What kinds of films does EOFF screen?
We love all kinds of films, but if you dig through our archives you’ll notice we gravitate toward progressive filmmaking, unconventional form, and stories that move and inspire. Music videos are not our focus. Also, we try to screen newer works that haven’t played festivals for more than a year. This is arguably ridiculous, but that’s how we do it.
Why do you charge an entry fee—it’s about the artists, right?
Absolutely, and many of us are also artists and understand the hustle. But maintaining a festival is an impractical endeavor and oftentimes a labor of love. We’re a tiny non-profit and most of our “staff” volunteer their time and energy out of love for the arts. Submit your film here.
I already submitted but decided EOFF sucks—can I get a refund?
No, we’re sorry about that.
Is it cool if I submit more than one film?
Of course, but each submission will require a separate entry fee, submission form, etc.
You accept dvd screeners, right?
Hell no… submit your film via FilmFreeway here
Can I submit if my film is already available online?
Yes, but if we’ve got two works of similar caliber, we’ll most likely program the one that isn’t already online. That said, it’s worth noting EOFF has included online works in its programming since 2009.
What about rough-cut submissions?
Rough-cuts are cool, but please try to have your film as finished as possible before submitting. Also, be sure to note its state of completion in the description and/or thumbnail i.e. ROUGH CUT: Color, Sound Mix to be completed.
Wait, I just saw that EOFF also has an Online Showcase?
We introduced the online programming in 2014, and essentially it’s a way for us to highlight more of the films that we love.
Can I still submit if I missed the deadline?
Will the festival programmers watch my movie?
Yes! EOFF is a grass-roots effort to the core and our programmers watch every single submission.
Does EOFF have any premiere requirements?
Not really, but obviously we’d be psyched if you saved your premiere for EOFF. We’ve also done low-key screenings of movies that later “premiere” at bigger festivals.
Will I get an email once you’ve received my submission?
No. We’re not trying to be dicks, just being honest.
How will I know if my film has been accepted?
You’ll most likely receive an email with lots of exclamation points in the subject line.
What exhibition formats does EOFF accept?
Blu-Ray and DCP. Please make sure they’re NTSC proper, not PAL—and pleeeeeease make sure they play from start-to-finish without error! You wouldn’t believe how many shitty blu-rays we’ve received over the years…
Where should I send my exhibition copies?
Eastern Oregon Film Festival
Attn: MY SUPER AWESOME MOVIE
112 Depot Street
La Grande OR 97850
Does EOFF give out awards?
Yes, but it’s an informal affair. No cash, just swag… And maybe a hand-blown goblet from our friend Kevin.
Okay, my film was accepted and I’m coming to La Grande—what does EOFF do for visiting filmmakers?
If you’re able to attend the festival, we can offer you up to TWO all-access festival passes, and probably lodging—but you need to let us know well in advance if you’re coming. Also, you can probably count on some free food/drinks, good times, hatchet throwing, and lots of dancing!
I’m a filmmaking alumni, but don’t have a work in the program this year—my partner and I get free passes anyway, right?
No. We wish we had the infinite resources that might allow this, but in reality we’re a tiny non-profit run mostly by volunteers. If you’re alumni of the festival (read: director, writer, producer, actor, cinematographer—or music alumni) we can offer you one festival pass if available at our discounted early-bird rate. Check the festival website for specifics. Unfortunately, we can’t provide/guarantee lodging, but if you give us a shout ahead of time we’re happy to help you figure something out. Cool?
I’m a huge deal—you like getting painfully long and obnoxious emails, right?
We welcome inquiries from all filmmakers, but modesty and a concise, friendly message is the best approach in our book.
I still have submission questions, who can help me out?
Try sending an email to Ian // easternoregonfilmfestival at gmail
Do you accept music submissions?
Not exactly. However, if you want to get our attention send links and info to firstname.lastname@example.org
Where do the shows and after-parties happen?
After-parties take place at hq.
I’m coming to play a show at EOFF—where do we crash?
Our director will be in touch.
Is a PA provided where I am going to slay?
Yes. EOFF will have some guest hosts available for all visiting artists.
When do I load in my gear and sound check this mother?
Please show up at least 2hrs before your performance; sound checks will begin just before you go on.
So, our road manager brought along their girl/boyfriend—do they get a free VIP bracelet as well?
Sorry, but they do not.
When are the festival dates?
EOFF will run October 19-21, 2017, but previous editions have jumped around the calendar. The first-annual happened in August, then we did it for a couple years in October, a couple more in February, once in May… Now we’re back to October.
How can I get involved?
The best way to get involved is to become a member, which includes some sweet festival perks. Check out the Membership page to see which package best suits you. Another way to get involved and support the community is by becoming a festival sponsor. Check out the Sponsorship page for details. Also, we’re ALWAYS in need of Volunteers! Or, If you just want to kick it, watch movies, catch shows, and get loose—you can purchase a festival pass or tickets individually at the box office. Check out the Tickets page for details.
I heard you also accept tax-deductible donations?
Yep, please tell any billionaires you know.
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