The Spirit Quest Film Festival is an International, competition based event that is dedicated to connecting filmmakers with a global audience each year via their annual online festival.
Focusing on the human experience, from day to day relationships to matters of life and death, war and peace, science and spirituality, Spirit Quest's founders hope to challenge their audiences with an impressive and diverse line-up of film selections year after year.
We hope that filmmakers around the world will join us in bringing their productions to a wider audience and to the attention of many industry professionals who may have otherwise been unaware of their talent. With the addition of our social media page announcements, official submission notices and potential inclusion in our 2018 line up - we feel we are providing our entrants with the best possible chance they may have to reach a large number of viewers and boost their visibility on the incredibly competitive film festival stage.
We will judge and award both feature and short screenplays this season and beyond - again announcing ALL submissions on our social media pages and announcing semi-finalists, finalists and winners on our sites in the Spring of 2018, once all judging is complete.
Festival Certificate and sponsored awards for Best Feature and Best Short films and Screenplays.
Submitting filmmaker must be 18+ years of age to enter.
Each work is judged solely on its own merits.
1. Formats accepted for preview: Online screener (via FilmFreeway or other link).
2. All films must have been completed after January 2013.
3. Foreign films must be dubbed or presented in their original language with English language subtitles.
Note: We are no longer accepting DVDs for screening.
Submission of your film to our competition confirms that the Spirit Quest Film Festival has permission to screen your film (of selected) at our annual online event and at any other Festival related event, including special screenings and promotional activities. By submitting your film, you also grant permission to the Festival to employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills for exhibition and promotion purposes. Filmmaker confirms that he or she has acquired any and all copyright clearances necessary for exhibition of their film at said events (ie: music included on the soundtrack, a logo or trademark shown in the film, etc). Filmmaker agrees to accept all responsibility for the content of their film and any dispute that may arise from use of copyrighted material.
Film Length Definition
Feature films: 45 minutes or longer.
Short films: 44 minutes or less.
Screenplay Length Definition
Feature Screenplay: 80 pages or more.
Short Screenplay: 79 pages or less.
Response from festival:
You should have been notified long ago. Winners have been announced. On our Facebook page as well. The Festival absolutely took place, even had visiting filmmakers here (including Matthew Roth, the winner of the Best Feature Film in 2018).
Best Feature Film - FIVE PIECE
Best Short Film - 21:21:21
Best Short Screenplay: THE LAST FAD
Best Feature Screenplay: EXECUTION DAY
Response from festival:
Thank you for your message. Notifications should have gone out (even from Film Freeway automatically). No idea how you weren't notified, but obviously others weren't as well - based on the reviews here (odd, since many responded back to the notifications). We had many problems this season (and last) behind the scenes - including family emergencies, health scares and a funeral. Yet the show must go on - and we decided to do just that. Looking back, we should have taken a break - but we absolutely reviewed every film and script that was entered (and that is the reason why notifications were sent late - but were indeed sent). The Festival took place as planned, all films screened and visiting filmmaker Mathew Roth was in attendance as well (winner for Best Feature). Not making any excuses - and respect your review here as it was your experience and is noted. Just wanted to clarify a few details in your posting. As is - sadly - we are pulling the plug on this Festival, despite many begging for us to keep it going. The negative reviews here are soul crushing to those of us who have tried to keep it alive but again, they are the honest feedback of the experiences some had in regard to the submission and notification process and we have to accept them as is. How we wish you all could have attended the event over the years - we truly believe you would have had drastically different take on Spirit Quest. Regardless - we wish you nothing but success with your current and future projects and again, thank you for your feedback.
Response from festival:
Tricia - VERY saddened to hear about your experience (and that of Derrick's below) in regards to our 2016 event. Please note that I have personally explored ALL of our emails and have not found any from you (though due to the server issues we ourselves were victims of last season god only knows if you sent something that never arrived). Sadly - only people with bad experiences seem to ever leave feedback so while I absolutely will apologize to you here and wished you'd simply called me (I'm one of the only film festival Presidents on earth that even provides his personal contact info and take great pride in the feedback we've received over the years just for that reason alone) and you would have had a much different opinion of our event (which has gone on for years without a single complaint til last season when we were hit with server issues, family emergencies, deaths, etc). I would have bent over backwards for you to answer any and all of your concerns or questions. As is - we now have another bad rating from someone who we would have LOVED to have assisted and the public now has a very unrealistic view of our annual festival as a result. For the record, we have been around for years, have had incredible feedback, shown very cutting edge films, had celebrity guests, made contacts with filmmakers for talent and productions, etc and have earned rave reviews from the audiences, filmmakers and critics as well. We are not in any way a sham, a scam nor remotely even shoddy. I've worked in this industry for nearly most of my life and truly believe in this little festival that showcases films that matter. And for the record - since you had such a bad experience, I would like to to know that we will offer you TWO FREE entries in our current and 2018 festivals. All you need to do is either drop me a line DIRECTLY TO ME: firstname.lastname@example.org OR CALL ME: 814-273-3195 and I'll make sure you get answers to anything you could possibly need. Again - thank you for your review but please note that it is based totally on circumstances beyond our control and NOT our event, staff nor myself. All the best, regardless - Greg
Response from festival:
Derrick - While it pains me personally to see your review, I must let you (and the world here) know that last season we were hit with server issues that knocked us totally off line, personal tragedies, emergencies, unexpected change of venues and basically anything else you could think of - and yet we made SURE that we held the Festival as planned and all films were indeed announced, all selected films were shown, visitors from as far away as Japan were in attendance, and winners were announced on our site (which is indeed currently our Facebook page until our new site is constructed and live -which should be in less than a week or two). So, while I TOTALLY understand your review from your experience and absolutely have no issue leaving you this personal response to your very public post, please know that in reality we could have easily just ditched the festival for a season, but we are seriously dedicated and passionate about what we do, not only with Spirit Quest, but the Eerie Horror Film Festival (one of the most popular events of its kind in the world by the way) and our upcoming Flagship City International Film Festival in 2017). Until the fiasco that was 2016 - Spirit Quest has never had a complaint like yours. And I take that VERY seriously. VERY. So, apologies to Derrick or anyone else that may have felt slighted or left out due to circumstances beyond our control and for personal issues that were, for lack of a better word, devastating this past year. If anything -my personal dedication to this Fest has never been higher after the year I just experienced. That said - here's my personal phone number (which is on all of our sites) 814-273-3195. Anyone with questions - call me, day or night. I'm likely the only Film Festival director in the world that will answer his own phone and do so often. I've been in this business for 13+ years now - and take great pride in the progress we've made and the assistance we've provided for hundreds of filmmakers and screenwriters over the years. Hope you accept the apology (and wish you had simply called me to resolve) but all good - I'll leave it totally up to the filmmakers and screenwriters to make up their own minds here, but I hope they continue to wow us with their amazing films and scripts we review every year from around the world. Thank you - and again, very sorry for your experience sir. - Greg Ropp (the guy from PA that runs 3 other festivals). :-)