Attention: Due to COVID -19 NY State Protocols of No Movie Theaters Open or any other Non-Essential Businesses or gatherings, the 2020 UASIAFF will have an Online Contingency Screening plan. Please Read All Rules below and on the link to our site in the Rules and Terms section of this page before Submitting to the 2020 Call 4 Entries!

The Urban Action Showcase and Expo presents the Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival featuring the WarnerMedia Action Short Film Competition. The UASIAFF is the only All Action Film Showcase, Film Festival, Action Script Competition, and Action Expo celebrating and honoring the Multicultural achievements in the blockbuster Action genre!

The purpose of the UASIAFF is to Recognize, Promote, Facilitate, and Encourage the participation of Actors, Filmmakers and Content Creators in the Action Film Genre. Understanding the importance of Diversity, the UASIAFF endeavors to recognize Diversity among Content Creators by honoring excellence in various aspects of Action film making, Acting, and Artistry.

We promote these Artists through various media outlets, facilitate distribution opportunities, and encourage new interest through the building of strong networking communities, panels, workshops, and key sponsorship participation.
The UASIAFF inevitably inspires interest in the art of Action Film making, Acting, and Artistry through information, education, facilitation, and exposure.
The UASIAFF offers both mainstream and No Budget contests which allows all content budgets the opportunity to be celebrated and honored!

The Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival offers Awards and Prizes valued at over $100,000, including Distribution with platforms such as Amazon Prime, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, 100 Smart TV's, IOS, Web as well as, *Netflix, Android TV, VOD and more!

Contest Eligibility Rules: http://www.urbanactionshowcase.com/call4entries.html

1. Content must have been directed by and or written by and or star persons of color (Asian, Black, Latino, Women, Others)
2. Filmmaker/Content Creator must be 18 years of age or older.
3. Content must meet the specific contest requirements for the category or contest that it is submitted to.
4. ​All content submissions must be Full HD 1920 x 1080 or Higher
5. Content must be in English or have English Subtitles.
6. The Urban Action Showcase Competitions are open internationally worldwide!
7. The film must have been completed no earlier than January 2015.
8. There are No premier restrictions for the 2020 Competitions accept for the WarnerMedia Action Short Film Competition.
9. The Blood Sweat n Bones Feature Film Contest budget must be under $5000.00
10. The Blood Sweat n Bones Short Film Contest budget must be under $2000.00
11. All Late Submissions must be received by August 15 2020

Theatrical Official Selections
Note: The UASIAFF will be screening DCP for all (Theatrical) Official Selections. Instructions on file delivery will be given upon Official Selection status notifications.

1. Theatrical Official Selections must submit a 30 sec Trailer and 10 sec Action Clip immediately upon notification.

2. Theatrical Official Selection Screening Deliverables are due September 1st 2020. (*You will be in danger of losing your screening spot if they are not received)

3. Eligible original Winning Content and select Official Selections (Finalist and Semi Finalist in both Theatrical and Online Contests) are eligible for Distribution on Amazon and other platforms.

4. Closed Caption Files are mandatory for distribution platforms.

5. WarnerMedia Action Short Film Competition Contest Winners: International Submissions must be able to accept an U.S Corporate Check or Wiring fees will be deducted from the winning amount. All WarnerMedia Official Selections will screen Theatrically if access is Available to Movie Theaters.

6. All ​Theatrical Official Selections will screen online for 7 days starting November 8th - November 14th.

7. All Official Selections are eligible for Awards. Note: If there is No Live Awards ceremony, all Winners will have to pay shipping and handling for the mailing of their trophy. There will be a broadcast announcement of the winners available on November 6th via the Live Awards (subject to access to the theater) or by social media platforms and our website under the UASIAFF tab.

8. All Winners will have to pay shipping and handling for the mailing of their trophy if absent or if there is No Theatrical Awards Ceremony.

