3RFF Competitive Shorts Call for Artists

Date Span: 
June 1 - August 24
August 24 (All day)

Pittsburgh Filmmakers is now accepting films for its Three Rivers Film Festival. Short works (under 25 minutes) are entered into a juried competition with prizes. Films and videos of all content types are accepted, inclding narrative, documentary, experimental and animation.

Entrants should send a DVD copy of the work, postmarked by August 24, 2012. Copies will not be returned. Short works must include a $25 entry fee. Winning and honorably-mentioned shorts will be screened during the Festival. Prizes are $500 plus a $500-certificate for Kodak film stock for first place, $300 plus a $300-certificate for Kodak film stock for second, and $200 plus a $200-certificate for Kodak film stock for third. For more information, email 3rffest@pghfilmmakers.org or call (412) 681-5449.

Click here to apply through WithoutaBox.com or download a entry form here.


To provide viewers with a diverse selection of films from around the world and to encourage new filmmakers to expose their creative works to a gracious audience.


The 31-year-old Three Rivers Film Festival is a program of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, one of the oldest and largest media arts centers in the U.S. We are a 41-year-old non-profit institution that began as a filmmaking-equipment access cooperative. That co-op is still a pillar of our organization, which now also includes an accredited school and three theaters.


Dorinda Hughes (Director of Administration and Marketing) ; Gary Kaboly (Director of Exhibition) ; Gern Roberts (PR Assistant) ; Laura Jean Kahl (Theater Manager)


The competitive section of the 3RFF is open to short films under 25 minutes. Genres considered are narrative, documentary, experimental and animation. There is a limit of three entries per person.

A completed entry form and $25 (non-refundable) entry fee must accompany each piece submitted. Each entry must be postmarked by August 24, 2012. Make checks payable to Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Work submitted must have a copyright or have been completed no earlier than January 2011.

All entries must be submitted on DVD for prescreening selection Do not send film reels or original materials. Submission disks will not be returned unless requested with an enclosed SASE with the proper amount of postage.

A number of works will be selected to be shown as part of the shorts program of the 3RFF (November 2012).

Of those selected for inclusion in the festival, cash awards will be given for first ($500), second ($300) and third ($200) place, along with matching certificates for Kodak film stock. Judging will be done by a festival jury. Staff members of Pittsburgh Filmmakers are welcome to enter, and their works may be selected for Festival inclusion but are not eligible for prize awards.

Selection announcements will be made on October 12, 2012 on the 3RFF website (www.3rff.com) and by mail. Please, do not call.

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