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2022 submissions are open!

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MicroMania screens micro-short films (5 min and under)

Growing short-film fandom and inspiring new voices to filmmaking is our goal.

We don’t care when films are made—only that they are 5 minutes or under.

If credits take your film over 5 minutes, no problem. Just enter your runtime as 5:00 when you submit on Film Freeway.

High fees and premiere requirements are needless barriers to inclusivity. Micros aren’t festival ticket drivers and don’t compete for distribution deals the way longer form work does. Our fees stay low; never topping $20 and Mini-Micros (2 min and under) pay less.

If your film is already growing its audience online, no problem.  We want your film to get as many views as it can, wherever it can.

We promote not impede.

Submit a Film

2021 Submissions have closed. Check back in September.

Our Selection Process

Films are screened, evaluated, and rated by industry professionals, bloggers, critics, academics, multi-disciplinary artists and film fest programmers. Our Micro-Experimental category is judged by professionals familiar with the form. Our judges rate based on impact and production quality. Technical imperfection is not grounds for exclusion, as long as it doesn’t distract from overall impact.

Official Selections

2022 films will be judged and selected on a rolling basis.

All officially selected films:

  • Receive laurels and advance to the Finalists Round
  • Get invited to stream on the MicroMania Channel and have their film promoted across our social media networks
  • Get opportunities to expand their audience via year-round encore presentations and other screening opportunities
  • Are eligible to participate in filmmaker panels by invitation
  • 1:1 project mentoring opportunities

(NOTE: Official selection does not guarantee MicroMania Film Fest 2022 event series inclusion.)

Finalists Round

Once submissions close, judges watch and rate officially selected films.

Top rated films will be notified by July 30, 2022:

  • Enjoy all of the benefits of official selections
  • Screen at MicroMania Film Festival 2022
  • Compete for awards, prizes, and other opportunities

We take great care to make sure that our judges reflect all members of a society. It’s the only way to ensure that brilliance isn’t passed over because of unconscious prejudice or bias.

Film Submission Categories

  • Mini-Micro (2 minutes or under)
  • Micro-Narrative (Comedy/ Drama / Horror / Action)
  • Micro-Experimental
  • Micro-Documentary
  • Micro-Freestyle (non-linear, non-experimental, music videos, PSAs)

Awards

Officially selected films compete for: Best Mini-Micro, Best-Micro, Best Micro-Narrative, Best Micro-Experimental, Best Micro-Documentary and Best-Micro Freestyle designation with a minimum $50 USD cash award. Award winners will be notified by October 15, 2022. Winners must respond by October 31, 2022 to claim their award. Award delivery via PayPal or Venmo where possible.

Deadlines & Entry Fees

Submission fees pay for operational costs (website, marketing, venue, promotional costs), cash awards, and stipends for panel hosts and filmmaker participants. Entry fees are non-refundable and required for each distinct category submission. If a film is duplicated in more than one category, and is accepted, the duplicate will be disqualified.

  • Early Deadline: September 30, 2021
  • Fall Deadline November 30, 2021
  • Winter Deadline January 31, 2022
  • Spring Deadline March 31, 2022
  • Regular Deadline May 31, 2022
  • Late Deadline June 20, 2022
  • Finalist Notification Date: July 20, 2022

Entry fees are posted at FilmFreeway.com.

Submit a Film

2021 Submissions have closed. Check back in September.

Rules

MicroMania Film Festival is open to live action short films, and music videos 5 minutes and under from all countries. Foreign language films must be subtitled in English, not including music videos. Use of copyright protected music must be accompanied by proof of permission or usage agreement.

  • Branded props or costuming (visible logos) is not allowed. This is a legal liability for you and the festival. We are happy to give entrants the opportunity to swap out music or cover logos if time permits.
  • No pornography and NO HATE.
  • MicroMania Film Festival reserves the right to remove any category for which a minimum of 8 films have not been selected due to low submissions or low acceptance. Accepted films within a category that has been eliminated will be shifted to ‘Micro-Freestyle’ or the closest thematic category related to the content.
  • We’re happy to furnish a detailed accounting upon request.

Responsiveness

Accepted filmmakers are expected to respond fully to requests for assets (film files, still images, descriptive text and contact information) by stated deadlines.

All assets must be delivered by the method requested: however, we will work with you if you have accessibility issues. We understand that life happens and we don’t mind following up—to a point. Lack of responsiveness after several attempts will result in ‘incomplete’ status. Films with ‘incomplete’ status are still considered officially accepted but, do not advance to our finalist round.

Terms & Conditions

All entrants agree with the terms and conditions below to be featured as ‘Officially Selected’ and to qualify as a finalist/winner:

  • Delivery of “Officially Selected” films will be accepted by digital means only. We provide a simple form. We will make accommodation if technical difficulties exist.
  • All films must be delivered in HD with credits to specifications requested in acceptance email. Filmmakers will also be required to send promotional stills and may be asked for descriptive text in aid of our promotional efforts.
  • Accepted filmmakers must add our festival email to their safe list and respond in a timely manner. We understand that times are crazy and that we have no idea what anyone is facing at any given moment. We will do our best to work with you.
  • MicroMania Channel opt ins are required to follow our channel on Vimeo for notification of their films’ publication. We also request filmmakers follow us on social media to amplify when we post about their films.
  • MicroMania Film Festival reserves the right to remove an accepted film from its programming schedule due to low resolution, poor quality, disrespectful behavior on the part of the filmmaker, or lack of timely response on the part of accepted filmmakers.
  • Finalists agree to allow for their film to screen during all live events and accompanying online streams during the course of the festival.

Promotional Rights

MicroMania Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize still images and submission descriptions, provided by accepted filmmakers for exhibition on the MicroMania® Channel (opt-in) during MicroMania Film Festival 2021 (mandatory), and for promotional purposes leading up to the event (mandatory) and any encore events (opt-in).

Filmmakers that opt-in to MicroMania® Channel inclusion grant the right for MicroMania Film Festival to stream their films until a request for removal has been sent and acknowledged by MicroMania. We honor your requests and do our best to comply as quickly as possible.

Entry Liability

The filmmaker holds the MicroMania Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival, or from claims by any third parties.

Submit a Film

2021 Submissions have closed. Check back in September.

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