Badlands Film Festival

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Get Your Cameras Rolling

We’re proud to announce that the must-attend event of ATA Trade Show week, the Badlands Film Festival, is back for a seventh incredible year! Last year's attendance broke every record, and this year the Badlands Film Festival is going to be the biggest party in Indianapolis. Prizes, drinks, music, and an all-around amazing atmosphere will have you marking your calendar for years to come.

Feature Film Category

Recommended overall running time of 5-7 minutes (10-minute enforced maximum). We shortened the maximum length as a challenge so embrace it and be creative! The style? That’s up to you. We highly recommend up-tempo footage that tells a compelling story, because we’ve all seen a guy sitting and waiting in a tree...this is your chance to be different.

Short Film Category

Recommended overall running time of 2-3 minutes (4-minute enforced maximum). Once again, how much story can you tell in a short video?

Show Us What Ya Got

All submissions must be received by December 14, 2019, for consideration. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee for possible inclusion into the 2020 Festival. Official Film Festival selections will be made by December 20 and filmmakers notified.

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How To Enter

You can submit your film for consideration into the 7th Annual Badlands Film Festival in any of the following ways: Upload to YouTube, Vimeo or any other online video site and send a link (and password if protected) to: badlandsfilmfest@vortexoutdoors.com.

Send a hard copy (flash drive, SD card, DVD) to: Badlands Attn: Film Festival Entry, 
8100 South 1300 West Suite D, West Jordan, UT 84088

Preferred Formats: Please submit all films in HD, mp4 or compressed .avi format, and note whether it is for the Feature Film Category or Short Film Category.

Feature Film Category Prizes

1st Place

TBD Cash Prize + Badlands Gear + $5,000 Bedford Camera Sony Prize Package

2nd Place

TBD Cash Prize + Badlands Gear + TBD

3rd Place

TBD Cash Prize + Badlands Gear + TBD

Short Film Category

1st Place

$1,000 Cash + Badlands Gear + TBD

Special $500 Cash Prize

For best use of Badlands Approach or Approach FX camo.

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The Fine Print:

All filmmakers will be required to review, accept and sign a release form both confirming that the submission is an original piece of work and giving Badlands permission to use completed film for future business ventures.

All music and stock footage must be legally licensed or owned by filmmaker and appropriate credit given in the film. Any film submitted without proper licensing or granted permission will not be accepted.

All submitted work must be the original work of the submitter.

Badlands reserves the rights to change details of the event including date, time, criteria, and/or prizes.

Must be 18 to enter.

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