First Call for Entries (issued 3 June 2024)

We invite you to submit entries now for the 2025 edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival, the 22nd annual edition of TAC Festival.  This is one of only two international competitions for this genre in the entire Western Hemisphere and a wonderful showcase for your work.  Our deadline for receipt of entries is October 15, 2024.  TAC Festival 2025 takes place May 14-18, 2025, in the Sheffer Recital Hall of The Shedd Institute and at other downtown venues here in Eugene, Oregon, USA.  To enter, please use our Film Freeway page.  Please read the general rules and guidelines carefully.  Submitting your entry via FilmFreeway is an acknowledgment of all rules and conditions and acts as an electronic signature.


For TAC Festival 2024, we reviewed 77 titles from 24 countries and selected 27 to screen in the Sheffer Recital Hall.  By all measures, this was one of the best groups of films in the history of TAC Festival, which began in 2003.  In the 21 years of TAC Festival so far, we have received entries from 94 countries.  In this coming year, we hope to continue the trend toward ever-improving film quality.


Here are some important facts about our entry regulations and procedures:


  • We rely on you for information about the film.  Please be very careful to enter the correct film title as well as the complete and correct information for crediting the film makers.
  • We accept all entries, regardless of running time or topic.  Be advised, however, that if your topic does not relate to the human cultural heritage or the human past or the investigation of such subjects, it will be at a serious disadvantage in the competition.
  • For entry review, please upload a downloadable digital file of your film to Film Freeway.  Alternatively, you can use any standard file transfer service.  You can also request to use our FTP file upload system.
  • Our standard film file entry and screening format is 1080p (Full HD or FHD [full high definition], resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels).  Do NOT use 4K files.
  • To be fair to smaller producers, we have a limit of two entries per producer.  By “producer” we mean the person or group of persons who directly made the film.  However, it is perfectly acceptable for a distribution company to submit films from two or three or more different producers, as long as these producers are separately identified and credited.
  • Entrant distributors must provide assurance through their signature that the producers of the entered films have agreed to their entry in TAC Festival.
  • Films must have been produced in 2018 or later and must be in English or have English subtitles.
  • You must complete the Film Summary section.
  • If you are interested in making your film available for sale to our Festival audience, please inform us of that and let us know the purchase procedures.  If you would like us to assist you in making your film available for sale, please contact us so we can discuss ways to accomplish that.
  • Be sure to read our "General Rules" and “Submission Guidelines” sections, below, for important information regarding your film entry.


Please do not delay in submitting your entries!  Consider that a flood of entries in the last week will slow down our review and notification process, so you can help us a great deal by sending your entries now.  In previous years, some entries regrettably were rejected because of errors in entry data or problems with the film review files.  If you allow plenty of time for these problems to be resolved, you can help assure that you will not be excluded from consideration.  Also, we encourage you to make plans to attend the Festival to represent your films and also to participate in our Conference on Cultural Heritage Media [link to Conference page].

ENTRY DEADLINE: October 15, 2024.  All entry materials, including the entry text information and the digital film file, must be received by this date.  This is not a postmark deadline.



Submission to the 2025 edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival (TACIFF) constitutes an agreement with all Festival terms and conditions and permission to exhibit the work during the Festival if selected.  Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to submit the work to TACIFF, that all statements made in this application are true and accurate and that all necessary rights and clearances have been secured to exhibit the work at the Festival in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

To be eligible for the 2025 TAC International Film Festival, submitted work must have been completed after January 1, 2018.

Work accepted to screen at the Festival will be programmed in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of TACIFF.  Venue(s), program time(s) and number of screenings of selected work are also at the sole discretion of TACIFF.  The number of scheduling slots available for competitive and non-competitive narrative features, documentary features and short films may vary from year to year.

TACIFF DOES NOT provide screening fees or honorariums for submitted work — or for any film screening as part of the Festival’s juried competition.  Films not accepted into the juried competition may still be eligible for audience awards, as determined by the TACIFF programming committee.

TACIFF may deny acceptance of any film at its sole discretion.  ENTRY FEES, IF ASSESSED, ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Digital film copies must be provided for submissions to be reviewed by the TACIFF programming committee.

Entrants will be notified of their submission’s selection status on or before January 1, 2025.

All films must be in English or with English subtitling.  Any costs necessary to deliver the exhibition file to TACIFF in the required format, or for any necessary subtitling, are the sole responsibility of the entrant.

Entrant also agrees to allow TACIFF to keep a copy of each submission in the TACIFF Video Bar, should it be accepted as a Festival entry.  The Festival Video Bar allows audience members in Eugene to enjoy films that have been submitted and accepted to the Festival on individual viewing stations on demand, outside of any scheduled screening times, but only from May 15 to 18, 2025. (To opt out of the TACIFF Video Bar, please notify TACIFF in writing by February 1, 2025.)

If the submission becomes an "Official Selection" or wins a Jury or Audience Award, TACIFF requests that this be noted on promotional materials.  Festival laurels are available to all Official Selections and award winners.

All materials shipped from outside the United States must be sent "free domicile" to the TACIFF office, with all transportation charges, duties and taxes prepaid by the shipper.  TACIFF will not handle customs clearances, so please be sure to include all of the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service.

Although every possible care will be taken with exhibition material in our possession, TACIFF is not responsible for loss or damage.  Please do not send originals, special prints or master copies.


Submission Guidelines:

This, the 22nd edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival, features films produced between 2018 and 2024 about archaeology, cultural heritage and indigenous peoples.  Fees will be assessed for those submitting films.  These fees contribute to growing the Festival, for which we have a $10 USD charge.  ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.  See further details posted on The Archaeology Channel (www.archaeologychannel.org/festival).  ENTRY VIA FILM FREEWAY IS THE PRIMARY PROCESS.  YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL INFORMATION REQUESTED FOR YOUR FILM TO BE OFFICIALLY ENTERED.  REFER TO OUR CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR CONTACT THE FESTIVAL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  • Completed entry process on Film Freeway for each film submission, including payment of entry fee. (For consideration for a fee waiver, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with subject: Festival Fee Waiver)
  • The film synopsis in English, with no fewer than 86 words no more than 149 words.  We rely on you for information!  Read the Film Freeway form carefully and be accurate and complete! 
  • For film review, please allow the download of your film on Film Freeway or provide an alternative method.  Maximum file size allowed: 5 GB. Please do not use any 4K files.
  • A maximum of two films by each entrant producer may be submitted.  Distributors may send films from multiple producers (limit of two per producer).  Entrant distributors must provide assurance that the producers of entered films have been contacted and have agreed to the film entry.
  • Films must have been produced in 2018 or later and must be in English or have English subtitles.