How to Submit

Artists, filmmakers, and other creators are invited to make and submit short films—4:20 maximum length—for the first annual SPLIFF. We’re seeking films that explore the meaning, pleasures, and culture of recreational marijuana use. Trippy films, comedic shorts, quickie documentaries, parodies of anti-pot educational films (think Reefer Madness ridiculousness or D.A.R.E. scare tactics), mind fucks, pot-influenced journeys, films about pot as a pleasure and pot as a medicine—all these have a home at SPLIFF.

There is no charge to enter a film in SPLIFF. Filmmakers retain all rights to their films.

 

VOTING CATEGORIES & CASH PRIZES!

Three first-place category prizes and one grand prize are awarded at SPLIFF! All winners are decided by secret audience ballot. Films may qualify in more than one prize category. This year’s categories and prize packages are:

  •   Trippiest: $2,000
  •   Funniest: $2,000
  •   Stupidiest: $2,000
  •   BEST IN SHOW: $5,000

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

  •   4:20 maximum length
  •   24 frames per second is preferred (but can also work with 23.98 or 29.97)
  •   Audio: 48k, 16 bit, stereo
  •   Codec either Apple Pro Res or H.264

PREFERRED EXPORT: 1920×1080 • 24 frames per second • H.264 video file

 

HOW TO SEND US YOUR FILM

ALL SPLIFF! 2019 SUBMISSIONS DUE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019, AT 3 P.M.

Digital submission to [email protected] is preferred. You can also send via WeTransfer to [email protected]. In the same file/folder as your film submission, please include one release form and copies of IDs from ALL performers and a signed entry form with your film submission.

OR

Physical DVD or thumb drive. For DVDs, use a data disk format. Do not send authored DVDs via DVD studio, iDVD, or any other DVD authoring software. Same encoding H.264 .mov 24fps is preferred. Delivered to The Stranger office by the submission deadline with one release form and copies of IDs from ALL performers and a signed entry form.

For our folks overseas: Convert files transcode for NTSC before uploading if possible.

All performers must be 21 years of age.

Any technical difficulty with these instructions, contact [email protected].

 

MUSIC

You must have the rights to the music used in your film. Permission from the original owner or a music license agreement must be submitted with your paperwork.

Need help finding music for your film? Here are a few resources:

Performer Release Forms

No submissions will be admitted to the festival without a signed RELEASE FORM and a copy of a photo ID from each performer and an ENTRY FORM completed and signed by the film’s producer.

Digital submission preferred, or you may drop off or mail your film and paperwork in one envelope to us at:

The Stranger
1535 11th Ave, Third Floor
Seattle, WA 98122
Office hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

SPLIFF Entry Form

SPLIFF Release Form

 

No submissions will be admitted to the festival without a signed RELEASE FORM and photo ID from each performer and an ENTRY FORM completed and signed by the film’s producer.

You can drop off your stuff or mail it to us at:

The Portland Mercury
115 SW Ash St. Suite 600
Portland, OR 97204
Office hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

The Stranger
1535 11th Ave, Third Floor
Seattle, WA 98122
Office hours: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Have a technical question about your submission?
Email 
[email protected].