BLASTOFF events, co-sponsored with our World Film partner festival, includes a red carpet awards ceremony and a gala dinner. Win an award or nomination and your film becomes eligible for international digital distribution. Looking for feature finance? We present the best shorts, trailers, and sizzle reels to investors and buyers from all over the world.

Create a fantastic buzz around you and your work at screenings and Q&A sessions. We will be presenting projects for industry professionals, including distributors, investors, and buyers from all around the world. Note that we have a special category for student films. We also have a special category for LGBTQ+ films, and are proud to be 100% LGBTQ+ supportive.

Through our "Show the World" awards your film could be seen by people all over the world. Our distribution department has access to platforms which have, collectively, millions of viewers.

BLASTOFF celebrates your dedication and hard work: all submission categories are eligible for awards, including performer (non gender-specific), music, and cinematography.

Songwriters, film-score composers, and sound-designers, you elevate a film to places it could never go without your music. We know that, and we salute you with categories specific to you and awards to honor your work.

When you submit to BLASTOFF you to gain access to a world in which successful filmmakers are rewarded for their creativity, courage, and the massive energy required to make a film. It's a life-changing opportunity! Take it. You've earned it. You deserve it.

Award events include our spectacular screenings, and a fun-filled awards ceremony.  Our distribution awards can offer a direct path to huge success in the industry.

AWARDS LISTING

SHOW THE WORLD AWARD 
Select films will be eligible for a profit-sharing digital distribution package for submission to streaming and sales outlets all over the world. By industry standards, this award could be worth up-to $10,000 in discounted QC and submission preparation fees.

​Nominees and Winners  will receive BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED AWARD CERTIFICATES  

Awards will be made, if appropriate, for:
Master of the Logline
Best Director
Best Student Director
Best Leading Actor or Actress
Acting - Best Leading Team
Acting - Best Ensemble
Best Stunt Work
Best Feature Film
Best Animated short film
Best Student Film
Best Short Film
Best Web/TV episode
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best Song in a film
Best Original Score
Best Original Score in an unfinished project
Best Visual FX 
Best Title/Credits Design
Jury Award
Honorable Mention

Please note that we reserve the right to add, update, change, or cancel any awards or festival events without notice, depending on the current or future status of vendors/sponsors/partners/co-promoters and their agreements with us. 

BLASTOFF COMPETITION RULES

Please read the rules carefully. They govern all submissions to the BlastOff Festival.

BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREE/S TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND BLASTOFF AFFILIATES FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

In order to qualify for a "Show the World" international distribution award, please only submit films which are of exceptional technical quality, and preferably HD (1920x1080). The best VOD outlets will not consider adding inferior quality footage to their catalogs.

GENERAL RULES

1. Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee PER ENTRY and a completed online entry form. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.

2. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via the link in the FilmFreeway submission platform, or via Vimeo or YouTube with the password to view (if required). If you are unable or unwilling to provide BLASTOFF a password and download access, please DO NOT SUBMIT.

3. If the link is found to be inactive, the submission may be deemed ineligible.

4. If your submission is selected for screening or investor presentation you will be required to submit three high-quality Blu-Ray screening copies to BLASTOFF within 5 days of the notification date. To qualify for screening, copies MUST arrive on time, and be clearly labeled with film title, running time (Hr:min:sec), Flat or Scope aspect ratio, and producers' and directors' names.

5. Films must have been completed no more than 3 years before our event date. Films selected must be available for screening during the BLASTOFF event.

6. Films or scripts (“entries”) may only be submitted to BLASTOFF once, and are not eligible for re-submission.

7. Films with distribution in any region of the world, or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network, or that have screened on a television network or cable television or have been distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are ineligible for competition and the “Best of the Best” award, but may be considered for a special screening. Entrants are not obliged to sign a distribution deal, whether the film is eligible, or not. To see some of the festival distribution details please go to the "distribution" page at www.BlastOff.us .

8. Short films that are publicly available online prior to the Festival event date may be considered for exhibition during the Festival, but will be ineligible for Jury Awards.

