Submit Your Short Now for the 2013 Fest

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The 2013 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival is the first year in our five year history when we are accepting submissions! In past years, we’ve featured such great films as Daughters of the Dust, Winter’s Bone, Bilal’s Stand, Marwencol, Compliance, Tchoupitoulas, Trash Dance and many more. After making a name for ourselves as a festival with high standards, savvy audiences, quality films and great hospitality to filmmakers, we’re taking a big leap forward and opening our festival programming up for submissions!

Although features are invitation only, short films may be submitted for consideration in the following genres:

Narrative Shorts
Whether it’s comedy, drama or romance – send it in for Narrative Shorts. If it’s under 30 minutes and tells a great narrative story – this is for you. (Note: Comedy Shorts under 5 minutes should be considered for submission to “Flick My Clip” – a selection of super short comedy films curated by Ryan Singer. Separate submission process.)
Documentary Shorts
There are new trends in documentary and we encourage you to show us how you tell a story. Submit your under 30 minute documentary to the FilmDayton Festival. With Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, and Jim Klein (among many others) as some of our local documentarians, the FilmDayton community knows and LOVES docs! Come join us.
Ohio Shorts
FilmDayton is Ohio Proud! We’re ready to show off our regional talent with a dedicated Ohio Shorts screening. Anything goes here – if it’s good and it’s got a significant Ohio connection (filmed in Ohio, written by resident, directed by native, stars local graduate, etc) – it could get seen at the FilmDayton Festival as part of Ohio Shorts.
Horror Shorts
Did you know that Dayton has an exciting underground horror community?!? Regular screenings and the annual Horror-rama mean our audiences know and love the genre. Submit your under 30 minute horror/thriller fare for consideration for the FilmDayton Festival.
Experimental/Animation Shorts
We love the feeling that a good film can elicit. Sure, sometimes that’s with a great storyline or documentary, but sometimes it’s from the surreal, the abstract, the animated and the otherwise created. If you’ve got an experimental or animated short under 30 minutes, submit it for consideration in the FilmDayton Festival.


The festival will be Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25 with the majority of the screenings at The Neon in downtown Dayton. If selected as a festival favorite, films may be shows at a later date as “The Best of the Fest.”

The short film must be under 30 minutes (shorter films given higher priority) and completed since January 2011. Judging criteria includes (but is not limited to) story, cinematography, editing, continuity and an overall rating. Filmmakers will not receive their score sheets, but will be informed if they are accepted into the festival by July 15, 2013.

  • Early Bird (submitted by 4/1/2013): $30, $25 Withoutabox submission
  • Regular Deadline (submitted by 5/1/2013): $40, $35 Withoutabox submission
  • Late Fee (submitted by 6/15/2013): $50, $45 Withoutabox submission

Films will not be considered if submitted after 6/1/2013.

All this information and more is available at our online submission page at

Submitting thru Withoutabox saves filmmakers $5 off the entry fee.

MEMBERSHIP PERK: FilmDayton members get a special discount and are able to submit directly through the local office. Contact Megan at to confirm your membership is up-to-date or to join.

  • FilmDayton member – Submitted by 5/1/2013 – $20
  • FilmDayton member – Submitted by 6/15/2013 – $30

Learn more about becoming a FilmDayton member online.

Part of the fun of the Fest is our “Pitch It!” competition where filmmakers tell their story to a panel of industry insiders.

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