Dreams Come True Film Festival is the sister company to Dreams Come True Films LLC, which was established in June 2011. Based in Terre Haute, IN, Dreams Come True Films LLC is a faith based, family run independent production company that has produced five feature films and two short films.

Dreams Come True Film Festival's number one goal is to showcase the best of the best in filmmaking. We don't care what the budget is or who the star may be, we just want to watch amazing films by amazing filmmakers. Our goal is to stand out from all the rest.

Filmmakers are bombarded with thousands of choices when it comes to entering film festivals and we want to be the very first choice each year. Our festival is built on honesty and integrity, honoring filmmakers who give their all to make a great film. We'll have more categories than most, which equals more winners!

In addition to having many chances to win, our entry fees are lower than most festivals you will find anywhere! We know how making a film can break the bank, and we don't feel that the excitement of entering festivals should be dampened by seeing really high entry fees once you have found a festival you qualify for, so we make it as pleasant as possible.

The Season 3 event will become an ONLINE ONLY festival for a couple different reasons:
(1) We live in a community that has not yet embraced a film festival and our first two seasons (while great for the filmmakers) did not see a nice community involvement, which was very disappointing for us as festival directors. As hard as we worked to put the event together, and as much as we advertised, we cannot force the community to rally behind us and show support for indie films. Kudos to those festivals who have amazing support from their townspeople, but sadly, we are just not one of them.

(2) We tried for over six months to find a great new venue for season three, and sadly, the venues in Terre Haute are just not festival friendly. They were not made to be affordable to a new festival such as ours. And frankly, we just could not afford to rent a venue for a weekend and pay more than we take in. So as sad as it was for us to decide, we feel that trying an online festival for season 3 was the best way to go.

(3) And finally, the sad truth is, filmmakers in general will enter far more film festivals than they can possibly afford to travel to even when they are being screened. With the cost of hotels, fuel, food, and not to mention taking time off work, filmmakers just do not attend all the festivals that they are picked for. This means small, fairly new festivals will constantly see a very low turnout, which again, is very disappointing.

So, we hope that the change will not scare off the filmmakers who have come to know and trust us in season one and season two or those who have just discovered us. We are still the company you can trust, to judge your films fairly and with integrity & excitement.

In season 3 we will have twelve amazing judges who are very eager and are now standing by to watch the films submitted in 2019. These judges are film loving fanatics who are truly excited to join our team.

Submit your film today! Questions? Send us an e-mail.

Best Feature Film / drama
Best Feature Film / comedy
Best family / faith based feature film

Best Short Film / drama
Best Short Film / comedy
Best Web Series episode
Best Documentary
Best Music video

Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film
Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film
Best Lead Actor in a Short Film
Best Lead Actress in a Short Film

Best Supporting Actor in a feature or short film
Best Supporting Actress in a feature or short film
Best teen actor or actress in a feature or short film
Best younger actor or actress in a feature or short film
Best Senior Citizen actor or actress in a feature of short film

Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Score
Best Writing

Most Inspiring Film
Most intriguing movie trailer
Best looking movie poster

Best Overall (The WOW factor) This film will be the *BEST OF FEST* Trophy Winner!
But ALL Semi-Finalists will receive a laurel and a printable certificate perfect for framing.

Because we are now an ONLINE film festival, we will change things up a bit. Instead of naming "Official Selections" we will name the highest rated films "Semi-Finalists" and they will be announced on December 07, 2019. These will be all the films that are eligible for awards. And then a few days before Christmas, (December 22, 2019) we will announce the WINNER in each category. The winner in each category will receive a printable award certificate. And then there will be one big winner "BEST OF FEST" and the winner of the Best of Fest will receive a DREAMS COME TRUE FILM FESTIVAL TROPHY!

************ NEW! JUST ADDED 04.18.19 ************

We have formed a partnership with INKTIP:
InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.

Winners of the [insert category name] will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.

Producers have made more than 375 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

1. We will accept films from any year and any size budget.
2. Filmmakers may submit more than one film. However, every submission requires it's own entry fee.
3. All submissions are final once entered. Our judges will begin reviewing the materials we receive immediately. No refunds. Please do not ask for waivers.
4. Short films must be 40 minutes or less including credits.
5. Feature films must be between 40-150 minutes including credits.
6. By submitting your film, you grant us permission to share your film with our judges and festival Director.
7. Absolutely no pornographic material. Absolutely no nudity will be accepted.
8. All submissions must be ONLINE only, as our 12 judges all need to have access to the films via online / FilmFreeway.
9. Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled.
10. Once you have submitted a project, please be sure to LIKE and follow us on Facebook and we would appreciate you sharing our fan page.

Overall Rating
  • My film "A Woman and a Gun" screened at the 2018 Dreams Come True Film Festival and my lead actress, Anita Nicole Brown was fortunate to be able to attend the event and had nothing but positive things to report back to me. I want to thank the festival team for giving consideration to our very eye opening film and giving it an opportunity to screen. I look forward to submitting more films in the future!

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Mr. Adkins, I apologize, I am just now seeing this review, but want to thank you so much for the positive review & kind words. We enjoyed your film and enjoyed meeting Anita Nicole Brown. She was a joy to speak with. We hope you'll consider submitting to us again when we are able to open up for season 3. Best wishes for all of our future film endeavors.

  • Great festival, great communication and most important nice people !

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for a kind review Debbie! Your film was enjoyed by all. We hope to see you enter again in the future. We have some big plans for season three, Lord willing.

  • George A. Johnson

    A smaller festival with a lot of heart. Run by great people who are excellent communicators, it feels like you're with family while you're there. DCTFF was definitely a good experience for our team. We'll be back!

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Hello George, and thank you so much for your very kind remarks! We sincerely appreciate having you join our DCTFF family this season and sure hope to see you again in the future. Congratulations on all the successes you and your team have been enjoying with 'Thy Neighbor' as it is certainly well deserved.

  • Daniel Cleghorn

    A wonderful festival run by some of the most genuine, hardworking, lovely people you will ever have a chance to meet. It's more than a film festival, it's a family. We look forward to it every year!

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so very much for your excellent review. It is always our pleasure to strive for this type of review from folks who enter our festival and we are very humbled that you should feel this way about us. We will continue to strive for excellence. We truly believe that our number one priority in the DCTFF is to make our filmmakers feel like they are number one, because in our eyes, they are! Congratulations on the success of your beautiful film, 'To Be A Soldier' and we look forward to seeing more films made by you all come through. We hope that season 3 will bring about some great surprises.

  • mike cowan

    With this being their first year, this festival was run VERY professionally by courteous staff, clean facilities, very ample seating and an overall positive attitude from the crowd on up to the organizers. I WILL be submitting a couple of films to the next Dreams Come True Festival.

    June 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Mike! See you in season 3.