Badlands Film Festival

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2020 Badlands Film Festival Recap

Thousands of passionate hunters packed Old National Centre Theatre in January 2020 for the 7th Annual Badlands Film Festival. Films from both amateur and professional filmmakers were shown to the crowd's delight. The end of the evening included a live "text-vote" from the audience to crown the night's winners. Thousands of dollars in prizes were also given away to show-goers from generous sponsors including Garmin, BaseMap, Fourth Arrow, Vortex Optics, Bakcou Bikes and others.

The 2021 Badlands Film Festival will return to Indianapolis in January '21

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

We will begin accepting submissions for the 2021 Badlands Film Festival starting in September 2020

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How To Enter

You can submit your film for consideration into the 8th Annual Badlands Film Festival in any of the following ways (We will start accepting submissions in September 2020): 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, 
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

2021 Prizes TBD

2nd Place

2021 Prizes TBD

3rd Place

2021 Prizes TBD

Short Film Category

1st Place

2021 Prizes 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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