We are looking for films produced by filmmakers anywhere in the U.S. that are 15 minutes or less. Here's an opportunity to meet other filmmakers, watch some great films, and spend the day in Palm Bay, Florida. Our goal is to provide a public showcase for quality films that might otherwise be ignored. This is our 9th year, and our 15th film festival. Since our festival began in 2009, we have shown over 700 films, and many of them have gone on to win awards in major festivals throughout the world. All films submitted to the festival through withoutabox are eligible for an IMDB page.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
ONLY for films produced in the U.S.
Our festival takes place in Palm Bay, Florida, a small community on the Atlantic Coast, two hours east of Orlando. This is our 9th year, and our 15th program.
Our festival is for short films that are 15 minutes or less, produced anywhere in the United States. We welcome narratives, documentaries, PSAs, web series, trailers, and animation. (Sorry, no music videos or foreign films). Equal and fair consideration is given to ALL filmmakers, regardless of where you live, or the size of your budget.
The films chosen for our festival are produced by filmmakers of all experience levels, from students, to seasoned professionals. Winners are selected by a panel of five judges, who carefully grade each film on its technical merits, acting, script, and entertainment value. The films with good audio and strong stories have the greatest chance of being selected. These “Official Selections” will all receive “festival laurels”, and will compete for awards such as "Best Cinematography", "Best Editing", and several other categories. Winners are announced immediately after the screenings, during our Q&A sessions.
Traveling to film festivals can be VERY expensive, so if you can't make it here to Palm Bay, don't worry. This will NOT affect the judging of your film in any fashion. "Official Selections" are chosen based on the merits of the FILMS, and NOT on "where you live". We love to show films from all over the U.S.
Our screening room at COMFORT SUITES seats 100, and tickets to all shows are FREE for anyone who wishes to attend. (Parking is free also!) So bring your whole cast, crew, and friends too! We also invite the general public to attend FREE with the donation of one non-perishable food item for the SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK.
Ray & Migdalia Etheridge
(1.)Your film must be no harsher than an "R" rating.
(2.) Films may have been produced any year.
(3.) We accept films from anywhere in the U.S.
(4.) No premiere requirements.
(5.) Project may have distribution.
(6.) We no longer accept DVDs. Your preview and exhibition copies must be made available to us as a downloadable MP4.
(7) If you are notified that your film is an "Official Selection", your downloadable MP4 exhibition copy must be made available to us no later than Oct 30, 2017 to be included in our show reels. If we cannot contact you, or have no way to download your MP4, we reserve the right to replace your film with another entry.
(8.) Press Kits are not required. We will use the information and stills from your online press kit.
(9) No film may be withdrawn from the festival after the Official Selections have been announced.
(10) We do not pay "screening fees".
(11) Filmmakers attending our film festival must provide their own transportation, housing, meals, and expenses.
(12) Maximum running time of any entry shall not exceed 15-minutes, including credits.
(13) We do not screen "Music Videos" or films produced outside of the US.
(14) Sorry, no fee waivers Please do not ask.
(15) No refunds of entry fees.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
15 Minutes of Fame 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 15 Minutes of Fame 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.
Entry fees are non-refundable.