***PLEASE READ TERMS CAREFULLY BEFORE DECIDING TO SUBMIT***

WINTER EDITION OPENS ON SEPTEMBER 24

All previous nominees and winners are posted at http://www.altff.org

***WINNER of the BEST FILM AWARD receives the AltFF Trophy***

al·ter·na·tive
ôlˈtərnədiv/
adjective

1. (of one or more things) available as another possibility.

The Alternative Film Festival is a quarterly event that is committed to bringing filmmakers of all levels - even beginners - a chance at taking home a festival award. We are an IMDb eligible festival meaning filmmakers will be able to post their nominations and wins on their IMDb profiles.

We are the ALTERNATIVE FILM FESTIVAL - we are not your typical film awards! Our quarterly event is different - it is an awards event where we will be announcing the Winners of each of the many categories within Feature Films, Short Films and Super Short Films. Filmmakers around the world can join us for the awards announcements via Facebook Live! Make sure you follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AltFilmFest to watch.

WE SCREEN THE 6 BEST FILM FINALISTS FOR EACH QUARTER AT OUR QUARTERLY EVENT. All other Finalists (in many different categories) are in the running to win our IMDb-eligible awards.

Each category (feature, short and super short) will have the following awards available per quarter (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) all of which are IMDb eligible:

BEST DRAMA
BEST COMEDY
BEST ANIMATION
BEST EXPERIMENTAL
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST HORROR
BEST SCI-FI
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST CAST
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST MUSIC

BEST POSTER - photography contest

BEST FILM - the quarterly winners will also be interviewed and their film promo posted on our website. They will also receive the Best Film Trophy!

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD - voted by the live screening audience (small gathering, invite-only, private free show - we dont charge admission)

More categories are added depending on the types of entries we receive!!!

Printable PDF certificates will be available for download to all winners via our Facebook page.

AltFF accepts narrative, documentary, animation and experimental films.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
All films must be in English or have English subtitles.
No limit on number of submissions or production date.
All films must have an online screener.
Filmmakers retain the rights to their films.
Filmmakers are responsible for acquiring copyrights, licenses and releases for media used in their films.
Judges' decisions are final.

Submission categories are as follows:
Feature Films (40 minutes and over)
Short Films (5 to 40 minutes)
Super Short Films (1 to 5 minutes)
Posters (photography contest)

By submitting their film, filmmakers gives ALTFF the right to post their posters, trailers, website and social media links on our website.

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  • So far, this is the best festival I've encountered in terms of overall organization. It truly works hard to give opportunities to 'alternative' films and beginner filmmakers. The communication is always prompt, the managers are extremely friendly and driven, and the little things that they put an effort to do are what makes this festival so great. Many festivals simply post the names of winners on their site, then done. Sometimes, not even an email notification. But AltFF updates their site, facebook, sends an email, and customizes certificates for every winner which they post on their facebook. They even make a live video where an announcer actually reads out the names of all winners. All of this really helped with the open and friendly vibe of the festival, and really made the winners feel congratulated. Thank you so much for such a great experience! I'm honored and thankful to have won Best First Time Director for my super short, Orpheus48. I'll definitely recommend this festival to others!

    September 2018
  • Harry Assouline

    Great communication and fast reactivity

    September 2018
  • Amazing fest. Thank you for everything!

    September 2018
  • Emma Catalfamo

    Wasn't able to attend the festival, but my film Wash was a semi-finalist! Great communication and value!

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Emma!

  • Aric Iverson

    A great experience! AltFF is an excellent festival with top notch hospitality and communication. It's such an honor to be chosen as a semi-finalist! Look forward to submitting in the future!

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Aric!