Submission Guidelines

Call for Entries

This year, we seek short films from five (5) broadly-defined categories: Comedy, Drama, Animation, Horror, and Documentary. Submissions should not exceed 30 minutes.

Filmmakers of all levels are encouraged to enter the competition/festival. Previous winners have included students, hobbyists, and professionals. Our Selection Committee is keen on promoting lower-budget shorts for accolades. (That is, an engaging story and clever editing can beat a high budget submission.)

Rules & Terms

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Selection Process

All submissions will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. This panel will decide the Official Selections and the “Best Of” each category. Then, a second round will determine (from the five category winners) the recipient of the Grand Prize. There will be two other special awards: the Best Home Grown—bestowed on the best short film created by a Lancaster County Team or Theme and a Best Actor (determined by the endorsements of ticket purchasers). All of these will be announced and presented at the Awards Ceremony at the close of the film festival on 11 November 2017. (While you do not have to be present to win an award, we are attempting to have the award-recipients who are unable to attend connect live via Skype.) Each year, the physical awards have been works of art and the cash prizes aren’t too shabby.

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