Badlands Film Festival 2020

The Seventh Annual Badlands Film Festival is fast approaching and it’s time to get your cameras rolling. We’re proud to announce that the must-attend event of ATA Tradeshow week will once again bring you the ultimate Hunting Film Festival Experience.

Join us for an evening that will highlight amazing industry talent on the big screen as well as the biggest party in Indianapolis. Prizes, drinks, music and an all-around amazing atmosphere will have you marking your calendar for years to come! As you set out on your hunts with camera in-hand, keep the following guidelines in mind:

Feature Film Category:

  • Recommended overall running time of 5 to 7 minutes (10 minute enforced maximum)
  • HD Video files in mp4 or compressed .avi format
  • Style is up to you! We highly recommend up-tempo footage that tells a compelling story.
  • We shortened the maximum length as a challenge so embrace it and be creative!
  • We’ve all seen a guy sitting and waiting in a tree… be different!

Short Film Category:

  • Recommeded overall running time of 2-3 minutes (4 minute enforced maximum)

Judging Criteria

Both the Feature Film and Garmin Short Film Categories will be judged via instant text vote by those in attendance at the film festival.


  • All submissions must be received by December 14th, 2019 for consideration.
  • Submissions will be reviewed by committee for possible inclusion into the 2020 Festival.
  • Official Film Festival selections will be made by December 20th and filmmakers notified.


You can submit your film for consideration into the 7th Annual Badlands Film Festival in any of the following ways:

  • Upload to YouTube, Vimeo or any other online video site and send a link (and password if protected) to:
  • Send a hard copy (flash drive, SD card, DVD) to:
    *not necessary if you sent a digital link
  • Badlands Attn: Film Festival Entry 8100 South 1300 West Suite D West Jordan, UT 84088
  • *Please remember to submit all films in HD, mp4 or compressed .avi and to note whether it is for the Feature Film Category or Short Film Category

Awards & Prizes

Feature Film Category (5 to 10 minute running time)

  • 1st Place = TBD cash prize+ Badlands Gear + $5,000 Bedford Camera Sony Prize Package

  • 2nd Place = TBD cash + Badlands Gear + (TBD)
  • 3rd Place = TBD cash + Badlands Gear + (TBD)

Short Film Category (2-4 minute running time)

  • 1st Place = $1,000 cash + Badlands Gear + (TBD)

Special $500 Cash Prize for “Best Use of Badlands Approach Camo”

The Small Print

  • All filmmakers will be required to review, accept and sign a release form both confirming that the submission is an original piece of work and giving Badlands permission to use completed film for future business ventures.
  • All music and stock footage must be legally licensed or owned by filmmaker and appropriate credit given in the film. Any film submitted without proper licensing or granted permission will not be accepted.
  • All submitted work must be original work of the submitter.
  • Badlands reserves the rights to change details of the event including date, time, criteria and/or prizes.
  • Must be 18 to enter.