Welcome to UFVA on FilmFreeway, where we are accepting submissions for Screenings and Scripts for the 2020 Conference at Florida State University.

If you want to submit a Paper, a Panel proposal, New Media, or a Workshop, you must submit those through the normal UFVA website platform at www.ufva.org. You can submit up to two entries to the annual UFVA Conference, but only two.

You can submit one film or script and still present in one of the other categories.

Please note that a Submission Code is required of ALL entries for Screenings and/or Scripts. This code would have been provided on the Screenings or Scripts UFVA submission page with the FilmFreeway link.

UFVA is utilizing FilmFreeway for film, video, and scripts in order to expedite the judging process and better serve its members. All work will be vetted due to space and time constraints. NOT ALL WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Please see the Awards & Prizes and Rules & Terms sections below for more information.

You can submit to either of two CATEGORIES: Juried Competition or Out-of-competition. "Juried Competition" is a peer-reviewed competition of completed films/scripts to be screened/read at the conference. "Out-of-competition" is for Works-in-progress (WIP) or completed films/scripts that will be exhibited/read at the conference, but will not be in competition.
In either of these categories, you can request a respondent to your work.

The University Film and Video Association (UFVA) is an organization of professors, scholars, and film and video makers. The organization is based in the U.S.; it has members throughout the world. The UFVA is an international organization where media production and writing meet history, theory and criticism. The UFVA members are image-makers and artists, teachers and students, archivists and distributors, college departments, libraries, and manufacturers. UFVA holds an annual conference and publishes the Journal of Film and Video, a periodical featuring articles on film and video production, history, theory, criticism, and aesthetics. The UFVA is one of the principal U.S. academic organizations for studying media. See www.ufva.org for more info.

Awards for Screenings and Scripts are given to the top work submitted to the Juried Competition categories. NO AWARDS are given for work submitted to the Out-of-competition category.

Those who want a written evaluation of their work from a peer that is suitable for use in their tenure and promotion should submit their work in the "WITH Respondent" categories. When you submit to this category you will be assigned a formal respondent, and you will also be required to be a respondent on another member's work.

Those who wish to screen their work and forgo a formal response should submit to the "WITHOUT Respondent" category.

Awards given in the Screenings Juried Competition category are:
Best Animation
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Experimental
Best Fiction Film Feature
Best Fiction Film Short

Awards given in the Scripts Juried Competition category are:
Best Short Film/Half-hour Pilot
Best Feature/Hour Pilot

Honorable Mentions in both Screenings and Scripts categories are given when deemed appropriate by the judges. All prizes will be announced during the conference.

Submission FAQs and Answers

1. What are the benefits of submitting my film to the UFVA Conference?

Submitted films will be reviewed by academic filmmakers / industry professionals like yourself. The UFVA serves its membership by providing screening and feedback sessions to those who submit and attend the annual conference. Written evaluations of screened work can be incorporated into the submitter's tenure review file. Written evaluations, but no awards, are provided for work submitted to the NON–COMPETITIVE categories. Competitive awards are provided to the top work in the JURIED categories.

2. For what kinds of films is UFVA searching?

The UFVA accepts submissions from those who are active members of the association. Learn more about membership at: www.ufva.org

3. Are there particular film lengths that are most likely to be selected?

No. We consider all film submissions of any length.

4. Can I submit more than one film?

Yes. You can submit up to two entries to the annual UFVA Conference. If you submit two films, you cannot submit to any of the other presentations: New Media, Papers and Panels, Workshops, Scripts.

You can submit one film and still present in one of the other categories.

5. Do you accept submissions of films from outside of the U.S.A.?


6. In what format should I send the review copy of the film?

Submitters must submit their film via secure on-line screeners or Vimeo / YouTube links (with or without a password). See the FilmFreeway specifications for links.

7. If accepted, in what format should I send the film for the UFVA Conference?

Accepted submissions will be presented by the submitter at the annual UFVA Conference. We recommend you bring your film on a drive, BluRay or DVD, and have an online exhibition copy as a backup.

Overall Rating
  • James Curry

    Wonderful campus and plentiful screening rooms allowed for intimate and collaborative feedback in a congenial academic setting.

    September 2019
  • Joe Kraemer

    The best conference for university and college teachers of film, media arts, and cinema studies.

    August 2019
  • Roslin Smith

    Love UFVA attended many time

    August 2019
  • Azalia Muchransyah

    Although I could not attend the conference this year since I just delivered my baby a few months ago, I am glad that my films were selected to be in competition at UFVA. I hope I can attend next year and screen my films at this amazing conference.

    August 2019