How to Submit your Film
You can submit your film online at or at

If you would rather send us a hard copy, please send a watermarked DVD, and check or money order made payable to 

Monarch Film Festival
PO Box 51803
Pacific Grove CA 93950

The fee per submission will be based on the date sent to the above address.  The fee guidelines are as follows:

Earlybird Deadline:  Received  on or before April 15th Fee: $20 or $15 for students/local films.
Regular Deadline:   Received on or before June 15th Fee: $25 or $18 for students/local films.
Late Deadline:  Received on or before August 15th Fee: $35 or $20 for students/local films
Extended Deadline: Received on or before October 5th Fee: $60 or $40 for students/local films.

Rules for Competition: (For Direct Submitters)
There are five categories of entry for this festival:
Documentary (20 to 200 Minutes running time), 
Narrative Feature (over 40 minutes total running time), 
Short Narrative (1 minutes to 39 minutes running time), 
Student (1 minutes to 200 minutes total running time), 
and Local's Corner (1 minutes to 200 minutes total running time)

Please make certain that you have specified which category your film falls under, in your cover letter with your watermarked DVD. 
A genre helps our judges to identify the film's content. All styles of film will be accepted for review. 
Please note that all entries, in addition to their own genre's prizes, are automatically eligible for the "Judges Choice Award."

All projects must have not played previously at the Monarch Film Festival. Film's having premiered in other cities are always welcome.

The Festival holds no responsibility for lost tapes or films. Preview tapes are non returnable. 
Exhibition films or tapes will be returned only with proper return postage or arrangements made at filmmaker's expense.

The official selection will be notified via email no later than October 25th.

Unless otherwise arranged, deadline of final exhibition media for accepted films is November 15th. 
The exhibition copy must be the same film as was submitted for consideration.

Please Note:
By submitting your film you understand and agree that the festival may use your film, all or in part, for any marketing activities to promote the festival. Use of film content may include but is not limited to playback over Access non-profit community TV channels, 
printed marketing pieces, commercial advertisements and Internet distribution.

By submission of your film, you understand and agree that the Festival holds no responsibility for lost tapes or films.

You understand that should your film be accepted, you will be notified by and asked to provide the final screening copy. 
The screening copy of the film has to be subtitled in English should the primary language of the film be any other language.