9. Private invite-only screenings (for instance for cast and crew or donors) do not affect a film’s eligibility.

10. BLASTOFF reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.

11. Films that are selected to screen at the Festival may not necessarily be eligible for awards purposes. Notifications regarding selection for awards may occur subsequent to notifications of acceptance for exhibition.

12. Each submission will be judged as a completed work, whether it is or not. Once an entry is submitted, we will not update the submission with a more recent version.

13. Films will be watched with the selected genre in mind. BLASTOFF reserves the right to switch the category or otherwise assign a category to fit programming needs and interests, however, films will not be penalized for the original submission selection.

14. Once an entry payment has been received we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed by an entrant for any reason, the entrant may be subject to any transaction fees or similar amounts incurred by BLASTOFF in connection with the dispute.

15. Ensure that you have provided a correct and functional email address, which is crucial for the purposes of our notifications and possible updates. We cannot take any responsibility for missed notifications, which will be sent out via email.

16. All payments must be made via the FilmFreeway portal. We cannot accept any other form of payment.

17. Films must be the original work of the applicant/s. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant/s must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of applicant/s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights.

18. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. BLASTOFF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

19. BLASTOFF is hereby granted the right to utilize video, still, or sound excerpts from any film submitted for promotional purposes.

SPECIAL NOTES

Multiple entries in various categories are allowed, each with a separate entry fee.

BLASTOFF has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information:
i) identities of screeners or judges
ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to a submitted project
iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.

Any comments, notes, or opinions ( "opinions") expressed by BLASTOFF staff, judges, or volunteers are their personal opinions, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BLASTOFF ownership or management ("Management"). Management explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for such opinions.

Judges’ decisions are final, and not subject to dispute by any other parties. In the event of a judges’ deadlock, the final decision rests with the program director.

Winners receiving prizes which carry cash equivalents are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.

Press materials and any other physical submissions to the festival will not be returned under any circumstances.

COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

COMPETITION CERTIFICATION

I/We have read all of the rules, understand, and have complied with these rules.

I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission.

I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead.

To the best of my/our knowledge, all the statements herein are true and correct.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee/s.

I/We acknowledge that BLASTOFF will not provide a refund for any entry fee.

No revisions of materials will be accepted once an entry has been submitted.

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  • Andre Campbell

    Wonderful festival in Los Angeles, my next film is going there.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Andre. Congratulations to you and the team. "Lew" is a wonderful film. You made us look good. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next !

  • Cool festival. thanks for support!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks. We wish you the very best for your future creative endeavors. Rowan

  • If you are thinking of joining a film festival, BLASTOFF is THE ONE to join! Wow! This festival went ABOVE and BEYOND all expectations. The communication is the best I've experienced, and the screenings are held at a premiere Los Angeles theater. The projects that were screened were diverse and TOP NOTCH. To top it all off, winners have an opportunity to get in front of investors and be entered into partnering festivals. The director enables you with all of the necessary tools to achieve this. Wow, wow, wow. What a masterful event! Every aspect of the festival was extremely professional. Grateful to have my TV pilot Black Coffee selected as a winner, and I will ABSOLUTELY be submitting MORE of my projects for the next one! This festival is superior.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    George, thanks a mill. You and the team are awesome ! Let's get "Black Coffee" into a few million homes.

  • Randy Gross

    From day one the organizers (and especially Rowan) were so on top of things. Not only was receipt of my entry acknowledged, but I was also provided with a few words of early praise for my animated script, “Addington Simon and the Dust Bunnies.” And the easy flow of communication continued from there, with regular updates up to and even after the selection of my script as a semi-finalist. As a bonus, I was awarded the unexpected prize of a free InkTip listing! Very professionally-run contest … I would definitely consider submitting again.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Randy, thanks a mill. Certainly was a pleasure reading your work. I wish you the very best, now and for the future. You are definitely on our radar. Rowan.

  • Lucas Vossoughi

    Unfortunately we couldn't attend in person, but we are honored and extremely proud to win "Master of the Logline"! Rowan is such an enthusiastic, motivated and motivating person - thanks so much for everything and keep on rocking! ; ) Lucas & Artur (director/writer team)

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, guys. Your ideas are so original and well-presented. It was a pleasure communicating with you. Very best wishes, Rowan.