Call for Entries 2017

We invite and encourage all LDS and Utah filmmakers to participate in the 16th Annual LDS Film Festival 2017 and submit their work to the festival.

The LDS Film Festival strives to annually present a diverse spectrum of films that represent the status quo of current filmmaking in the LDS film community. The festival is independently organized and not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The festival offers around $2,500 in cash awards and a perfect venue to premiere your film to a large and appreciative audience.

For more information and entry guidelines, click here.

Festival Dates and Entry Deadlines

The festival dates for the 2017 LDS Film Festival will be March 1-4, 2017, at the Scera Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah.

The regular entry deadline for all submissions is Monday, December 12, 2016. The extended entry deadline is Monday, January 9, 2017 (except for the 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon). For more information, click here.

International 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon

Everyone around the globe can participate in the 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon. You don't have to be physically present at the start of the competition.

You can save 20% on the entry fee by signing up before the regular entry deadlines expires. Half of each group's entry fee will go towards the award money.

Every year dozens of groups participate, and all finished films are screened during the LDS Film Festival to a crowd of several hundred people. Past entries have gone on to play at film festivals nationwide. Every participating group has 24 hours to write, shoot and edit a 4-minute short film.

We will kick off the marathon at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017. We will post the theme, object, and dialogue line on the festival website and participants must upload their finished films no later than 24 hours later on Saturday, February 18.

Click here for more information.

Get Ready for Another Great Festival

What began as a short film festival, is now a major event that premieres and showcases an impressive array of feature films, documentaries, special screenings, and short films.

Attendance is now averaging 4000-7000 visitors each year. Most of the films shown at the festival are world or Utah premieres.

Since its inception, the LDS Film Festival has awarded and paid out over $45,000 in cash awards to LDS filmmakers.

The LDS Film Festival 2017 offers the following categories for submissions:

Feature Films Exhibition
Films 65 minutes and longer

Short Films Competition
Films 20 minutes and under

Homemade Videos Competition
"Homemade" family films 5 minutes and under

Special Screenings
Films 20 to 65 minutes in length

24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon
Become an award-winning filmmaker in 24 hours

The motto of the festival is: "The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth." (D&C 93:36). The festival is looking for intelligent stories and films that deal with spirituality in a universal way. The stories may deal with Gospel issues, however, this is not a requirement. Light and truth can be found in every aspect of life.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The LDS Film Festival offers multiple sponsorship opportunities that allow you to have a presence at the festival and reach filmmakers and audiences alike.

Over the last ten years, attendance has been steady, averaging 4000 to 7000 visitors each year. The LDS Film Festival is the premiere film festival for the Utah and LDS film community, bringing together key players in the regional film industry, including filmmakers, industry professionals, distributors, and investors.

Please contact us at feedback@ldsfilmfestival.org for more information. Your support is greatly appreciated.

2016 Winners Announced

The 15th LDS Film Festival ended with the screening of Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made on Saturday night, March 5.

The winners and honorable mentions of the Short Film Competition, Family Films Competition, and 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon were announced at an informal award ceremony on Saturday night. The LDS Film Festival also awarded an Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film.

Click here for all results.