Why Submit to www.reeldealfilmfestival.com ?

Artists of today, and blockbuster directors of tomorrow - we want your shorts and features... Whether you shot on a smartphone for a couple hundred bucks, or you mortgaged something to make your movie - we make it affordable to send your work. The Reel Deal FiIm Festival screens quality artistic, personal and relevant independent film, with no special affinity toward your group affiliation. We aren't focused on your labels, because we are focused on your work, which must always stand alone. Everyone is welcome, everyone is included, because at this festival...

The Film is the thing.

Please Note: 2021 Tickets are on sale now! 2022 Submissions are being accepted!

Dramas, Comedies, Faith-Based and Documentary, screen alongside new media. Let's show the audience how traditional cinema carries on and how people use moving images in new ways today - amidst traditional fare, we celebrate Tik Tok, PSAs, & the Sports Edit phenom used by kids today to get noticed by NCAA scouts.

Exhibiting filmmakers receive regular screening All Passes in their welcome kits and four days on a Florida Beach in the Fall may just sound good. The Marriott Springhill Suites is our official hotel and oceanfront hub, and attendees can enjoy special deals we have set up for your to enjoy the setting...maybe even stay a little longer? Hire a Captain and a rig, kayak the Indian River alongside the manatees, sunbathe and order a pizza delivered to your chair, go on a guided foodie's delight, or commune with the marine birds and dolphins from the shore or on a cruise. Try a surf lesson, or have a sandwich at the oldest lunch counter in Florida, while philosophizing with a friend, or laughing with a stranger.

This festival represents the evolution of a great American art form with some cake by the ocean. But it is also a statement. Help us throw a stake in the ground toward our right to share art. Help us prove that new media doesn't always signal all out destruction of the old. And do this in Volusia County's New Smyrna Beach - where the arts and festivals and foodie blocks are part of who we are, why we gather, and what we value. We are filled with community builders and art patrons. We want your films, not your labels.

The Reel Deal Film Festival supports film MAKERS and film RECEIVERS because...
The Film is the Thing...

------ The Directors of Reel Deal Film Festival


2021 Festival: 9/30-10/3 (recommended arrival 9/29)
2022 Open for Submissions: 9/29-10/2 - 2022 (recommended arrival 9/28).

2021 Submitters: Many of you received an erroneous message that your film had been rejected, auto triggered by the festival dates passing during the shut down. Well they are very much in consideration - with last year's submissions being final selected and programmed. The Reel Film Foundation is an all volunteer organization and we are working with Team to finalize as quickly as we can. The room blocks at the Springhill Suites NSB are open and we suggest you reserve asap as they fill fast! All other details being added daily:


Festival Director's Best of Festival
Top Jury Prize
Voice of the Voiceless Award
The Earth and its Creatures Award
Emerging Filmmaker award
Screenplay Award
Cinematography Award
Acting Award

For Each Category:
Jury Award
Audience Award

Prize decisions are final and at the sole discretion of festival director.
Festival director reserves right to re-categorize any entry.
Authorship of films submitted will be credited to the film's Director, regardless of which member of the Producing Team submits or is the contact.
Authorship of Documentaries is the Producer, with Director also being credited.
Standard Releases will be needed to screen if selected.
Filmmakers Middle School aged and older.
All screenings will be rated. Parents be aware that E is an indication that "Everyone," of all ages is suited. No exceptions will be made to 18 and over or 13 and older.
SUBMITTERS NOTE: YOU MUST INCLUDE A DOWNLOAD on your film festival file. We understand we transfer, and other apps make it possible to download your film if selected, but we are using Film Freeway and strive to streamline the process for our all volunteer film operations team. Labor resources are tight with non profits and we appreciate you helping us by unifying this step.