2017 Submissions closed on March 3rd. lineup announced May 24th

Filmmakers who submitted to TERMINUS 2017 will be notified by April 26th.

 

We want to showcase your work! Submit for an opportunity to screen as part of our four day celebration of films and games being produced by the brightest and most innovative minds across the country. Selected films are judged by a jury of industry professionals and compete for awards and prizing (including the stuff we know for sure creatives can use, such as year-long subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud. We also have two categories offering unique opportunities just for college students. They’re a chance for students to create and share stories about the topics and issues they are passionate about.

 

CATEGORIES

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Any narrative work, in any genre, with a runtime of 30 minutes or less. Selected films to this category are eligible for awards and prizes including a 12-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.


DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Any documentary work, including docufiction, with a runtime of 30 minutes or less. Selected films to this category are eligible for awards and prizes including a 12-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.


ANIMATION SHORTS

Any animated work, including those combining live-action and animation, with a runtime of 30 minutes or less. Selected films to this category are eligible for awards and prizes including a 12-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.


Short Form Web Series & Episodic 

 

Scripted or improvised fiction in any genre, with a per episode runtime of 22 minutes or less. May submit up to 5 episodes as long as the total runtime does not exceed 60 minutes (1 hour). Multiple episodes must be uploaded as one continuous video. Selected films to this category are eligible for awards and prizes including a 12-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.


Long Form Web Series & Episodic

 

Scripted or improvised fiction in any genre, with a per episode runtime between 23 and 60 minutes. May submit up to 3 episodes as long as the total runtime does not exceed 180 minutes (3 hours). Multiple episodes must be uploaded as one continuous video. Selected films to this category are eligible for awards and prizes including a 12-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

 
 

ELIGIBILITY

 

All submissions must be completed after January 1, 2016. Multiple submissions are permitted. Each submission must be accompanied by a separate entry and fee. Anyone between the ages of 17-24 may submit as a student, including those not currently enrolled in school.

 
 

DEADLINES AND FEES

EarlybirdFriday, December 2, 2016$25$15 (Students)
RegularFriday, February 3, 2017$35$25 (Students)
LateFriday, March 3, 2017$45$35 (Students)

Final Notifications: Filmmakers selected to screen at TERMINUS will be notified by Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Please read the Rules & Terms before submitting through Film Freeway.

 

Special Categories for College Students

 

Filmmakers enrolled in college or university at time of entry are eligible for the following two categories. Submission is FREE.

 
 

Seeker Stories

Dare to act on your curiosity! Share a true story that inspires and you could win $10,000 cash and a trip to the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. 

Submissions must be nonfiction documentaries, no longer than five minutes, including credits. Films should align with one or more of the following core principles of Seeker: The World (culture, perspective, current events), Science (nature, earth, technology), Exploration of the physical, emotional and spiritual realms.

The writer, director and editor must all be enrolled in a college or university at time of submission to qualify. 

Films submitted to the Seeker Stories category are ineligible for the awards and prizing under the documentary shorts category. Films submitted to the Documentary Shorts category (with accompanying entry fee), and also meet all the qualifications for Seeker Stories, will be under consideration for both Seeker Stories and Documentary Shorts. Qualifying films may be selected to screen under either Seeker Stories or Documentary Shorts, or both.

Please read the complete rules Rules & Terms before submitting


Elfenworks Social Justice

Make a Movie With a Message. Tell or share a story that inspires the change you want to see in the world, and you could win up to $10,000 in cash. 

Submissions can be narratives or documentaries, no longer than five minutes, including credits. Films should instill hope and inspire change, and focus on a social justice issue you are passionate about. Example areas of Social Justice Issues can include, but are not limited to: Poverty, Homelessness, Discrimination (including, but not limited to Racism, Sexism, Ageism, Heterosexism), Environmental Rights and Criminal Justice Reform. Visit the Standford Center's 35 Key Issues in Poverty & Inequality for more areas and inspiration for ideas.

The writer, director and editor must all be enrolled in a college or university at time of submission to qualify.

Films submitted to the Elfenworks Social Justice category are ineligible for the awards and prizing under the narrative and documentary shorts categories. Films submitted to either the Narrative or Documentary Shorts categories (with accompanying entry fee), and also meet all the qualifications for Elfenworks Social Justice, will also be under consideration for Elfenworks Social Justice. Qualifying films may be selected to screen under either Elfenworks Social Justice or the respective category it was submitted to, or both.

Please read the complete rules Rules & Terms before submitting