The OutLive Film Festival: Celebrating the strength of the human spirit and the healing power of the outdoors. Held at the height of Spring on Saturday May 9, 2020, the OutLive Film Festival is located in beautiful Spokane, Washington. Our venue is the Historic Bing Crosby Theatre, which is located in the heart of downtown and is within walking distance of fine restaurants, breweries, and the always beautiful Riverfront Park. Filmmakers will get to experience their productions on the big screen in front of a live audience, followed by a simple Q&A session and award ceremony. Filmmakers are encouraged to participate in Q&A session following the screening to further engage and connect with the audience.


All films selected will be screened during the festival. Our festival seeks out an eclectic mix of narrative, documentary, and short films. We seek all genres of film that adhere in some or all parts of our festival theme: “Healing trauma by setting goals that involve outdoor activity and human connection.”



OutLive ( was established by Brad Thiessen, a three-time cancer survivor. Brad turned to trail running as a means of coping with the emotional and physical side-effects of cancer, and was encouraged by short films of other survivors who found purpose in outdoor pursuits. Further research brought to light the emerging evidence of the healing power of being active outdoors and connected with others.


The Outlive film festival celebrates people who overcome trauma by setting goals that get them active outdoors and connected with other people. Greater weight is given for the degree to which films meet each element of the theme.



Awards and Prizes:

OutLive is a juried film festival concluding with both juror and audience award presentations:


Audience Awards:

Audience Award - Best Short

Audience Award - Best Mid-Length


Juried Awards (subject to Judges’ discretion):

Best Narrative

Best Documentary


OutLive reserves the right to offer additional awards that recognize significant achievement in filmmaking.


Rules and Terms:

OutLive accepts narrative and documentary short (under 10 minutes) and mid length (under 20 minutes) films from around the world. Films are judged on overall acceptance and weighted by how closely they fit the theme of people overcoming trauma by setting goals that get them active outdoors and connected with other people. Our ideal film is raw, honest and thought-provoking. The subject(s) face an obstacle with courage and a goal. Nature is a living part of the story, not just a backdrop. The film leaves audience members inspired to view their lives and their world through a fresh lens.


Film Categories: Documentary, Narrative

Film Lengths: Short (under 10 minutes); mid-length (under 20 minutes)


Submission Format: Submit preview copies as a secure online screener, via FilmFreeway. The OutLive Film Festival only accepts online screeners.


Presentation Format: We will exhibit accepted works as Blu-Ray, DVD, or mutually acceptable current digital formats.


Notification: The Festival will notify, by email, all submissions on or before April 1 (?) whether or not their film has been selected to be screened.


Please note: If your work is accepted for OutLive, we prefer electronic press kits -- upon Notification of your film being accepted to be screened, OutLive will also reach out and request promotional materials to help in advertising the screening, as well as instructions on getting your film to us for screening. Accepted films will receive two passes to the screening event on Saturday, May 9th 2020.


By submitting your film, you agree that have secured all necessary broadcast rights for both picture and sound and The OutLive Film Festival is granted non-exclusive license to screen work(s) at the festival, for promotional, archival and other non-commercial uses. All filmmakers retain copyright of their works.

The OutLive Film Festival is a project of OutLive, which helps cancer survivors build healthy and meaning-filled lives by getting active outdoors and connected to others.

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