FAQ

Film Submissions

Do you offer submission fee waivers?
Nope…

Why do you charge an entry fee—it’s about the artists, right?
Absolutely, EOFF was founded by filmmakers and we 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.

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 story-driven narratives: fiction and nonfiction shorts and features. We love works that push the boundaries of form and genre, stories that move and inspire. Sorry, no music videos. 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.

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. For the past three years we’ve proudly partnered with Filmmaker Magazine to release these at their website.

Can I still submit if I missed the deadline?
No.

Will the festival programmers watch my movie?
Yes. Our volunteer committee

Really?
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?
DCP ONLY.

Where should I send my exhibition copies?
Eastern Oregon Film Festival
Attn: WRITE THE TITLE OF YOUR FILM HERE
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 lodging as long as you confirm well in advance. You can probably count on some free food and drink tokens, good times, hatchet throwing, and lots of dancing!

My film screened at EOFF last year, do I get a free pass this year if I show up?
No. To be transparent, this puts us in an uncomfortable position. We love supporting artists and that’s why we’ve been running EOFF for nearly a decade. However, in reality we’re a tiny non-profit run 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. Similarly, we can’t guarantee lodging, but if you give us a shout with enough runway we’re happy to help you figure something out.

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

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Music Info

Do you accept music submissions?
Not exactly. However, if you want to get our attention send links and info to director@eofilmfest.com

Where do the shows and after-parties happen?
Music and after-parties during EOFF take place at hq.

My band is playing a show at EOFF—where do we crash?
EOFF will work to arrange lodging for all visiting artists: this might be a hotel, AirBnB, or guest bedroom at one of our Member’s homes.

Is a PA provided at hq?
You know it is.

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.

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Festival Info

When are the festival dates?
EOFF will run October 18-20, 2018, 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. You can send to our donation page.

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What’s missing from this page?
Let us know: director@eofilmfest.com

XOXO