Based on recent global events, COVID19, federal and state mandates, and circumstances beyond our control, many of our vendors and partners COULD NOT provide their business or service to us.
In response to these developments, and with very heavy hearts, the AOF MEGAFEST has postponed the 2020 event until 2021. Other local festivals such as Anthem and Electric Daisy carnival have canceled their events entirely. We fought postponing up to the very last moment and we are deeply saddened by the turn of events. All accepted 2020 works will be screened live during the combined 2020/2021 event that will run 7.26.2021 to 8.1.2021. 2020 Award winners will be honored at the live award show that is dedicated to them. Seminars, after-parties, events, screenings, and the film market will all be live.
Thank you for your understanding.
Stay safe, stay healthy, keep creating and

God Bless you all!

The Film Festival Dedicated to the NEWS, and DOCUMENTARIES and Films or Screenplays based on "True Stories". This is our 2nd year.

The NewsFest is an exciting opportunity for News Professionals, Documentarians, and Writers and Filmmakers to present their work to an international audience! We invite all DOCUMENTARIANS, Filmmakers, and Writers (of True Stories) and News Professionals - in front of the camera; behind the camera; editors; News scriptwriters; photojournalists, MUSICIANS, and others to submit their work. Freelance Journalists, Citizen Journalists, DocuNews Filmmakers, Writers, Print and Radio Journalists, and musicians. Outlets and Students are also invited to submit. Music videos and practice sessions of original music are also invited

Winners in each category will receive an award and have their winning entry televised in the local LA viewing area. Winners will need to submit their films in a specific format for broadcast as designated by NewFest staff, including closed captioning.

Selected Projects receive:
Selection Laurels
All Access Pass to the NewsFest and to the AOF MegaFest of which it is a part. This is a $900 value and includes All MegaFest screenings, seminars and Parties (excluding Award Shows, Private or Charity events/screenings).

Winners will receive:
Trophy or Certificate
Overall Winners will have their winning entry televised in the local LA viewing area.

We are Accepting submissions focused on documentaries, feature films and scripts based on true stories and the news- local, regional, state, national or international. We are accepting film productions, written word, music and photography submissions. We want to read/see your work. If you are a documentary filmmaker, true story writer or filmmaker, news anchor, reporter, DP, AD, copywriter, producer, writer, editor, assignment editor, photojournalist, musician, etc. you can submit your work.

All entries will be judged on content, creativity, imagery, story and skill of the storyteller. News Productions, Historic pieces, and "True Story" films from created between 2010 to July 2020 may be submitted. Works in progress will be accepted. Online screeners are accepted for submission and for consideration by the Selection Committee but not for exhibition. Photos should be submitted as Jpegs with submitter’s name in the file name.

All Accepted Films must be submitted on MPEG4 (emailed and on thumbdrive) for exhibition. We will also require either a DVD (NTSC Region 1) or Blu-Ray (Region 1) for Exhibition. 2 Copies will be required. Screeners/thumbdrives are not returned.
We will NOT accept online Films for exhibition screening.
PAL system is NOT accepted.

Each entry must be submitted separately.
All entries must be sent to The NewsFest prepaid and, for your own protection, should be insured. Videos, DVDs , Blue- Rays, MPEG4s, DCPs submitted will not be returned. If Submitting DCP, please note the theater charges the filmmaker a fee ($300+) and back-up screening Discs / Thumbdrive are STILL REQUIRED. Screening times are dependent upon receipt of the screeners (MPEG4 and DVD or Blue ray) and support materials (stills, poster art and trailer if available). Please note Support materials (postcards,posters promo items) are not returned.

Films and Screenplays SELECTED for The NewsFest will be announced no later than July 8, 2020 (exceptions may be made if deemed necessary by TNF).
Every Entry must include an Electronic Press Kit and Downloadable Trailer and trailer link.

All presentation materials (posters, post cards, goody bag promos) and screening discs, MPEG4s, DCPs for TNF must arrive at the MegaFest Offices no later than July 15, 2019. If screening files and screening discs are not received by this date the film will be pulled. NO EXCEPTIONS.

DCPS must be logged out, signed for and picked up after your screening.
WE DO NOT RETURN/SHIP screening materials or promo materials (posters, postcards, goody bag items).
We will NOT accept online screeners for exhibition purposes.
PAL Formatted discs will not be accepted.

Please notify us by email of any address changes. Failure to provide screening materials will result in disqualification and the film being pulled from screening.

Please note TNF will NOT return or ship materials back to the submitter once the festival has commenced (this includes DVDs, Blu-Rays , DCPs, posters, postcards or promo materials)

All entries should be mailed to:
The NewsFest
C/O Theresa Coscarelli-Weston
3540 W. Sahara Ave. #283
Las Vegas, NV 89102

Submitting filmmakers acknowledge they have the legal right to exhibit the film and the collateral/promo materials at The NewsFest.

The NewsFest and MegaFest are hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted and accepted film, video, or project for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that The NewsFest may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film or TNF Event via print, web and broadcast television. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless TNF, its producers, vendors, sponsors, MegaFest and supporters 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.
Written Word Submission Rules.

We are also currently accepting written word submissions: news related scripts/ copy as: features shorts, short shorts, scenes, poetry, and prose.

One copy of an original screenplay or other written uploaded as a PDF file will be accepted. (Do NOT include more than 1 version). We do not accept hardcopy scripts.

The screenplay should be in standard industry format (12 point Courier).
Only one copy, draft or version of any screenplay may be submitted by an entrant or entrants per submission.

Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of an entry screenplay be allowed under the original submission. Corrected or edited screenplays must be resubmitted as a NEW entry and will require a separate submission fee.

Multi-part scripts should be submitted as separate, stand-alone screenplays.
Features that are over 120 pages must be submitted as 2 different entries.
Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

Multi-part scripts should be submitted separately. Each part submitted as a separate, stand-alone screenplay.

Submissions must be the original work of the entrant(s) and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished, produced or un-produced.

Entries may, however, be adapted from the entrant’s (or entrants’) original work, which should be noted in the log line required on the application form.
Entries lacking a log line on the application form will be disqualified. Logline can be included on the cover letter or title page.

If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, the "based on true story/events" button should be noted in the logline.

Collaborative work by two writers who share equally in its creation is eligible.
The collaborator’s name must be added during the online application process.
All entries must be received by or before the Extended Deadline of 7.1.2019

Nominees/Winners will be announced at the Award Show and Dinner. We do not ship Awards.

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

Overall Rating
  • Harold L. Brown

    Very professional Laurel Adler and festival staff were awesome to deal with. They took care of every detail.

    October 2019
  • The NewsFest staff was amazing! Laurel Adler Co-Director of the festival was very communicative and was on top of her game during this festival! 5 Stars from me!

    August 2019
  • This is a wonderful festival! I was unable to attend, but the communication was fantastic and they were constantly updating Facebook with photos and news about the festival. Laurel is very kind, I highly recommended submitting your documentary to them!

    August 2019
  • Thea Haavet

    NewsFest is an excellent, important and well organized film festival! We had a very pleasant experience - with good communication and the information we needed right from the beginning. The organizers helped us practically and in all ways to make the most of the festival. We hope to see it expanding next year - and highly recommend submitting your news or documentary based on a true story.

    August 2019
  • Toby Yarbrough

    It was the first film festival that I put my film in and everyone was great and everything was organized. My film was runner up for the best documentary film and nominated for 4 other awards and they let me know what was going on. I would recommend this festival

    August 2019