Film & Media Arts Festival

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About

The goal of the UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival is to promote the art of filmmaking on both the UPIKE campus in Pikeville, KY and in the surrounding region.  The 2016 festival schedule is now online and available for download.  Submissions are closed for the season!  Please come check out the festival on Friday April 8th and Saturday April 9th!

We accept paid submissions from across the United States (sorry international submitters), but films from Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia can be submitted for free.

These entries can come from professionals, college students, high school students, and middle school students and we are accepting works of all lengths (shorts and features) and types (documentary, animation, music video, and traditional narrative). For more information on rules and regulations click here.

We plan to hold a variety of events over the course of the 2 day festival (Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2016), but the primary event will be competitive screenings of films in the University’s Booth Auditorium. We encourage the filmmakers whose works are selected to screen also bring their friends and family to support them by voting in our audience choice award competition that will take place during each screening block.

We prefer to accept submissions through our festival page on the Film Freeway platform. It’s very easy to create a film freeway account, upload a digital copy of your film to YouTube (as an unlisted video) or to Vimeo as a password protected video, and then put that information into your account here on film freeway. Once you’ve submitted your film to our festival it’s easy to use the site to find and submit to additional festivals so we encourage you to take advantage of those opportunities as well.

If you have additional questions please email fmafest@upike.edu.

Awards & Prizes

We will have a minimum of $1300 in total cash prizes that will be divided up for a variety of rewards including:

Best of Show
Best Professional Film
Best College Film
Best High School Film
Best Middle School Film
Best UPIKE Student Film

Also, any high school senior that submits a film of high quality will be considered for a Film & Media Arts scholarship to UPIKE.

Rules & Guidelines

We are accepting films from US filmmakers only; please do not submit international films.

All filmmakers must pay the required submission fee to enter unless they are from the states of Kentucky, Virginia, or West Virginia or their film was shot in one of those states. For those filmmakers we have special submission categories that are free to enter.

All filmmakers that submit to this category are required to clarify their Kentucky, Virginia, or West Virginia connection in an accompanying submission note. Failure to clarify this could result in your entry being disqualified.

Film submissions can come from professionals, college students, high school students and middle school students and we are accepting works of all lengths (shorts and features) and types (documentary, animation, music video and traditional narrative).

For purposes of categorization, we are considering feature films to be 40 minutes or longer, and shorts to be less than 40 minutes.

All that being said, if you are making a film specifically for this festival we encourage you to produce short films that are less than 10 minutes. As with any festival we only have so much time to show films, so the shorter your film is then the greater its chances are of being accepted and screened.

All entries need to be original work, and you must have the legal authorization to utilize all the content within your film. For example we will accept music videos, but you must have permission from the owners of the song to use it or we will not screen it.

We do not have a premiere requirement, but we do ask that you only submit works that were completed within the last 2 years.

Finally, we reserve the right to disqualify or reject your submission if we believe that it does not adhere to our rules or requirements.

Dates & Deadlines

Early
​ Deadline 

January 11, 2016

Regular
​ Deadline 

February 15, 2016

Early deadline for entries.

Regular deadline for entries.

Late
​ Deadline 

March 7, 2016

Last day to submit an entry.

Notification Date 

March 14, 2016

Entrants will receive an acceptance notification.

Event Date 

April 8-9, 2016

UPIKE will host a variety of events, including competitive screenings in Booth Auditorium.

Submission Process

We are accepting submissions through the Film Freeway platform. Just head on over to our festival’s submission page at …

 https://filmfreeway.com/festival/fmafest

It’s very easy to create a film freeway account, upload a digital copy of your film to YouTube (as an unlisted video) or to Vimeo as a password protected video, and then put that information into your film’s entry page. Once you’ve submitted your film to our festival it’s easy to use the site to find and submit to additional festivals. We encourage you to take advantage of those opportunities as well.


Directions

All screenings will be held in Booth Auditorium (on the 5th floor of the Record Memorial Building) at the University of Pikeville. The school’s address is 147 Sycamore Street, Pikeville, KY 41501. Free parking is available in the city parking garage directly across the street.

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Local Hotels

Holiday Inn Express

476 S. Mayo Trail

Pikeville, KY 41502

606-433-1800

Brookshire Inn

123 Alexandra Dr.

Pikeville, KY 41501

606-433-0888

Historic Mansion Bed & Breakfast

179 College St.

Pikeville, KY 41501

606-509-0296

Hampton Inn

831 Hambley Blvd.

Pikeville, KY 41501

606-432-8181

Hilton Garden Inn

849 Hambley Blvd.

Pikeville, KY 41501

606-766-2000

The Landmark Inn

190 S. Mayo Trail

Pikeville, KY 41502

606-432-2545

Contact

    Phone: (606) 218-5972

    Email: FMAFest@upike.edu