Submissions open for films, screenplays, and film trailers in any genre. Submissions are evaluated on their own merit rather than compared to others in the same genre.

ALL SUBMISSIONS RECEIVE FEEDBACK!

We are all about helping aspiring film-makers and screen-writers get straightforward and unbiased opinions on their work.

All submissions will receive a score card that shows the average jury rating on a scale of 1-10. Submissions are judged on various aspects such as Plot, Characters, Dialogue, etc... Members of our jury will also jot down short notes about anything that stood out to them.

For those who desire much more in-depth critique on their films or screenplays, we also offer a Comprehensive Notes option in our submissions. Comprehensive Notes are generally done by a professional outside of the regular jury pool and are between 1-5 pages depending on the length of the project. These notes will not include a lengthy synopsis of your submission that eats up page space. (We think it’s safe to assume that you already know the story). Instead, they will focus in on any trouble areas, make suggestions on anything that may be able to be corrected in post (yeah… we know how that sounds!) and also give a general critique.

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… There are also no restrictions on when the film was made or the screenplay was written.

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

WINNERS to be announced on December 10, 2021.

ALL SUBMISSIONS:
All submitted projects will receive a score card from the jury pool along with any short notes given by the judges.

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MAIN CATEGORY AWARDS:
Winners in the following Main Categories* will receive both digital laurels and physical trophies. (Trophies are mailed to recipients free of charge.)

BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST SHORT FILM
BEST FILM TRAILER
BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY
BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY

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SUPERLATIVE FILM AWARDS:
The Superlative Awards honor films that stand out in various ways. They are given by the festival directors on the recommendation of the jury. These award categories may be added or omitted by their discretion. The winners receive digital winner's laurels and certificates.

BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST ANIMATION
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST COSTUMES
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST EDITING
BEST MUSIC SCORE
BEST SET DESIGN
BEST SOUND DESIGN
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST IN GENRE (Drama, Horror, Comedy, etc...)

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SUPERLATIVE SCREENPLAY AWARDS:
The Superlative Awards honor scripts that stand out in particular way. They are given by the festival directors on the recommendation of the jury. These award categories may be added or omitted by their discretion. The winners receive digital winner's laurels and certificates.

BEST CHARACTER
BEST DIALOGUE
BEST STORY
BEST IN GENRE (Drama, Horror, Comedy, etc...)

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SUPERLATIVE FILM TRAILER AWARDS:
The Superlative Awards honor trailers that stand out in particular way. They are given by the festival directors on the recommendation of the jury. These award categories may be added or omitted by their discretion. The winners receive digital winner's laurels and certificates.

BEST ANIMATION
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST COSTUMES
BEST EDITING
BEST MUSIC SCORE
BEST SET DESIGN
BEST SOUND DESIGN
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST IN GENRE (Drama, Horror, Comedy, etc...)

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* For Main Category Awards: If there are not enough entries for a proper competition in any of the film or screenplay categories, the submissions will be pooled together since all projects are judged on their own merit regardless of length. In the event of a shortfall in the Film Trailer category, the film-maker will be given a free waiver to enter their trailer into the next season’s competition.

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 a jury scorecard 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 will not be eligible for scorecard and/or feedback.)

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GENERAL RULES:

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 adaptations unless adapted from the film-maker’s own original story/novel or from a work that is the public domain.

Films may not include real violence toward humans or animals.

No pornography.

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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.

Multiple submissions are accepted, but each must be submitted with a separate fee. There are no discounts for multiple submissions.

Submissions are evaluated by a panel of compensated judges and are scored on their own merit. The jury decisions regarding the winners are final and may not be disputed.

Submissions that include Comprehensive Notes understand that this critique service is done by a compensated professional in the industry and that the results from this service may not be disputed or refunded. The notes are designed to focus in on any problem areas of a project in order to help the submitter, and anything pointed out should not be taken personally.

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 without your permission.

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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.