Java Cats Cafe Film Festival

To celebrate its one year anniversary, Java Cats will be hosting a film festival featuring cat themed short films and cat home videos.

Cat-tastic short film submissions can be no longer than 5 minutes and must have something to do with cats. This can be conveyed through a character, prop, wardrobe choice, or by including a cat in the film. These should be narrative pieces where the cat is an essential player in the film.

You've Got To Be Kitten Me! submissions should be home videos no more than 5 minutes long . These SHOULD be "cat videos". Send us videos of your cats chasing the dot from a laser pen or of them fascinated by a water faucet! This category has no submission fee to enter.


Awards & Prizes

Cat-tastic Short Film Audience Award Winner will receive: 
- A special cat themed art piece. 
- $150 cash prize Sponsored by Park Pet Supply
(Winner will be selected by audience vote)

Cat-tastic Short Film Contest Winner will receive: 
- A special cat themed art piece. 
- $500 cash prize Sponsored by Camp Kitty
(Winner will be selected by festival judges)

The Funniest "You've Got To Be Kitten Me!" Cat Video Winner will receive:  
- A special cat themed art piece. 
- Two, Java Cats Cafe Lounge Passes (Good for ONE YEAR of free visits to the cat lounge).(Winner will be selected by audience vote)

Rules & Terms

1. The Java Cats Film Festival welcomes short films (of any genre) and cat home videos up to 5 minutes long. Films must have been completed after January 2017 and have been produced exclusively within the United States.

2. A film/video can only be submitted to ONE category (it is unnecessary to submit one film into multiple categories). A filmmaker may submit multiple films, but is responsible for submitting each individually and paying appropriate submission fees for each film.

3. Entrants must submit their short film(s) via Filmfreeway's online screening system. DVD copies will not be accepted.

4. Officially selected films will be notified on or before April 6, 2018.

5. All officially selected films must submit at least 1 high-resolution still for use in festival publications.

6. All submission fees must be paid in US funds. All submissions are final, no refunds will be issued.

7. By submitting to the Java Cats Film Festival, submitter gives permission to the festival to allow the film to be shown to attending press, at festival parties and at other festival related events.

The individual or corporation (entrant) submitting the film to the Java Cats Film Festival hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening. Please ensure if you are submitting a film that contains copyrighted material by anyone other than yourself, that you have obtained festival clearance for that material used. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Java Cats Film Festival, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to submitted material. The burden of determining that any material is not protected by copyright, trademark, rights of privacy, publicity or any other proprietary rights rests with the entrant. The entrant shall bear the sole liability for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights, or any other harm resulting from such a submission. If your work is accepted into the Java Cats Film Festival you agree to allow us to use all or a portion of your film (including images, sound and clips) within our promotions and screenings; and you allow us to provide your film to media in promotion of your film and the festival. We may, at our discretion, transfer all or a portion of your submitted work to a compilation for festival screening which may be used for festival promotional purposes. You have read and agree to our general rules and terms and conditions. You agree that failure to adhere to any of the general rules or terms and conditions may result in disqualification for which no refund for entry fee(s) is due.


Dates & Deadlines

  • December 2, 2017
    Opening Date

  • January 31, 2017
    Earlybird Deadline

  • April 26, 2018
    Regular Deadline

  • May 7, 2018
    Late Deadline

  • May 14, 2018
    Notification Date

  • May 20, 2018
    Event Date

How To enter

To enter, follow the link below and submit your entry via the submit now link. 

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