/FOX Bay Cinema and Grill
334 E Silver Spring Dr
Local Filmmaker of Color Showcase
2324 W Wisconsin Ave #66
Milwaukee, WI 53233
September 10th, 2021
Location: Fox Bay Cinema and Grill
April 15th 2021
Filmmakers residing in Wisconsin only.
Please read everything carefully.
If you are not a local filmmaker of color living in Wisconsin. You will be disqualified. An address is necessary to qualify. We also do not accept films longer than 15 minutes. If you send a film over 15 minutes it will be disqualified.
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.
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.
In 2015 we began Voices Heard, curated by Rubin Whitmore. This event was the first of its kind in Milwaukee, a festival that showcased only multi-cultural filmmakers based in Milwaukee. It was a great success selling out in its first year.Plus we were fortunate enough to tap some amazing judges such as George Tillman Jr, James Causey, Marcia Wright Tillman, Dr. Chia Vang, Alma Velez, Sierra Shea and Dr. Demond Means.
As Voices Heard moves into its 5th year we hope to build upon everything we have accomplished so far.
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
> Website info - Digital
> Trailer - Digital
PRIZES & AWARDS
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 15 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 MIFS.
All submission copies must be 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.
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 and Voices Heard 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:
- MSFF accepts credit card payments online or checks or certified money orders via mail
-Film synopsis, principal cast list, photos, posters and brief filmmaker bio
-Press kit if available
INCOMPLETE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
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 MIFS 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 Independent Film Society 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.
Shorts: maximum 15 minutes
Projects completed after 01-Jan-2019
PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world
No premiere requirement, but premieres get special consideration.