F3: Frankly Film Fest is a festival that embraces diversity in film, giving a showcase to films that may not fit into the typical film festival mold. We seek to give an outlet to the experimental, the fan films, the 48 hour film projects, the student films, the films that may not have such a happy ending, the films that challenge the audience to think and feel.

Founded in 2004 by Frankly Zoe Productions as a one off festival meant to promote their Youth Summer Movie Program, F3: Frankly Film Fest screened 27 films during the 2005 festival. In 2016 Frankly Zoe Productions decided to resurrect F3 in conjunction with the Tenth Anniversary of Un-Con, an unconventional convention where all genres of fandom are welcome and accepted. In keeping with the "all genres are welcome" theme of the Un-Con, F3 is an all genre festival.

The 2016 F3: Frankly Film Fest received 685 submissions from 39 different countries. Of those 685 films, 50 were chosen to screen during the weekend festival. There were awards given for "Best Short", "Best Feature", "Best Student Film", and "Best of Fest".

For the 2017 festival F3 became a shorts only festival. The festival received 499 submissions from 41 different countries. Awards were given for "Best Student Short", "Best Non-Student Short", "Best of Fest", "Judges Choice", and "The Steve Turner Award."

For the 2018 festival, 401 films were received from 40 different countries. 40 films screened. Awards were given for "Best Student Short", "Best Non-Student Short", "Judges Choice", and "Best of Fest".

The 2019 festival received 667 films from 37 different countries. We screened 80 of them over the two day festival. We expanded our awards to "Best Original Score", "Best Special Effects", "Best Directing", "Best Cinematography", "Best Student Film", "Judges Choice", and "Best of Fest".

For the 2020 Fest, we received 479 entries from 55 countries. Because of the Covid19 pandemic, we will be a hybrid festival, combining both in person screenings and online screenings. The in person screenings will be social distanced and will be limited to 70 attendees. Temperatures will be taken before entry is granted and masks will be mandatory. Per the venue, there will be no medical exemptions for masks. The ADA required accommodation is the ability to screen all films online.

Plaques will be awarded for the following categories:

"Best Student Film"
"Best Ohio Film" - Sponsored by Un-Con
"Best Directing"
"Best Cinematography"
"Judges Choice"
"Audience Choice"
"Best of Fest"

We accept submissions via FilmFreeway. Payment is expected at the time of submission. Films will not be screened by our panel of judges for consideration without payment. No refunds will be issued for films submitted to F3: Frankly Film Festival. The F3: Frankly Film Fest does not pay exhibition fees for any films.

All filmmakers will be notified via email on September 1, 2020 of the status of their films.

F3: Frankly Film Fest has no completion dates or world premiere regulations. However, if a filmmaker has a distribution deal, the festival must have permission (in writing) to screen the film free of charge from the distributor. It is solely the filmmaker's responsibility to provide this written permission and the filmmaker assumes any and all liability.

F3: Frankly Film Festival is not a genre specific film festival. However, it is the sole discretion of the judging panel to reject a film based on content that might not be appropriate for general audiences. Foreign language films must be subtitled or dubbed into English.

Overall Rating
  • Nick Pinelli

    They were a great festival to work with, with very solid communication throughout the entire festival! The only real bummer was not being able to have an in person showing of all of the films in the festival, but it was handle rather well! Thank you for all of the hard work and for putting this festival on!

    October 2021
  • Alexander Bruckner

    Thank you for having us :-)

    October 2021
  • Donna Guthrie

    I highly recommend this festival. Great communication with the filmmakers. I am happy our vim was selected.

    October 2021
  • Cynthia Bergen

    Thank you! F3: Frankly Film Fest. Official Selection of Abscessed. Keep up the good work. Cynthia Bergen, No Sleep Films

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for helping to make F3 2020 a success!!!

  • It was exciting to participate in this year's F3: Frankly Film Fest. We watched many of the films, and were happy that "Heaven's Gap" appeared in the Romance Film category.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your support and for making F3 2020 the film festival it is!