Universal Film Festival is an Annual International Independent Film Festival held in Kansas City Missouri USA. We at Universal Film Festival celebrate, validate and support the talents of the next generation of independent filmmakers around the world.

Award in following categories:

01) Best Actor
02) Best Actress
03) Best Cinematography
04) Best Comedy
05) Best Director
06) Best Drama
07) Best Documentary
08) Best Film
09) Best Foreign Film
10) Best Horror
11) Best Producer
12) Best Short Film

Rules and Recommendations:

Rules:

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. (2015 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.

Recommendations:
1) Submit trailer along with virtual presskit via FilmFreeway upon initial submission
2) Student discount waiver offered. Student ID must be presented. (contact info@unversalfilmfestival.com for more information)

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  • Paul Check

    The Universal Film Festival has a tremendous amount of heart, and is a great place for filmmakers to find an audience who appreciates their hard work.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Paul, thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to have you at our 2019 Universal Film Festival and hope to see you again in the future! Good luck on your next film!

  • Nicole Amelio-Casper

    This festival was absolutely the greatest! As a filmmaker, I was very impressed with the professionalism of the coordinators and producers of this fest - I highly recommend! The only suggestion I would have is to have a few minutes for a Q and A after films! :)Not sure if other films had a Q and A! Thank you so much !!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kind words! We have provided Q and A for filmmakers in the previous years. Unfortunately we had to waive Q and A for 2019 because we had so many incredible films and wanted to screen as many as we can! For Universal Film Festival 2020 we have under consideration on doing a Q and A for our filmmakers! Thank you so much! Good luck on your next project and we hope to see you again next year at Universal Film Festival.

  • Efemia Fard

    UNIVERSAL FILM FESTIVAL is perfect! It is a great platform for sharing experience and innovation in the movie world! There is a wonderful organization and professionalism in conducting the festival!!!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your kind comments! It was a pleasure! We hope to see you again at Universal Film Festival! Good luck on your next film!

  • Fantastic experience and organization. Thank you

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! Hope to see you next year at Universal Film Festival!

  • Nicole Ferre

    Least said "AMAZING... AWESOME... one of the BEST"

    Right from the beginning and all the way to the end, each and every member of UFF just amazes you with their love and passion. We've been to dozens of festivals but this is the one, we'd love to come back to.
    The team at UFF takes care of you at every step and makes you feel as if you were either at the Cannes or maybe at the Oscars.

    Ben and Regina are totally down to earth and absolutely fabulous, despite of their continued success over the years - they strive to be even better. Such great energy, which is rare and so encouraging.
    At the end of the day you feel every penny was so worth it, as you walk away not only with the awards but so much encouragement and inspiration.

    Love you guys at Universal Film Festival... you are the best!

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kind words. The pleasure was ours! We hope to see you again next year at Universal Film Festival!