The Compassion Film Festival is seeking films that celebrate and honor human engagement in compassionate activity. The festival accepts films that inspire audiences to actively bring more compassion into our daily lives and into the community. Quite simply put, our aspiration is to highlight those making a difference in the world and inspire the audience to do the same.

Our Mission is to inspire people and organizations to engage in compassionate activities by providing education and support that highlight the tools and resources to put compassion into action. To do this we will grow and nurture an annual Compassion Film Festival and Symposium that celebrates and honors people and organizations that are actively engaged in compassionate activities, inspiring others to do the same, through film, workshops, and hands-on activities. Our goal is that Compassion Fest provides an environment that promotes connection and collaboration to bring more compassion into our daily lives and the community at large.

The Way of Compassion Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the act of compassion as a powerful tool that empowers people to develop genuine happiness and remove the causes of suffering.

Peoples Choice Award:

Our aspiration is to have 4 screenings of film. Each screening will be 75 minutes and have a theme depending on the content that we receive. We will be asking attendees to vote on their favorite film in each theme. There will be 4 Peoples Choice Awards given to one film in each theme.

Compassion Film Festival accepts experimental, narrative, documentary, and animated short films up to 30 minutes long.

In the interest of welcoming our Latino community, we encourage Spanish language films (with English subtitles, please).

Productions must be produced with the filmmaker retaining complete editorial control and copyright. Productions must have been completed after January 1, 2015.

Works must be in English or with English subtitles.

Submission of an entry indicates acceptance of all regulations, a guarantee that a screening copy in the format specified will be made available for the dates of the event, and authorization to publicly exhibit the work at Compassion Film Festival 2018.

If screening copy is to be provided by a distributor or agent, then the entry must be submitted by that distributor/agent, along with any criteria or conditions.

If a film is accepted, Compassion Film Festival is granted permission to utilize an excerpt from the film for promotional purposes.

Submission Copy Formats:

We accept only online screeners and entrees uploaded to the FilmFreeway website. Please provide passwords for online screeners.

Must be in English or subtitled English.

Exhibition Formats:

-If your film is accepted into the festival, please provide the Exhibition copy on a USB 3.0
or Thunderbolt external drive, or Thumb Drive. No Digital Downloads accepted. (Please
label all your content clearly).

-We only accept ProRes 422 files
-We cannot accept DCP content
-We cannot accept 4k content (Please down res to 2k)
-Only 1920 x 1080 container only (no 4k)
- Audio should be formatted to 2 channel output: L/R or Stereo
-No slate, pops, bars or tones. File should start with the first frame of content and end in

Please Consider providing the following as well if your film is accepted:
- High-resolution promotional images (4 x 6 at 300dpi)
- Press Package with production credits and biographies
- HD trailer and HD clips

Overall Rating
  • Though I regret I was not able to attend the festival, the communication and obvious care put into the Compassion Film Festival was second to none. Congratulations to Aaron and the team for the fine job you are doing, this festival is one of the highest on my list to attend in the future!

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Hey Jake,

    Thank you for your kindness and care with your films! We appreciate the support in creating a festival and celebration that aims to inspire and offer tools and resources for positive action in the world. Sending you warm wishes!

  • We felt so humbled and honored to have our short film in this festival. It was a magical weekend with great films and wonderful people. We are planning on attending next year, regardless if we have a new film to enter!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your presence and your film at the festival. We enjoyed meeting you and your husband. May you flourish! Looking forward to seeing you next year!

  • Steve Nerangis

    I was so honored to have a short selected for this new festival.
    While I was not able to attend, the communication throughout the process was outstanding. I hope to visit the festival next year!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for all your support Steve. We are grateful for your wonderful short film, and for the extra care when we were looking for an additional feature. May you flourish and find lasting happiness.