Highway 61 Film Festival open for submissions!

Now six years strong, the 2016 Highway 61 Film Festival is looking for submissions from local, national and international filmmakers starting April 1.

Submissions may include short (less than 40 minutes) and feature films. Categories include: Drama, Comedy, Action/Horror, Documentary, Animation and a new category this year, Made in Minnesota, for films actually shot, in whole or part, in this great state. A special spot is reserved for Student Short films by students in grades K-12.

Submitted films are reviewed by judges, and cash prizes awarded to the top film in each category: $100 for features, $50 for short films, including a $50 prize for the top Student Short film.

Early submission fees (by June 15) are $5 for short films and $10 per feature film. Late submission fees (by July 1) are $10 for short films and $20 per feature film submission. All  Made in Minnesota films are $1 and Student Short films (age 18 and under) are free to submit.

Last year over 1,000 films were submitted to the Highway  61 Film Festival through  FilmFreeway.com (an online independent film festival submission service), and the very best were featured at the October festival.

The festival will be held Oct. 6, 7, 8 and 9 at Pine Technical & Community College, Pizza Pub and the North West Company Fur Post in Pine City.

Films can be submitted at filmfreeway.com/festival/Highway61FilmFestival. For more information, visit highway61filmfestival.org, the Highway 61 Film Festival page on Facebook, or follow on Twitter. Questions? Email highway61filmfestival@gmail.com.

The Highway 61 Film Festival is sponsored by the nonprofit Pine Center for the Arts: 320-629-4924.