The 36th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival Call for Entries

Southern Illinois University



Call for Entries in the Big Muddy Film Festival

September 20, 2013

BMFF celebrates the innovative works of emerging and established filmmakers and media artists. The festival is dedicated to encouraging grassroots filmmaking in local communities, and to bringing independent film to the rural Midwest. Based at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, BMFF has become one of the best-respected, wholly independent, community-focused film festivals. In its 36th year, Big Muddy is among the oldest student-organized film festivals in the United States.

The Festival provides cash awards to the best works in competition in the categories of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animation. The program is juried by three artists or critics of national and international recognition. Past Jurors have included Barbara Hammer, Naomi Uman, Jim Jarmusch, Kerry Laitala, James Benning, Tomonari Nishikawa, and Sasha Waters-Freyer. A panel of local activists awards The John Michaels Memorial Film Award, which honors films that address themes of peace, justice, community action, human rights, and environmental conservation.

Filmmakers may submit by visiting our website – – and following the link to our Withoutabox page. If you wish to submit outside of the Withoutabox process, we ask that you email and request our electronic or paper form. This year we are giving filmmakers the option to submit higher quality Quicktime screeners through Dropbox. 

Thanks very much for your help in creating awareness for our call for entry.


Big Muddy 36 | Programming Committee