The Universal Film Festival was founded in 2007 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, and has evolved into an internationally touring hybrid festival which includes both a live and a virtual interactive festival hosted by our festival partner Filmocracy.
Each year Universal Film Festival will take place in a different city and country and include both live and virtual interactive festival options and events, in addition to a “Global Village Showcase” experience unique to each host city and country.
Universal Film Festival is in the top 100 Film Festivals with over 300,000 followers and 5,000 publications distributed globally throughout social media, print, and more.
Universal Film Festival’s mission is to increase the audience and prominence of independent filmmakers and provide excellent career-changing opportunities to network and promote their films via our live and virtual festival events, through our social media and festival partners, and within our year-round streaming platform.
Universal Film Festival’s goal is to provide a credible and accessible venue for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to experience and interact with talented independent filmmakers and unique art and cultures from around the world.

Ben Bahmani
Founder & CEO

Award in following categories:

01 - Best Action
02 - Best Actress
03 - Best Actor
04 - Best Animated Film
05 - Best Cinematographer
06 - Best Comedy
07 - Best Director
08 - Best Documentary
09 - Best Drama
10 - Best Film
11 - Best Horror
12 - Best Producer
13 - Best Short Film
14 - Best Film of Host Country (Germany 2021)

Rules and Recommendations:


1) Submissions in languages other than English must have English subtitles.
2) Submissions will only be accepted via FilmFreeway. The submitter must have proper rights to submit the film.
3) Production of the film must be within 5 years of festival date. (2018 or later)
4) Exhibition format must be delivered on DCP. This MUST be by the date stipulated in invitation. NO exceptions.
5) Any promotional materials (i.e. DVD, Posters, Etc.) mailed to Universal Film Festival will remain property of Universal Film Festival
6) Films are allowed to have screened prior to submission to the Universal Film Festival, but must not be under current distribution.
7) Films cannot have been released prior to submission to the Universal Film Festival and/or been broadcast on television.
8) A MAXIMUM of TWO (2) entries are allowed during the Free Entry Period.
9) If a submitter abuses the Free Entry period by submitting more than 2 films, all films by that submitter for FREE ENTRY will be denied/rejected for the season, UNLESS submitted with the normal ENTRY FEE.

1) Submit trailer along with virtual Presse it via FilmFreeway upon initial submission
2) Student discount waiver offered. Student ID must be presented. (contact for more information)

Overall Rating
  • Great experience thank you for hosting our film!

    June 2022
  • Great Festival! My film "Laura's Hereafter" received status Semi-Finalist: It's a real honor for me! Thank you very much. I wish you a great success for your event.

    February 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! It is a wonderful film and deserved the semi-finalist! We hope you will share your next project with us as well!

  • Elisabetta Minen

    I couldn't attend this festival, but It's been great in any field (quality, value and communication). It was a pleasure has been selected. I raccomand it.

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    We understand, our pleasure! Thank you so much for your recommendation!
    We worked hard and appreciate that you found our festival worthwhile and a success! We hope we will see your future work!

  • A convincing festival! I highly recommend it. Always my pleasure!

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Wonderful! Our pleasure! Thank you for your kind words and recommendations! We strive to bring a quality festival to match your wonderful work!

  • This is one of the best film festivals I joined so far. Thanks a lot for the exceptional communication and organization. I was honored when I knew that my movie "Glitches" was nominated for best achievement in Best Horror category.

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    We were honored to have you! Thank you so much for your kind words, we are so pleased you found our festival rewarding and worthwhile! We are striving to bring our filmmakers the best each year! Looking forward to seeing your next project!