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Entry Guidelines

I certify that I am the producer/director/sponsor of the film submitted, and have the right to submit this film to the Campfire Film Festival. I hereby grant Campfire Film Festival permission to use my name, my film, photos, and press materials for festival promotion. I hereby indemnify and hold harmless Campfire Film Festival, its sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities, and expenses, including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims or third-party claims based on material submitted to the Campfire Film Festival.

Eligibility Requirements

Feature films, short films, and documentaries must not have had any commercial theatrical or television play in the US. Features films must not have been broadcast on the internet. For feature films, especially American films without US distribution, world and US premieres are not required but are strongly preferred, and premiere status will be one of the factors considered when determining a film's inclusion in the Festival. For short films, premiere status is not a factor in the selection process. Feature films, short films, and documentaries in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation. For submission purposes, DVD screeners may be of works-in-progress, films with temporary soundtracks, or digital outputs. Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated) for Festival screenings. No exceptions will be permitted. Young Adult submissions must be works shot, directed, and produced by high school students, secondary school students, or young adults age 25 and under. Adult supervision must be limited to an advisory capacity.

Festival Awards

The exclusive awards designed by our festival artist will be given to a single winner in the Young Filmmaker category. Other awards will be presented in each category.

Film Categories

  • Feature Film (Audience Choice Award- announced at conclusion of Festival)
  • Documentary/ Docudrama (Manitowish Jury Award – announced at Opening Gala)
  • Wisconsin Filmmakers (Woodruff Jury Award – announced at Opening Gala)
  • Young Filmmakers (under 25) (Student Jury Award – announced at Opening Gala) 
  • First Film (Minocqua Jury Award – announced at Opening Gala) 
  • Short Film (Arbor Vitae Jury Award – announced at Opening Gala),
  • Cartoon ( Student Award – announced at Opening Gala)
  • Advertisement (Chamber Jury Award – announced at Opening Gala)
  • Native American Filmmakers (Flambeau Jury Award – announced at Opening Gala). 


Accepted Works

Accepted submissions will be announced by July 15, 2014. Works invited to participate in the Campfire Film Festival will be shown in the series/program determined most appropriate by the programmers and at their sole discretion.
All accepted works must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. You must execute a release agreement wherein you (i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at CFF; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at CFF; and (iii) indemnify and hold harmless Campfire Film Festival, its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film at CFF.
  2. CFF strongly prefers exhibition copies to be delivered in 16mm film or BluRay DVD. If these formats are not possible, please contact us at
  3. You must deliver to the address(es) designated by the Festival one exhibition copy of the invited work. We recommend you ship via courier in order to permit the tracking of your entry once it leaves your hands. You are responsible for the cost of shipping the submission and exhibition materials to CFF. CFF will cover return shipping (or will ship to another festival) only within the continental United States via ground shipping. CFF cannot cover overnight or priority shipping costs, or ship US films to an address outside the United States.
  4. You must provide a properly completed and signed official CFF submission form including all press and publication assets.
  5. You must provide at least one DVD copy of the final, completed film for Festival archives.


Reproduction Agreement

Entrant agrees to grant CFF permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed - in whole or in part - solely for purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival. Please note that due to schedule conflicts, some jurors may view your films on disc. If you submitted a rough cut, it is vital that you send a copy of the final edition of your film or bring it with you to the festival. This final copy will also serve as a back-up, in case your selected method of exhibition does not work.


 The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2014.


Mail film submission material with your contact information in one single package to:
Campfire Film Festival

℅ Submissions
P.O. Box 1576

Woodruff, WI 54568

Multiple Entries

Each entered film must be submitted on its own DVD(s) and accompanied by its own completed "Entry Form"; please do not send a compilation DVD composed of works for separate entries.

Receipt of Entry Confirmation

 A confirmation email will be sent to acknowledge receipt of entry

Return of Entry

We will be happy to return submissions within the continental United States. A prepaid $10 shipping and handling fee is required with your submission.