The Fourteenth Annual Action On Film International Film Festival and Writer's Event is truly the festival of the independent filmmaker and writer. We bridge the gap between the industry and the indie filmmaker with guests like Debra Kara Unger, Nick Mancuso, Harry Lennix, Eric Bana, Mark Ruffalo, John Savage and many others in attendance every season. We also feature top distributors and buyers from companies like Bruber Media, Multivisionnaire Distribution, Showcase Entertainment, Gorilla Pictures, Movie Heroes, Storyoptic Films, The China Film Group and more.
With a fourteen year history of recognizing filmmakers at every level in some of the most gorgeous cinemas in the world, we create screenings and opportunities that no other festival offers.
Action On Film means; 'The Action a director takes to make his or her vision come true and then the re-action to that effort by the audiences who watch it. Sure, we love action films but we get just as inspired by Comedy, Drama, Animation, Documentary and Experimental Projects.
Filmmakers like Daniel Kozakiewicz, Karlos Alastruey, Tracey Birdsall , Stan Harrington, and many others credit us with getting their starts. We have featured the work of hundreds of filmmakers and producers via our television programs; The AOF Channel from NBC and the currently running Del Weston's Action On Film which airs on Time Warner Cable, Champion Broadband, Peg Media and of course online.
Our 10 day event caps off with a sold out Writers' Award Show and Dinner and 2 star studded Black Tie Dinners and Award Shows which have been selling out for thirteen years straight. Got a great project? Come be a part of the show!

Awards & Prizes

With great sponsors like Soyjoy, Monster Energy, Write Brothers, Sony, Avid, The Stella Adler Academy, the Brendan Theaters, Quickfilm Budget, Pond 5 and many others, the AOF gave out over $250,000 in cash and prizes in 2017 alone.
In addition, sponsors like Hollywood Rentals and others give out full equipment package rentals for up to two weeks to make a filmmaker's film production dreams come true.
We also feature many of our filmmakers on the Del Weston's Action On Film weekly television program which airs in the Los Angeles Market and across the country. This exposure alone is worth thousands of dollars in promotion and advertising for your projects.

Rules & Terms

We are Accepting submissions for feature Narrative and Documentary, short Narrative and Documentary. Shorts will play prior to a feature or in a shorts program. All genres are welcome. The festival programming staff will place your film in the appropriate category.
All entries will be judged on content, creativity, imagery, story and skill of the filmmaker. Productions produced from 2011 to July 2018 may be submitted. Works in progress will be accepted. Online screeners, DVDs (NTSC Region 1), Blue Rays are accepted for submission and for consideration by the Selection Committee.
PAL SYSTEM IS NOT ACCEPTED.
All Accepted Films must be submitted on DVD (NTSC Region 1) or Blu-Ray (Region 1) for Exhibition. 2 Copies will be required.
We will NOT accept online Films for exhibition screening.
PAL system is NOT accepted.
Each entry must be submitted separately.
All entries must be sent to the Action on Film Festival prepaid and, for your own protection, should be insured. Videos, DVDs , Blue- Rays, DCPs submitted will not be returned.
Films selected for the Action on Film Festival will be announced no later than August 10, 2018 (exceptions may be made if deemed necessary by THE AOF).
Every Entry must include an Electronic Press Kit and Downloadable Trailer.

All presentation materials (posters, post cards, goody bag promos) and screening materials for the Action on Film Festival must arrive at the AOF Offices no later than August 11, 2018.
ALL ACCEPTED SUBMISSIONS MUST provide 2 Screening DVDs (NTSC Region 1) or 2 Blu-Rays for exhibition.
If sending DCP, Please Note that the Theater charges the filmmaker an Ingestion Fee. If sending a DCP we will still require 2 back up DVDs or Blu-Rays.
DCPS must be logged out, signed for and picked up after your screening. WE DO NOT RETURN/SHIP screening materials.
PAL Formatted discs will not be accepted.
We will NOT accept online screeners for exhibition purposes.
Please notify us by email of any address changes.

Please note The AOF will NOT return or ship materials back to the submitter once the festival has commenced (this includes DVDs, Blu-Rays , DCPs, posters, postcards or promo materials)
All entries should be mailed to:
Action on Film Fest C/O EFC
3540 W. Sahara Ave. #283
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Make all checks and money orders payable to: EFC
All accepted filmmakers, who have submitted/mailed in all necessary materials and Screeners, will be placed on the AOF Website before the event.
Action On Film International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted and accepted film, video, or project for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that the Action On Film Festival may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film or the AOF Event via print, web and broadcast television. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Action On Film International Film Festival, its vendors, sponsors and supporters from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Written Word Submission Rules
We are currently accepting written word submissions for features, shorts, short shorts, scenes, poetry, and prose.
All genres are welcome.
One copy of an original feature film screenplay uploaded as a PDF file will be accepted. (Do NOT include more than 1 version). We do not accept hardcopy scripts.
The screenplay should be in standard industry format (12 point Courier).
Only one copy, draft or version of any screenplay may be submitted by an entrant or entrants per submission.
Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of an entry screenplay be allowed under the original submission.
Corrected or edited screenplays must be resubmitted as a NEW entry and will require a separate submission fee.

