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24-Apr-2014 10:08pm PDT  


Marfa Film Festival

5 Annual July 02, 2014 to July 06, 2014

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SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Features
Narrative films of any genre and about any topic are accepted for submission in this category, with a run time of 60 minutes and longer.

Narrative Shorts
Films of any genre and form are accepted to this category with a run time up to 59 minutes.
Animated films of all genres and about any topic are accepted for submission in this category. The run time of Animated Shorts most not exceed 59 minutes. The run time of Animated Features must be 60 minutes and longer.
Documentary films about any topic are accepted for submission in this category. The run time of Documentary Shorts most not exceed 59 minutes. The run time of Documentary Features must be 60 minutes and longer.
Music Video
Music Videos must not have a run time greater than 10 minutes.

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 in 2013-14.

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.

We don't designate 'winners'. 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 (numerous), 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, 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.

Lindsay Muse (Sponsorship Director) ; Nathan Stueve (programming Team / traffic / hospitality) ; Robin Lambaria (Festival Director)

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


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.