Welcome to the 1st Standalone Film Festival & Awards (SFFA). This is a unique kind of film festival for independent filmmakers/content creators where there are no barriers to borders, languages, genres, etc. Based in California, USA, this festival is having an online Award Nomination Festival, live screenings, and Standalone Award Show in Los Angeles.

SFFA is consolidating filmmakers around the world for a wonderful presentation of cinematography and the unveiling of new talents. A committee comprising members from the film industry preview submitted films and select good works of motion pictures for the Award Nomination Festival.

The selected films participate in The Awards nomination Festival which held for 3 months between Oct-Dec. This year it is between February 1, and March 31, (delayed due to pandemic situation) at UVT Cineplex (USA), a virtual theatre, available online across the World.

Films screen through this secure server screener where visitors and guests from around the world can witness and vote for the film. On the basis of viewers' choice and votes, films nominated for 28 categories of Awards and honor filmmakers, actors, technicians at The Standalone Awards Show in Los Angeles on 17th July this year (usually scheduled in the 2nd week of February every year).
The films show to visitors on payment. The net revenue (if applicable) shall be shared on a 50:50 ratio with filmmakers (content owners) as per UVTdirect terms.

SFFA Submissions are for feature narratives, Short films, Shows, Series, documentaries, and animation as even experimental films and music videos.

Standalone Best Film (Narrative)
Standalone Best Director (Narrative)
Standalone Best writer (Narrative)
Standalone Best Actor - Male (Narrative)
Standalone Best Actor - Female (Narrative)
Standalone Best Cinematographer (Narrative)
Standalone Best Film (Short)
Standalone Best Director (Short)
Standalone Best Actor - Male (Short)
Standalone Best Actor - Female (Short)
Standalone Best Writer (Short)
Standalone Best Cinematographer (Short)
Standalone Best Film (Documentary)
Standalone Best Director (Documentary)
Standalone Best Cinematographer (Documentary)
Standalone Best Show (Series)
Standalone Best Director (Series)
Standalone Best Actor - Male (Series)
Standalone Best Actor - Female (Series)
Standalone Best Writer (Series)
Standalone Best Cinematographer (Series)
Standalone Best Film (Student)
Standalone Best Director (Student)
Standalone Best Film (Animation)
Standalone Best Song (Music Video)
Standalone Best Mature Film (+18)
Standalone Best Mature Film (+16)

TO SUBMIT A FILM, YOU NEED TO:

COMPLY WITH PRESELECTION CONDITIONS & UVT Cineplex Terms:
http://bit.ly/UVT-Terms
FILL OUT THE ONLINE ENTRY FORM
UPLOAD YOUR FILM ONLINE
IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED FOR AWARDS Nomination Festival, YOU MUST COMPLY WITH THE FESTIVAL’S RULES AND REGULATIONS
PRESELECTION CONDITIONS
FEATURE FILM

Films that have been produced not before 2017
The film must be more than 60 minutes long.
Films that have released or not released.
Every film submitted in the STANDALONE FILM FEST will be screened through a Virtual online secure screener: UVT Cineplex, during the Award Nomination festival. Any beneficiary, producer, or authorized representative submitting the feature film commits to honoring this clause.
SHORT FILM

Films that have been produced not before 2017
The film must be less than 60 minutes long.
Films that have released or not released.
Every film submitted in the STANDALONE FILM FEST will be screened through a Virtual online secure screener: UVT Cineplex, during the Award Nomination festival. Any beneficiary, producer, or authorized representative submitting the feature film commits to honoring this clause.

STUDENT FILM

Films that have been directed by a student within his / her school curriculum
The film must be more than 10 minutes long.
Films that have not been presented at major film festivals except festivals of their country of origin.
Every film submitted in the STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS will be screened through a Virtual online secure screener: UVT Cineplex and 'The-Ally' (Ally Software LLP) during the Award Nomination festival. Any beneficiary, producer, or authorized representative submitting the feature film commits to honoring this clause.

