Submit your films now for consideration to 2nd Annual Off The Reel Film Festival, set for June 17, 2023 in Lancaster!

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Off The Reel Film Fest is not only focused on exhibition, but also education and community. Each year we curate an industry-leading panel discussion amongst our community leaders to equip our festival attendees with practical knowledge intended to turn their creative ideas into actual films.

This year's theme is "Create & Let It Go" β€” a reminder that no matter what your idea is, just go for it. Get the ideas out and move the needle toward your career in filmmaking forward. Making a film can be one of the most exhilarating, rewarding, and challenging journeys a person can ever embark on. It is our goal to motivate filmmakers all over the world to submit work that is personal, uncompromising, ruminative, and illuminating. We want filmmakers to get out of their heads and away from the loop of feeding the "content beast". It's time to get those projects off your reel and into the material world.

Audience Voting for Each Film Category (6)
β€£ Short Film
β€£ Animation
β€£ Student Film
β€£ Documentary
β€£ Experimental
β€£ Music Video

Each Winner (6) will awarded a certificate and a prize package sent via the address provided on their submission form. Winners will also receive respective social media assets (with laurel).

2023 OTRFF Submission Guidelines:
*Carefully read the guidelines before submitting your film*


1 – Films are limited to 15 minutes or less.

2 – Multiple submissions are allowed. However, each submission must be accompanied by the USD entry fee, determined by Festival Organizers.

3 – Films must be completed on or after JANUARY 1, 2020. A rough cut may be considered, provided that if selected, a final cut of the film is made available a week before scheduled programming.

4 – Foreign language films must be subtitled and/or captioned in English.

5 – A completed entry form must accompany films. All forms, fees, and films must be received by the submission deadline. Only completed entries will be processed.

6 – Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the festival and to use all music, images, and content within the entry.

7 – Entrant permits usage of video clips and production stills (photos) from the film submission for promotional use online, on television and radio, in print, and at events.


1 – All Submissions will be through FilmFreeway.


1 – All entrants will be notified by email or FilmFreeway when their film has been received.

2 – For publication purposes, entries selected will be required to supply three high-resolution stills from the film and at least one high-resolution photograph of the film’s director. Publicity and press materials will not be returned and become the property of the film festival. Off The Reel Film Festival has permission to use excerpts from any accepted film for promotional purposes.

3 – If accepted, entrants will be notified by email on or before May 24, 2023. Within 24-48 hours of notification, entrants will need to provide relevant film information and a downloadable .mov or mp4 via Dropbox, Google Drive, FilmFreeway, or Vimeo to screen.

4 – If a film is not accepted, the festival does not offer technical or critical feedback.


1 – The submission Fee for the early bird deadline is $5 (USD) per entry.

2 – The submission Fee for the regular deadline is $10 (USD) per entry.

3 – All funds go to festival and production expenses.


1 – Any physical submissions of materials will not be returned.


1 – Off The Reel Film Festival reserves the right and has the discretion to change the submission category for an entry.

2 – The Festival strives to recognize independent creatives and their achievements within this field. There will be no jury based selection process for this event, however there will be an audience favorite selected film at the end of the screenings.


1– Screening Date: June 24nd, 2023

2 – Film Programming Start & Run Times: TBD and subject to change.

3 – Location: Zoetropolis

4 – Price: TBD

5 – Parking: TBD


1 – If you're interested in sponsoring, feel free to send us an email. All sponsors will be verbally thanked prior to screenings and placed in the festival program, as well as on festival posters, postcards, websites, video promos, and social media platforms.


Overall Rating
  • Sky Lucas

    Amazing people doing amazing things. I highly recommended anyone attend or be apart of this festival!

    May 2023
  • Rebekah Louisa Smith

    This is an AWESOME festival - run by a lovely team who really care about their filmmakers - I will certainly be submitting more of my clients films to this festival and am excited for their future as they will keep on growing

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kind words Rebekah! We are so happy the amount of care and effort put into running this festival for the filmmakers really came through!!! We want this point to be highlighted every year, your words carry us a long way :)

  • J. Anthony Roman

    What a great festival! Communication was great from the start. They have an extremely savvy social media team that will make this festival grow. For a first-year festival, they came very correct with how they operate. Cant wait till next time I get to present with them!

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Wow, thank you so much Janthony! It's so nice to receive such warm feedback regarding our socials and crew :) This is something we want to continue improving and highlighting as we push forward. Thank you for supporting us this year and submitting your filmβ€”we can't wait to reunite with you on the next festival run! Keep up the great work!!!