Life the Universe and Everything (LTUE) is a speculative fiction symposium that promotes novel and screen writing, art, gaming, professional development, world building, film making, live theater, music (including Filk) and all other related creative arts.
LTUE 2021 will be the 39th anniversary of our founding. As part of the symposium, the 10th annual LTUE Film Festival will be held February 11th, 2021 in the Provo, Utah Marriott Hotel. There is a fee to attend the symposium, but admission to the film festival is free.
This call for submissions is requesting both short and feature films that are PG-13 or milder. The subject or focus of your film can be any of the subjects covered in the first paragraph above.
1 to 5 Minute Film Submissions
10 to 30 Minute Film Submissions
Feature Length Submissions
Approximately 70 minutes to 2 hours and 15 minutes. Slightly shorter (less than 70 minutes) or longer submissions (longer than 2:15) may be considered if they are exceptional.
Film screenings will occur at the Symposium and/or at community events before and after the Symposium. Screening events are advertised through the Symposium's Facebook page:
No cash or monetary prizes
Laurels will be awarded for selected and screened films
PG-13 or milder. Submissions that don't meet this criteria will be automatically disqualified.
You are welcome to submit films that support, represent or teach any of the subjects listed in the introductory paragraph. Your submissions can also focus on anything from enjoyment (entertainment) to professional creation at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels.
The focus is on science fiction and fantasy films (which may include comedy or horror with science fiction and fantasy aspects). Be sure that your films fit the categories in the introduction as they relate to science fiction and fantasy.
See the general descriptions of these genres below. Please note that films that include overt sexuality, excess horror or extreme violence are not appropriate for our audience which typically include young teenagers.
Films accepted for the LTUE Film Festival screenings will not receive any financial compensation. Laurels will be given for top selections.
Films are accepted or rejected from the festival based on merit, as determined by festival judges. Films with gratuitous sexuality, gore or violence may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the judges.
By submitting a film to the festival you represent and warrant that you have copyright control of the film, or that you represent an organization with copyright control, and that you are authorized to permit the Festival to screen your film, and provide an archival copy of your film to the LTUE Symposium, and organizations which the Symposium may partner with such as libraries, universities etc. which may screen and lend copies of your film for non-profit and reference purposes. Permission for such purposes is requested but not required in the film submission form.
Genre eligibility reference:
Elements of the fantasy genre may include: mythical settings, a setting of earlier technology (limited to for example previous centuries or ancient civilization), witchcraft or magic, or supernatural powers or phenomena or events, fantastic or magical creatures, or technology or events which are, so far as we generally know ;) imaginary. It's very common for Fantasy to be in a medieval or ancient type of setting.
The science fiction genre may feature similar or even identical imaginative elements of fantasy (the genres can overlap), but science fiction generally involves speculated future or advanced technology or phenomena, or even older technology with imaginative twists. Per Wikipedia, science fiction may include "...imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life. It has been called the 'literature of ideas', and often explores the potential consequences of scientific, social, and technological innovations."
Horror films may be suitable for the festival if they feature aspects of fantasy and/or science fiction.