Our Mission - To exhibit films that expose the truth behind real crime and aim to bring justice to victims.

We are the only film fest in the United States dedicated entirely to the genre of true crime!

True Crime Film Fest is dedicated to giving a platform to filmmakers inspired by shedding light on stories that deserve to be heard.

The festival will take place January 21, 2023.

Best Short

Best Feature

Best Director

Audience Choice

All films - both documentary and narrative - must feature, be based upon, dramatize, loosely interpret or focus on a character or characters related to a real crime or crimes.

For documentaries think along the lines of content you would see on Investigation Discovery or Oxygen. Narrative examples range from Goodfellas to Monster or The Amityville Horror to Spotlight, Erin Brockovich to Badlands, etc.

Narratives will be accepted in the following genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Noir & Spy, Romance, War & Western. Films MUST be based upon an actual true crime story.

Short Films must be 60 minutes or less. Features must be 60 minutes or longer.

All non English speaking films must be subtitled in English in order to be considered.

Films made on ANY budget are invited to submit. However, If we have to adjust the volume while screening your film, we will not accept it.

No rough cuts will be considered.

Entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway.

All material presented must be genuine and free of any distastefully malicious, intentionally unsavory or unqualified deviant subject manner. We understand the subject of true crime often means that viewer discretion is advised, but if your film unabashedly portrays the subject matter and its victims in a tasteless manner, it will not be considered.

Programming decisions are made by the festival team. If your film is accepted, you will be notified via email by the festival director. After acceptance, your exhibition format will need to be received two weeks prior to the festival. You will also be required to submit a 10-15 second trailer and an image from the film for use in promotional materials.

True Crime Film Fest does not pay rental fees for submitted work that is programmed.

Overall Rating
  • Christopher Brannan

    Delighted for "Finding Tyler" to be a part of the inaugural True Crime Film Fest! Outstanding communication throughout the process. Honored to play beside other quality films - and with special guests - at an excellent venue.

    January 2022
  • I can’t say enough good things about this festival. Quite an amazing place to hold an event. Great selection of films and Cameron and his team did an incredible job putting the event together.

    January 2022
  • It was a great honor for Park View to be selected by the True Crime Film Fest, and to receive the Audience Choice award, as Cameron and his team created a powerful event that was entertaining and illuminating, as it honored victims and survivors of violent crime! What a wonderful experience at the historic Strand Theater in beautiful Marietta, Georgia!

    January 2022