!!!! NEXT SUMMER VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL = 30-JULY TO 8-AUGUST !!!!
We'll be selecting a top 50-80 films for a window of 10 days from 30-July until 8-Aug.
( Deadline now closed )
Now accepting submissions for our AUTUMN virtual film festival + online competition in October, dates TBC.
4 x COMPETITION ROUNDS EVERY YEAR = SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN + WINTER
CASH PRIZES 2021
$2,500 = BEST FILM PROJECT OF THE YEAR (ALL FORMATS INC. SCREENPLAYS)
$500 = BEST FILM PROJECT OF SPRING COMPETITION ROUND
$500 = BEST FILM PROJECT OF SUMMER COMPETITION ROUND
$500 = BEST FILM PROJECT OF AUTUMN COMPETITION ROUND
$500 = BEST FILM PROJECT OF WINTER COMPETITION ROUND
BIG PAID MEDIA BUDGET = 1 MILLION REACH
Our paid media campaign last Spring reached 179,373K people, we had Steven Spielberg's Amblin team catch sight of our sci-fi block(!!).
This July, we're going for an expected audience reach of 1M (Yes, 1 Million!!).
EXPOSURE/ACCESS TO PRESS, FILM BUYERS, INVESTORS + DISTRIBUTORS
RUN BY FORMER DISNEY CHANNELS MARKETING MASTER ADRIAN PEREZ
/// FESTIVAL DYNAMIC
Our festival has a high affinity, a lot of fandom! We are that quirky festival where the entire audience howls in the auditorium(!!), we are a big wolfpack family, this is a very animated film festival, it's very fun, it has a very Comic-Con-esque experience to it!
We've actually managed to transport that highly-energised community festival successfully into this new pandemic era, we're running 4 quarterly competition rounds/virtual festival programmes, they've been enjoying a great mediatic exposure due to their big paid media budgets.
Online film contests can be very satisfying because you get seen/+get your recognition quick without having to wait an excruciatingly long time, Lonely Wolf in this new frontier was built on that, but we're next level, and we work at lighting speed in turning out big virtual film programmes every 3 months (like a film journal!) with access to press/film buyers/investors and distributors alike.
WATCH DEMO = https://www.lonelywolffilmfest.com/why-lonely-wolf.html
/// FESTIVAL PHILOSOPHY
We're always looking for film projects that correspond with the festival’s philosophy and core thematics of being a “Lonely Wolf” (the outcasts/society’s outsiders), not just in terms of narrative/subject matter, but also in terms of film style, pushing for innovation/experimentalism/originality.
This philosophy translates into how community-driven the festival is also, we came into being with our heart in the right place, with the important mandate to bring our creative “wolfpack” community together in a time of crisis and consistently host the most interactive of virtual film festivals to put dormant/dead-end online contests around us to shame! We’re the Resistance!! We’ve worked hard to amass the wonderful reputation we have, check what your filmmaker peers have had to say about their experience with us below.
/// FESTIVAL RANKING / SELECTION PROCESS
We're part-online competition with the top 250 films ranked in finalist division rounds, and part-virtual film festival with 50-80 films selected by our jury to enjoy grand exposure as part of our curated programmes within our multi-DRM encrypted virtual cinema.
AWARD WINNER - TOP 30
OFFICIAL JURY SELECTION - TOP 50-80
NOMINEE - TOP 100-120
FINALIST - TOP 150
SEMI-FINALIST - TOP 200
QUARTER-FINALIST - TOP 250
/// FESTIVAL SUCCESS
Spring 2021 saw 2,995 official attendees/ticket sales + 6,374 film streams in total, and thanks to our huge paid media campaign we managed to reach the likes of Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin, our star attendee, plus plenty of press coverage, film buyers, distributors and wider industry and public grabbing themselves festival passes to enjoy the best works independent cinema has to offer right here within our wolfpack community at Lonely Wolf!
