Acceptance of submissions to be considered for the Best of Fest award at the 2014 Oneota Film Festival is now closed. Keep an eye on this page for the 2014 Accepted Film Submissions!

To submit a film please go to the submission page and complete all information. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All submission fees are non-refundable.

If you have a film that you would like to submit for general viewing please fill out the form found hereThank you for your interest.


Keep an eye on this page for the 2014 Accepted Film Submissions! Please check the Film Schedule to learn when each of these films will be shown.

Fifth Annual Oneota Film Festival
Film Submission Information

Documentary Feature (over 50 min.) SUBMISSION FEE: $40
Documentary Short (under 50 min.) SUBMISSION FEE: $25
Narrative Feature (over 50 min.) SUBMISSION FEE: $40
Narrative Short (under 50 min.) SUBMISSION FEE: $25
Student Film (any high school or college student) SUBMISSION FEE: $10
Luther College/ NICC/ Decorah High School Student Film FREE

Film submissions will be accepted until January 15, 2014. A list of selected films will be posted online at on or before February 2, 2014; it is the responsibility of applicants to consult the list.

INELIGIBLE FOR SUBMISSION: films completed prior to January 1, 2012; previously submitted films; films that have been released theatrically, broadcast on TV, or released via any home video outlets.

Film submission application must be completed and payment made by the January 15, 2014 deadline. Filmmakers may not submit film edits at a later date.

Film festival representatives will not provide feedback about submitted films at any time (before, during, or after the selection process). Feedback will be provided through the juried and People’s Choice awards.


Best of Fest (juried) $500.00 prize
Best Student Film (juried) $100.00 prize
People’s Choice Submission

Filmmakers of selected films are encouraged to attend the festival; please RSVP to by February 14, 2014 if possible. Award money will be mailed to the address provided in the submission application if the filmmaker is not present at the festival.

Andrew Hageman
Kristin Torresdal

To submit a film please go to the submission page and complete all information. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All submission fees are non-refundable.

Submission Jurors

Hunter Weeks

hunterweeks Hunter Weeks is the director of independent films Where the Yellowstone Goes, Ride the Divide, 10  Yards, 10 MPH and is the producer of Reveal the Path. With a positive outlook and love of travel,  Hunter’s model of ‘Thoughtful Adventure’ has inspired people to examine their personal truths and  improve their position in life. His innovative approach to film has earned him spots on NPR and  CNN as well as connected him with major partners such as Simms, Quiznos, SmartWool, QBP, and  non-profits LiveStrong and American Rivers. Hunter has spoken publicly on his successful  distribution and marketing efforts at major film events, including Sundance Film Festival, SXSW,  Galway Film Fleadh, The Conversation, and DIY Days. He is currently working on a documentary  about the world’s oldest people and a narrative feature about women in the early days of the Peace  Corps.


Prof. Salma Monani

salma Salma Monani is Assistant Professor at the Environmental Studies department, Gettysburg College  in Pennsylvania, U.S. As an film ecocritic, she is co-editor of Ecocinema Theory and Practice (with  Steve Rust and Sean Cubitt, Routledge 2012). She has also published her research, which includes  explorations of film and environmental justice, film festival studies, and indigenous eco-activism,  in journals such as ISLE, The Journal of Nature and Culture, Local Environment, NECSUS:  European Journal of Media Studies, and in various anthologies.




Through film, discussion, and other media to engage a large and diverse audience in the critical issues of our time.

The Oneota Film Festival is created by a dedicated group that includes representatives of host Luther College, the Decorah Public Library, and local film enthusiasts who have formed a non-profit corporation for the sole purpose of producing the Festival.