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Golden Reel International Film Festival, born from filmmakers for filmmakers, is a trimestral online competition.
Actors such as Reggie Lee [Grimm, Pirates of the Caribbean] Danny Trejo [Machete, American Sicario, Spy Kids], the late Oscar Awarded Ernest Borgnine [RIP], Lorenzo Lamas [Grease, Falcon Crest, The Swordsman] Martin Kove [Karate Kid, Cobra Kai]... honored us with their presence in our past editions through submissions from established Directors and Filmmakers from Hollywood such as Aki Aleong [L.A. Heat, Walker, Texas Ranger, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story...], Russ Emanuel [The Legends of Nethiah, Occupants] and distinguished independent Filmmakers such as Thorsten Schade, Luis Galan, Roberto Loiacono and Luis Enrique Rodriguez Ramos among others.


The pandemic changed our lives in many ways and perhaps the most significant one is we became online consumers: we do groceries online, we order our meals online even drinks are now ordered online... And watching films online became a daily habit for so many of us. Soon, the big Hollywood movies were not enough to satisfy the demand and audience started to watch indie films and the VODs, like OPPRIME.tv, are there to bring to your screen the awarded independent short films, feature films, documentaries, animated films and series. [*] We partnered up with them to bring your films to the world. We are not a dead end, we are a stepping stone for you where besides having your credits on IMDb [which should be a must from any event of this sorts] your film also has the chance to be watched worldwide and GET PAID for it.

What's new in our Festival?
- Much lower fees compared to our previous editions.
- New categories: Series
- Blog on our website [upon request] - Not Selected and disqualified projects are not eligible.
- Non sugar-coated feedback [upon request] - disqualiied submissions are not eligible
- Certificates for all judging status [upon request] - disqualidied submissions are not eligible
- Singaporean Short and Feature Films enjoy free submission.
When prices started to increase to absurd levels of insanity taking as an excuse the Ukraine war, while many of us lost our jobs or have been facing financial challenges We took the opposite course of action, WE REVAMPED OUR FEES, bringing them to as low as 6 $ (**) from our original 40$. On the sad side certain services are no longer included in the fee becoming optional instead such as Certificates, Notes and Blogs on our website and all our previous discount codes have been cancelled.

We welcome Feature Films, Feature Documentaries, Short Films, Short Documentaries, Animation Films, Series in their Short, Medium and Standard lengths and Musical Videos. We strongly encourage to read submission category's description before submitting.

For Series we recommend to use Vimeo links. However, it is also possible to submit it as a bundle, one single file containing all episodes. Under the duration of the project please state the average length of the episodes and submit to the adequate category.

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(*) non applicable for musical videos
[**] short films

- The Winners of all categories [*] will have the opportunity to submit their Awarded Films to the Video on Demand [VOD] platform OPPRIME.tv where they will have the chance to get exposure worldwide and get their projects monetized. [**]
- IMDb eligibility to update their credits for Winners, Nominees/Finalists [***]
- Crafted laurels of the Festival

[*] except Musical Videos
[**] all details will be provided after receiving the award.
[***] the Winners and Nominees can upload their award and/or nomination via this link at the contributor area https://www.imdb.com/event/ev0032418/overview/

Please read carefully before submitting.

Criteria for Official Selection
To qualify for Official Selection the project must meet the following basics of filmmaking [*]:
- decent framing [we would like to see the faces of the talents when they speak]
- decent sound [nothing is more unpleasant than a distorted, interfered or extremely low sound]
- talents memorized their lines. [if a talent didn't bother to memorize the lines we won't bother watching the film]

[*] tips: Make sure your clip has everything in frame before you go for the next shoot. To avoid a poor sound don't use the camera built-in microphone. Do not shoot if your talents didn't memorize their lines. It's disrespectful for the project, the team and generally for the industry.
Projects submitted improperly [eg. a feature film submitted to short film category] will be disqualified. However, if the submitter thinks it was by mistake and wishes to continue in the competition we enabled so called "Redemption" categories, which are different for films and series.

For Series we recommend to use Vimeo links. However, it is also possible to submit it as a bundle, one single file containing all episodes. Under the duration of the project please state the average length of the episodes and submit to the adequate category.

The works can be from any year and no premiere is required. We allow films that have been premiered, are available online and/or have commercial distribution to be part of the event. We understand and encourage filmmakers to showcase their work [*] and make profit.

A film awarded in previous editions is no longer eligible to participate in the festival.

For competition the resolution of 720p is allowed but in the event of getting awarded submitter must provide a minimum 1080p resolution file to upload it to OPPRIME.tv due to the platform's regulations.

Multiple entries are allowed (although not encouraged) and every entry must be accompanied by its non-refundable fee.

The festival does not pay screening fees.

All films must have English subtitles unless the films produced are in English language.

By submitting to our festival you agree to allow us to use the material provided, film(s) and press kit, by uploading it to our social platforms for marketing and promotional purposes included but not limited to screening and sharing contact details (**) with OPPRIME.tv. If you do not wish to exhibit your material nor upload your films to OPPRIME.tv (which implies sharing contact details with OPPRIME.tv) please DO Not submit to this Festival.

Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Festival, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, and expenses (included 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 and publicity.

If a film is selected and/or awarded, the Festival will update the judging status on the submitting platform. The judging status is final. No inquiries or arguments will be entertained regarding non-selected films.

By submitting to this Festival you agree to all rules and terms of this Festival.

(*) if any member of the jury is either producer either director is not allowed to compete. If any member of the jury is part of a film with a different role such as cast or crew, that film is accepted in the festival but the jury member's role is not eligible for award.
(**) sharing contact details affects exclusively the award winning filmmakers eligible to be distributed with OPPRIME.tv, Short Films, Animated Films, Feature Films, Documentaries and Series.

Overall Rating
  • Thanks for recognizing Black Eyes, Nicole Epper with an Award Win. See it on Amazon Prime and decide for yourself.
    Hope and pray for your continued success.
    Allan Tamshen

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    We are very honored with your participation and very happy for your achievement. Congratulations

  • It was awesome to win nit one but five awards at this prestigious film festival. We are humbled and honoured to have been a part of this esteemed festival.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you. The Doll's Postman is an incredible film. Truly deserved every Award. It definetely earned a spot in our space dedicated to distinguished Filmmakers in our website.

  • Very happy with the whole process great hosts and communication

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you. Your suport is really imortant to us.

  • Such a great Festival. Supportive and valid.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you. As we mentioned in our correspondence Twin Cinema is the representation and proof, once more, of the fine craft in Iranian Films.

  • Thank you for recognizing my film, Faith Interrupted, as Best Experimental Short Film during your June 2022 festival. I appreciate the hospitality and communication. Definitely a recommendable festival.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations on your great achievement and we are really thankful for your support.