Does my film have to fit into any particular genre?
Absolutely not. Lifetree Café thrives on variety. If
you've filmed a game show of your own creation or a documentary on
paint drying or Uncle Edward talking in his sleep, and you think
it'll get people talking - then submit it.
What if my film is longer than 30 minutes?
We are a shorts film festival, but unlike other shorts
festivals, we want shorts that are shorter than the usual defined
"short". This is mainly because receiving our top award also
means having the opportunity to have your entry integrated into a
Lifetree Café episode, which is an hour long, host-led discussion
about a topic sparked by the media piece shown. Because
people want time to talk and react to the media presented to them,
it's important that we offer them time within the hour for
Doing the math, it would be ideal to have a film less than 30
minutes; however, if your entry deserves to be called a Lifetree
Film, then, we'll make it work. Long story short: if
your film is over 30 minutes, it will still be considered in our
Are there rating restrictions for my entries?
Yes. Film content should adhere to PG-13 standards or
Can I enter more than one film?
Yes, yes and more yes. You can enter as many films into as
many categories, or even into like categories, as you please.
However, you must pay an entry fee for every film you enter.
What are the awards offered at Lifetree Film Fest?
There are four awards that are offered by the Lifetree Film
Doing Life Award
Doing Good Award
Audience Choice Award
Lifetree Films Award
How many films can win the Lifetree Films Award in one festival?
This award is unlimited at each year's festival. These
films are the top picks of the festival.
If I win the Lifetree Films Award, do I still own my film?
Yes. By entering the festival, you grant Lifetree Film
Fest and Lifetree Café non-exclusive rights to screen your film
both at the festival main event, traveling Lifetree Film Fests, and
within a Lifetree Café episode that releases nationally to all
Lifetree Café locations around the country. You will always
retain full ownership of your entry.
Why should I come to the Lifetree Film Fest?
The Lifetree Film Fest is all about you, the filmmaker.
Awesome, relevant, powerful films should be honored, and so should
the people who pour their blood, sweat and tears into them.
All finalist entries get two VIP Filmmaker passes to get in free
to the festival screening and awards, front and center reserved
seating to the big event, and recognition at the event as being a
How will I know if I'm a finalist?
All filmmakers will receive an e-mail about 4 weeks prior to the
festival with the news of whether or not your entry is a finalist.
Only finalists will be screened at the event.