Doc Sunback Film Festival

Promoting All Genres of Independent Film

Thank you for your interest in the Doc Sunback Film Festival in Mulvane, Kansas on June 13th, 14th, 15th, & 16th, in 2019.  The following is a list of rules for those who would like to enter:

All films from anywhere in the world will be considered for entry & all films will be screened by at least 3 screeners.

•    Kansas prize winning films must be directed by current or past residents of the State of Kansas & proof of residency must be provided, i.e. Kansas I.D., Kansas Driver’s License, etc.

•    All filmmakers who had films selected for entry in last year’s film festival will receive a free entry for 1 film that must be submitted before February 15, 2019. 

•    Early submission will be from October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.  Non-student films must be submitted with a $15 submission fee or receive a fee waiver.  Student films will be submitted free of charge during this time period.

•    Regular submission will be from January 1, 2019 to February 15th, 2019.  Unless a waiver is authorized non-student films must be submitted with a $20 submission fee.  Student films must be submitted with a $5 submission fee or receive a fee waiver.

•    Late submission will be from February 16th, 2019 to March 15, 2019.  Non-student films must be submitted with a $50 submission fee or receive a fee waiver.  Student films must be submitted with a $20 fee or receive a fee waiver.

•    Student Films must be submitted with a copy of a current valid Student Identification Card.  This image can be transmitted via e-mail.

•    Films that contain nudity, visual violence, content of a highly sexual nature, or extensive use of profanity will be labeled inappropriate for small children in our program listings.

•    Films must be submitted through filmfreeway.com.  Please test before sending.   All films with non-English dialogue or script must contain English subtitles in the film.  (Film credits are not required to be listed in English.)  All data files must be no larger than 8GB.  Any files larger than 8GB may not be screened, even if initially selected for entry.

•    Films must have been completed after January 1, 2013. Films must be available for screening during the 2019 Doc Sunback Film Festival.

•    Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for Doc Sunback Film Festival screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.

•    We strongly prefer films be at least Kansas premieres. While we will accept features that have played at other Kansas festivals or screened publicly in a theater in Kansas, the film’s premiere status will be taken into account when making final selections & awards. 

•    Please do not submit your film until it is complete.

•    Please include in your cover letter or an e-mail if your film was SHOT IN KANSAS (include locations). 

•    Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

•    All cash prize winners must reside in the USA and filmmakers will receive their prize money in the form of a check.  In order to receive cash prizes filmmakers must be able to accept American checks from American banks.  All winners residing outside of the USA will receive their winning laurels in electronic form.  The Doc Sunback Film Festival does not guarantee delivery of prizes to foreign addresses.  Prize winners must make contact within 30 days of the end of the festival or risk forfeiting all prizes.  All prizes will be distributed as quickly as possible.  In order to maintain our official nonprofit status, Doc Sunback Film Festival will not be able to provide cash or prizes outside of the United States.  We will however, make every effort to provide all the recognition and support we can while following the letter of the law.

•    Film submission does NOT guarantee entry.

•    We reserve the right to change these rules at any time & at our discretion.


Send your synopsis and, if desired, a cover letter introducing you/your film.  DVDs will not be returned under any circumstances.  Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry in regular mail.