Call for Submissions

Some call it the “Lady Tickler,” “Lip Spinach,” or even, the “Cookie Duster.” Formally, it is known simply as “The Moustache.” In all of its forms it represents a man’s individuality and inner strength. Whether a full, furry and lustrous lip warmer or a smooth, sleek line of suave sophistication weaving it’s way across a dude’s upper lip, a man’s Moustache is an indication of his robust heart and the very soul of his being.

As part of the Facial Hair Fest—an annual celebration of facial hair in Portland, Maine—the International Moustache Film Festival (IMFF) is on the prowl for facial hair films. Films will be screened in several venues throughout the week of March 21 to March 28 2015.

Despite the official name of the film festival, beards are welcome. They are, after all, the less refined cousin to the moustache.

Films will be selected based on two criteria. First, we want good films. Second, we want films that highlight conspicuous, outstanding, and awesome facial hair. It’s that simple.

Past years have seen the IMFF covered in the global press, including: Movie|Line,, The Guardian, BBC, Reuters, The Huffington Post,,, The Times of India, Buenos Aires Herald, DownEast Magazine, The Tribune, American Mustache Institute, The Beard Club and Stuff.Co.NZ.

Have a main character with a nice stache? Send us your film.
A documentary about hippies with beards? That’s good too.
A film about Salvador Dali or Jesus? Totally qualifies.

A list of possible characters might include one or more of the following:
Hippies. Prophets. Musicians. Mountain Men. Cops. Robbers. Firemen. Old Fashioned Strong Men. Cowboys. NFL Quarterbacks. Private Investigators. Scientists. Political Leaders. Pirates. Canadians. Wizards. Dwarves. Dads. Cavemen. You. Your friends. Your enemies.


Film makers whose films are selected to run during the festival will be notified in advance.

Category winners will be selected and winners announced on a day during the festival.

The winner of Best Frickin’ Facial Hair Film receives $250

Other Festival Awards will receive a trophy for:

The Dali – Best Absurdist Film
The Chaplin – Best Comedy Film
The Magnum – Best Film Exemplifying Rugged Competenct
The Zappa – Best Music Film
The Waters – Best Film Challenging  social Norms

Filmmaker attendance is the responsibility and sole discretion of the filmmaker. But it would be awesome if you could come.

Film Requirements:

Must be a moustache film – i.e. there must be a moustache-related theme or a mustachioed (or fake-mustachioed) major cast-member(s). The IMFF reserves final say on whether any film is a “moustache film” or not.

Must entered in exactly one of two length categories.

All accepted films will be considered for all Special Awards, to be awarded at judge’s discretion.

You must submit a 720p screening copy with your submission.


Length Categories for Entry:

Short (less than 15 minutes)

Long (15 minutes or more)


Submission Options

Option #1:

Submit through withoutabox:

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Option #2:

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Option #3:

Submit via DropBox or Vimeo or other method.

How much to enter?

25 bucks for Short (less than 15 minutes)

Pay for Short Submission Here


60 bucks for Long (over 15 minutes)

Pay for Long Submission Here


Important Dates:

November 25, 2014 – Submission Window Opens

January 31, 2015 – Earlybird Deadline (save some money)

February 5, 2015 – Regular Deadline

February 12, 2015 – Late Deadline (pay some extra money)

February 19, 2015 – WAB Extended Deadline (extra cost)

March 1, 2015 – Film program announced

March 21 to March 28, 2015 – Screenings in Portland, Maine, USA

Fine Print

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Term and Conditions:    Important, please read closely.
1.      By entering a submission to the International Moustache Film Festival, you agree to all of the terms and conditions stated below and herein.
2.      You are establishing an enforceable agreement with No Umbrella Media, LLC, and therefore are responsible for understanding all these terms and abiding by them.  If you do not understand a term, please contact us.
3.      You are giving No Umbrella Media, LLC, its licensees, successors, assigns, and any other parties succeeding or authorized by it (collectively, “No Umbrella”) certain rights with regard to intellectual property that makes up your submission.
4.      With regard to your submission, you agree to give No Umbrella a perpetual, worldwide, nonexclusive license to use, publicly perform, publicly display, copy, distribute, and create derivative works of your submission in connection with the “International Moustache Film Festival” the “Facial Hair Festival” and “Stache Pag” names.
5.      We agree that No Umbrella will give all credits that we practicably can, given case-by-case circumstances.
6.      You warrant that all copyrighted material–music, pictures, web content, videos, art, graphic design, etc. (this is not an exhaustive list, rather it is exemplary)—is either owned by you, or that you have express written permission to use any copyrighted material found in your submission.  No exceptions.
7.      You agree, that in the event that the previous bullet point turns out to be not true (you have infringed someone else’s copyrights), to indemnify and hold harmless No Umbrella for any claims or threat of claim against the same, and that you will pay for (first), or reimburse (last resort), all costs associated with defending any such claims against No Umbrella for violation of another’s copyright as a result of your submission.
8.      You warrant that you have full consent and permission from all people who appear in any identifiable manner in your submission to use their persona in your submission, their knowing and understanding that their image or likeness may be used commercially.
9.      You agree to hereby release, indemnify, and hold harmless No Umbrella from any and all claims, including, without limitation, claims for damages for libel, infringement of rights of publicity, invasion of privacy, portrayal in a false light, or any other claim from any person based on use of your submission.
10.     Any and all disputes arising from your submission shall be first attempted to be resolved by a mediator in Maine, in person or through electronic and phone communication.
11.     The parties agree Maine law applies to this agreement, and that all federal and state courts of Maine shall have subject matter jurisdiction of this agreement.
12.     This is the entire agreement with respect to the parties, and all other communications about this matter are not a part of this agreement.

Questions? Contact 2015 IMFF director Nick Callanan at