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The Derby City Film Festival

A different kind of festival...

From the beginning the DCFF has distinguished itself from other festivals, by selecting the only the very best in true independent films. Focusing on independent films and filmmakers rather than celebrities and hype, the DCFF sets out to prove that quality films do not have multi-million dollar budgets. Credit card advances, family loans, selling plasma, doing whatever it takes to get your dream and vision to the big screen are the types of films and filmmakers we showcase. Those are true independent films.

Since the inaugural year in 2008 the DCFF has been proud to host the World & U.S. Premieres of over 30 films including several from right here in the Bluegrass State.

As we prepare for the 2012 edition of the festival it is becoming more apparent that Louisville has taken major steps in not only becoming a "go to" location to screen newly produced independent films, but a place where independent film production flourishing as well.

So whether you are a filmmaker or just a lover of film, we encourage you to come and be apart of the Derby City Film Festival. We bet by the time you leave you wonder why every festival doesn't do it this way.

See what you've been missing.

The 2012 DCFF will be held February 17th - 19th, 2012 and submissions open July 1st, 2011.


2012 Derby City Film Festival announces additional awards for winning films

2012 Derby City Film Festival announces additional awards for winning films

Selected winning films to receive national recognition and possible distribution

The Derby City Film Festival is pleased to announce partnerships with two major organizations which will offer additional prizes to selected winners of the 2012 festival.

As in previous years, winners in each category (Student Short, US Short, International Short, Doc Short, US Feature, International Feature & Doc Feature) will receive a crystal statuette and all the recognition that comes with being one of the best films screened during the festival, but for the 2012 additional awards will be handed out.

York Entertainment, a California based distribution company will offer one of the U.S. Feature Film Finalists a world-wide distribution deal.

Over 20 years ago, Tanya York created York Entertainment with one mission in mind: To develop a successful business model that would create massive global sales specifically for Independent Films. That mission holds true today and York Entertainment has continued, year after year, to create new avenues of financial success for Independent Films that might otherwise do poorly. Since 1990 York Entertainment has been the premiere independent supplier of Feature Film, 

Television and New Media content for the International and domestic home entertainment marketplace. Tanya and York Entertainment have an established track record and proven model for making money for independent films.

The distribution deal will be negotiated between the filmmaker & York and the festival will not be part of the discussions. The terms will be decided between York & the filmmaker. The distribution deal will be separate from the U.S. Feature film jury winner, meaning different films can win the jury award and the distribution award.

More info on York Entertainment can be found on their website:

The festival has also partnered with InkTip Magazine to offer Screenwriting awards in the US, International & Documentary Feature Film categories.

InkTip is an  international publication and organization which gives screenwriters a real advantage over other writers in the industry. From the scripts and writers found through their network, over 80 feature films have been produced, over 400 scripts have been optioned and over 200 writers have gained representation.

Winning films will receive: 

-One free six-month feature script listing for the winning script/title on the InkTip Executive Index

-One free title/logline listing for the winning script/title in one issue of InkTip Magazine (same title must be listed in Index)

-Winning title/logline published in one weekly Industry e-Newsletter sent to all InkTip entertainment professionals (over 35,000 opted-in)

More information on InkTip can be found on their website:

Submissions for the 2012 Derby City Film Festival are open through December 1st, with an extended Dec. 15th deadline for submissions. Selections will be made by January first and the festival runs February 17th -19th, 2012 at the Clifton Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

For more information on DCFF visit: or call 502-454-7801

About The Derby City Film Festival

A different kind of festival... We focus on true independent films and filmmakers rather then celebrities and multi-million dollar Indie-wood films. See what you`ve been missing.


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