2022 Ely Film Festival
Short Film Contest

Creating Your Film

Your film must contain the following:

  • THEME: Time Travel
  • LOCATION: Include an identifiable landmark from the area where film was made.
  • LINE: “I didn’t see that coming.”
  • PROP: a key
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Include dialog or song in any language other than English. The short film can also be done entirely in a foreign language with English subtitles.

The film must be appropriate for all audiences. No nudity, lewdness, profanity or violence.

The Ely Film Festival requests that the filmmakers be aware of copyright infringement. Only use royalty free music. Filming on public or private property may require permission. Any mess or disturbance of a location must be cleaned up promptly. Please be courteous.

Submission Guidelines

  • The finished product cannot be longer than five (5) minutes.
  • Any device may be used (smart phone, drone, camera, etc.)
  • Please identify the category: Under 12; 13-18 year-olds; Over 18.
  • Please submit everything on an MP4 format.
  • Upload your submission to Google Drive and share the link with us along with your name and contact information to ShortFilm@ElyFilmFestival.com
  • Submissions are due Monday, February 14, 2022

The films will be judged by film industry professionals and a prize money will be given for each category.

The winning films will be shown at the 3rd Ely Film Festival, in Ely, Nevada, March 11-13, 2022. All entrants will receive a film festival swag and a free pass to the weekend’s FILMS, SET TOURS and PANEL events.

Getting Started

Local movie producer and director, Dutch Marich, has created a video and companion worksheet on developing a short story to help craft a great short film. After you’ve created your story, watch Bringing Your Story to the Screen and learn a variety of important filmmaking techniques.

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Bringing Your Story to the Screen

Local movie producer and director, Dutch Marich, has created a video Bringing Your Story to the Screen. Click the video link to view on our YouTube Channel.

 

Genres and Ideas

Some Genres and ideas to help you get started:

Documentary
Biopics
Mocumetary
Science Fiction
Fantasy
Drama
Comedy
Action-Comedy
Buddy Comedy
Dramatic Comedy “Dramedy”
Romantic Comedy “Rom-com”
Musical
Romance
Silent Film
Black & White
Period
Sports
Animation
Stop Motion
Art Noir
Action
War
Horror
Ghosts
Monster
Western
Historical
Caper
Crime/ Heist
Slapstick
Mythological
Superhero
Public Domain
Fairy Tales
Experimental
Martial Arts
Disaster
Spy
Thriller
Mystery
Medical

 

Short Film Contest Awards

Ely Film, Art, & Music Festival Short Film Contest Awards Ceremony will take place the afternoon of Saturday, March 12, 2022 at the historic Ely Central Theater.

Top competing short filmmakers will see their creations on the big screen prior to being awarded honors in each individual group category. With thousands of dollars in cash prizes and trophies, top honors are given to contestants this year through a Judges Award, Nevada’s First Lady’s Choice, and the coveted Audience Award for best picture.

Matthew Baker accepting First Lady Award
Willow and Ava Hamilton accepting their award
Award recipients and presenter Robin Holabird

Contact

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Phone

(775) 289-3720

Address

150 West 6th Street
Ely, NV 89301

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Film Festival

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The Ely Film Festival celebrates Ely's rich film history. This annual event showcases the cinematic creations filmed here over the years.

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