The Last Howl is an independent focused festival that has been created by Wolf Balance Productions and their award-winning Head of Production Andres Ortiz Pinilla. At The Last Howl, we believe that too many amazing projects go undervalued and we strive to make sure filmmakers get the recognition they deserve. We accept entries from all over the world and want to showcase your creativity and talent.

We understand that passion for filmmaking comes in many forms and to reflect that we accept a wide range of creative content: Narrative Feature Films, Narrative Short Films, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Animation Feature, Animation Short & Video Art/Experimental.

Beyond receiving one of our brilliant Last Howl Wolf Trophies for official winners, all selected projects will be invited to join our VIP network. Here you will be able to find and talk to like-minded individuals who may go on to be your creative partners. On top of being able to find talented cast and crew, you will also receive a whole host of fantastic benefits: Discounts on film equipment rental, marketing & strategy advice, and our funding scheme which includes the opportunity to pitch your future projects to our producers to be in with the chance of additional funding and worldwide distribution for your project.

Selected submissions will be shown in a screening and awards event at the University of Middlesex Cinema in London, where there will be networking opportunities and the brilliant and inspiring films that make the selection will be put in front of excited audiences.


All the films submitted will receive a response regarding their outcome. Our selection process works in 3 phases.

Phase 1- All the submissions will be placed in one of the following categories; Not Selected or Honorable Mention.

All Honorable Mention projects will receive a high-resolution laurel for marketing use and will move on to phase 2.

Phase 2 - All honorable mention films will be entered into the "finalist" competition.

Finalist competition will place films as; Quarter-Finalist, Semi-Finalist & Official Selections. All the projects that are finalist/official selections will then move on into phase 3.

Phase 3 - All of these projects will be screened at the event date and will have the opportunity to win an award of Category 1 or Category 2.

----- AWARDS ------- (Category 1)
Will receive a wolf trophy & high-resolution laurel with its respective award.

Best Of Festival
Best Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Animated Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Student Film

----- AWARDS ------- (Category 2)
All finalist films can automatically opt to win this award even if they are not a category 1 winner. The winner will receive a diploma.

Best Director
Best Supporting Actor/Actress
Best Actor/Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best Music
Best Editing

All honorable mention and official selection projects will be invited to be screened on our website and will be promoted through our social channels.

Below, you’ll see the rules and terms that you accept when submitting films, videos, and other materials to our festival.

1.1 The Last Howl accepts submissions internationally. ALL films MUST include SUBTITLES in ENGLISH if their original language is not ENGLISH.
1.2 Respect! All submitted projects are viewed by Wolf Balance Productions & The Last Howl team;
1.3 Entry fees must be paid through our submitting platforms at the time of submission and they are non-refundable;
1.4 Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted. A separate submission and a separate entry fee must accompany each entry;
1.5 Projects can be resubmitted in case they were not selected in the previous events;
1.6 Projects can only be submitted through our submitting platforms and must be available to view through such platforms. No postal submissions are accepted;
1.7 We accept works of any country in the world produced from January 1st 2018 onwards;
1.8 The Last Howl does not send out free entries.

2.1 All projects must be submitted in a digital format in the correct category respecting its length:
• Short Film: up to 50 minutes
• Short Documentary: up to 50 minutes
• Animation: Any length
• Feature Film: +50 minutes
• Feature Documentary: +50 minutes
• Video Art/Experimental: up to 30 minutes

All finalist films will compete for a Category 2 award with no extra fee!

2.2 If the submission of the project doesn´t follow these guidelines it will be disqualified automatically.
2.3 General submission: Feature - (+50 minutes)
Short - (-50 minutes)

Official Selection • Awards
3.1 ALL projects will be viewed and considered.
3.2 Your project will receive notification of its status on the notification date at the latest.
3.3 The Last Howl is not obligated to award a prize to the official selection films if they don´t see the quality of the product high enough.
3.4 Winners of categories will be notified on the notification date and will receive their award at the event.

4.1 The selected films will be promoted in English on our website and in our social media channels;
4.2 The Last Howl may use your film frames, trailer, and press pack material for promotional purposes on its website or social media;
4.4 The releases for all content including, but not limited to, music and talent must be obtained by the filmmaker;
4.5 The Last Howl is not liable for any copyright infringement or unauthorized usage;
4.6 By submitting a film, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Last Howl 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;
4.7 The Last Howl reserves the right to make any changes in the festival configuration without prior notice if it is necessary.

5.1 Films submitted in the incorrect category are automatically disqualified;
5.2 Failure to meet the eligibility requirements will lead to disqualification;
5.3 Disqualification will not entitle a submitter to a refund of the entry fee;
5.4 If you withdraw your film from the festival, we will not be liable to refund any entry fee.

Acceptance of the bases
6.1 Participation in The Last Howl • Film Festival implies acceptance of these rules.
6.2 The Last Howl will promote the film to help the filmmaker gain an audience but it's not obligated to.
6.3 The Last Howl will offer free event passes to the key cast & crew of the selected project only. Passes include tickets for all films at the festival without any extra fee.