ALL SUBMISSIONS WILL RECEIVE JUDGE'S SCORE CARDS!

We’re all about getting feedback to aspiring film-makers and screenwriters! All submissions will receive at least two scorecards and short notes from members of the jury pool after the judging period is over.

If you would like much more comprehensive notes (typically 1-3 pages), that option is available for an additional fee.

NEW CATEGORY THIS YEAR: REMOTE SHORT FILMS

We know the last year or so has been really tough for film-makers. We’re pleased to announce a brand new competition category for short Remote Films. These are films that were done with all actors and crew people working from home (actors filming themselves, crew communicating via e-mail, etc…) We want to see how creative you got when faced with very difficult shelter-in-place restrictions!

NO RELEASE, PRODUCED, OR WRITTEN-BY DATE RESTRICTIONS!

We know it can be tough to get honest feedback on scripts and films, which is why we don’t have any restrictions on films that have been self-distributed and released on YouTube, Amazon, Vimeo, etc…

We don’t care when the film was made or the screenplay was written...we want to see whatever you want to show us! (Scripts cannot be under option though because of legalities.)

Winning films and screenplays will NOT be shown online to the public. Winning trailers and posters may be shown and promoted on our website and social media with the permission of the film-makers.

FINALISTS will be announced on July 20, 2021.
WINNERS to be announced on July 31, 2021.

All submitted projects receive at least two scorecards from the jury pool with any short notes given by the judges.

All finalists and winners will receive digital laurels.

Winners in the following categories* will receive physical trophies. (These are mailed to recipients free of charge.)

BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST SHORT FILM
BEST REMOTE SHORT FILM
BEST FILM TRAILER
BEST MOVIE POSTER
BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY
BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY

* If there are not enough entries for a proper competition in any particular category, the submissions will automatically be entered into the next season’s competition. (This hasn’t happened yet, but there is always a first time!)

Please read all of the policies and rules below. Submissions that do not follow these rules will be disqualified, so please ask any questions before submitting.

All completed submissions will receive at least two jury scorecards and any corresponding notes at the end of the judging period before winners are announced. These are sent electronically, so please make sure that your email address on FilmFreeway is correct.

NOTE: Any submissions that are withdrawn before the end of the submission period will not be eligible for scorecards and/or feedback.

SUBMISSION RESTRICTIONS:

All entries must be in English (or have English subtitles).

There are no "created by" time frame restrictions on films or screenplays.

There are no premiere or release restrictions on films. However, all screenplays must be un-produced and not under option at the time of the competition.

Submissions from previous years are accepted, as long as they did not win. Previous winners may enter a different project.

No works-in-progress will be accepted.

All submissions must be original works, no “fan films” or adaptations. (Unless adapted from the film-maker’s own original story/novel or a work that is the public domain.)

Films may not include real violence toward humans or animals.

No pornography.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

In the spirit of fairness to all, we do not offer student discounts or hardship waivers for the submission fees.

FILMS & TRAILERS - Only a director or producer may submit a film or trailer. The director/producer with the submission of the film affirms that he/she has all the copyrights of audio, video, images and music of the film or rights to the story and he/she remains responsible before the law.

SCREENPLAYS - Only the writer may submit. In the case of multiple writers, only one need to submit but all authors must be credited on the entry. The writer with the submission of the screenplay affirms that he/she has all the rights to the story and he/she remains responsible before the law.

POSTERS - Only the artist or producer may submit. Submitter affirms that he/she has all the rights to the artwork.

Multiple submissions are accepted, but each must be submitted with a separate fee.

There are no discounts for multiple submissions.

Entries are judged by a panel who make the decisions regarding Jury Prize winners. The judges decisions are final and may not be disputed.

All entries must be sent via FilmFreeway. Please DO NOT send DVDs, BluRays, or any downloadable files to us directly.

Submission fees must be in U.S. dollars. These fees are non-refundable, even in the case of disqualification or withdrawal of an entry. There are no exceptions to this policy. Films that do not follow the rules will be disqualified, so please ask any questions before submitting.

You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any claim made by you or any third party due to or arising out of project(s) you submit to this contest. You understand that there are thousands of writers and film-makers and the similarities in story, plot, characters, etc... of two or more films are certainly a possibility. The contest directors and judges will not knowingly share your submission with any third party.

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  • Stanislav Domanský

    The film festival pleased me. He showed me the way forward in my work. Thank you.

    March 2021
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    Response from festival:

    We're so glad that you found it helpful! Thank you for the submission and we hope to see more of your work in the future.

  • Thank you for selecting “Little Things Mean a Lot” as Best Feature Screenplay. It was a pleasure being a part of your festival. I loved the score cards along with the informative comments. I highly recommend this contest to other screenwriters.

    March 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for sharing your script with us! We are glad that you found the scorecards and notes helpful!

  • Juan Alonso

    Great festival communication was on point, they are very quick to respond and are very punctual when it comes to announcements highly recommended. Thank you for selecting my short and for the award it’s truly an honor. Will be submitting to this festival again

    March 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting such a great short film to us! We look forward to seeing more of your wok in the future!

  • Delightful experience, thank you very much!

    March 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words!

  • Jim Norman

    Thanks for making Back in Business a Finalist. I will be submitting again in the future. Screenwriters, this is a worthwhile festival for you.

    March 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting your screenplay to us! We look forward to seeing more of your work.