2023 UFF Award Winners

Best Action: GRAVES, Directed by: Wilfred La Salle

Best Animation: ANV, Directed by: Jorge Baldeon

Best Cinematography: TSIS- The Cursed Love, Directed by: Georgios Evangellopoulos

Best Comedy: The Triabeque, Directed by: Darío Autrán

Best Documentary: The Suitcase of the Persian-Najavo Activist, Directed
by: Amir Payam

Best Drama: Layer of Lies, Directed by: Ramin Sohrab

Best Horror: Possessed, Directed by: Shiraz Henry

Best Sci-Fi: Dangerous Sun, Directed by: Anna Lvovna Makeeva

Best Short Film: Cassandra, Directed by: Alexander Manolides

Best Producer: Confessions of Franny Langton, Directed by: Andrea Harkin

Best Director: Fuori Dal Finestrino (Outside the Window), Directed by: Maurizio Matteo Merli

Best Actor: The Road We Take, Directed by: Max Jordan

Best Actress: A Winner, Directed By: Mehdi Mahaei

Best Overall Film: Christmas Eve, Directed by: Joshua Otis Miller

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Award in the 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 Sci-Fi

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 the festival date. (2018 or later)
4) Exhibition format must be delivered on DCP. This MUST be by the date stipulated in the 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 be 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 info@unversalfilmfestival.com for more information)

Overall Rating
  • Bulan Bhattacharjee


    November 2023
  • A very genuine and reputed film festival

    October 2023
  • Great festival. We participate with feature film TISIS. The nominees and winners live was amazing... :) So exciting!!! Congrats and thank you :)

    October 2023
  • We are honored and so happy to see our film "The Oath of Cyriac" nominee for Universal Film Festival. I would like to thank the whole festival team for the extraordinary work they do to highlight less mainstream films.

    December 2022
  • We feel absolutely honored to become nominated by the Universal Film Festival for the first part of our „Witches of Everland“ - short film-trilogy 🤗 Thank you!!

    December 2022