Great films are rejected all the time from festivals. Why? Your guess is as good as ours because they never say. At Negative 8 we select films based on quality, and we give feedback on the films we don’t select. If it’s not selected based on schedule we give you an honorable mention by promoting your film’s trailer on the big screen. Speaking of which, don't forget that the event is at a Megaplex Theatre. If that’s not epic enough, you’ll feel like a celebrity when you step onto the red carpet in front of the event’s step and repeat. All those photos are done by a professional photographer and they are complementary to you and the cast and crew you bring along to celebrate your fine work. Now the biggest difference that is like no other festival experience is you have a voice in the ultimate prize. We have acclaimed judges for the subcategories but you, the audience and filmmakers, get to vote on the best film.
Come have the night of your life.

The N8FF award categories that will be decided by our 3 acclaimed judges are: Best Concept, Best Performances, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Musical Composition. These awards will be decided prior to event and will be announced by screening. Then for our ultimate award, the Negative 8 Masterpiece, will be decided by filmmakers and the audience to conclude the evening.

All submissions must be through FilmFreeway.

Submissions are non-refundable.

Your submission must be owned by you. N8FF is not responsible for any copyright infringement.

Write a cover letter. Every great film has faced adversity and/or rejection, and there should be an aspect of your film that you're proud of, or why else would you be submitting it. We want you to briefly mention your projects adversity and what about it makes you proud in your cover letter. It can be super brief or it can take up the full allotted space in the cover letter.

Short film submissions must include your film, and a trailer (no longer than 60 seconds)
and what isn't required but recommended is sharing 1 to 5 BTS photos of your film's production. These will be used for the video intro to open the festival.

We would like a member of your cast or crew to represent your film at the event, preferably the director or producer. Please mention in your cover letter if this is a strong possibility.

By submitting your film you allow us to post the content on our social media platforms.

If selected a digital copy of your film needs to be emailed to with the following specs
- h.264 or mp4
- 1920 x1080 resolution
- audio -12db

Overall Rating
  • Jorge Harrington

    i appreciate all that you have done.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We look forward to another festival.