Short Film Festival
October 3, 2015
McMinnville, Oregon
October 3, 2015

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5th Annual Film Festival Will Be October 2015

The 5th Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival (MSFF) will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the McMinnville Cinema in McMinnville, OR. This festival is open to amateur and professional filmmakers alike. The goal of the MSFF is to provide a venue where short filmmakers can have their films viewed by an audience and to provide a networking opportunity to filmmakers in order to learn and share with each other.

The MSFF is a fundraiser for the Sunrise Rotary Foundation of McMinnville, and all entry fees and sponsorships are tax deductible. Sunrise Rotary will use the funds to promote their mission to make our community and world a better place in which to live! (Oregon Public Benefit Corporation Registry Number 614827-83)

New for 2015: We now accept films up to 20 minutes in length (the previous limit was 15 minutes).

The deadline to enter a film is tentatively scheduled for August 25th, 2015.

EARLY BIRD OFFER - Films submitted by August 15, 2015, receive the Early Bird offer of $30 per film! Films submitted after August 15th will be $35 per film. Returning filmmakers get an additional $5 discount! No limit to the number of films a filmmaker can submit.

4th Annual Film Festival Summary

The 4th Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival was held October 11, 2014, at the McMinnville Cinema in McMinnville, OR, with all proceeds benefitting the work of the McMinnville Sunrise Rotary Foundation.

See the complete list of Winners and Official Selections.

Thank you to everyone who made this year's event our best yet! And it's not too soon to start planning your entries for next year...

Sign up here if you are interested in becoming a Festival Sponsor!

From the winner of the 2014 Documentary Award & 2014 Audience Award:

"I am very honored to have won the Documentary award [for Forward Farming: The Next Generation of American Agriculture] at the McMinnville Short Film Festival. It was a great experience to be recognized for my work while at the same time interacting so closely with my community. The McMinnville Short Film Festival is an exciting event that means a lot to filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike. Thank you to all who make it possible."
-Cassidy Davis (Carlton, OR)

From the winner of the 2014 Fiction: Comedy Award:

"The McMinnville Short Film Festival was the spectacular opportunity that I'd been waiting for, to have my work viewed by an audience on the big screen for the first time. Although being chosen to screen at the festival was plenty honor enough, being awarded as the winner in my category [for Dee-Ort] gave me a new level of confidence and validity as a filmmaker. Thank you, Dan and Nancy Morrow, for making this all possible!"
-Jordan Mackor (Salem, OR)

Promo Film from the 2014 Film Festival:

From the winner of the 2013 Emerging Artist Award:

"My Winning the Emerging Artist award at the 2013 festival was the impetus for my entering my film, Jesse and the Fountain of Youth, in multiple film festivals over the next year. McMinnville is not only special to me because of the award but also because I won as a 50-year-old first time filmmaker. Before entering McMinnville, I had someone from the industry tell me that my film should be scrapped and that the subject matter made the film boring and not worth watching. It is a good thing that I did not heed his advice.

Jesse and the Fountain of Youth has been screened at 8 film festivals including an upcoming Oscar Qualifying Festival in Rhode Island. The film won "Best Short Film" at the 2014 Idyllwild International Film Festival. Having been a winner at the McMinnville Festival has afforded me the ability to list myself as an award-winning documentary filmmaker, words that have served me well in this industry. A girl never forgets where and when she won her first award for being a filmmaker. I feel the bonus of this experience was coming in contact with Dan and Nancy Morrow as well as getting to know Larry Strober. I plan to submit my short films to the McMinnville Festival whenever possible."
-Tracey Anarella (Brooklyn, NY)

Video testimonials from industry professionals:
Inventor Tim Jenison, Founder of NewTek, and star of the documentary film "Tim's Vermeer" Actress Rena Strober, Broadway, television & screen performer, and star of the film "Waiting in the Wings: The Musical"

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