Under The Stars International Film Festival is an international event. We accept local, national and international films. Film industry specialists watch films and videos and give notes and scores. Once a year we screen selected work at the live event in Bari.

In February we'll notify the movies that will be screened during our live event!

The winners, for each category, will be rewarded.

Our jury will select the winners of each main category:
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Feature Film
Best Student Short Film/Documentary

Our jury also will select the winners of each additional category!

SELECTION PROCESS

- NOT SELECTED: It means that your work hasn't been selected for the current edition of the festival.

- SEMI-FINALIST: This is the first step. If you are a Semi-Finalist you'll receive a Semi-Finalist Laurel and you'll compete to became a Finalist.

- FINALIST: You are a Finalist for one or more categories and you have been choosen among the Semi-Finalist. You'll receive the Finalist Laurel for your Category. Your project could be selected to be screened at our live event!
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- AWARD WINNER: The winner will be choosen among the Finalists. It means that your work wins one or more categories. Congrats! You're our winner. You'll receive the Winner laurel or trophy!!!

Winners of the year will receive a Golden Plaque/Trophy.

If you can't attend the live event we can send you the Golden Plaque/Trophy and only the postal fees are on your charge.

InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.

3 Winners of the Under the Stars International Film Festival will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.

Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.

Producers have made more than 393 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

Rules
1. Only work created after 2017 is acceptable.
2. No religious, political, porn films.
3. All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway. Please don't send discs (CDs, DVDs, BluRays) or any downloadable files to us directly, such as high-resolution posters or other digital media.
4. We do not accept "work in progress" versions. Make sure your work is finished.
5. By submitting to the festival you confirm that you own the rights to the work submitted.
6. Films in languages other than English or Italian will only be accepted with English subtitles.
7. You can add an "Additional Category" only after having choose a "Main Category" (like Best Short - Best Feature Film - Best Short Documentary - Best Student Short) first.
8. No short film longer than 45 minutes.
9. For feature film: All films over 45 minutes are welcome to submit.
10. No Premiere status is required.
11. Under The Stars International Film Festival DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES

Judging Process
All submissions will be viewed in their entirety. Submissions will be judged and scored based on criteria including: quality of screenplay, acting, production quality, originality, technical proficiency, cinematography, sound design, editing and set design. We support indie filmmaking and will award additional points to shorts produced on a micro budget and/or minimal crew.

Notification
The directors of submitted films that are accepted will be notified via e-mail.

Fee Waivers
We work hard to keep our submission fees as low as possible – consequently we cannot provide fee waivers.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality as communication during the whole festival. It was a great pleasure being part and being awarded as Best Female Director (ALS die Welle brach/As the Wave broke)!! Thank you!!!

    March 2022
  • E' stato veramente un piacere aver partecipato al Festival. Ottima comunicazione, anche sui social network e grande qualità nei prodotti proposti.

    February 2022
  • It was wonderful to have Nature Morte - Pandemic Dance No. 3 in your festival, and to reach a semi-finalist category - wonderful!

    February 2022
  • Nora Armani

    Great experience. Happy to have been part of it.

    January 2022
  • Chris Oledude

    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com:

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of Under The Stars International Film Festival. When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants! To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself.

    We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common too many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future.

    Peace and stay safe!

    January 2022