One of MovieMaker Magazine's "World's 50 Best Genre Festivals ".

THE RENEGADE FILM FEST is built on elevating marginalized voices, fostering a sense of community and empowering one another to create. We are proud to showcase diverse films and promote inclusion & visibility in order to bring a sense of balance and equality to independent cinema.

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Iconic Lizzie statues will be awarded for Indie Spirit, Audience Choice, Best Feature Film and Best Short Film.

Other awards and prizes are TBD

All films that fall under the horror, thriller, suspense, Sci-Fi, WTF, dark drama, dark comedy, crime, western genres are welcome to enter. We are looking to showcase diverse stories and diverse creators.

All submissions must be in English, otherwise they must have English subtitles.

Submissions are exclusively through Film Freeway and must be paid through your Film Freeway account. Entry Fees are non-refundable.

Submissions must have a private screener link or be uploaded directly to Film Freeway. No physical media will be considered in the submission process. If your film is available online or anywhere to the public, it will be disqualified and your entry fee will NOT be returned.

Official Selections will be determined and scored by an independent panel of judges composed of film academics, critics, filmmakers and other industry professionals.

Notifications will be made on or before the notification date of January 1, 2025 through Film Freeway, so please make sure your contact information is up to date and accurate.

Final exhibition materials will need to be a high res (1080 or higher) digital download with stereo sound. The venue DOES not screen DCPs and is not equipped with surround sound at this time.

Renegade Film Fest reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees.

Premieres are not a requirement, however we will consider premiere status when making final programming decisions.

The schedule of selected films is subject to change and is at the discretion of the Renegade Film Festival.

Renegade Film Festival does not pay screening fees for films submitted for competition. Any film produced or financed by a major motion picture studio or any film that has secured distribution will NOT be eligible to screen in competition, but rather, can screen out of competition at the festival.

Selected films must send deliverables in a timely manner. If a filmmaker does not send their deliverables to Renegade Film Festival by the requested date, the film will be removed from the program and replaced. Submission fees will NOT be refunded.

Any film produced by or involving a Renegade Team member is ineligible to screen for competitive awards. If program space is available, they can be considered to screen outside of competition.

Renegade Film Festival is hereby granted the right to use any excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes. The festival is hereby also granted the right to use image(s) and/or biographical information of the filmmakers for promotional purposes.

It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film. The filmmaker shall indemnify and hold harmless Renegade Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

By submitting your film, you acknowledge and agree to the above terms set forth in this agreement.

Overall Rating
  • Alison Peirse

    I am absolutely delighted that I got to play at Renegade, it has been one of my career goals!

    October 2023
  • Discovery Film

    Amazing festival for any filmmaker that offers great opportunities to connect with other filmmakers and creatives. It's definitely inspired me to create some new shorts or features so I can take a stab at getting one of those incredible Lizzie awards!

    March 2023
  • Carlos Diaz

    Couldn’t be more thankful to the Renegade Film Festival for selecting my film to be screened with such stellar works! The communication, organization, networking platform and admiration for the art of filmmaking I experienced was incredible! One of the most memorable experiences of my life! Can’t recommend this festival enough!

    March 2023
  • Incredible team and festival. My debut feature screened here, and Vanessa did an awesome job with communication, follow through, and curation. Highly recommend!

    March 2023
  • What an exciting, well-curated horror festival. An excellent array of indie horror shorts and features. The organizers, especially Vanessa (!), go above and beyond! I felt very welcomed, and am thrilled that my screenplay FINAL EXAM was an Official Selection. Glad I made the trip!

    One small suggestion, it would be nice to have some kind of informal gathering specifically to connect the screenwriters, who can be hard to find amongst all the filmmakers.

    March 2023
    Response from festival:

    We were thrilled to have you join us and be a part of the event! Thank you for the kind words.