New Belgium Brewing's 'Clips' Beer and Film Tour Is Now Seeking Submissions for 2013 Shows

New Belgium Brewing's 'Clips' Beer and Film Tour Is Now Seeking Submissions for 2013 Shows

New Belgium Brewing is taking its beer and film festival on the road again and has put out the call for inspired short films to bring along. Now simply called "Clips," the roving film festival wants your filmmaking prowess for its 2013 show. To enter, upload your film to The window for submissions is January 15-April 15 and New Belgium selects approximately 20 films each season. Clips will kick off in Bloomington, Indiana on Friday, May 31.

Clips is a nationwide beer and film tour that brings people together to try beers from New Belgium's Lips of Faith series, along with some popular classics, view amateur films and raise money for philanthropic organizations. Now in its fourth year, Clips has raised nearly $118,000 for local nonprofits in the cities where it has held screenings.

"We are asking people to harness their creativity and send it our way," said Christie Catania, Clips Manager-at-Large. "Our growing beer and film festival has become a great showcase and rallying point for filmmakers, volunteers and community members. Clips marries some of our more rare beers with independent filmmaking, all while raising funds for deserving nonprofits."

Over the last three seasons, the Clips Beer and Film Tour selection team has received hundreds of film submissions from people with a wide variety of skill levels and backgrounds. All chosen entries for the 2013 season will receive a custom gift from New Belgium and screenings along the entire tour. Approximately 16,400 attendees viewed the films last year alone.

The guidelines include:

  • The film must be no more than five minutes.
  • Filmmakers must be at least 21 years old.
  • The film can cover any subject/genre, but extra points go to films that include a New Belgium folly: craft beer, sustainability, whimsy, adventure or culture.
  • Keep it clean.
  • Filmmakers must secure rights for all elements included in the film.

Since 2010, selected plotlines include a documentary about controversial water rights, a tale of lizard wrangling in Wisconsin, and a piece of art entirely created with old school theater trickery, puppeteering and black light. Film genres ranged from comedic shorts, animation and environmental documentaries to accounts about the world's best invention: the bike.