After Hour Film Festival is a bi-annual film festival. Found by a group of film lovers, spread in the USA, India and Latin America, After Hour Film Festival understands the tremendous power of visual storytelling. It is a festival where cinema is celebrated and every component of film-making is given equal importance.

Why should you submit to After Hour Film Festival?

Other than timely and absolutely transparent communication we also provide the following:

1. Cash Prizes for the best film/video & screenplay of the season;
2. Interviews in our newsletter and website;
3. Promotion of the films and the key cast in our social media channels;
4. Free reviews in our blog/website/social channels/newsletter;
5. Private screening in presence of eminent personalities from film/drama fraternity;
6. Certificate of Selection is provided to every selected entry.

We recognize your talent and provide you with a platform to showcase it in better than the best possible manner. Do you have a story to share? Share it with us. We are here.

Best Film/Video of the Season (of any length)- $100 USD + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Screenplay (of any length)- $100 USD + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Social Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Social Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Environmental Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Environmental Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best LGBTQ Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best LGBTQ Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Drama Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Drama Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Thriller Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Thriller Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Horror Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Horror Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Romantic Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Romantic Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Experimental Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Experimental Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Musical Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Musical Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Noir Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Noir Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Debut Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Debut Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Women's Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Women's Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Documentary Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Documentary Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Animated Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Animated Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Comedy Short - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Best Comedy Feature - Title + Digital Certificate + Laurel

Submit only original work. Any work submitted to After Hour Film Festival shall be deemed original by the festival organizers and judges.

If you are submitting a biography or if your work has got mention of any actual person, whether living or dead, please ensure that you have obtained all the necessary permissions.

By Submitting your work to After Hour Film Festival you are demonstrating that your work is absolutely original.

Your work should be either in English or have English subtitle. Otherwise, it shall be disqualified.

All films submitted should be available for screening [private only]

You may resubmit your work but only after the season you have already submitted to and your submission has to adhere to all current rules.

Please note you cannot submit any work which has won an award in cash prize winning category in the next season. If you do, it shall be disqualified.

The eligibility of a submitted work is not dependent on the category to which it has been submitted and it is possible that there is no winner from a particular category.

The prize money shall be transferred via PayPal and according to the exchange rate of the day of transfer.

The results shall be uploaded in the website and social media channels within 2 to 3 working days after the screening event.

The submitter shall be notified of the selection status via FilmFreeway.

Please note "Selected" status represents that you shall be able to use the selection laurel and shall be entitled to a Certificate of Selection.

Upon your work making it to the semi-finals/finals or wins an award, you shall be provided with specific certificate and laurel.

The management team of After Hour Film Festival reserves the right to its sole discretion to select a winner and reject or disqualify a film/script.

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  • I received timely notification of my selection into the festival. The director sent laurels and a certificate right away. I appreciated the prompt and thorough communication.

    April 2021
  • We were thrilled that "Leaving Virginville" was an official selection of the After Hour Film Festival. My team will definitely be submitting future works to this festival.

    April 2021
  • We are beyond grateful to the After Hours Film Festival for awarding “Was I Next? The Sean Cribbin Story” 🏆 with Best LGBTQ Feature. I have to be honest, that’s one of the coolest names for a film festival - ever!! 😎

    We were provided our Official Selection Laurels, communication was prompt, friendly and efficient between the festival and our team. The social media span for this festival is far reaching and we enjoyed the online networking and support.

    The AHFF was founded by a group of film lovers from India, United States and Latin America. We are grateful Sean’s story is being well received and celebrated all over the world... especially ‘After Hours’ - thank you. 🙏🏻

    The letters I received keeping our team up-to-date on judging rounds and notifications dates were so friendly and personal. We feel right at home here and if your looking for a festival with a world class feel and ‘Worth It’... After Hours Film Festival delivers 💯. Highly recommended and we will be back in the future.

    All the best this season to the organizers and a huge congratulations to the other festival winners. Incredible experience!
    Be well, stay safe and thank you again. ❤️🎬🇨🇦

    Billy Greer, Producer
    iCogitate Productions Inc.

    April 2021
  • I was happy, humbled and heartened to be Selected for the After Hour Film Festival with my screenplay, "The Handstand Heard 'Round the World."

    With media appearances including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Today Show and Ryan Seacrest, Deirdre Faegre's school suspension [an aspiring 11 year-old gymnast with dreams of an Olympic berth] became a sensational, international story as seen in the London Times, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and translated into foreign language publications around the world.

    From the After Hour Film Festival:

    "After Hour Film Festival is a bi-annual film festival. Found by a group of film lovers, spread in the USA, India and Latin America, After Hour Film Festival understands the tremendous power of visual storytelling. It is a festival where cinema is celebrated and every component of film-making is given equal importance.

    "We recognize your talent and provide you with a platform to showcase it in better than the best possible manner. Do you have a story to share? Share it with us. We are here."

    Many, many thanks to Festival Co-Director, Tara Vasquez and the entire team of professionals at the After Hour Film Festival...

    April 2021
  • Great festival!! Very proud for "Monte Creek" to receive Best Thriller Short. Lots of great communication!! We were very happy to be a part of After Hour Film Festival's season 4!!

    April 2021