179,373K PAID MEDIA REACH
2,995 OFFICIAL ATTENDEES IN TICKET SALES
6,374 FILM STREAMS ACROSS TOP 50 JURY SELECTEES
497 TOTAL SUBMISSIONS IN JUST 3 MONTHS
PRESS ATTENDANCE + COVERAGE = UK Film Review / FilmThreat / Líbero / The Odessa Journal / FamaShow
KEY INDUSTRY ATTENDEES = AMBLIN Entertainment / NETFLIX / COMCAST / ABC / AFI (American Film Institute) / Billionaires Content Creation / Mooviehub / TDG (The Documentary Group) / FilmHaus Berlin
JURY TEAM = Disney Channels / MARVEL / Star Wars / BFI (British Film Institute) / University of Cambridge / FilmBoss / HombreMachina / LLISI Productions
· MAIN COMPETITION AWARDS CATEGORIES...
OVERALL BEST PICTURE
BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST FILM (MEDIUM-LENGTH)
BEST SHORT FILM
BEST ANIMATED FILM
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
BEST STREAMING TELEVISION SERIES OR PILOT EPISODE
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
BEST VIRTUAL PLAY
BEST PITCH DECK/VIDEO
· WRITTEN UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY CONTEST CATEGORIES...
BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY - FEATURE
BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY - SHORT
BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY - DRAMA / ROMANCE
BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY - COMEDY
BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY - ACTION / SCI-FI / FANTASY
BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY - HORROR / THRILLER
· ADDITIONAL LONG-FORM/SHORT-FORM FILM COMPETITION CATEGORIES...
BEST BRITISH FILM
BEST STUDENT FILM
BEST OF QUEER CINEMA
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
BEST POETIC CINEMA
BEST DANCE FILM
BEST LOCKDOWN/PANDEMIC FILM (Made during/since COVID-19 global lockdown)
BEST DRAMA / ROMANCE
BEST COMEDY / MUSICAL
BEST ACTION / SCI-FI / FANTASY
BEST HORROR / THRILLER
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST ORIGINAL CONCEPT
BEST PROOF OF CONCEPT
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE/SOUNDTRACK
BEST FILM TRAILER
BEST FILM POSTER
Outstanding Achievement in Directing
Outstanding Directorial Debut
Outstanding Directorial Debut by a Young Filmmaker
Emerging Filmmaker Award
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects
Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing
Outstanding Achievement in Production Design
Outstanding Achievement in Makeup/Hairstyling & SFX
Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
· DOCUMENTARY FILM COMPETITION CATEGORIES...
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
BEST PERFORMATIVE DOCUMENTARY
Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Directing - Best Documentary Director
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Documentary
Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Editing, Archival Usage & Assembly
· ANIMATED FILM COMPETITION CATEGORIES...
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Outstanding Character Design
Outstanding Created Environment
· MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION CATEGORIES...
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Outstanding Achievement in Montage Music Video Editing
Outstanding Achievement in Music Video Directing - Best Music Video Director
· OTHER AWARDS...
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER
HONORARY LONELY WOLF AWARD for outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to independent filmmaking
Rules are reasonable and pretty straightforward to enter the Lonely Wolf competition (and join our "wolfpack"!).
We only expect a few things from you which you automatically agree to upon entering your work into the competition...
BY SUBMITTING TO LONELY WOLF YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING...
· Copyright — You authorise that your work is cleared for festival exhibition (all music, fonts, visuals etc. are cleared worldwide, in perpetuity, multi-platform), and the intellectual property is yours, or if acting as distributor — you have acquired permission from the copyright owner.
· Use of stills / clip fragments — You consent to the posting of stills and short clip fragments from the film on the festival's website/platform plus social media channels, for solely promotional, non-commercial and educational purposes. Stills from your film could be used for example within our final list of winners/nominees, and short clip fragments from your film could be used within our festival trailer.
· Downloading — You consent to the festival director having access to download your film(s) to facilitate offline study and the festival's programming/curation needs and functions. You can opt out from this whilst still being able to participate in the competition.
