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Submit Your Film for the Equus International Film Festival!

Are you a filmmaker? You’ve got until May 1 to submit to the Equus International Film Festival to be held in Montana this fall.

Submissions are now open forĀ  the Equus International Film Festival! The organization (not to be confused with NYC’s Equus Film Festival,which is a completely separate entity) is an outreach program of the horse rescue Horse Haven Montana. They held their first film festival in 2011, and now are expanding their efforts to showcase equestrian filmmaking of all kinds.

“We were seeing so many films being made on significant equine issues that had no audience, no visibility, and no exposure and I knew that a film festival devoted solely to equine issues, stories and topics had a place in this world,” says Janet Rose, the founder of EIFF, “I felt that film could be a major tool for change and for raising awareness, which is why I launched EIFF back in 2010 and we held the first film festival in 2011.”

The film fest and conference will be held in Missoula, Montana, the town dubbed “Paris of the 90s” by John Updike due to the number of artists and writers living there.

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OK, so it may not be Paris exactly, but it does have its own charm–including acres and acres of land to ride on, an Equestrian Park, and a long history of horsesĀ  and ranching in the Wild West.

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The Equus International Film Festival accepts films from ranging from 5-minute shorts to 90-minute narrative or documentary features, including animated films and music videos. Entry fees are $15 for filmmakers under age 13, $25 for student filmmakers, $35 for commercials or PSAs, and $50 for most other entries. Entries will be accepted from February 1 to May 1. Entries received by June 1 will be subject to a 10% late fee.

So why not throw your hat in the ring?

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Find more info at their website and Facebook page.

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