Badlands Film Festival

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The 10th annual badlands film festival is in the books!

Thanks to all the filmmakers and storytellers who participated in the 10th Annual Badlands Film Festival. It was a huge success and an amazing night in Indianapolis.

A huge thanks to our Presenting Partner Bedford Camera & Video and these supporting partners: Bakcou Bikes, Dirtnap Broadheads, Fourth Arrow, Vortex Optics, Prime/G5, Oklahoma Joes, Grizzly Coolers, Film the Hunt and HuntVault

Get those cameras rolling for the 2024 event and see below for information on format, runtime, rules and all the goodies you could possibly take home. We'll see you in St. Louis!



enjoy the 2023 badlands film festival

Feature Film Category

Recommended overall running time of 5-8 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?

Now Accepting Submissions!

We are now accepting submissions for the 2023 Badlands Film Festival. Celebrate 10 years of the Badlands Film Festival with us!

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How To Enter

Check back for information on the 2024 Badlands Film Festival: Upload to YouTube, Vimeo or any other online video site and send a link (and password if protected) to:


Send a hard copy (flash drive, SD card, DVD) to: Badlands Attn: Film Festival Entry, 
9865 South 500 West Sandy, UT 84070

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

Produced by: Matt Forsyth

2nd Place

Produced by: Jason Matzinger

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3rd Place

Produced by: Elevate Stand Co.

Short Film Category

returning in 2024

Cash Prizes and Awesome Badlands & Film festival partner prize packages

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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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