9. See Official Rules Here: http://www.urbanactionshowcase.com/call4entries.html

Online Festival Official Selection Screenings

​1. Online Official Selections will be available on our site in the Urban Action Showcase Cinema Section on our website.

2. Online Official Selections Screenings will be available on Smart TV's, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV Devices

3. Online Official Selections Screenings will be accessible beginning November 7th for Eight Days until November 14th if there is No Access to the Movie Theater!

4. If Access to the Movie Theater has been restored then the *Online Official Selections Screenings will begin November 8th for Seven Days until November 14th.

5. Online Official Selections are specific to the Online Festival Screenings. Your film must qualify for the (Theatrical Official Selection) in order to be screened at the Movie Theater. Acceptance as an Online Official Selection does not necessarily qualify your content to be screened Theatrically.

6. You will be notified of your content's Official Selection status weather it be Online Only or both Theatrically and Online.

7. All Official Selections are eligible for Awards. Note: If there is No Theatrical Live Awards ceremony, there will be a broadcast announcement of the winners available on November 6th via social media platforms and our website under the UASIAFF tab.

8. All UASIAFF Winners will have to pay shipping and handling for the mailing of their trophy if absent or if there is No Theatrical Awards Ceremony.

9. See Official Rules Here: http://www.urbanactionshowcase.com/call4entries.html

Feature Film: Includes Feature Narrative & Blood Sweat n Bones No Budget Contests.
Features must be a minimum of 60 minutes and a maximum of 120 minutes.

Short Film: Includes Short Film Showdown & Blood Sweat n Bones No Budget Contests. Short's must be a minimum of 4 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes.

TV Pilot: Television Pilot Awards
TV Pilots must be a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum 45 minutes.

New Media: New Media content must be 30 to 60 min long.

Webisode/Web Series: Web Series Awards
Webisodes must be a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes.

Fan Films: Fan Films must be under 60 minutes.

Fight & Action Scenes: 2 Minute Warning Contest
Action Scenes, Trailers, and Reels have a 3-minute maximum time limit but no minimum.

Note Submission Fees Cover both Online and Theatrical juries.

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  • sebastian foxworth

    This is by far one of the best film festivals I've been in. Everything was top notch and handled very professionally. All this and it was virtual held this year due to the pandemic. I will be back and can't wait to see it when it returns to is glorious NYC home near Times Square.

    November 2020
  • Johnny Wu

    Can’t say enough. While this year was all virtual the host and staff are sooo good to work with. Thank you. I will be back :) hope to participate next year in person.

    November 2020
  • Donna Davis

    We had an awesome experience with this film festival. The organizers were professional, helpful and informative during all the changes necessary due to Covid. I will be entering future projects here.

    November 2020
  • Really glad that we decided to submit to this festival. Even more excited that we were chosen to be apart of it. If the virtual experience was this awesome, I can only imagine how it would be in person. Even if we don't have another project to submit, we look forward to attending future UASIAFF events.

    November 2020
  • Robert Husted

    This festival is an absolute BLAST!!! Anyone even considering entering shouldn't hesitate for a second - it's truly one of the most unique and fun fests we've ever been lucky enough to be a part of. The festival lineup itself was amazing, as was everyone involved with the fest (Demetrius, Vanessa, Sophia, everyone!), but what really sets this fest apart are all the awesome things they get right that so many others get wrong: the Q&As were simply incredible (we were on the same Q&A with, no joke, FRED WILLIAMSON), with wonderful hosts conducting everything at a totally professional level, and their actual website/organization of all the goings-on was second-to-none. It really felt like we were at the action movie version of the Cannes Film Fest or Sundance - that's how awesome these folks are. We truly felt like they loved our movie, and that we were in amazing hands and reaching an awesome audience (and, full disclosure, we were lucky enough to win Best VFX for our short, but we'd be waxing ecstatic about the fest regardless even if we hadn't, because we had such a good time!). Run, don't walk, if you're even thinking about applying to this fest - you won't be sorry!!

    November 2020