PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE LISTING BEFORE SUBMITTING.

The Focus International Film Festival is an IMDb RECOGNIZED EVENT celebrating the best in independent cinema. Film makers from around the world are invited to submit their English language or English subtitled films and trailers.

All genres are welcome except snuff or porn. However, the MAXIMUM RUNNING TIME for trailers is 3 minutes or less, short films is 45 minutes or less and feature films from 45:01- 2 hours INCLUDING OPENING AND CLOSING CREDITS.

Any film or trailer that does not meet these requirements, or others listed in the Rules and Terms section will be disqualified with no refund given. No exceptions.

For actor and director award consideration, the filmmaker must submit to the additional categories section of the FilmFreeway page in either Short Film or Feature Film. No actor or director awards will be given for trailers. No actors or directors will be nominated without this entry. No exceptions.

All entries will be granted OFFICIAL SELECTION status and receive an official selection laurel for their poster. From all the official selections, each category (trailer, short film, feature film) will be narrowed down to a yet to be determined list of finalists to be viewed by the celebrity jury and compete for the jury awards!

A celebrity jury panel of industry professionals will grade the finalists in each category for the jury awards. Film makers of finalist selected films will be asked for promotional material and credited cast information for actor award nominee consideration.

All finalists will be required to provide a link to their projects in an online off site website such as YouTube or Vimeo. Password protected is fine as long as the password is provided. This information will ONLY be shared with the celebrity jury. In addition, for acting categories the film makers will be allowed to provide acting nominees from their projects as applicable.

We are extremely excited to have Adler & Associates Entertainment Inc. as a sponsor once again this year! All award winning and nominated feature films will be invited to submit their film for special consideration to Adler & Associates Entertainment Inc. for distribution! This does NOT guarantee distribution for any project. But they will be considered with special circumstances.

All projects that are nominated or win awards will be sent instructions on how to submit their material to Adler & Associates Entertainment Inc for consideration. Once a project's evaluation is complete, the filmmaker will be advised of the decision, either with an offer for distribution or an email notifying them they've not been accepted including any notes received from the distributor. Adler & Associates makes no representation or promise to represent any project or filmmaker unless an offer of distribution is made and then the filmmaker will have the option to accept or decline any such offer after the parameters of any offer are discussed.

Now let's meet this year's celebrity jury panel:

Adrienne Wilkinson - Adrienne Wilkinson first gained notice as Xena’s daughter Livia/Eve, the sometimes warrior, sometimes saint, Empress of Rome from the hit series “Xena: Warrior Princess,” the most widely watched show in the world at the the time. She has made many notable television appearances including popular guest starring roles on "About A Boy", Partners, “Charmed,” “Days of Our Lives,” “ER,” and “Angel,” as well as series regular roles on “Venice”, "Pretty", "Club 5150", "Goodnight Burbank", and "As If". Adrienne is currently working on "Star Trek Renegades," a reboot of the franchise, playing Captain Lexxa Singh, descendent of Khan. She has made appearances in fan favorite films including “Raze”, “Alpha Force”, “The American Failure”, "Burning Dog" and “Reflections,” for which she won several awards.

She has voiced more than 50 lead characters in top animation projects and high profile video games including Daughter, the personification of the 'light side' of the Force in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and as the voice, and physical model, for Maris Brood, the female Jedi turned Sith in the “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” franchise. She has also produced several independent projects. Her diverse career has spanned multiple genre’s in projects that range from mainstream to cult classics with loyal fans in nearly every age group. Adrienne is also known for her charity work, which includes a focus on literacy programs, animal welfare and children. www.AdrienneWilkinson.com

Patricia Tallman - Patricia is perhaps best known for her work in the 1990 cult classic “Night of The Living Dead” as Barbara, the beleaguered heroine. Some may argue she is best known for her role as Lyta Alexander in the Hugo Award winning series, Babylon 5. Either way, she has been swept into a career that features horror and Science Fiction projects. She is less recognizable, but no less memorable, as the Horror Hag in Evil Dead III, Army of Darkness. Pat was featured in the Los Angeles Sci Fest of Plays 2014, and recently, Criminal Minds.

Fans make a game of spotting her in the over 50 appearances in the Star Trek franchises: ST:TNG, DS9 and Voyager as well as the feature film “Generations”. Zombie fans will enjoy “Dead Air”, and sci fi fans may enjoy Pat’s book “Pleasure Thresholds, Patricia Tallman’s Babylon 5 Memoirs” , currently awaiting it’s second printing!

Pat's other projects include starring in the sci-fi audio thriller series “Anne Manx”, playing the evil badass, Lt. Jean Richmond.

Her favorite role is that of mother to her son, Julian.

