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|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 $1000 cash prize.
|Emerging Young Filmmaker Short Film
|Films submitted in the Emerging Filmmaker films category MUST be works written, directed, and shot by high school age students – 18-YEARS-OLD AND YOUNGER. This category is not for university or college filmmakers. Emerging Filmmaker Short Films may be a documentary, narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign films. 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 be eligible for this category. For each major cast/crew Kansas connection, please include name, title, and city in Kansas connection. Include this eligibility information in your cover letter when you submit. Films submitted in this category that do not fulfill this requirement will not be considered.
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 $2,500 to the documentary feature film accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival that receives the highest score by the audience. The Golden Strands 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 $2,500 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 Strands Outstanding Fiction 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.
|USA Domestic fiction feature films made for under $750,000 USD, with no traditional theatrical, domestic distribution at the time of the festival are eligible to compete for the Stubbornly Independent Award and Gala Spotlight Screening. A representative for the winning and nominated films must be able to attend the festival. A selection of films will be nominated for the gala screening, and the winning film will be voted on by a select jury.
In addition to the Gala Spotlight, the film will also receive a $5,000 cash prize from Vimeo along with additional prizes from AMC and TFF. All nominated films will automatically be accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival and will be eligible for the Best Narrative Feature Audience Award and The Golden Strands Outstanding Narrative Feature Film Award selected by the Festival Programming Directors.
|Independent family-friendly films appropriate to show to children from ages 3 to 12. 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 One of MovieMaker Magazine's 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2015
"As a filmmaker, I can't think of any greater reward than screening a labor of love at a great theater like the Orpheum, in front of a incredible audience made up of a film loving community and fellow filmmakers, cultivated by the incredible hard and passionate work of a great team that give you a festival experience unlike any other. I've been there twice, and I want to go back again tomorrow!" - David Spaltro, Director, IN THE DARK
"From arriving at the airport, to being returned to the airport, there wasn't a moment at Tallgrass when I didn't feel wholly, and completely loved and appreciated. The dedication of the staff to not only treat filmmakers with the utmost respect, but to make sure we have a heck of a good time, was unparalleled. I will do everything in my power to keep creating and submitting films, if only just to have a chance to rub shoulders with the delightful locals and fellow filmmakers again in Wichita year after year. Thank you Tallgrass, for setting the gold standard in festival hospitality." - Justin Johnson, Director, DOUBLE DIGITS: THE STORY OF A NEIGHBORHOOD MOVIE STAR
"I had an incredible experience at Tallgrass and thank you so much for recognizing our film. Every award and accolade helps and we made this movie to raise awareness and most of all money for the children of Omo Child. Every cent made from this film will be donated to Omo Child and every festival, award, and audience helps us reach our goal. Tallgrass Film Festival is without a doubt one of the most exciting festivals I've been to this year. We have been accepted into 34 film festivals so far in 2015 and the passion and energy in Wichita for independent film is unmatched! - Sebastian Humphreys, Cinematographer, OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH
Call For Submissions: 14th Annual Tallgrass Festival
Tallgrass Film Association (TFA) announces the call for submissions for the 14th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, October 12-16 in and around downtown Wichita, Kansas. Flavorwire calls Tallgrass “one of the foremost regional festivals in the country, showcasing exciting new movies and festival hits that otherwise probably wouldn't make their way to the heartland…a wonderful festival, and a reminder that New York and L.A. don't have the market cornered on vibrant film culture."
The largest independent film festival in the state of Kansas, the 2015 Tallgrass Film Festival received over 1000 submissions and screened 203 films (54 features, 147 shorts) from more than 40 countries around the world, to an audience of nearly 15,000. More than 75 visiting filmmakers from across North America attended the festival, which was included in MovieMaker Magazine’s annual “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2015.
A hallmark of the region’s cinematic landscape and an internationally recognized, multi-day platform for world-class cinematic programming, the festival is a program of the Tallgrass Film Association, a 501(c)3 arts organization which fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film.
2015 Official Selections included the critically-acclaimed TAKE ME TO THE RIVER and THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, as well as festival favorites BAND OF ROBBERS, WAFFLE STREET, GUIDANCE, FOR GRACE and MAVIS. Foreign selections like WORLD OF KANAKO, SEA FOG, PERVERT PARK and LANDFILL HARMONIC rounded out the program. The Vimeo Audience Awards were given to UNBRANDED (documentary feature,) and ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG (narrative feature) while A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET took the Stubbornly Independent Prize and Gala Screening.
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 14th annual Tallgrass Film Festival is specifically seeking films to feature in the following special program categories:
• Grasscendo – music-themed films
• Greengrass – environmentally-themed films
• Spotlight on Women Filmmakers – films directed by women
• Stubbornly Independent Films: domestic, narrative features made for under $750,000 USD with no traditional distribution
• Timothy Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers – Kansas filmmakers submit for free – see below for official rules
• Joel Fein Emerging Filmmakers Program – short films from filmmakers 18 and younger may submit for free – see below for official rules. This category does not include university or college filmmakers.
Tallgrass Film Festival will grant cash awards in the following categories:
• Audience Award Winning Documentary Feature: $2,500
• Audience Award Winning Narrative Feature: $2,500
• Stubbornly Independent Gala Winner: $5,000
• Audience Award Winning Short Film: $1,000
Non-cash special recognition awards include:
• Golden Strands Awards (awarded by Tallgrass Programming Directors) for Outstanding Documentary and Fiction Feature, Acting, Cinematography and more
• Best Kansas Filmmaker Short Film
• Best Emerging Filmmaker Short Film
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.
Amber Brown (Production Assistant); April Johnson (Treasurer); Arietta Austin (Hospitality Director); Ashley Randall (Festival Intern); Aubrey Burgess (Programing Assistant); Bryan Clark (Programming Assistant); Eric Moore (Programming Consultant); Gretchen Mitchell (Programming Director/Festival Registrar); Gretchen Mitchell (Programming Director/Festival Registrar); Jessy Clonts (Marketing Director); John Jones (Programming Coordinator); Josh Ellis (Print Traffic Coordinator); 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)
-Films must have been completed after January 1, 2015. Some exceptions will be considered for non-domestic releases.
-Online screeners from alternate secure sources are preferred. Include screener link and password in your cover letter.
-2 submission preview copies of the film are required if you are submitting on disc media (DVD).
-Press kit is optional - electronic only, please
-A Wichita premiere is required. 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.
-The Festival does not screen films available on VOD or any online streaming portal at the time of the festival. However, the Festival reserves the right to make exceptions to this rule.
-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 - 18 and younger. This category is not for university or college filmmakers. 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 only in 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 discs 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.