Friday, March 6 & Saturday, March 7 — 2020
Producer Chris deFaria to serve as judge:
Chris deFaria is a Hollywood based producer whose credits span some of the most successful and technologically innovative films of the past decade including Ready Player One, directed by Steven Speilberg, Mad Max: Fury Road, by George Miller, Gravity, by Alfonso Cuarón, 300, by Zack Snyder along with animated films, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The LEGO Movie and Happy Feet.
Chris is currently producing Tom and Jerry, a hybrid theatrical Warner Bros. film, under his new banner, Keylight.
Prior to establishing Keylight, Chris served as President of DreamWorks Animation where he guided the studio’s creative development and technological advancement. During his tenure, Chris launched four new feature films and eight original shorts, spearheaded immersive and location-based experiences for animated content and deployed cutting-edge propriety pipeline tools. During this time, he also produced The Universal Sphere, a 360-degree dome cinematic experience at Comcast’s headquarters.
Previously, Chris served as President of Digital Production and Innovative Technology at Warner Bros. where he founded the studio’s animation devision, Warner Animation Group, and developed visual effects strategies for the Harry Potter and Matrix franchises while establishing initiatives in augmented and virtual reality, for which he holds a patent.
Chris is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Writers Guild and The Screen Actors Guild. He serves as a trustee for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a founding board member of FilmAid, a non-profit bringing educational films and entertainment to refugee camps around the world.
Chris is a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles.
Call For Entries Now Underway!
New Date: In previous years the festival has kicked off in September; however, this year, the festival has been moved to March 6-7, 2020.
New Line-Up and Special Guests: We are excited to present a full line-up of short films as well as longer running films in both the narrative and documentary formats. Special guests will also be part of this year’s festival… Watch for Announcements!
Entry Fees Unchanged: We know how hard filmmakers work and how much of a financial burden independent filmmaking can be; therefore, entry fees will not increase this year. Submit your film today and take advantage of Early Bird Rates!
SHORT FILMS – Submit Your Short Film Today! Student and adult filmmakers are welcome to submit their short film – up to 15-minutes in length.
LONGER THAN SHORT – For the extended short film – between 15-30 minutes (15:01 to 29:59 to be exact)
MEDIUM-LENGTH FILMS – Tell your story in 30-50 minutes. Not quite a full-length feature film, but a big film project indeed.
We know how much time and effort goes into every film project and we want to showcase as many outstanding films as possible. Due to time constraints, only a LIMITED NUMBER of longer films will be selected for film screenings.
SCREENINGS will take place Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2020
AWARDS: An esteemed panel of judges will chose the top films in a variety of categories and cash prizes will be awarded to both adult and student filmmakers.
KICK-OFF PARTY at Westcott in Maumee – For a third consecutive year, Westcott will host a kick-off party in their beautiful soundstage. This exclusive event will include filmmakers, presenters, sponsors, organizers and professional partners.
AUGUST 17, 2019 – Early Bird Deadline
REGULAR DEADLINE RATES TO SUBMIT FILMS ARE CURRENTLY UNDERWAY
Now through OCTOBER 31, 2019 – Regular Submission Rates include the following:
- Short Film: Adults $30.00/Students $15.00
- Longer Than Short: $35.00
- Medium-Length Film: $40.00
DECEMBER 31, 2019 – Late Deadline: This is the LAST DAY to submit your film.
- Short Film: Adults $40.00/Students $20.00
- Longer Than Short: $45.00
- Medium-Length Film: $50.00
Call for entries now underway!
48-Hour Film Challenge
The 48-Hour Film Challenge Is Back!
Back Again: After a film challenge hiatus, the popular 48-Hour Film Challenge has returned for the 2020 Maumee Film Festival.
What It Is: Filmmakers are under the gun for this challenge! With only a 48-hour window of time, filmmakers must write, shoot, direct and edit a short film. The films must also include the following three components: one scene shot in Maumee city limits, one line of dialogue and one prop, which will be given to filmmakers at a kick-off event on February 7 at the Maumee Indoor Theater.
Date: The 48-Hour Film Challenge weekend will take place February 7-9, 2020.
Inclement Weather: If a Level 3 snow emergency should occur, the 48-Film Challenge will be moved to February 14-16, 2020. The same rules would apply.
48-Hour Film Challenge Kick Off Event – Each participating group must have at least one representative at the official 48-Hour Film Challenge kick off event on Friday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Maumee Indoor Theater located at 601 Conant Street.
Total Running Time – Tell your story in 5 minutes or less, including opening and closing credits.
Screenings will take place Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2020
Awards: An esteemed panel of judges will chose the top films in a variety of categories and cash prizes will be awarded.
Kick-Off Party at Westcott in Maumee – Westcott will host a kick-off party in their beautiful soundstage. This exclusive event will include filmmakers, presenters, sponsors, organizers and professional partners.
48-Hour Film Challenge Registration Rates:
September 12 through December 31, 2019 – Regular Registration Rate: $20.00
January 1 through January 31, 2020 – Late Registration Rate: $30.00
February 1 through February 6, 2020 – Late Late Registration Rate: $40.00
5th Annual Film Festival Sponsors: