Submissions ARE NOW CLOSED for Our 5th season. Thanks so much to everyone who submitted. we hope to announce selections in july!

Submit A Film

Films and filmmakers are the heart and soul of Wandering Reel. We are looking for resonant, thought-provoking movies that embody the greater themes and mission of our festival. We like every style and genre of film just so long as it is made with compassion and purpose and demonstrates the power of the medium to effect change and inspire conversation.

Submit by February 15th and take advantage of our Early Bird Deadline and save some $$$. Our Final Deadline is May 15th. Accepted films will be notified in July.

Oregon Filmmakers! This year we have a special Made In Oregon category. Accepted films in this category will show at a special Made In Oregon Film Festival at the Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City this fall as well as be eligible for our regular touring programs.

Our Jury
Maria Fredrikkson (Documentary Filmmaker of 'Afternoon Tea' and 'Coffee Time'), Sid Ganis (Producer of such films as 'Big Daddy' and 'Akeelah and the Bee' and former President of the Academy Awards and Paramount Pictures), Reinaldo Marcus Green (Sundance Winning Director of 'Monsters and Men' and 'Stop'), Kate Purdy (Television writer of 'BoJack Horseman' & 'Cougar Town'), Magnus Torén (Director of the Henry Miller Memorial Library and Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series), Rosa Tran (Award winning producer of films such as the 2016 Oscar nominated stop motion feature film, 'Anomalisa'), and Brandon Vedder (Documentary filmmaker of 'La Source' and 'Pursuit of Silence').

Learn More About Our Jury Here

Submission Requirements

We require only that films, in some way big or small, address the greater mission and themes of the festival. Remember, we are looking for evocative and artful films that really demonstrate the power of cinema to not only effect change, but tell stories and engage an audience on an emotional or cerebral level.

Here are some more helpful guidelines:

·      We prefer short films of no more than 40 minutes long.

·      Narrative, documentary, animation and art films will all be considered. 

·      If your film is experimental, we hope it has a narrative pulse.

·      We love comedies as much as dramas and any other genre.

·      Genre films or art films that tell a deeper story or purvey an important message fit nicely in our wheelhouse.

·      Diverse and international films are of high demand.

·      First time and veteran filmmakers alike are encouraged to submit. Likewise, films made this year are as welcomed as those made a decade or more ago. We even often award "timeless" films, those made more than five years ago.

·      Films made on a budget that have heart and integrity are highly encouraged.

·      Films not in the English language are encouraged to provide subtitles.

·      Student films are more than welcomed and get a discount on submission fees. 

If selected, we ask filmmakers to provide an artistic statement and answer a Q&A with our curator who will introduce and facilitate discussion with the audience after each screening. We encourage filmmakers to attend as many screenings as possible. When possible, we will Skype in filmmakers for Q&A sessions with our audience.

When submitting to the Wandering Reel please understand that you are granting the festival permission to screen your film on a variety of dates throughout our entire touring season (roughly October - April). We will use stills, trailers and other promotional material to help generate as large of an audience as possible at each screening. While we are working toward offering royalties and other financial incentives for our filmmakers, we currently are not able to provide monetary compensation for the films we curate.

Wandering Reel proudly works with InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 375 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. Award winners receive an InkTip prize package to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Each winner will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives. Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.

Thank You For Your Inspiring Work! Submit Today!

Not a filmmaker, but maybe you’ve recently seen a film that is perfect for our program? Please draw it to our attention. We are always on the lookout for the best films possible to include.

While we currently only program short films, we will consider the right feature film on occasion as well. Please email for more information.



Art is difficult. Filmmaking is difficult and expensive. Wandering Reel believes that great art should be affirmed and that conscious independent filmmakers should be rewarded for their work and encouraged to continue making meaningful cinema. At the end of each season, our "Pangaea" award will be presented to the film our world renowned Jury feel speaks best to the theme of bringing the world together through the power of cinema. We also recognize films in a number of other categories including "Curator's Choice" and "Audience Impact" awards. Winners will receive special recognition on our website and at our end of season screening in Los Angeles, CA.

You can take a look at last year's winners here.

Award winners also receive an InkTip prize package to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Each winner will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.

We are also working to raise cash prizes and grants to be awarded as further encouragement for meaningful, conscious filmmaking.


Filmmaker FAQ’s

Why Wandering Reel?

Your film will be seen more than once in more than one venue. We travel with our film slate from city to city sharing short films with communities that may not even have a movie theater, let alone a film festival. We believe your work should get the best chance of being viewed by the most people and we will do our part to make sure that happens. Our films show an average of five times each per fall tour, often more.

Will you watch my film?

Most definitely! As filmmakers we understand that some festivals have been caught not viewing films and just taking submission fees, that’s not us. All of our submissions are watched by at least two members of our selection team. We have had films that are not accepted be accepted in a future year. So just because your film doesn’t match our slate this year, doesn’t mean it wont next year.

How much are submission fees?

We strive to keep our submission fees, not only competitive, but very low. Early bird is $10 and late registration is $40. Students always receive a 50% discount, email a copy of your student ID to to receive your code.

What do you mean by traveling?

Our founder, Michael Harrington, hits the open road with our films and screens them in multiple cities, towns, and rural communities all over the Pacific Coast of the United States and Canada. We’ve also taken our films to Colorado and Vermont with new parts of the country being added each year. Think of it like an old road show for cinema in the early days.

Will you come to my city?

The cities rotate each year as we continue to add cities to our roster. If your city is interested in being part of our rotation then please contact us at We will get back to you asap to see how we can share cinema in your part of the world.

How many times will you screen my film?

Your film will be screened at least three times, often five or more times throughout the tour. We also look for opportunities outside the festival for films to screen. We have had taken some of our films to other screening venues, we like to share our Alumni’s work.

Who’s watching our films?

We have a panel of screeners that do our initial viewing, this includes people like Michael and Matthew (our founders) as well as Jerry (head of filmmaker relations). Our selection team is comprised of filmmakers, photographers, artists and above all, movie lovers. After that our Jury takes over for awards selections. Our current jury includes the producers of films like “Big Daddy”, “Akeelah and the Bee”, “Anomolisa”, and the director of the Sundance hit, “Monster’s and Men”. See our current jury list here:

I’m sold, how do I submit?