FILM Award Categories
Best Film by an Amateur – Short
Up to 5 Minutes in length
Films by individuals who are not paid to produce video will be
considered for this category

Best Film by an Amateur – Long
5-15 Minutes in length
Films by individuals who are not paid to produce video will be
considered for this category

Best Film by a Professional – Short
Up to 5 Minutes in length
Films by production companies or people who are regularly paid to
produce video will be considered for this category

Best Film by a Professional – Long
5-15 Minutes in length
Films by production companies or people who are regularly paid to
produce video will be considered for this category

The winners receive a custom bronze sculpture and their
choice of an incredible KUIU prize package.

Film Submissions (MARCH 15TH)
Completed films must be submitted no later than March 15th, 2017

Public Viewing of Submissions (MARCH 17TH-31ST)
Films will be available for viewing from March 17th, 2017 through March 31st, 2017

Nominee Announcement (APRIL 1st)
Award nominees will be announced by April 1st, 2017
Up to six films may be nominated per category

Public voting by category (APRIL 2nd-April 30th)
Public voting for final award winners will open on April 2nd, 2017 until April 30th, 2017

Announcement of winners (MAY 5th)
Award winners will be announced May 5th, 2017


Film categories and length of film
1. Amateur Short – Up to 5 minutes in length
2. Amateur Long – 5 to 15 minutes in length
3. Pro Short – Up to 5 minutes in length
4. Pro Long – 5 to 15 minutes in length

Longer films will be accepted and approved on a case by case basis at the sole discretion of KUIU.

Submitting Your Film
  • Entries must be the original work of the submitter.
  • Entries are non-exclusive; you can enter your film in other festivals. (Films perviously entered in the KUIU Film Festival are ineligible).
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
  • We reserve the right to give preferential treatment to films produced from the 2016 – 2017 hunting season. However, films shot in prior hunting seasons are permitted in the competition.
  • Submissions with noticeable audio or visual problems will not be accepted at KUIU’s sole discretion.
  • Submissions containing illegal, unethical, or irresponsible hunting practices will not be accepted.
  • Instructional, tutorial, or promotional videos for products and services will not be accepted.
  • See below section for policies and information on music and stock footage licensing.
  • See below section for content policies.
  • Any sponsorship information must be limited to the credits of the film.
  • By submitting, you grant KUIU a non-exclusive right to link to and/or publicly display your film. All copyrights remain with you, the originator of the work.
  • Completed films must be submitted no later than March 15th, 2017
  • Official Festival Selections and Award Nominees will be announced by April 1st, 2017
    (Six films will be nominated for each category)
  • Public voting for audience selection will be open until April 30th, 2017
  • Award Winners will be announced by May 5th, 2017
How To Enter

KUIU is in the process of creating an automated process for entering films. Additional information to follow.

Required information for your submission:

  • Your contact information: Name, Phone, Address and Email.
  • Link to your film on YouTube or Vimeo, and the correct name of the film
  • Up to 500-word bio on the filmmaker or production company
  • Up to 500-word description of the film
  • Three (3) images of film. Can include BTS imagery
  • Image of filmmaker or production company logo
  • Full credits and contact information, including music and stock footage license information (see Music section of Guidelines for more detail)
Content Guidelines

Films should be related to hunting and/or outdoor activities and can include, but are not limited to; a hunt documentary, a training film, a scouting documentary, an outdoor film, a tutorial on a hunting technique, an artistic meditation on hunting itself, and any other outdoor related activity. Be creative, and focus on telling an engaging story.

Submitted films don’t have to be a KUIU commercial, however, KUIU products are an integral part of the KUIU Film Festival and should be predominantly displayed in the submitted films. We are looking for the best and most engaging stories, regardless of length or topic. Please stay classy, and keep the gore to a minimum. Even though this is hunting, there’s is no need to show the skinning process, gut pile, or an animal suffering excessively as it dies. If there is any particularly strong language in the film, please bleep or edit it out.

Stock Footage

Stock footage should constitute no more than 10% of the running time of your film. Ideally, use it to set the scene if you didn’t get an appropriate landscape shot. It’s appropriate to use stock footage of elk when talking about elk in general; however, when talking about the specific elk you shot, you should show only your own footage. Even if you get (for example) footage from your guide, shot in the same location, but at a different time or on a different hunt, please credit your guide appropriately. Stock footage must be legally licensed with a written license agreement, and credited according to the guidelines of the footage provider. If none have been provided, the generally accepted credits format is:

  • Stock Footage Courtesy OR Additional Footage Courtesy
  • Artbeats
  • Quentin Bugglesworth

It’s very important that any music used within a submitted film be legally licensed and provide appropriate music credits in the end credits of your film. One of the following is required:
(1) Written permission from the existing copyright holder. This means permission from the record label, musician, or other rights-holder. Even if it’s just your buddy’s band, get written permission! End credits for this kind of use must read as shown:
“Danger Zone”
Written by Giorgo Moroder and Tom Whitlock
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Records
*On a serious note, this song is awesome, but don’t use it unless you have (a) enough money to license it and (b) actual footage of F-14s in your film.

In the event a film is submitted without legally licensed music, we will temporarily disqualify the film, and ask for a copy of the written permission.

(2) Legally licensed stock music from a stock library like,, or (to name a few great resources). Tracks from these libraries can cost as little as $14 for a license, making these a great option! Each library will have guidelines for appropriate crediting, and usually look something like this:
Rock Jam #4 by WebBeatMachine
Licensed from AudioJungle

(3) Original music that a composer writes for your film. A written agreement is great for this, but the only requirement is that the composer get a credit:
Original Music By:
Marvin Higginbottom

Contest Terms and Conditions

KUIU reserves the right to change schedule dates and prizes at its discretion. Winners must be at least 18 years of age. No Cash Value. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. KUIU is not liable for entrant emails not received. Employees of KUIU or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the contest or helping to set up the contest shall not be permitted to participate or win. Backordered prizes will be shipped as soon as inventory is replenished. Promotion may not be used in conjunction with any other special discounts or offers and may not be applied to previous purchases, backorders, or preorders.