The Sequestered Film Festival was founded in March 2020 as a way to keep creativity accessible in quarantine. Once a weekly, quarantine-only filmmaking challenge, The Sequestered is now a monthly festival and accepts work filmed in or outside of quarantine ("EXT Editions").
The Sequestered continues to offer a non-competitive, free festival open to all ages, experience levels and locations and is the home to 400+ international short films created in quarantine.
-For EXT Editions, all submissions must be original films must be created in response to the monthly prompt, with one submission per filmmaker.
-The prompt must be used as an integral part of the film. It can be represented literally, in dialogue, metaphorically, however you see fit.
-All films must be between 1 minute - 5 minutes in length.
-All films must be shot on a phone. You can edit however and with whatever you like, but no fancy cameras.
- All films must be created after the date of the prompt announcement (2.EXT: After 7/17/2021)
- Don't steal. Any music, art, etc. used in a piece must belong to the filmmaker, be copyright-free/public domain, or adhere to "fair use". Youtube/Vimeo/Instagram will automatically remove work deemed in violation of copyright.
Revision Edition Weeks:
Every 5th edition is a special "revision edition", where new and returning filmmakers may submit up to (3) new or revised past entries to The Sequestered. These submissions must be directly inspired by one or more of the past festival prompts.
Films submitted for Revision Edition weeks must still be created alongside The Sequestered and abide by all above rules, but can take longer than the standard two weeks to film, edit and submit.
To be considered, all submissions must include:
-Public or unlisted link to Youtube/Vimeo only, no GoogleDrive/Dropbox/WeTransfer links or attachments. . Emails with submission files attached will not be opened.
- Film title and all filmmaker name(s)
- Your city (please note if you do not want it displayed with your submission)
- Your Instagram / IMDb profile
All films must be sent to SequesteredFestATgmail.com by Saturday night, August 21, 11:59pm Eastern to qualify for the current edition.
We are a free, non-competitive biweekly film festival open to anyone with time on their hands and an itch to create something during the Covid-19 pandemic.
All films must be created in a week, shot on a phone, 1 - 5 minutes long, and use the prompt all without leaving the filmmaker's shelter-in-place location.
No fancy equipment, mobility or experience necessary.
Want to watch or participate?
Scroll down for the festival rules and films from all our previous editions.
Our prompts give amateur, aspiring, and professional filmmakers a way to channel their anxiety and creativity each week. New prompts are announced every other Saturday afternoon- sign up for the newsletter to be the first to know.
Want to participate, but keep missing the deadline?
Everyone's priorities are shifting right now. If this project adds another fifty tons of stress to your life, it's okay. Come back later. There will be another round next week, and every fifth edition is a chance to submit a revised edit of a past submission, or one that didn't make it in before the deadline.
From March 2020 through January 2021, The Sequestered ran as a weekly film festival. In Feb 2021, we adjusted the format to give more time to participants. Your voice makes a difference.
This festival was founded on the belief that filmmaking should be accessible to all, and that creativity can connect otherwise isolated individuals.
Over 300 films have been created for The Sequestered, and we encourage participants to use the festival as a place to try something new. Are you an actor who wants to try editing, or someone curious about trying animation? We encourage all levels of experience, all creative backgrounds and all perspectives.
What can you do with your film after The Sequestered?
Keep working on it
Past submissions have grown into standalone short films, and have been official selections at Indie Shorts Film Festival, Astoria Film Festival, White Deer International Film Festival and more!
Do you have questions about our festival?
Would you like to suggest a prompt for next week? Send us a message, and we will get back to you soon.