Deadline for KIFF submissions moved to Sunday, June 14
The Klamath Film Board of Directors has announced a two-week extension of the deadline to submit films for the annual Klamath Independent Film Festival, now accepting films through Sunday, June 14.
“The decision to extend the deadline was an anomaly for a truly bizarre year,” said Klamath Film Executive Director Kurt Liedtke. “After hearing about so many film productions being shutdown, suspended, or otherwise delayed due to COVID-19 related lockdowns, our board wanted to give filmmakers a little more time to complete their films and not feel rushed to do so before our typical June deadline.”
While the submission deadline has been extended, selections for the annual Klamath Independent Film Festival will still be announced in early July on schedule.
“This has been a difficult year for everyone, and we are as excited as anyone to return to theaters, when it’s safe to do so,” added Liedtke. “The hope is that this extension allows for a few more fantastic Oregon-made films to be showcased, particularly with other festivals being cancelled or moving to virtual platforms that may have left some filmmakers without the opportunity to fully present their work.”
While planning continues for an in-person festival, Klamath Film Board of Directors recognize that should COVID-19 crowd restrictions continue into the fall, KIFF may also be forced towards virtual platforms for 2020. No formal decision has been made yet.
The 8th annual Klamath Independent Film Festival returns Sept. 18-20 in Klamath Falls. Nearly $2,000 in cash prizes are being offered in a variety of categories:
Southern films (shot predominately in, or by residents of Oregon and California counties on the Oregon/California border):
-Southern film features (40 minutes or more)
-Southern film shorts (under 40 minutes)
-K-12 student shorts
Northern films (shot predominately in, or by residents of the remainder of the State of Oregon):
-Northern film features (40 minutes or more)
-Northern film shorts (under 40 minutes)
-K-12 student shorts
-Things we missed (films older than Jan. 1, 2019)
Films completed by Jan. 1, 2019 or later and shot predominantly in Oregon are eligible to be submitted. Submission deadline is June 1 via FilmFreeway, selections for the 2020 Klamath Independent Film Festival will be announced on July 10.