Klamath Film is seeking entries for the 10th Annual Klamath Independent Film Festival

KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon – Klamath Film, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes filmmaking in the Klamath basin, is now accepting film entries for the 10th annual Klamath Independent Film Festival (KIFF) until June 1.

The festival, set to take place September 16-18 at the Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls and presented simultaneously live and on demand, is entering its tenth year. Dubbed “Oregon’s first centric film festival,” KIFF is the only film festival that exclusively showcases independent films made in Oregon, as well as submissions from California’s bordering counties of Siskiyou and Modoc.

Festival entries are divided into six categories based on geographic location of Northern or Southern Oregon, designated as Feature Films (40 minutes or more), Short Films (less than 40 minutes), and Youth Films from kindergarten to 12th grade. K-12 films should be no longer than five minutes. As with the 2021 festival, prizes totaling $5,000 will be split among the six categories.

Any film completed on or before January 1, 2021 and made primarily in Oregon or by an Oregon resident filmmaker may be submitted for consideration. Film selections for KIFF will be announced in mid-July. Continuing a popular tradition, winning films in all six categories will receive a one-of-a-kind artwork trophy carved by the Southern Cascade Woodcrafters Guild along with a cash prize.

The festival is a popular draw for filmmakers and moviegoers from across the Pacific Northwest to Klamath Falls for several days of movies and socials. Since 2020, due to crowd restrictions related to COVID-19, the festival has also been at the forefront of the virtual festival structure, presenting KIFF in a hybrid format by live streaming all stage activities and showcasing each film with an exclusive on-demand director’s Q&A for a limited time.

The festival has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception, initially established in 2013 a year after Klamath Film was founded as a simple way for members to showcase their own projects locally. The festival has grown in popularity and volume, now a nationally recognized three-day celebration of Oregon cinema. In recent years, an opening gala and street fair have been added to the program, along with a variety of social gatherings. In 2020, after the onset of the pandemic, KIFF gained notoriety as the only nationwide film festival capable of hosting indoor audiences.

Filmmakers can submit up to two films for KIFF at https://filmfreeway.com/klamathfilm. There is a $20 submission fee, but fee waivers will be granted to anyone who requests them. Submissions to the K-12 Youth Movies category are free. Filmmakers can submit their films from February 1 to June 1.

Sponsors, volunteers and screenwriters are being sought to help present the film festival. If you are interested, contact [email protected] For more information on the Klamath Independent Film Festival, visit http://www.klamathfilm.org.

Filmmakers gather on stage at the end of the 2021 Klamath Independent Film Festival. Registration for this year’s festival is now open until June 1, with the festival taking place at the Ross Ragland Theater from September 16-18.

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