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rural route film festival: submit your film by march 20th

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The Rural Route Film Festival was created to highlight works that deal with unique people and places outside of the bustle of the city.  Taking in a Rural Route program is like choosing the road less travelled, and learning something new about our constantly amazing world.  Whether it be a fictional backpacking drama set in the Peruvian Andes, a personal/experimental work about life in a Kazakh village, or a documentary about an organic, Appalachian turnip farm, our mission is to screen work about rare people and cultures normally overlooked by the mainstream media.  Our content consists of top quality, cutting edge contemporary and archival work from sources both local and far, far away.

Since 2002, the Rural Route Film Festival has been centered in New York City, where both founders (originally from Iowa) met working in the film industry.  Whether screening in New York, or on one of our many tour dates, our content is more relevant than ever, tackling some of the most important topics of the day within the slow food movement, global warming/environmental arena, and life sustainability symposium.


The submission deadline for our 11th ANNUAL FESTIVAL is March 20th!  The best way to submit is via withoutabox (where you’ll also save $5 off the already low entry fee).  Withoutabox allows online screeners (especially handy for overseas submissions and letting us expand our review committee outside of NY)!  Send us your films from the tundra, the steppe, the mountain, desert, barnyard & beyond!  Be sure to let all your filmmaker friends know!!!

We’ve also got great Tour Dates planned in Milwaukee, Columbus, Reno, Asheville, Charleston, and D.C.!  There’s still time to book ourTOUR PROGRAM through the Winter and Spring seasons!  The new “Best Of/Shorts” line-up brings you “the hits” from this year’s festival: 10 world class films from 5 different continents!

The ‘Best Of/Shorts’ features 2 Oscar short-listed films (Jensen’s “White Earth” & Réka Bucsi’s “Symphony no.42”).  Highlights include a portrait of a young shepherdess from Somaliland, the heartwarming tale of an aging ice merchant in the Ecuadorian Andes, a Hungarian animation winning every award imaginable, a lush sci-fi from one of the “new 25 faces of independent film,” an intimate portrait of an elaborate Balinese funeral, a beautifully shot look at the N. Dakota oil boom, a fictitious portrayal of Alan Lomax’s musicologist adventures, plus the best of the experimental circuit from unexpected places like an Ohio county fair, a polluted lake in Maine and a grid-lined river in Ontario.

In addition, we encourage you to inquire about showing FEATURE add-ons from this year’s fest.  Browse through the full line-up HERE, and watch the Tour Trailer HERE!  Write to to book the Rural Route in your town or city today!

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