Equally important to Patricia is her fund-raising activities for the children of Penny Lane. Through her efforts within the Science Fiction & horror community, Pat and her fans have contributed more than $350,000 to Penny Lane over the past several years. Since 1996, Pat, her friends, family and fans have made a holiday happen for the Penny Lane kids through the Be A Santa program. You can go to www.beasanta.org to join in the fun!


Fans can connect with Pat on her blog www.PatriciaTallman.com, her Facebook/PatriciaTallmanPage , @PatriciaTallman.rocks on Instagram, or on Twitter @patriciatallman.

STEVEN L. SEARS
Screenwriter/Producer/Author

What do THE A-TEAM and XENA-WARRIOR PRINCESS have in common?
Writer/Producer/Author Steven L. Sears.

Steven L. Sears has worked as a Writer, Story Editor, Producer and Creator in Television,
Film, digital media and animation. His lengthy career has encompassed over fifteen
separate Television series, and development deals with a number of the major studios in the industry, including Columbia Studios, Sony/Tristar Television, Rhysher
Entertainment, Artists Inc., Cookie Jar Entertainment, Digital Pictures and many others.
Steven’s initial foray into professional Television writing came with his hiring as a staff
writer on the Stephen J. Cannell Productions hit TV series RIPTIDE, for the NBC
Television Network.

He followed that up by adding his talents to the writing staff of one
of the more popular genre series of its time, THE A-TEAM, also for NBC.
From there, he continued his career by writing and working on such popular series as
HARDCASTLE & McCORMICK, JJ STARBUCK, STINGRAY, WALKER-TEXAS
RANGER, HIGHWAYMAN, ROBIN’S HOODS, HOLLYWOOD DETECTIVE,
FATHER DOWLING MYSTERIES, HARDBALL, GRAND SLAM, JESSE HAWKES,
SUPERBOY, S.H.E. SPIES and many other Television favorites. His animation
experience includes ITSY BITSY SPIDER, TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS and
working with the legendary animation Director Don Bluth as writer on the short feature
THE GIFT OF THE HOOPOE.

More that just a writer, Steven also moved up through production as a Story Editor and
Producer to Creator of Television series. After Producing SWAMP THING for USA
network and RAVEN for CBS, he soon moved to a series that has made its mark in
Television and pop culture history, as Co-Executive Producer of the wildly popular series
XENA – WARRIOR PRINCESS. He followed that up by co-creating the latest
incarnation of the legendary comic book heroine SHEENA for Sony/TriStar Television,
which ran for two seasons.

Still involved in Television and Film development, he has recently branched out into the
literary world.

He is the author of THE NON-USER-FRIENDLY GUIDE FOR ASPIRING TV
WRITERS. Based on over thirty years of experience, it’s a direct and honest look at
working in Television for anyone choosing to make TV Writing a career.
His partnership with popular sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson (DUNE: HOUSE
ATREIDES; CLOCKWORK ANGELS; DAN SHAMBLE, ZOMBIE P.I.) has resulted
in the gritty futuristic sci-fi graphic novel STALAG-X. A psychological drama set in a
concentration camp of a futuristic interstellar war, STALAG-X is published by The Vault
publishing and is being developed for film/TV by Shoreline Entertainment.
Partnering with Peter J. Wacks (SECOND PARADIGM; BLOODLETTING) he cocreated the upcoming epic book and graphic novel series VILL’ANNIE.

A popular figure at genre sci-fi/pop culture conventions, Steven has an eclectic fan base
as a result of his many series and accomplishments, and is a frequent guest speaker at
colleges and universities.

All submissions will receive OFFICIAL SELECTION and receive Official Selection laurels for their poster.

All awards listed below will include an Award Laurel Certificate which will be emailed to the film maker of record.

All award nominees and winners are invited to send their award information to IMDb for inclusion on their project's profile at the conclusion of the festival. This must be done by the filmmaker or award recipient. The festival does not do this on their behalf.

For trailers which make "FINALIST" status, the following jury awards will be issued.

BEST TRAILER
BEST SCORE - TRAILER
BEST EDITING - TRAILER

For short films which make "FINALIST" status, the following jury awards will be issued.

BEST SHORT FILM
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST EDITING
BEST SOUND DESIGN
BEST SCORE
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST PRACTICAL EFFECTS
BEST STORY

For feature films which make "FINALIST" status, the following jury awards will be issued.

BEST FILM
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST EDITING
BEST SOUND DESIGN
BEST SCORE
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST PRACTICAL EFFECTS
BEST STORY

We will also issue a BEST POSTER award for the poster category!

