The producers of the popular Utah Film Awards, and Short and Sweet film festival are proud to present the Phenomenal Film Festival in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines is coming to Manila! Join us as we tour the world showcasing the greatest films you have never heard of.
Filmmakers and film enthusiasts no longer have to travel to the far reaches of the world to see incredible films and gather around amazing filmmakers. We’re bringing the festival to you!
You decide what you’ll get out of it, when you submit your film and come to the Phenomenal Film Festival.
Industry veterans, extraordinary filmmakers, and top-shelf enthusiasts are coming together in such a way that makes it hard to leave…sounds like the right party to be at.
Your film belongs in the Phenomenal Film Festival.
All official selections receive a complementary film festival pass to all events. Winners receives a statue at the award show, a professional backstage photoshoot, an online film review for IMDB.
Short and Feature film winners will be able to meet with one of our international film distribution partners about possible distribution.
Screenplay winners will me able to meet with one of our producing partners about optioning their screenplay.
We're always at your disposal. If you need additional assistance or have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact our customer service (PhenomenalFilmFestival@gmail.com). You can also call us at +1 (801) 472-7702.
Refund Policy: Because entries will have been processed and entered into the system, NO refunds will be granted.
To be eligible for the 2019 competition, entries must have been completed between January 31, 2015 and the festival date for World Premieres.
Projects from all over the world are eligible. Projects submitted in our host country will have their submission fee waived.
Select the category that most closely relates to your submission's type of program. You may enter the same production or program in multiple categories, including cast and crew categories. There is an entry fee for each category you enter. Individual entries are evaluated for their intrinsic merits – without comparing them with others.
Each entry is, in effect, in competition with itself, and is measured by our international award-winning jury of experts using an industry-accepted standard of excellence. The Phenomenal Film Festival reserves the right to expand and reduce the number of finalist in each category including, but not limited to, cancelling categories if there are no submissions that meet our standards of excellence.
A performer/on-air personality may enter multiple achievements in a performing category if the achievements are for different programs.
We reserve the right to change or modify each category as the Phenomenal Film Festival committee deems appropriate.
Submissions for SCREENPLAY must include a pdf of the screenplay. We accept produced and un-produced screenplays. The work is being judged on the writing rather than the finished film.
The short film category includes one episode of a series.
See Categories listing for definitions and additional explanations.
Fees for Screening Films
We do not pay screening fees on submitted films. By submitting to the Phenomenal Film Festival you waive any screening fees during the run of the festival to a live theater audience.
Award Announcements & Promotion
Finalists will be announced in January and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Manila in February 2019.
After a film or screenplay is submitted to the film festival it is screened and scored (films) or read and scored (screenplays). Film that receive top marks from our judges are official selections of the festival. The programming committee then will select a smaller selection of films to screen live at the festival from the official selection. All official selections are eligible to win an award at the award ceremony concluding the festival.
If you are mailing us physical media such as a hard drive, or Blu-ray Disc and would like to have them returned after the festival, please provide the necessary packaging and pre-paid postage so we can slip it into the mail immediately following the conclusion of the festival. The festival will NOT return physical media at the festivals cost.
Press releases will be sent to international wire services and to the trades. A laureate will be sent to winning contacts following the awards presentation. Phenomenal Film Festival® winners may refer in advertising and publicity to the fact that they are a Phenomenal Film Festival ® winner and, for one year after the award was bestowed, may use a replica of the Phenomenal Film Festival ® award or the Phenomenal Film Festival ® logo in such advertising. A ® registration mark must accompany the use of the award.
Background Summary (Required)
In order to better assist the jury, we ask for a synopsis of each entry. This should not exceed 200 words and will be seen by the judges to evaluate your submission.
All submissions also are required to submit the following on FilmFreeway.com
Password (if applicable)
One Promotion Graphic (min)
Credits - Specify in the FilmFreeway credits who is being evaluated with their real name (not character name). Example John Doe - Lead Actor, Jane Doe - Composer, Mike Doe - Editor, Awesome Company - Visual Effects. (Key Cast & Crew are not accepted)
Translation (Required if not in English)
Productions not produced in the English language must have either subtitles or overdubbing in English (preferred), or a detailed synopsis and translation of the first and last ten minutes of the entry in English submitted during the online entry process.
The translation must be submitted digitally either in the translation box provided on the online entry form or as a word document or a pdf. We will not accept translations in any other format.
When submitting your credits, be aware that if your entry is a winner, the name of the category, and title of the entry will appear on the award which is given to each winning entry. We also include the year of the competition. Finalists, when notified, will be given the opportunity to update and correct credits. However, if no corrections are made, credits listed during the entry process will be considered the credits of record.
Disposition of Entry / Errors & Omissions
Promotional materials submitted may be displayed or shown, for educational and/or promotional purposes as Workman Productions® deems appropriate. By entering, the entrant agrees to hold Workman Productions ® and any of its affiliated companies exempt from any costs or expenses of any claim arising out of any such use. Workman Productions ® will never sell entries nor make entries available for public viewing.
Workman Productions ® assumes no responsibility for the acts or omissions of those individuals or entities submitting entries pursuant to this notice. All submitting entities and/or individuals are advised to review submissions with respect to correct name credits and other information.