Here's How To Submit Your Car Films To The Jalopnik Film Festival

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Filmmakers, videographers, shooters, editors: You have great footage, we've got a film festival. And it's really easy to submit your stuff. Have a great idea but don't have the means to produce it? Volvo has your back. Here's everything you need to know.

As we've said, there's so much great film made about cars — whether a single camera action film of a rally stage or a full-blown 10-minute narrative clip about stealing a car, made either for a client or for passion — and we want to encourage more of it. To that end, we're inviting you to submit your films. (Full legal details/submission info follows below.)

Basically, we'll take any car film between 30 seconds and 120 minutes, whether narrative or documentary, animated or live-action, and review it with our esteemed panel of independent judges. If you shot it and you think it's great we want to see it, too.


If you've had a project you want to do but haven't, here's another reason to get it done. You have until September 5th to submit your film. Already made something great? As long as it was produced or originally screened after the last Jalopnik Film Festival (September 19, 2013) we'll accept it.

We don't yet have categories for review because we've never done one of these before, so we're going to look at your submissions and group them logically based on the information you provide. But let us know what kind of film you made when you submit it, either:

  • Narrative
  • Documentary
  • Animation
  • Foreign Language (subtitled in English)

Likely categories for review will be things like: best action camera sequence, best short documentary, best feature, best film about car culture, best film about motorsports, et cetera.

The selected winners will be featured alongside our series of premiere films at the festival, this November.


Volvo Is Going To Help You Make The Film Of Your Dreams

Have a great idea for a film but lack the resources to produce one on your own? Don't worry because Volvo, the premiere sponsor of this year's festival, is here to help. In addition to paying for all of this they agreed to help us help you make a film about car culture.

Volvo is going to provide the cars and the money to make a short film about "WHY WE CARE" about car culture. You don't have to have ever made a film in your life, you just have to have a good idea and we'll have a great filmmaker guide you through the process.


The winner will get all of this and then have their film premiered at the Jalopnik Film Festival. Full details here. The deadline for this specific contest is August 25th.


Full Legal Details/How To Submit

The rules and conditions outlined right here, which is where you'll also submit your film. Once again: SUBMIT YOUR FILMS HERE.

The deadline to submit is September 5th, 2014. If you have trouble with the online form here's a PDF with submission details.