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A festival for amateur and professional filmmakers, we welcome short films of any genre, of no more than 20 minutes in length.

Deadlines

  • Early Bird: July 1, 2017
  • Regular: August 1, 2017
  • Late: August 15, 2017
RETURNING FILMMAKERS (those who submitted any film with an entry fee in the past) receive an additional $5 discount, email info@mcminnvillefilmfest.org to get your discount code before submitting your entry on FilmFreeway.

Rules & Terms

Short films in any genre, maximum 20 minutes in length. Sexual content and derogatory language towards any group or specific individual is prohibited. The applicant must have prime artistic responsibility for the video submitted. Roles considered to have prime artistic responsibility are director, producer, writer, or editor.

Awards & Prizes

  • Grand Jury Prize - $250 cash prize plus trophy
  • Best Director - trophy
  • Best Story - trophy
  • Best Cinematography - trophy
  • Best Editing - trophy
  • Best Music/Score - trophy
  • Best Actor/Actress - trophy
  • Will Vinton Award for Best Animation - $150 cash prize plus certificate
  • Sunrise Rotary Award - $100 cash prize plus certificate
  • Recology Sustainability Award - $100 cash prize plus certificate
The entry fee includes admission to the festival screening events AND to all of the roundtables.

Sunrise Rotary Award

The Sunrise Rotary Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement by a local and/or regional filmmaker. Whether a first-time filmmaker or a seasoned veteran, the films produced by artists within Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are watched and judged by members of the McMinnville Sunrise Rotary Club during a special viewing session every September. All genres are given consideration and voted on by the viewing members.

Recology Sustainability Award

Recology’s vision is a world without waste. This employee-owned company carries out its vision through community based services, educational programs and innovative engineering solutions that promote the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. The 2017 Recology Sustainability Award will go to a filmmaker who demonstrates and promotes environmental sustainability as a major theme in their short film. Themes can include but are not limited to:

  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Waste Reduction Outreach and Education
  • Sustainable Product Production, Use and Management
A panel of judges, including Recology’s General Manager Fred Stemmler, will review the qualifying films and select the film that best fits this award.