Feel The Reel is a monthly international film festival founded in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Even though FTR started as - and still is - an online film festival, we also hold live screenings, our friends from Short Stop International Film Festival making this possible. Therefore, screenings will take place twice a year and all our BEST OF THE FEST winners will have the chance to be screened in Iasi, Romania's second largest city.


BEST OF THE FEST – PRIZE MONEY + FREE Trophy + Screening + 1yr Studio Membership worth $299
2nd BEST OF THE FEST + 3mo Studio Membership worth $117
3rd BEST OF THE FEST + 3mo Studio Membership worth $117
BEST STUDENT FILM - FREE Trophy + Screening + 1yr Studio Membership worth $299

Best Animation
Best Experimental
Best Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Web Short
Audience Award

Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Screenplay (written) - FREE Trophy + 1yr Studio Membership worth $299
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Original Score

There will be a total of 12 screenings in a competition year. Feel The Reel's 'BEST OF THE FEST' monthly winner will be screened at the above mentioned location. All submissions are made via FilmFreeway.

Only short films with a duration of up to 40 minutes are accepted. All films must have been made in or after 2018 and have English subtitles (except for music videos and unless English is the main language spoken). Any genre and format is accepted (from 1 minute films to long, narrative/artistic films).

In case we do not receive enough entries for a category (at least 3 entries must be received in order for that category to be eligible) we will move those entries into a corresponding category.

The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing.

By entering your film for consideration for FTRIFF, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work online at FTRIFF. FTRIFF is also hereby granted the right to utilize the e-mails through which the entries were submitted as well as excerpts from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless FTRIFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. FTRIFF DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work nor will it provide feedbacks or reviews in the event of your film not having been accepted.

By submitting, you agree to all of these rules, terms and conditions. You acknowledge that no submission fee refunds are given once this application has been submitted. You also acknowledge that you will not receive any compensation for the use of your film by FTRIFF in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.

You understand and acknowledge that, if you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker Release on your behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker, if applicable, you understand and acknowledge that you are agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of your child or a child for whom you are a legally designated Guardian.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for choosing The Real Thing as a Finalist in your contest. As a first-time screenwriter, it's a welcome placement... FTRIFF is an excellent festival overall.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Matthew!

  • Daniel Guyton

    Excellent communication. I loved being a finalist in their screenplay festival. Well done!

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • I had a very positive experience with Feel The Reel IFF and I thoroughly recommend filmmakers submitting. Firstly, the communication is excellent. Festival director Vlad was attentive, helpful and immediate. And secondly, if you're fortunate enough to be awarded, unlike a lot of on-line based awards festivals, this festival does offer a genuine screening in front of audiences which is great, supporting the whole idea of why we make these films in the first place! Furthermore, the festival is very generous in offering awarded filmmakers additional perks beyond the award certificates ands trophies. Well worth your entry fee.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    It means a lot, Brendan! Thanks so much!

  • Great festival to be a part of very professional and always good with communication I will submit to this festival again in the future.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:


  • This festival has been so generous, professional, supportive, and communicative throughout. Highly commend them for keeping us informed about any delays, which not many festivals bother to do. And wholly recommend the screenwriting side for all the reasons above. Thank you, Feel The Reel team for running a great festival!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much, Persephone!