Submissions Open for The 40th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival

Today is the day that the Big Muddy Film Festival begins accepting film submissions for its 40th-year run.

It’s a big year for Big Muddy, so get your work in early! Submission deadlines are as follows:

Earlybird Deadline: July 31, 2017

Regular Deadline: August 28. 2017

Late Deadline: September 25, 2017

Accepted Formats: 

For pre-viewing: DVD/Blu-Ray or .MOV Quicktime, or online screeners
For The Festival screening: DVD/Blu-Ray or .MOV Quicktime

The Big Muddy Film Festival is looking for films of any style, length, content, and genre. The Festival is organized into the categories of experimental, narrative, documentary, and animation.

Cash prizes are awarded to the best of competition in each category. The John Michaels Film Award continues to recognize and honors films as forms of activism addressing themes of peace, justice, community action, human rights, and environmental conservation.

Submission Info:

Each work submitted should be accompanied by an entry form and fee. Please submit only one film for each entry form, and include only one film per screener DVD.

Multiple submissions are welcome. If you wish to submit more than one film, please use separate entry forms and screener DVDs.

Works must be in English or with English subtitles. All films should be completed after Jan. 2016. Works that had been previously submitted to The Big Muddy Film Festival are not eligible.


Please do not mail films in fiber filled envelopes. Remember to label your film(s) with the FilmFreeway ID, director/producer’s names, film title, and running time

Fees and Film Category information can be found on our Film Freeway.