The Annual Reel Recovery Film Festival screens films dealing with all aspects and perspectives of ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES: its consequences, tragedies, comedies, scientific beliefs, personal experiences, societal influences, attitudes, and medical issues, to name a few.

Our mission with the festival is to give a forum to new and experienced filmmakers who have made honest and relevant films about the human condition and the world of addiction and recovery. ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST ADDRESS AN ANGLE OF ADDICTION or MENTAL HEALTH.

We know there are filmmakers with brilliant perspectives on addiction whose work might be overlooked at a mainstream film festival. Last year we screened a very eclectic mix of features, shorts and documentaries . We don't want to wait every few years for Hollywood to embrace this subject when so many independent and established filmmakers are giving voice to this potentially tragic lifestyle.

Our film festivals are screened in New York, Los Angeles, Denver and Fort Lauderdale with the potential of additional cities. Festivals are held year round. Please see the website for festival dates.


WIT offers free referrals for individuals suffering from alcoholism or addiction. We publish the weekly Addiction/ Recovery eBulletin and produce the national REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium.

The REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium presents the Audience Favorite Award at the prestigious Experience, Strength and Hope Awards held the last Thursday in February. All entries are eligible.

By submitting this film, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:

I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this documentary film to the REEL Recovery Film Festival and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true; this film contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever.

If this film is selected for screening at REEL Recovery Film Festival, I grant REEL Recovery Film Festival the right to screen this film at one or more REEL Recovery Film Festivals in this and subsequent seasons. I understand that selection by the REEL Recovery Film Festival does not guarantee screening at either, both or any of the festival's locations for the year.

I understand and agree that this film entry, if selected for the Festival, may be used for promotional purposes for the REEL Recovery Film Festival, and/or its partners and I grant REEL Recovery Film Festival and its partners the rights to use up to three minutes of footage, photographic stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.

I fully indemnify and hold Writers In Treatment and its partners harmless from: a) damage to or loss of the film print en route to or from REEL Recovery Film Festival or during the course of Writers In Treatment's possession of the entry; and b) from any claims which may arise in connection with this film. If a claim arises in connection with this film, I will bear all the costs of defense incurred by Writers In Treatment and pay any award of damages which may ensue. I also agree to reimburse Writers In Treatment for any attorney fees incurred in connection with the defense of such a claim.

I understand that REEL Recovery Film Festival reserves the right to place my film in the appropriate programming category.

By signing below, I am indicating that I understand, comply with and agree to the Terms of Entry and the eligibility requirements.

Overall Rating
  • Scott French

    Love this festival!! I love being part of a movement that shows recovery in a positive light. Very inspirational and motivational. Thank you

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    HI Scott, Thank you for that glowing review! Your film was a huge hit with movie goers - stunning visuals and inspiring stories. Keep us updated with any future films.

  • Scott D Clark

    Was amazing to have my film "The Sky Is Falling" premier at the festival in LA and New York.
    Will hopefully have another film ready.for possible selection next year.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    We look forward to your further submissions and I hope you can make it out to California or NYC one day.

  • Michael Snyder

    We were honored to be included and were wowed by the quality of the programming.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much-I was wowed by the quality of your film.

  • Thank you for having us! We're so glad we had the opportunity to screen at REEL Recovery Film Festival. Such a friendly audience with so many personal experiences to share. It was a very humbling day. Thank you to the team. This was amazing! :)

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    HI Rosni, it was a pleasure having you participate in the festival, we loved your film.

  • laurel adler

    This is a terrific small festival focused on addiction and psychological issues. Ahbra is an amazing coordinator. She was responsive to me, as a filmmaker, any time I had a question or problem. Wonderful festival to submit to or to attend.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    HI Laurel,
    Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure working with you and Heather. I look forward to your future work.