Each feature film jury nominated in the BEST FEATURE FILM award category will be sent instructions on how to apply for development/distribution through Adler & Associates Entertainment Inc. You can get more information at their website www.adlerandassociatesentertainment.com

1. By submitting to the festival you confirm that you own the rights to the film or trailer and agree to allow your project to be shown by the festival through its website and/or social media. If your film is not available for public viewing you will state so but provide the festival judges the ability to view your film through secure online screener. You also agree that your name and project information may be used for festival promotion. We do not pay screening fees. If this is an issue, please do not submit.

2. FIFF only accepts online submission through FilmFreeway with a link to your film or trailer. If a password is required please provide it and let us know if your film is unavailable for public viewing. We do not accept mailed submissions. Projects previously submitted to a Focus International Film Festival event are eligible to be resubmitted to a future event as long as the project was not previously Officially Selected. Previously officially selected projects are disqualified from future events.

3. All fees are nonrefundable. No fee waivers will be granted. No exceptions!

4. Film makers may submit as many films and trailers as they like, but a separate entry must be made for each. Projects may have distribution.

5. Films and trailers selected to compete may be asked for promotional materials. This includes project artwork, promotional poster, a list of credited cast eligible for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories including talent's name and character name in order to be eligible to be nominated in those categories. If the film or trailer is available for public viewing, a link to the media's host site is required. If it's not available for public viewing, a secured link to an online hosted site will be required along with password to be eligible for jury consideration, but not for the "Audience Choice" awards. Failure to provide a link to an external site will result in the jury being unable to view and/or consider the project for award nominations.

6. Official selection and jury award voting is final. No feedback will be provided to films or trailers, whether selected or not to compete.

7. Jury awards will feature up to but not more than 5 nominees per category, depending on the number of applicable entries and at the sole discretion of the selecting jury.

8. Any film not in English must have English dubbing or subtitles. Any film in a language other than English without English dubbing or subtitles will be disqualified.

9. Festival laurels will be provided to "Official Selections" only. Award laurel email certificates will be issued to award winners. Jury decisions on awards are final.

10. FIFF reserves the right to change the event dates should reasonable circumstances warrant. FIFF will do all possible to maintain the published schedule.

11. Awards and Prizes - No cash awards will be made. For details on awards see the awards section.

12. Indemnity:
By submitting to the festival, entrants release and hold harmless the Focus International Film Festival, representatives, volunteers, staff and assignees and any other entities associated with the event from and against any and all loss, damage, rights, actions and claims arising in whole or in part from the contest or their participation therein, whether directly or indirectly, including but not limited to use or misuse of the selection process, judging, award nominations or winners, without limitation including ISP issues, award delivery or promotion, and also including personal injury, damage to persons or property or death as well as claims on property rights, defamation, privacy or force majeure. The festival will take appropriate and reasonable steps in the event awards to the film makers are delayed, to resend award certificates in whatever form they are represented within 30 days of the announcement of the winners.
The film makers involved retain all rights to their projects, and the festival is only granted a limited, non exclusive right to promote the project for purposes of declaring award winners for the festival period.

By submitting to the festival, the festival, its employees and assignees and anyone else entrusted with carrying out the festival's duties, are hereby held harmless against claims of any kind, including but not limited to financial or any other reason, and film maker agrees that all judging to be the final decision of the festival and holds the festival and anyone associated with it harmless against suit for defamation, slander or any other reason. Film makers agree not to hold the festival responsible for losses of any kind including financial relating to their entering into the festival.

Force Majeure. Nonperformance of any party shall be excused to the extent that performance is rendered impossible by strike, fire, flood, earthquakes, war, governmental acts, alien invasions or orders or restrictions, or any other reason where failure to perform is beyond the reasonable control, and not caused by the negligence of, the nonperforming party.

For any dispute not subject to arbitration entrant agrees to personal jurisdiction by the federal and state courts located in Dallas, Texas , United States of America , and waives any jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such courts.

Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby irrevocably waives all rights to claim damages of any kind outside of claimants entry fees into the festival including punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees.

Personal information submitted in connection with the festival will be kept confidential although some basic information about the film or trailer may be shared with the public.

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  • Maria Eva Urrutia

    It was fantastic to participate at the Focus International Film Festival! Thank you for the opportunity!

    February 2020
  • Wendy Crouse

    A great festival. Highly recommend participating.

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Wendy!

  • Thank you so much for the award!

    November 2019
  • Alana de Freitas

    Great value! Will definitely enter again!

    November 2019
  • Arwa Sawan

    Definitely one of the good film festivals in the US. I can't say enough good things about this festival.
    Thank you again for a fabulous screening and I value this honor!

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words Arwa. Best of luck with your project.