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This festival is genre specific to Westerns only. No other genre will be accepted. There are many types of westerns. See them here at all accepted. If you have questions, contact us.  We accept submissions through FilmfreewayWithoutabox Festhome & Direct Submissions only. Same rules apply, anyway you submit.


This festival is genre specific to Westerns only. No other genre will be accepted. There are many types of westerns. See them here at and all of them are accepted. By submitting your film*, screenplay* or both to TWBFF, you acknowledge that you have read the rules and agree with them. If you have questions, contact us.

Project Length Information: 
Feature - 45-120 minutes. 
Short 3-30 minutes. 
Animated - 3-90 minutes. 
Documentary - 3-90 minutes.
Web Series 3- 20 minutes. 
Trailer/Teasers - 1 - 5 minutes.
Screenplay (Short) 50 pages or less. (approximate numbers) 
Screenplay (Feature) 51 pages or more. (approximate numbers)

If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the The Wild Bunch Film Festival: You also must be prepared to supply at least three electronic images (publicity stills) either in jpeg or PDF format, 300dpi, for publication purposes. Press kits would be helpful, but not required.

Films that have previously aired on US television prior to the Festival, or are available for continuous online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible. All films must be completed no earlier than 2013.

PLEASE NOTE: Films submitted cannot be streamed to YouTube, Vimeo, etc., for FREE viewing to the public until after TWBFF has completed. If you do so, you risk your film being disqualified.

All Finalists are required to provide MOV, MP4 and DCP formats above all, but can also play high resolution DVD & BLU-RAY if the other formats cannot be provided. All formats can be returned if a postage paid package for return is provided. DVD and Bluray copies will not bne returrned.

Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print and at live Festival events. All entries must be in English, contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

Works in Progress: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e.,without final color correction and sound mixing), please note that the festival committee will accept the version submitted. Completed work or replacement copies MUST be uploaded no later than Aug 31st, 2018.

The Wild Bunch Film Festival and BrenRock Productions LLC is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry information is incorrect or illegible.

Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received and notification of results. These fees must be paid during the entry process.

By entering the The Wild Bunch Film Festival competition, all entrants agree to hold harmless The Wild Bunch Film Festival, BrenRock Productions LLC, the Willcox Historic Theater, owners, employees, associated Boards of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers from all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the three day event.

You must execute a release agreement wherein you accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at The Wild Bunch Film Festival, warrant you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film; and indemnify and hold harmless The Wild Bunch Film Festival, its parent company BrenRock Productions LLC, affiliates, subsidiaries and any of the respective officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising from exhibition of your film at The Wild Bunch Film Festival.



What are the judges looking for? TWBFF is searching for western genre and western subgenre scripts based on four key categories: premise, story, character, and dialogue. 

Are there qualifications for scripts? Yes, they must be western genre or western Subgenres. See examples at at

Format: All entries must be written in English and submitted as a PDF file less than 5 MB, size 12 Courier font, standard industry format. Title of script only on title page: no author name. Pages should be numbered. MovieMagic Screenwriter, Final Draft, or Celtx are suggested software programs.

Original: All entries must be original works by the applicant.

Coauthors: If a screenplay has more than one author, it is up to the authors to decide who will be the primary contact e-mail.

English: All entries must be submitted in English.

Formatting Standards: Please format your screenplay according to the sample screenplay reference on our website. MovieMagic Screenwriter, Final Draft, or Celtx are suggested programs. Use 12 point Courier font. Pages must be numbered.

Screenplay Submissions: Online and direct submissions are accepted. If you choose "Direct Submission", emailed entries (PDF only) for direct submissions are accepted once payment has been made.

Pages: (approximate numbers) Short Scripts: 50 pages or less. Feature Scripts: 51 or more.

Title Page: Include title only. The author’s name should not appear on the title page or anywhere on the script, to preserve anonymity and fairness.

Accepted are: Western genre and subgenres. See subgenres listed here at

Disqualifications: Submissions ARE NOT disqualified for minor formatting errors (title page, software or length.)

The submitter agrees to indemnify TWBFF against any and all claims, expenses, losses, or liabilities that may be asserted against TWBFF in connection with the Material or any use thereof, including, without limitation those arising from any breach of the warranties and promises given by the submitter.

The submitter releases and discharges TWBFF from any and all claims and demands and will not assert, maintain or assist any party in asserting or maintaining any claims or demands against TWBFF in connection with the Materials, including, any and all claims for libel, rights of publicity, theft or misappropriation of ideas or trade secrets, or infringement of copyright and other intellectual property rights.

The submitter agrees to warrant that he/she is the sole owner and author of the described material or has the official representation of the co-author, and has the full right and authorization to submit the material to TWBFF.

The submitter has retained a copy of the Material and agrees that TWBFF shall not be obligated to return the Material to the submitter. The submitter releases TWBFF from all liability if the Material is lost, misplaced, stolen or destroyed.

The submitter acknowledges that TWBFF is under no obligation to use the Material in any manner and further represents and warrants that the Material is original, that the submitter has the right and authority to submit the Material to TWBFF on the foregoing terms and conditions, each and all of which shall be binding on the submitter, his/her agents, heirs, successors, licensees and assigns. 

Opening Date January 31, 2018
Earlybird Deadline April 30, 2018
Regular Deadline June 30, 2018
Late Deadline August 31, 2018
Notification Date September 2, 2018
Event Date October 19/21, 2018 in Willcox, AZ
Are there awards for winners? Yes! Besides awards/trophies, the top 3 Screenplay Winners overall between shorts and features, will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. 

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. 

Producers have made more than 350 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.