Films being accepted for 2020 American Presidents Film & Literary Festival

FREMONT – The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is accepting films for its third annual festival, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 4.

Films include short films, feature films and documentaries. They should touch in some way, whether directly or loosely, on the themes of people, places, politics and power.

“While we are intrigued by films which provide unique insights on those who have occupied the office or how those individuals impacted America, we want to provide a space for those who are innovators in storytelling and filmmaking,” said Dustin McLochlin, film committee chairman. “As our film and literary festival has expanded the past few years, we are excited by the quality of films that are at times informative but always entertaining and fun.”

For example, one of the submissions for the 2019 festival was “Raising Buchanan,” a humorous fictional film about a woman who steals President James Buchanan’s body and tries to ransom it for money, only to find out no one cares about getting Buchanan back.

Another example was the short film “The Invalid Corps,” which told the true story of a corps of injured and maimed Civil War soldiers who protected Washington, D.C., from the Confederates’ attempt to raid the city.

Films can be submitted through the Film Freeway here: The submission deadlines are: Early bird – Jan 3, regular – April 3 and late – May 29.

A $250 cash prize will be awarded in each of the following categories:

· Best feature-length film

· Best short film

· Best production

· People’s choice

The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is the only film and literary festival in the United States to focus on the American presidency. It will take place at various locations in Fremont, Ohio, including The Strand Concert Theater, Fremont City Schools, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and Birchard Public Library.

The festival focuses on issues, themes and popular culture related to the American Presidency. The literary component includes talks by featured authors, and film creators are welcome to attend and lead conversations with attendees. The festival includes a red carpet event with a keynote speaker and many other activities.

The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is organized by the Liberty and Learning Foundation, Fremont City Schools, Birchard Public Library and Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

The festival is committed to providing a place for expanded national and international understanding of the history and current events that have and continue to shape and influence the President of the United States. Utilizing the site and community of America’s first presidential library and museum, filmmakers, film professionals and authors will inspire audiences to explore, understand, critique and analyze the people, places, politics, and power surrounding the American Presidency.

For information, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter at @ampresfilmlit.

Kristina Smith
Marketing Committee chairman
American Presidents Film & Literary Festival
Fremont, OH 43420
800-998-7737, ext. 217