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".

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

Plaques will be awarded for the following categories:
"Best Original Score", "Best Special Effects", "Best Directing", "Best Cinematography", "Best Student Film", "Judges Choice", and "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.

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.

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  • Great communication and organization. I was unable to attend the film festival, but I was honoured to have my film "The Path of the Greys" screened at the opening night. Thank you very much!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! Your film "The Path of the Greys" screened extremely well with our audience!

  • I wasn't able to attend, but the communication was very good and seemed very well organized! Thanks for screening my film!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for submitting!

  • AJ Frank

    Zoe was an amazing host and managed a well organized festival

    As a filmmaker I go to theae feativals to continue to grow and learn by watching the other selected films I was humbled to have my short selected amongst the quality of films Zoe chose from over 600 entries

    Thanks again to Zoe and her team for everything

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words. Thank you for submitting to the festival, we look forward to seeing even more of your work!

  • Not able to attend this year but the festival was great at keeping us in the loop. It looked like a fun time had by all who made it - hope to check it out in future years!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words. Hopefully we will meet one year at the festival!

  • I really wish I could have attended! That aside, I thought their communication with me was excellent. I got the sense that my films were in good hands.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words and awesome submissions! They screened very well.