DOCUMENTARY / WEB SHOWS
Documentaries/Shows that have been made not before 2017
The documentary must be of more than 5 minutes long.
The Shows/Series must be of more than 15 minutes per episode.
Documentary or Shows or series that have released or not released.
Every film submitted in the STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS will be screened through a Virtual online secure screener: UVT Cineplex, during the Award Nomination festival. Any beneficiary, producer, or authorized representative submitting the feature film commits to honoring this clause.
MATERIAL
Irrespective of the equipment used for shooting the film, the material of the film should be in the following format:
1. Feature Content (Movies/Series) *
Accepted Media Formats: MPEG 4 / QuickTime (ProRes) with embedded audio in .mp3 or .wav format Video: Resolution 1920×1080 and above (use codec H.264 for .MOV / .MP4)

2. Content Subtitles
Preferred: Media Formats: VTT or.SRT with Timecodes
Also, accept English Subtitles burnt on the video

3. Trailer – Same as feature content

4. Poster Image with Title *
Portrait Image in 1080 x 1920 (width x height) pixels

5. Banner Image *
Landscape image in 1920 x 1080 (width x height) pixels

NOTE: A Dropbox Link will be provided after the submission of the online form. Upload all the materials in the checklist above to the Dropbox link. (Max 50 GB can be uploaded at once.)

SUBTITLING
The Selection Committee will accept films:

Without subtitle, if the original language is English
WITH English subtitle for all other original languages
LANGUAGE
All
Terms & Conditions
UVT Cineplex Agreement read the terms conditions for virtual screening

AWARD SELECTION:
Rules and Regulations
The STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS is organized by UVT STUDIO LLC with the collaboration of UVT CINEPLEX
Article 1

The aim of the Festival and Award « STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS » is to reveal and highlight the importance of the film shown at the STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS, whose qualities emphasize the need to encourage the directors or the makers.

Article 2

By feature film for virtual theatrical screening (whatever the format; fiction, documentary, or animation) of 60 minutes or more in length, and not released theatrically. A director who has previously made a student thesis film or a TV film can compete for the "STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS” with his/her first feature film.

Article 3

The films (as defined in Article 2) which can compete for «STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS» are those shown in the Official Selection (Competition, Out of Competition, Un Certain Regard) or in one of the Parallel Sections, “The Critics’ Week” or “The Directors’ Fortnight”.

Article 4

The winner of the «STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS» award will be decided by a Jury of 6 members:
– one president
– one director (from the Society of Hollywood Directors)
– one director of photography (from the US Cinematographers),
– one film critic (from the American Film Critics),
– one industry professional or an International film buff,
– one representative of the Cinema and Audiovisual Industries.
No person implicated in any way with any of the films competing for «STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS» may be a Jury member.

Article 5

The Jury votes under its own responsibility, without the STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS or the other organizers being held responsible in any way.

Article 6

The Jury can only vote for one winner of each section of «STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS». The President of the Jury will vote to settle any tie-breaking issues.

Article 8

The producer and director of the winning film, agree to use the logo «STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS» in all advertising.

Article 9

The President of the STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS has the power to settle all cases not covered by the present rules. His decision is final in any dispute that may arise out of these rules and the organization of the «STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS» award.

Article 10

The rules are printed in English.

Article 11

Participation in the «STANDALONE FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS » competition implies full and complete acceptance of all the aforementioned regulations.

Overall Rating
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Networking
  • Antonio Montefalcone

    An overall very interesting festival, also for its innovative digital platform for watching films online (the virtual theater UVT Cineplex).
    A great opportunity for independent, young and emerging filmmakers.
    I have participated with a short film, "The silence of God".
    I am thrilled to have been selected as a finalist at the festival and I couldn't be more grateful.
    I would like to recommend it to everyone.
    Thanks to Standalone Film Festival & Awards, and all the best for the future of the festival.

    April 2021
  • Livino Lopes

    Excelente Festival. Um grande incentivo para todos cineastas, principalmente para os novos.

    April 2021
  • Great festival! Such an honored to be part of it

    April 2021
  • Thanks for selecting our short film 'Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day' for the festival. Arranging one was no easy feat this year. We would love to visit someday, in better times.

    April 2021
  • Great Festival!!..Really good work!!, and thanks for the selection.

    April 2021