14th Annual

Ellensburg Film Festival

October 05, 2018 to October 07, 2018

Film Market
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Feature Film (Non-Documentary)
Any film over over 40 minutes in length that is not a documentary.
Full-length Documentary
Any documentary over 40 minutes in length.
Short Subject
Any film under forty minutes that is not a documentary.
Films Made In Washington State
Films of any genre or length filmed and produced in Washington State.


We are excited to be preparing for the Fourteenth Annual Ellensburg Film Festival. This year's EFF will run Oct. 5-7 2018: three days of films and gala events. All of this in beautiful and historic downtown Ellensburg! We hope to see you there!


All genres are welcome and encouraged in the submission process, including narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated. All films under 40 minutes in length will be considered to be shorts and may be shown as part of a program with other short films of a similar nature.

Approximately sixty-percent of our programming will be comprised of films released within the past year that are currently being shown throughout the film festival circuit.

The Ellensburg Film Festival uses movies to promote diversity and dialog within our community and to forge new connections between our region and the world around us. Through our program of innovative, thought-provoking cinema, we expose audiences to the artistry, issues and perspectives in current independent film. The festival promotes the communal experience of motion pictures and provides an arena to discuss and critique the technical and creative choices of filmmakers. In addition, the EFF provides a platform for students, colleagues, and members of the community to exhibit their work, facilitate networking opportunities, and advance local economic activity.

Located in the heart of the stunning Kittitas Valley and in the center of Washington State, historic Ellensburg is home to year-round recreational activities, numerous festivals, excellent shopping, superb dining and a variety of performing and visual arts events around town and at Central Washington University. Visitors can stop by one of the town's fine art galleries, watch a play or see a concert as easily as they can float the Yakima River or hike gorgeous Manastash Ridge. In addition to the Film Festival, Ellensburg plays host to a number of annual and on-going events, including July's Jazz in the Valley, September's Paint Ellensburg, January's Winterhop BrewFest, February's Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering, the monthly First Friday Art Walk, a weekly farmers market and more.


Ginny Blackson; Josh Aubol


Films Submitted to the Ellensburg Film Festival must:

1. Fully comply with all legal criteria relating to copyrights, including soundtrack licensing, and

2. Preferably be available to the Ellensburg Film Festival in DVD format if selected for showing. Submissions are limited to DVD.

3. If submitting on DVD comply with the following instructions:

a. DVD's must be submitted in plastic safe cases. These are the industry standard push-button hub, literature clip, full sleeve for artwork, dark plastic cases. Size is 5 1/4" by 7 1/2". No other cases of any kind will be accepted.

b. DVD's must not include labels or stickers of any kind: only laser printed artwork, if any, should be on the disc itself. Many consumer labeling products (like stickers) can actually damage the disc and make it unplayable. If you are burning a consumer disc please write your Project Title, Film ID# and Contact # on the disc with a black Sharpie pen.

c. PLEASE test your consumer-burned DVD on several makes and models of players BEFORE sending it to our offices. Technical problems can delay the completion of your submission.

d. DVD's must be formatted for Zone 0 or Zone 1 / North America. No other zones are accepted in the submission process. DVD's must be formatted in MPEG video using the codec of your choice. Neither QuickTime (.mov) or Microsoft (.avi) files are accepted.

4. If submitting with a secure on line screener follow and complete the steps as outlined by Withoutabox.


I hereby allow the Ellensburg Film Festival ("EFF") to preview my film/video. By signing this document I pledge that I hold the rights to this film/video and have the right to distribute this material to EFF. I understand that once submitted my entry cannot be withdrawn. I understand that EFF, although they take every precaution, cannot be held responsible for loss or damage of submission materials. If accepted, EFF reserves the right to keep this preview tape for the EFF Archives. If accepted, I expressly grant EFF the royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to exhibit my film or video at the 2018 Festival and to use, reproduce, publish, translate, and exhibit any and all publicity materials related to the film, including but not limited to stills, press releases, bios, and trailers, in whole or in part, without limitation to territory, and/or to include said publicity materials with other works in any form, media, or technology.