Multi-part scripts should be submitted as separate, stand-alone screenplays.

Features that are over 120 pages must be submitted as 2 different entries.

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

Submissions must have been written originally in English; translations will not be accepted.
Multi-part scripts should be submitted unless each part can be read as a separate, stand-alone screenplay.
Submissions must be the original work of the entrant(s) and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced.
Entries may, however, be adapted from the entrant’s (or entrants’) original work, which should be noted in the log line required on the application form.
Entries lacking a log line on the application form will be disqualified.
If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, the "based on true story/events" button should noted in the logline.
Collaborative work by two writers who share equally in its creation is eligible.
The collaborator’s name must be added during the online application process.

All entries must be received by or before the Extended Deadline of 8.2.2018

Winners will be announced at the Writers Award Show and Dinner (DATE TBD).

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

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    Rebekah McAuliffe

    Action on Film was my very first film festival ever. Coming in, I was so nervous about everything. However, when I got there, it was absolutely incredible! The people were so nice; I felt at home every minute. The venue was easy to navigate; with it being in one place, it was so easy to find where I needed to be, from screenings to seminars. And speaking of seminars, I learned so much about filmmaking from them and the festival. Del and Theresa are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet; they and the AOF family are truly my heroes in the filmmaking industry. This festival ignited my passion for filmmaking and screenwriting. I can't wait for next year!!!

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    You were fantastic and you kicked butt and made a great impression on everyone you met. By the by, winning that Spoken Word Live event with Eli was AMAZING. Thanks. D.

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    Thomas Moore

    Been to film festivals all over the country, and this one really takes the number 1 spot in my heart, the Festival Director himself checked in on myself and countless others, was treated like I was appreciated and cannot wait to go back to a place that truly champions those who come.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Wow, what a kind review, thanks Thomas and I'm looking forward to seeing your new work and celebrating you and it with the rest of the AOF Family. D.

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    Ana Jobrail

    Last year I decided to adapt a short story of mine. It was accepted!
    I was so excited! I was nervous to go since it was my first film festival.
    I can only say it was like being on a roller coaster. It was full of information, chances to network, a look behind the scenes of what it takes to make it all come together. And just like the roller coaster an emotional high that lasted for weeks. I am preparing projects to enter again and maybe even a short film. Love it! Can't wait to see all the people I met last year and the new faces in 2018.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    You have a home with AOF and we're so glad to have you here! Great work and we can't wait to see you again! D.

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    John Powers

    My short films and screenplays have been selected by AOF in several festival years when I was starting out. I am submitting my most ambitious work to date for the 2018 festival. At each AOF festival, I have been personally acknowledged by the Del, Theresa, and AOF staff. For those of us with only a few credits, we know how rare and rewarding that is--to be respected. I have attended various AOF workshops, and I have found each one to be valuable and useful. I have met other movie makers with whom I have remained in contact and rely upon for guidance and suggestions. AOF is about creating community. AOF is dedicated to helping each movie maker grow and prosper. I consider AOF to be my movie "family" and "home."

    November 2017
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    Lisa Savy

    I really hate to write this because I have had successful experiences with AOFfest in the past but ... I was extremely disappointed that not one but TWO of my short films were accepted this past year (2017) but somehow NEITHER WAS SCREENED ... in spite of me making several phone calls, messages, even showing up to the hospitality suite in person. Fortunately I live in the Las Vegas area but it would have been devastating to any out-of-town filmmaker paying for a trip out. Del eventually called (after the festival) to apologize. He refunded my entry fees. He also said he would mail me the award certificates I had won (one for screenwriting, the other for one of the short films THAT NEVER SCREENED). Here it it three months later and still waiting for those certificates to come in the mail.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Hey Lisa, yes you are correct, we have had a number of great seasons together and I completely understand your disappointment as it was caused by my attempt to please other filmmakers as this was the biggest show in our history. Thousands of filmmakers and writers were supported, screened, nominated, represented, sold and awarded. Of course I called to apologize and of course I refunded your entry fees. I can not take payment for what I didn't provide. Yes, you did win two awards and as promised those will be sent to you just as the final thirty awards and prizes are being sent. As you know, all writer awards receive up to $250.00-$500.00 in software each season and writers who are not present to receive their awards are sent the awards with the software or certificates for the software. A number of our award sponsors provide their awards up to four months after the show. We do not fault them for that, nor do we complain because we understand that there is a process to everything. Once you receive your awards, as you have already received contact, multiple apologies, refunds etc., I ask you to please never enter Action On Film or any other festival I run. You have been treated very well over the years and your work has always been supported, screened and in contention for awards. If the ball is dropped once -as we grow to incorporate even more great filmmakers and writers - and this is your critique then it is obvious that we are not the show for you. Best regards and continued success. Del Weston, creator, producer The Action On Film International Film Festivals and Writers Celebrations.