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.