· Virtual cinema / critique journal — Lonely Wolf's virtual cinema is a private members-only online streaming platform built-into the festival's dynamic; the cinema's purpose is strictly non-commercial and for educational purposes. Independent filmmakers can both benefit from having exposure to film buyers, distributors and press via this private space, whilst being granted the rare opportunity to watch all the best films of the competition with great ease and from the comfort of their home. Upon entering the competition, you grant us permission to exhibit your film publicly under multi-DRM encryption and password-protection. You can opt out from being exhibited in this way at any point, it's not a requirement to allow this in order to compete. Some of you will opt to have your film reviewed also, your film review and star rating will be publicly shown on our website's critique journal. You can opt from your film review being publicly displayed, whilst still opting to receive this service. Let us know your preferences, everything we do is to advance your agenda and that of your film's. We're committed in protecting and leveraging your work.
· IMDb — Lonely Wolf's team make themselves responsible for syncing up your awards/nominations to your IMDb pages, but we do not make ourselves responsible for creating your film pages from scratch if they're not already in place.
· Code of conduct — Lonely Wolf uphold the outmost respect for every member of its "wolfpack" community and are committed in nurturing your growth and passion for the craft of filmmaking. In our mission, we endeavour to deliver most personable, friendly and motivational communications. We expect the same code of conduct from you — "treat others the way you want to be treated". Lack of respect and/or misbehaviour will lead to disqualification and legal actions.
· Feedback — We can’t be responsible for providing individual feedback on every entry we get (unless you opt for a critical review), nor justify/explain ourselves for not selecting your work. No inquiries or arguments will be entertained regarding non-selected films. The decision of the festival's jury and decision-making committee will be final. We will however point you to specific educational resources within our platform to help you find clues and nurture your growth.
· No refunds / we expect sportsmanship — If unhappy with your work's final verdict, we can't offer you a refund because a lot of hours have been invested into your work by the festival's jury and decision-making committee.
· One-click for all categories — We've comprised a flat fee whereupon entering your work via format/duration you will be automatically considered across all of the festival's competition categories for awards/nominations.
· Accepted submission types — We accept pretty much everything from short films, micro-shorts, medium-length films to feature-length films; to documentaries and TV pilots/web series; to animated films and music videos; to written unproduced screenplays.
· Submission permissions — Same team of filmmakers can submit as many of their film projects within the same competition round as they wish. Your film is allowed to compete even if it has already premiered at another festival or is already available in the public domain.
· Submission restrictions — Films already submitted in one edition can't be submitted again. If your film is not in English, we require English subtitles. If the film is in Spanish, you can submit it without English subtitles.
· Programming decisions — Not every film that gets nominated or selected will make Lonely Wolf's digital cinema straight away, Lonely Wolf's team may have plans to include your film within the private platform at a later stage.
· Policy on free waivers — Lonely Wolf is a high-value festival platform. Founder/CEO's philosophy demands a healthy balance. No filmmaker should be granted complete immunity from covering Lonely Wolf's entry fee whilst other filmmakers invest so much. Lonely Wolf's hybridity and modernity offer rare incentives that prohibit free waivers. Student filmmakers and disabled filmmakers are entitled to a discounted entry, and in exceptional cases free waivers will be permitted at the festival's sole discretion.
· Films reviews — In order to opt for a film review, your film must have participated within the competition. You can compete, and then opt for a film review months further down line.
· Entering the competition does not in-turn mean you're automatically 'Official Selection'. 'Official selection' is competitive, submitting doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be selected.
· By entering Lonely Wolf, you will automatically join our mailing list, we ask you follow us on Instagram to keep up to date with the status of your entry and wider festival news. And to also join our secret "wolfpack" group on Facebook.
· You confirm your credits list is as complete as possible to include members from all departments of production, failure to do so will mean that the director will be announced the nominee and/or winner for an individual merit category.
· Lonely Wolf reserve the rights to disqualify any film on certain grounds.
· You agree to have read and accepted Lonely Wolf's rules and regulations.