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".

We've added a few new categories for our 2019 festival.

In order to be fair to all filmmakers, no fee waivers will be granted.

Plaques will be awarded in various categories for winners.

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.

In order to be fair to all filmmakers, we do not offer fee waivers.

All filmmakers will be notified via email on September 1, 2019 of the status of their films. Screeners will not be returned.

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
  • Koura Linda

    This is one of the better festivals out there. They actual watch all submissions, the panel of judges rates them, and if you don't get in, you can ask to see the judging sheet from your film and get the judge's feedback of what you can do better.

    The quality of films that does get screened is always very impressive and it is really an honor to screen here. They will cut a screening block before filling it with less-than-quality films.

    Emails always get answered, the Festival Director is super down-to-earth while still being extremely professional.

    This was our second year submitting to this festival and we for sure will be back!

    October 2018
  • W. Trent Welstead

    The festival organizers were very friendly, and efficient throughout our communication! I will gladly submit again!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so very much!!!

  • Stevie Jackson

    Although we weren't able to attend the festival, it was an honour to be selected. Thanks for screening "Honestly Charlotte."

    June 2018
  • Danny MAlin

    Keep up the great work and communication!
    Sadly I couldnt attend but it would have been awesome.

    October 2017
  • Fuller & Green Productions

    Very nice festival! Happy to have had our film "The Switch" selected!

    November 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much. We enjoyed having you as part of the fest! Looking forward to your future projects.