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18-Apr-2014 6:53pm PDT  

 

Tallgrass International Film Festival

12 Annual October 15, 2014 to October 19, 2014

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Tallgrass Film Association
6505 East Central Avenue
Box #146
Wichita KS 67206
USA
Phone: (316) 303-9292
submit@tallgrassfilmfest.com
http://www.tallgrassfilmfest.com

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

Short Film
Short films may be a documentary, narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign film. The Tallgrass Audience Award Winning Short Film is granted to the short film screened at the festival scored highest by the audience and is awarded a $500 cash prize.
Emerging Young Filmmaker Short Film
The Emerging Filmmaker Short Film category is for high school student filmmakers, 19 years old and younger. Emerging Filmmaker Short Films may be a documentary, narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign films. Emerging Young Filmmaker films must be works shot, directed, and produced by high school age students - 19 and younger. Adult supervision is limited to advisory capacity. The Winning Emerging Filmmaker Short Film is granted to the short film screened at the Joel Fein Emerging Filmmaker Program scored highest by the Tallgrass Executive Programming Directors. Fees are waived for any high school student submissions with valid high school identification (student id, school record, passport, drivers license or official identification that includes date of birth). All emerging young filmmaker films (features or shorts) are eligible to qualify for other festival awards.
Kansas Filmmaker Film
Kansas filmmaker films may be a documentary, narrative, animation or experimental film. Kansas filmmakers may submit their films and have any entry fees waived. Filmmakers must submit a valid Kansas address, connection and identification to request the fee waiver. Kansas filmmaker short films are eligible to win the Best Kansas Filmmaker Short Film Award. The award is granted to the Kansas filmmaker short film screened at the Tim Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers Program scored highest by the Tallgrass Programming Directors. All Kansas films (features or shorts) are eligible to qualify for other festival awards.
Feature Film - Documentary
Documentary feature films may be a foreign or domestic feature. Films entered in this category are eligible to be in competition for two awards. The Audience Award Winning Documentary Feature Film award is granted to the documentary feature film accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival that receives the highest score by the audience. The Golden Strand Documentary Feature Film award is granted to the documentary feature film accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival that is selected by the Festival Programming Directors.
Feature Film - Fiction
Fiction feature films may be a narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign film. Films entered in this category are eligible to be in competition for two awards. The Audience Award Winning Fiction Feature Film may be a narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign film. The award is granted to the fiction feature film accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival that receives the highest score by the audience. The Golden Strand Narrative Feature Film award is granted to the narrative feature film (foreign or domestic) accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival that is selected by the Festival Programming Directors.
Stubbornly Independent
Domestic fiction feature films made for under $750,000 USD, with no traditional theatrical, domestic distribution at the time of the festival are eligible for the Stubbornly Independent Gala slot. A representative for the film must also be able to attend the festival. A selection of films will be nominated for the gala spot, and the winning film will be voted on by the Tallgrass Film Festival Programming Committee. In addition to the Gala spotlight, the film will also receive a $1,000 cash prize from the Tallgrass Film Festival along with additional prizes. All nominated films will be accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival and will be be eligible for the Audience Award Fiction Feature and The Golden Strand Narrative Feature Film award selected by the Festival Programming Directors.
Smallgrass
Independent film programming for families with children ages 3 and up. Films are screened at Exploration Place, children's/science museum during the festival. All genres of shorts and feature films will be considered.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Founded in 2003 the Tallgrass International Film Festival is a program of the 501 (c)3 Tallgrass Film Association (TFA), which fosters and appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film, while showcasing Wichita’s venues, cultural attractions and artistic communities.

Year round programs include Special Screenings, Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab workshops, Down to the Wire: A 24 Hour Film Race, and the Tallgrass Film Festival Road Show.




ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
"Voted One of MovieMaker Magazine's Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2013"

"This 'small' festival is the most exquisite I've attended: the quality of the films chosen; the warmth and depth of the genuine hospitality we experienced; and the passion of the organizers and their team was stunning. Thank you TALLGRASS!!!!" – Paul Saltzman, Director, THE LAST WHITE KNIGHT

"I can't express how great it was to come to Tallgrass...I had an absolute blast getting to know you and the rest of the Tallgrass community, meeting some Wichitans, and connecting with the other filmmakers who were invited...And I loved your programming, every single movie I saw was fantastic (Blackfish, God Loves Uganda, I Am Divine, Worm, Pulp Fiction and Airplane!). The 35mm movies were especially wonderful to see, and The Orpheum is an incredible venue. – Jason Lapeyre, Director, I DECLARE WAR

“My experience at Tallgrass was really quite unique and distinctive from other festivals I have attended …There's a connectivity between filmmaker, community and audience forged over those fest days that is at once very genuine and enthusiastic…It is not just a film festival. It is a way of seeing the world.” – Karen Whitehead, Director, HER AIM IS TRUE

As the largest independent film association in the state of Kansas, Tallgrass screens more than 200 films every year. Now entering its 12th year, the has become an internationally recognized, multi-day platform for world-class cinematic programming, while showcasing Wichita’s revitalized downtown area and many of its cultural attractions. More than 14,000 local, regional and visiting guests attended the 11th annual film festival and TFA’s year-round events.

Tallgrass serves as a venue and a voice for independent films and filmmakers from all over the world, spotlighting films that would otherwise not have a proper theatrical screening in America’s Heartland region.

The 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival screened 186 films from more 30 countries around the world, with more than 50 filmmakers from across North America in attendance. The five day event also included parties, panels, VIP events and educational offerings. Record breaking attendance – at more than 12,000 – proved that Wichita has an affinity for indie film. Flavorwire calls Tallgrass one of the top ten Best-Under-The-Radar Film Festivals in America.

In addition to showcasing the best of independent cinema from around the globe including documentary, narrative, world cinema, animation, LGBT, retrospective and premiering films, the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival is specifically seeking films to feature in the following special programs and spotlights:

• Grasscendo – music-themed films
• Greengrass – environmentally-themed films
• Grassroots – featuring films about social issues
• Spotlight on Women Filmmakers - films directed by women
• Smallgrass: Family Films
• Timothy Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers
• Joel Fein Emerging Filmmakers Program – short films from high school student filmmakers (19 and younger)

Tallgrass Film Festival will grant cash awards in the following categories:

• Stubbornly Independent Gala Winning Film: $2,500
• Audience Award Winning Documentary Feature: $1,000
• Audience Award Winning Narrative Feature: $1,000
• Audience Award Winning Short Film: $500

Non-cash special recognition awards (awarded by Tallgrass Programming Directors) include:
• Golden Strands Outstanding Documentary Feature Award
• Golden Strands Outstanding Fiction Feature Award
• (may include other Golden Strands recognitions)
• Best Kansas Filmmaker Short Film
• Best Emerging Filmmaker Short Film

Tallgrass is changing the perception of Kansas as a "flyover" state and a bastion of conservatism and over the last dozen years, more than 400 visiting independent filmmakers have attended thefestival from all over the United States, and international locales including Toronto, Vancouver, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Paraguay and Norway.

Selected by a local programming committee, Official Selections have included 2013 Audience Award winners BLACKFISH (documentary) FOREV (narrative), 2013 Golden Strands Winners I WILL BE MURDERED (documentary) BLUE CAPRICE (narrative), WORM (directing) and THE PATIENCE STONE (acting.) The 2013 Stubbornly Independent Gala winner was FAVOR.

Notable 2013 selections include 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, MUSCLE SHOALS, A BAND CALLED DEATH, CUTIE AND THE BOXER, FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, GOD LOVES UGANDA, THE HUNT, THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE and THE ROCKET.

