We are an Ethical and Sustainabile 🌱 non-profit festival and online advocacy platform, with human diversity, animal ethics and global sustainability at the core.

We exist to celebrate under-represented storytellers from around the world:
We watch and write a review for ALL submissions. We are open exclusively to review your work, so you can put constructive quotes in your marketing.

Film Only Film is a multilayered metaphor, as most great films are:
Firstly, it reflects the founder's deep respect for the celluloid medium, from which the term "film" naturally originates. Secondly, "only", reflects the ironic humility masked behind the extreme efforts (especially underprivileged) filmmakers face to make "only a film".
Thirdly, seen in a larger context, film is ultimately only a medium, used to project leviathan messages for unlimited audience. Many people can be profoundly touched by the layered narrative emotions which can be contained within ultimately, only a film.

IMPORTANT: Please subscribe to our social media and especially our festival's YouTube channel in order to partake. Most announcements will only be made there. We had to move entirely online for a number of reasons, so screenings will be arranged via Zoom going ahead.

Aside from our review-only categories, we have main 9 award categories plus an overall favourite, depending on the selection process the categories and category names can vary.

Certificates for
Favourite Documentary
Favourite Fiction
Favourite Respect & Remember
Favourite Animal Welfare / Environmental
Favourite Indigenous / Cultural
Favourite ASD / Alternate Abilities
Favourite Experimental / Animation / Celluloid
Favourite Youth
Favourite LGBTQ+

1) All films must be subtitled (embedded) in English if the main language is not English.

2) Technical details of all the films (release year, format, genre, duration, camera, country of origin) are crucial information for the festival, any submission lacking these will not be given priority, if the submitter is unresponsive to such information requests, the films can be disqualified.

3) A maximum of 2 films per submitter will be considered. Each submission must be clearly labelled: (filmmaker name, submission number, film title, year of film's release and country of production/release).

4) All filmmakers give the organisers full rights to stream/use any part of their films and reference to titles, cast and crew names in the reviews and relevant festival websites.

5) All young filmmakers (under 18) must be prepared to provide contact details of a legal guardian (over 18) should we request them.

6) Filmmakers should be aware that we do not require DVD's posted (unless specifically requested) we deal with high quality downloadable digital screeners. Also, awards will not be monetary - certificates and/or trophies will be emailed/posted out to filmmakers who cannot attend, at the filmmaker's expense. Reviews will be organised at the Festival's discretion and any file transfers will take place online via email. The festival cannot pay filmmakers (fees or expenses) to attend the event.

7) Our festival will retain all festival streaming/screening rights to all submitted works. Plus we will require downloads of publicity materials to be used for promotional purposes at the Festival's discretion. We will not upload your full works individually onto YouTube, but clips and scenes at our discretion might, the live events are recorded and will be uploaded publicly to YouTube, these will include the full screened films - this is not equal to the individual works being available online.

8) We do not require premiere status, however all screenings and accolades a film has already received must be listed for each to be considered. We prefer films with less exposure, no older than 3 years since first release.

9) In order to partake in our festival we require submitters to subscribe to our festival YouTube channel - we are creating a community of filmmakers. Some of your PR material will be uploaded to our channel at the discretion of our panel. If you are not subscribed we will remove your work and potentially retain the right to disqualify you from the festival.

10) We aim to host a live screening in 2023 as well, but that is not yet confirmed due to numerous varying circumstances. Also the festival date will likely be same as currently published, but it may change and if it does, all submitters will be notified in good time.

11) We will not respond to emails regarding fee waivers. Running a festival and reviewing all submissions is costly and time consuming even though we love it.
However please note there is a category for sanctioned and/or conflict affected countries to submit free.

12) We do not pay filmmakers licence fees to screen their work, we help expose them and offer feedback to all.

By submitting any works all submitters agree to all the above.

Overall Rating
  • Aidan Dickens

    Such an awesome festival. Our film 'The Old Man Next Door' was selected as the overall favorite film, and we got a video review, and written reviews as well, which really helped motivate and inspire us. No other film festival that I've entered does that much for the Film makers, and we really appreciated it. Thanks so much guys!

    March 2022
  • VĂ­ctor Augusto MendĂ­vil

    Thanks to the festival for allowing us to participate with 299.00 (F84.0). A flu that I still have today prevented me from being part of the online event, but the Film Only Film Festival has really been a very careful, communicative and empathic space with each of the participating films. It is pleasing that there are festivals for diverse cinema, for beautiful cinema. Thanks a lot.

    March 2022
  • Our film "Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh" got the award for Best Experimental Film which is a huge encouragement for us. We thank the entire festival team with our hearts.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Our privilege having you.

  • This was a great example of what an online festival should be like. Personal, friendly, sharing great enthusiasm for all the films selected and shown. I spent a delightful day watching films, hearing from other film makers and sharing in the joy of watching film. As well as this the festival kindly reviewed our film and communication throughout was excellent. Congrats Film only Film on a brilliant festival and festival experience.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Ray, we tried or best!

  • Matthew Agustin

    Great Festival. Glad they selected my short documentary!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    It was a fantastic short, thanks Matthew