6th Annual

Green Bay Film Festival

March 03, 2016 to March 06, 2016

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Green Bay WI 54303
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A "creative treatment of actuality". A nonfictional film intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record.
We are accepting films for consideration with a running time of less than 45 minutes. Shorts will be playing throughout the festival. If your short fits another category such as our "IN FOCUS: ( social issue/social justice, woman's issues), is a family PG orientated film or Animation, Wisconsin made, Documentary or Native American film please be sure to enter in those appropriate categories.

We are also have a Saturday night screening selection of horror or cult films!
We are accepting films in all genres for consideration with a running time of 45 minutes or longer. We will be playing a variety of features and hope to give our audiences a well-rounded selection!

Features will be playing throughout the festival with one selection opening the festival. If your feature focus is a family PG orientated film, Wisconsin made, Documentary, Native American, Animation or fits this year's "In Focus" (Social Justice or Women's Issues) please be sure to enter in those appropriate categories.

We are also have a Saturday night screening selection of horror or cult films!
We offer a special opportunity for families to introduce their children to independent films. If your story is directed to entertain Children then this category is perfect for you. Please be sure that the material is PG appropriate.  Films can be any length but should engage the attention span of children. IF your film is an animation, please use the NEW Animation Category. Your film still may play with Children and Family films.
Wisconsin's Own
As part of our mission to encourage & support local filmmakers, we are looking for films made in Wisconsin and/or films made by Wisconsin filmmakers. These can be features or shorts of any genre. Please be sure to include your submission in the Wisconsin category!
Native American Films
GBFF supports and encourages Native American Filmmakers and films about Native Americans to enter into this category.
In Focus
"IN FOCUS" is a category created to expand our community awareness. This year we are considering films about Social Justice Issues and Women's Issues. Talkbacks, Seminars and other programs with St. Norbert College may be formed around these films.
We are excited to add Animation as a NEW category this year! All Animated or Anime films will be considered.


The mission of the Green Bay Film Festival is to provide a rich cultural and educational experience for our community and visitors while promoting Green Bay as a hub for film making and film appreciation.


You are cordially invited to attend the 6th Annual Green Bay Film Festival.
This year the festival is partnering with St. Norbert College with all new venues! The festival weekend takes place March 4-6, 2016 and expands with the new "Festival Around Town" showing Festival selections once a week for six weeks starting mid January and Festival Film Favorites will have the added prestige to be shown at special event showings later in March and April. These specially selected films will screen at both the "Festival Around Town' & the festival weekend.

Now in it's 6th year this Festival not only expands screening opportunities it also is adding a new category, ANIMATION. The partnership with St. Norbert College highlights SOCIAL JUSTICE & WOMEN'S FILMS in this year's IN FOCUS category. We continue to encourage NATIVE AMERICAN FILMS, and encourage filmmakers to submit THRILLER & HORROR films for our Saturday night evening of Terror.

For all our filmmakers we are focused to present a variety of experiences to connecting filmmakers in a community setting! Showing many genre's of films, this festival also includes talk backs, seminars, awards, parties, networking all In typical Midwest fashion! You are our guest extraordinaire!

You have the opportunity to make your name and film known to a community thirsty for talent with a thriving knowledgeable film base.

As one filmmaker said last year, “Green Bay is the perfect place to host a film festival. The talent is real and everyone’s doors are open.” We couldn’t agree more.

See you there!


Alex Zacarias (Chairperson); Cyndee Sweetland (Festival Registrar, Director)


Additional rules not already specified are as follows:

Competition Rules
Submissions in all categories must be received by the end of the day on October 4, 2015. Absolutely no late submissions will be considered after this date. All submissions must be received through Withoutabox, Submittable and FilmFreeway. You may submit a vimeo link & password thru WAB by including it on your cover letter.

For specific contest rules for The Future Filmmakers competition for high school, middle and primary school students in Wisconsin (not college students), please go to our website.

CAN YOU BE PRESENT AT THE FESTIVAL? Please do! We have set up the festival to be filmmaker friendly with plenty of press, interfacing with other filmmakers, seminars, and audience interaction. We offer seminars specific to our filmmakers to learn about what is going on in the industry today, to connect, network and learn. We would like to provide our audience with the opportunity to learn more about a variety of film types and filmmaking. We are including question and answer periods after the showings as well as opportunities for our viewers and sponsors to interact with filmmakers. We will be looking for films that can also provide a representative at the festival. This can be the writer, producer, director, and/or cast members from the production.

The GBFF reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted. All films submitted must have a completion date after March 1, 2014.

Preferred format for screening copies are: WAB-upload file to secure screener or you can provide a vimeo link & password on WAB in your cover letter. Our jury screens online films only. Please make sure your uploaded file works correctly. If you have any problems with WAB secure online screener, please contact WAB, the festival cannot help you with this. If you have any questions in regards to this, contact the festival director.


We ask that if your film includes non-English dialogue that you provide either English subtitles or an English dubbed version. Please make sure your subtitles are big, easy to read, and don't fly of the screen so fast you can't read them.

We must receive your entry fee prior to accepting your film for submission. Please make your payment online. You may send a check to the address below. Your fee is non-refundable.

Green Bay Film Festival
Attention: Submissions
211 N. Broadway St. Ste 218
Green Bay, WI 54303

You may submit as many films as you like. Each film can only be submitted into one category. We do not offer reduced rates for multiple submissions. Please upload each film separately, or put each film on a separate DVD.

Films selected for screening at the Festival will be notified approximately November 18, 2015. All attending filmmakers will be provided with two all-access pass to the 2015 GBFF, good from March 4-6, 2016 which includes the "Festival Around Town" screenings, all seminars and festival weekend events. Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 6.


Terms and Conditions:

1. I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered.

2.To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.

3.This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.

4.I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and its Competition and understand if accepted, that the Festival holds the right to screen my film for Festival screenings the year of the festival I have submitted to.

5.I understand that the Green Bay Film Festival and Film Green Bay are not responsible for any type of damage to or loss of the print during screenings, at any other time during the course of the Festival, while the film is in the Festival's possession or while en route to or from the Festival, and I release Green Bay Film Festival and Film Green Bay from any and all liabilities regarding damage to or loss of the print while en route to/from the Festival or while it is in their possession.

6.Should this film win an award at the Green Bay Film Festival, I am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to name the individual(s) listed on the Award Designation List (to be received upon notice of selection to Festival) to receive any and all award(s). If a film is eligible for an award and no one was designated to accept the award, the award will be deemed forfeit and another award winner will be chosen. In the event the designated party is unable to attend the awards ceremony, I understand that the director and/or producer of the film as listed in the credits of the film shall accept any and all awards in their stead.

7.You must clear all copyrighted material included in your film before you can publicly screen it. The Green Bay Film Festival does not check to make sure that you have cleared these materials at any point during the application process, nor will we be held responsible for any inclusion of un-cleared materials in your film. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright. Quite often, rights holders offer reduced rates for festival films, so you should contact them directly to avoid any possible rights infringements.

8.If selected as a participant in the Festival, promotional materials, television ready media clips (trailers and/or posters) of the film must be provided by the date provided on notice of selection. Should these not be provided within the festivals timeline, the festival can extract clips from this film for promotional purposes.

9.I am aware Festival may provide critics an opportunity to review films prior to the Festival.

10.I understand that Film Green Bay is a not for profit and does not have additional resources to return films. Should I send a DVD or Blu-ray copy of my film to the Festival, it will not be returned via mail unless I provide the necessary shipping envelope and postage or appropriate shipping account #. You may also pick it up at the festival.