A growing Midwestern city that truly represents the spirit and hospitality of America's Heartland, Wichita was described in the Boston Globe’s Travel Section as “on-the-cusp America, a place where old ways and new styles are beginning to blend, where empty downtowns are being revived, museums founded, and unexpected treasures lie waiting in antiques stores...” Though Johnny Depp likes to insinuate that Midwestern American audiences are not sophisticated enough to appreciate independent film, Tallgrass audiences beg to differ.

Wichita is also home to a large art and music community, a growing filmmaking community, and generous patrons of the arts making Tallgrass audiences a hallmark of the festival. Sophisticated movie-goers of all ages and backgrounds - hungry for quality independent film - audiences are receptive, opinionated and genuine. Screening a film at Tallgrass is a catalyst for generating awareness and buzz in the epicenter of the country that radiates throughout the region. Also as accessible at Tallgrass, are the visiting filmmakers. Due to the city’s authentic nature it’s common to find a Golden Globe-nominated filmmaker deep in conversation with a high school documentarian or an avid movie-goer.

Located in the South Central portion of the state, Wichita, is known as the "Air Capital of the World” and is the largest city in Kansas in terms of both land area and population, with an estimated populace of more than half a million people in the greater metropolitan area. Known as a breeding ground of entrepreneurs, the city is home to corporations including Pizza Hut, Hawker Beechcraft, Learjet, Cessna and Coleman.





ORGANIZERS
Arietta Austin (Hospitality Director) ; Arietta Austin (Hospitality Director) ; Arietta Austin (Hospitality Director) ; Ashley Randall (Festival Intern) ; Brandi Biggs (Programming) ; Eric Moore (Programming Consultant) ; Jessy Clonts (Marketing Director) ; Jessy Clonts (Marketing Director) ; Jessy Clonts (Marketing Director) ; John Jones (Programming Coordinator) ; Kathy Siebert (Festival Treasurer) ; Kathy Siebert (Festival Treasurer) ; Lela Meadow (Festival Registrar) ; Lela Meadow-Conner (Festival Director) ; Lela Meadow-Conner (Festival Director) ; Nick Pope (Programming Director) ; Shan Jabara (Director of Acquisitions) ; Shan Jabara (Director of Acquisitions)

GENERAL RULES
-Films must have been completed after January 1, 2013.

-2 submission preview copies of the film,

-Alternate online screeners from other secure sources are also accepted. Include screener link and password in your cover letter.

-Press kit is optional - electronic only, please

-World and US Premieres are not required, however premieres (especially Kansas premieres) are preferred and premiere status may be one of the factors considered when determining a film's inclusion in the Festival.

-All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.

-The Festival will consider work-in-progress, films with temporary soundtracks, digital outputs, and work that did not originate on film Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated) for Festival screening. No exceptions will be permitted.

-Emerging Filmmaker films must be works shot, directed, and produced by high school age students - 19 and younger. Adult supervision is limited to advisory capacity requirements. Emerging filmmakers must submit a copy of his/her valid high school identification (student id, school record, passport, drivers license or official identification that includes date of birth) to receive the fee waiver.

-In order to receive fee waivers for Kansas filmmakers, Kansas filmmakers must submit a valid Kansas address and identification respectively to receive the fee waiver. Kansas Filmmaker films are eligible for festival prizes, if the film is accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival program.

-Kansas and Emerging Filmmakers submit for free to their respective categories.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Tallgrass Film Festival 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 Tallgrass 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. Should your film be accepted, we do ask you to permit us to keep a copy of your film for our festival library. Copies of your film in our library will not be used for profit, and should we desire you re-screen your film for a paid event we would notify you and ask for permission to be granted. Packaging - ship your media in a bubble-pack envelope whenever possible. If you must use a fiberpack, please wrap the media in a plastic bag. The festival is not responsible for damage to tapes incurred in shipping. Costs and labeling - all shipping costs to and from Wichita must be borne by the sender. All tapes must indicate title, shipper's name, WAB tracking number, and return shipping address. To confirm receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard with your entry. International entries - all entries from outside the US should be sent Air mail Registered or by a parcel express service. We cannot accept entries shipped via air-freight if customs and delivery fees have not been paid.