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MKE Short Film Festival

16th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival

The Longest running Milwaukee film festival that supports Milwaukee filmmakers will return!
 
 
September 5th and 6th, 2014
Lubar Auditorium, Milwaukee Art Museum.
 
Early Bird Deadline:
March 31st
Non Wisconsin Filmmakers: $15
 
Regular Deadline:
May 30th
Non Wisconsin Filmmakers $35
 
Final Deadline:
July 15th: $45
 
WAB extended Deadline:
August 1st: $60
 
 
 
THIS YEAR ALL WISCONSIN FILMMAKERS LIVING IN WISCONSIN
ENTER THEIR FILM FOR FREE UNTIL FINAL DEADLINE.

US & International Short Films

This category will be judged by industry professionals and deemed the best out of the competition.

Local Films: Wisconsin Spotlight

The Filmmaker must live in Wisconsin.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

 
To spotlight emerging artists, and give a focus to Midwest filmmakers.

Created by local and independent filmmakers, the Milwaukee Short Film Festival is proud to provide local talent with a venue for their work to be seen. We're also thrilled that MSFF was named the "Best Local Festival" in Moviemaker Magazine.
 
 
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
 
The Milwaukee Independent Film Society was founded in 1996 by Dan Wilson. Its mission and goals were to provide a grass roots community where local filmmakers can share their ideas, projects, and collaborate on local efforts.

MIFS is a non-profit organization who leadership has changes, but missions remains the same.

The Milwaukee Short Film Festival is our signature event, since its inception in 1994 we've steadily built our reputation and one of the best regional festivals in America. We were signaled out in 2006 by Moviemaker Magazine as "Best Local Festival" with a strong slate of award winning International films, and the best in local filmmaking.

Each year we do our best to get industry professionals from Los Angeles and the Milwaukee area to jury the films. Previous judges were Mark Metcalf (Animal House, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Zack Ward (A Christmas Story, Transformers), Uwe Boll (Postal, House of the Dead) Timothy J. Lonsdale (Speed, Species) and David Streit (Jurassic Park III, River's Edge) .

The Milwaukee Short Film Festival is proud to also say that the home of the festival is a Milwaukee landmark, The Milwaukee Art Museum's Lubar Auditorium situated in the world famous Calatrava. Located on Milwaukee's lakefront area.

PRESSKIT REQUIREMENTS
A press kit is required with the entry form, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Statement by the Director
> Press Clippings


PRIZES & AWARDS
This category is a competition.


Best of Fest Award
Sponsor: Milwaukee Short Film Festival
This prize is shared with other categories.


Honorable Mention
(2nd Place)
Sponsor:Milwaukee Short Film Festival


Best Wisconsin Film
Sponsor:Milwaukee Short Film Festival


Best Director
Sponsor:Milwaukee Short Film Festival
This prize is shared with other categories.


Audience Choice Award



CATEGORY RULES
GENERAL RULES:

ELIGIBILITY
This competition is for emerging filmmakers, student filmmakers and independent filmmakers.

TYPES OF FILMS ACCEPTED
Narrative, documentary, experimental or animated films or videos up to 20 minutes in length.

All entries in a language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English unless dialogue is inessential to comprehension
and appreciation.

The festival will not consider demo reels, commercials or advertisements, video or new media games, films with prior commercial release, industrial and instructional films or films screened in the Milwaukee area three months prior to the fest. These entries may be considered to run out of competition at the total discretion of MSFF.

FORMATS ACCEPTED
All submission copies must be DVD, Blu-Ray (NTSC system only) with a digital file (H .264) or as an online screener. Exhibition formats accepted are only data digital files (H. 264).  For questions on other video festival screening formats, please contact the MSFF.

ENTRY LIMITATIONS
Filmmakers can submit up to three entries. Each entry must include a separate entry and fee.
Entries previously submitted to the Milwaukee Short Film Festival cannot be re-submitted.
Entrants are responsible for securing all necessary rights / permissions for festival exhibition of each work submitted and all accompanying materials.

ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE

-Entry fee
-MSFF accepts credit card payments online or checks or certified money orders via mail
-DVD or Bluray copy of work submitted, and a mpeg2 digital copy
-Film synopsis, principal cast list, and brief filmmaker bio
-Press kit if available

INCOMPLETE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
One entry per DVD. Clearly mark name of film / filmmaker on the case and DVD



PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS
Entrants are invited to submit promotional materials with initial submission. After notification of acceptance into the festival, filmmakers are encouraged to provide one still each of the director and a scene from the film, either 8 x 10 photos or 600 dpi 6” x 8” JPEG files, for publicity. All publicity materials should be labeled with the name of the filmmaker and of the film. Please note that publicity materials cannot always be returned.

We will send notification of receipt of entry to each entrant via email. Videotapes, DVDs, photographs or other materials will not be returned unless a self-addressed stamped envelope / mailer is included.

Entries are eligible to be selected for programming and exhibition at the Milwaukee Short Film Festival.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Clips from accepted films may also be used by the MSFF for festival promotion, festival program and possible televised broadcast.

While the festival will take precautions to handle your film and publicity materials responsibly, the festival, its committee and staff cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any materials entered.

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 Milwaukee Short 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.



NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately 20-August-2014


RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 20 minutes


COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after 01-Jun-2012


PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world


PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement.

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution
 
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