Do you get to the theater early to make sure you don’t miss any of the trailers? After watching a trailer, do you ever wonder if they just showed you the entire film? In the Trailer

Fest Film Festival, the Trailer IS the entire film. The Trailer Fest Film Festival highlights mock / fake trailers that have been written, conceived, and created as their own work of art- there is no full-length movie behind them.

The mission of the Trailer Fest Film Festival is to inspire creative film making by celebrating the artistry required to craft an effective movie trailer. The Trailer Fest Film Festival showcases mock / fake movie or television trailers that use superb storytelling and a 3-minute time limit to tell an effective story. Submissions may be humorous, scary, dramatic, ironic, iconic, artistic, or emotional as long as they are entertaining.

$100 for top selection in each genre, plus $150 for Best In Show.




To be eligible for consideration, all works must fully comply with the Rules and Regulations, including deadlines, film length, material, and other requirements as listed on this site.

Entries should be THREE MINUTES OR LESS (180 seconds).

Subject matter should consist of a fake/ fictional trailer / teaser for a movie, television show, stage work, or any other such production that does not currently exist. Redone, reworked, remixed, or mash-up trailers for real movies or television shows will not be accepted.

Filmmaker must obtain or own all rights for all materials in the submission, including music, images, artwork, videos, etc.

The Festival will accept any current or past work, and will not disqualify based on previous release.


Apply online at FilmFreeway.


All entries must include the following:

An official Entry Form.

The Entry Fees paid via FilmFreeway. If applying for the student rate, photocopy of a valid student ID is required.

A digital copy of your work.


The Festival will accept multiple entries. Each entered work should be submitted separately and include a separate entry form, entry fee, and copy of work.


If your work is selected for inclusion in the Trailer Fest film festival, you will be notified by November 3. It is not necessary to attend the event, but all filmmakers are invited and welcome to attend. While we cannot make travel or lodging accommodations, all filmmakers with accepted works will receive 2 free tickets to the event and access to a filmmaker’s reception prior to the event.

The Festival will select the top work in each of the CATEGORIES. Live Audience and Web Audience will select the Best In Show.

Works designated best in category will receive a $100 prize. Best In Show will receive a $150 prize.



Many submissions may transcend categories, so we ask that the Film Makers select the category they'd like to have their works considered in.


Feb 27, 2016 – Submissions open
September 1, 2016 – Official entry deadline for all submissions.
October 1, 2016 - EXTENDED DEADLINE - Submit your work now!
October 21, 2016 - Super Late Procrastinator Deadline - ok, we get it, you're running late.
November 12, 2016 7pm – Trailer Fest Film Festival, Indiana University Cinema, Bloomington, IN.


Entry fees for the festival are $20 per submission. Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, and are non-refundable. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify (without refund) any submission that does not adhere to the subject matter requirements.

Student Submissions: Entry fees for students is $10. Receipt of photocopy of valid Student ID with submission materials is required.

Extended Deadline submissions are $25 per submission, $15 for students.

Super Late Deadline submissions are $30 per submission, $20 for students.

Overall Rating
  • Antonino Valvo

    Great People, very kind and friendly! thanks again!

    February 2017
  • Francesco Siro

    Really nice festival! We enjoyed this atmosphere! :D

    January 2017
  • Nlyten Media

    Great opportunity to have our stuff place in another state! Thank you!

    November 2016
  • Anthony Miller

    was great to be part of this Festival and have my film accepted unfortunately i couldn't be there to see all other entries and Network because of the distance but to make it into the finals was a great boost for my team and i. thanks to Chris and the team from us in Australia at Mad Antz Films

    November 2016
  • Jason Zink

    This festival is a hidden gem; so much so that I'm hesitant to spread the word. This festival was one of the most organized, friendly and entertaining festivals that I've attended. We had a great time, met some amazing people and really felt valued as filmmakers. We'd suggest everybody get on this and become our competition for years to come. Great work, guys!

    November 2016