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Films considered for SI contention must be a US Domestic fiction feature (60 minutes +) film made for $500,000 or under USD, and without traditional t... More
Films considered for SI contention must be a US Domestic fiction feature (60 minutes +) film made for $500,000 or under USD, and without traditional theatrical, domestic distribution at the time of the festival. At least one representative for the winning and nominated films must be able to attend the festival. A selection of films will be nominated for the SI award, and the winning film will be voted on by a select jury. In addition to a Gala Spotlight, the film will also receive a $5,000 cash prize plus other awards and accolades from 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 Less

Submissions must be a women-directed (male/female co-directing teams are not eligible) documentary feature-length (60 minutes +) film without traditio... More
Submissions must be a women-directed (male/female co-directing teams are not eligible) documentary feature-length (60 minutes +) film without traditional, theatrical, domestic, or VOD distribution at the time of the festival screening, A representative for the winning and nominated films must be able to attend the festival in October. A selection of films will be nominated for a spotlight evening screening, and the winning film will be voted on by a select jury. In addition to the Spotlight screening, the jury selected film will also receive a $1,500 cash prize. All nominated films will automatically be accepted as an “in competition” screening in the festival and will be eligible for the Best Documentary Audience Award and The Golden Strands Outstanding Documentary Feature Film Award selected by the Festival Programming Directors. Less

Fiction feature (60 minutes +) films may be a narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign film. Films entered in this category are eligibl... More
Fiction feature (60 minutes +) 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. Less

Documentary feature (60 minutes +) films may be a foreign or domestic feature. Films entered in this category are eligible to be in competition for tw... More
Documentary feature (60 minutes +) 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. Less

Short Fiction films (59 minutes or less) may be a narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign film. The Tallgrass Audience Award Winning N... More
Short Fiction films (59 minutes or less) may be a narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign film. The Tallgrass Audience Award Winning Narrative Short Film is granted to the narrative/fiction short film screened at the festival scored highest by the audience and is awarded a $1000 cash prize. Less

Short documentary films (59 minutes or less) may be a domestic or foreign films. The Tallgrass Audience Award Winning Documentary Short Film is grante... More
Short documentary films (59 minutes or less) may be a domestic or foreign films. The Tallgrass Audience Award Winning Documentary Short Film is granted to the documentary short film screened at the festival scored highest by the audience and is awarded a $1000 cash prize. Less

Kansas filmmaker films may be a documentary, narrative, animation or experimental film. Kansas filmmakers may submit their films and have any entry fe... More
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, job title, and Kansas connection city. Include this eligibility information in your cover letter when you submit or those credentials can be emailed to submit@tallgrassfilmfest.com. 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. Less

Films submitted in the Emerging Filmmaker films category MUST be works written, directed, and shot by high school age students – 18-YEARS-OLD AN... More
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. Adult supervision is limited to advisory capacity. This category is not for university or college filmmakers. Emerging Filmmaker Short Films may be a documentary, narrative, animation, experimental, domestic or foreign films. 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. Less


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