AUTOMOTO International Film & Arts Festival (5)


01 Jun 2020
Call for entries

18 Aug 2020
Festival closed

20 Sep 2020
Notification date

19 Sep 2020
20 Sep 2020


1555 Broadway,  48226, Detroit, MI, United States

Festival description
Short film festival 59'<
Feature film festival >60'

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  59'<
 Feature Films  >60'
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Festival start: 19 September 2020      Festival end: 20 September 2020

The AutoMoto Film and Arts Festival is an event that embraces all the incredible aspects of our emotional attachment to all things motoring, telling it’s rich history through the visual, auditory and written art.

The work presented should be a story from the automotive or motorcycling world that is told in a wonderful cinematic way and embodies the passions of our audience.


Note: Submissions may be a work-in-progress form; however, works that are not final cuts must be clearly marked “Work in Progress (WIP)” or “Rough Cut” with an indication of what will change or what is missing (e.g., temp sound, Avid output, missing animation, etc…


Micro $10, Shorts: $15, Features: $25

We encourage filmmakers to submit their work as early as possible.

Note: Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per film and are non-refundable. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission.

Upon submission, filmmakers are encouraged to:

1) LIKE Automotive Film and Arts Festival on Facebook to connect and receive the latest festival updates;

2) POST a poster or production still from your film on Automotive Film and Arts Festival Facebook page with a comment: Submitted my film to Automotive Film and Arts Festival today!

3) SHARE your post on your FB wall.
4) Do the above on Twitter @autofilmfest


PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTIONS: Films produced or commissioned by an agency, company or other entity for commercial use on web, television, or film. We encourage filmmakers, companies, and agencies to submit projects here.

Micro: under 10 minutes
Short: 10 min -59 min
Full Length: 60 min or longer

INDEPENDENT: Films privately produced with no commercial backing that would define it as a professional production and are also not a student film. This is the general category for amateur filmmakers.

Micro: under 10 minutes
Short: 15 min -59 min
Full Length: 60 min or longer

STUDENT ENTRIES: Films produced as a project while an active film student. Filmmakers do not need to be currently enrolled, however the piece submitted must have been produced while in an accredited film school program. Please include school name and dates attended with along with your submission.

Micro: under 10 minutes
Short: 10 min -59 min
Full Length: 60 min or longer

All entries must include the following:
Digital submission is preferred but if are submitting by DVD

Please submit TWO DVD copies of the work, formatted for multi-zone or for Zone 1 (North America) and labeled with the work’s title, running time, director(s) name(s). Entries in any other format will not be accepted for preview. Check that each submitted DVD plays in its entirety on consumer DVD players. Also, do not put adhesive labels on the discs unless it is a professional output job (if burning yourself, use a permanent marker to write necessary information).

Note: It is Entrant’s sole responsibility to ensure all ENTRY MATERIALS arrive at the shipping destination within the deadline. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission, without refund of any kind, which does not arrive at our shipping destination within the deadline window. Up during and up to 3 weeks after the applicable submission window deadline, Entrants may email to find out if the Festival received the submission.

*Entry materials will not be returned and will be archived, destroyed or discarded by the Festival.

If Submitting Online
We use multiple online film submission system and encourage you to use them. You may also submit a vimeo or youtube link if you prefer. Please note that no submissions will be viewed until submission fees have been paid. please make sure multiple persons can view your entry as we have several reviewers.

Each entered film must be submitted on its own DVD(s) or Digital link and accompanied by its own completed "Entry Form"; please do not send a compilation reel composed of works for separate entries.

If your work was submitted and considered for previous editions of The AutoMoto Film and Arts Festival, you may re-enter it if all eligibility requirements are met (see above).

Festival programmers select and invite all the films to be presented at the Festival, with all "Premieres" given priority (see eligibility requirements above). Invited filmmakers will be notified by email or phone via the information provided on the submitted entry form. Make sure to update us with new contact information or any other festival invitations prior to the Festival at We may rescind an invitation if a film’s eligibility status changes.

ALL films submitted to the festival are seen and scored separately by at least two different programmers. All films that have a higher average, or are a favorite of a programmer, go on to final deliberations. AMFAF selects its films by majority vote. We reserve the right to change or rescind any selection at our sole discretion.

Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements.

Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.

IF YOUR WORK IS SELECTED If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Festival: You must execute a release agreement wherein you (i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at the Festival; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at the Festival; and (iii) indemnify and hold harmless Auto Moto Film and Arts Festival, its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film at the Festival.

You must provide at least one DVD copy of the final, completed film for Festival archives.

FESTIVAL SECTIONS* Works invited to participate in the Festival will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion.

AUTOMOTIVE FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL ENTRIES SHIPPING ADDRESS All submissions must be sent prepaid (including any applicable customs fees) to: Automoto Events: Entries
P.O. Box 91323, Santa Barbara, CA 93190-1323



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