Our mission at Validate Yourself Film Festival is to create and provide a credible and accessible opportunity for aspiring and talented filmmakers. 

The Validate Yourself Film Festival offers a medium in which Independent Filmmakers may showcase their work nationally and internationally. The vision for the festival has been our passion to educate filmmakers on sense of self-worth & artistic ability without other's approval or validation.

The reason why we started this film festival was simply because as filmmakers, We did not like how some festivals treated us. Therefore we decided to be a part of the solution.

You have the opportunity to enter any festival, there are thousands out there, so when you choose us, we don't take that lightly. We will give your film all of our attention in the screening process. We look forward to seeing your work.

For more information about the festival director of
Validate Yourself Film Festival
please visit antoineallenfilms.com

Best Feature Film Award
Best Short Film Award
Best Web Series Award
Best Actor or Actress in a Feature Film Award
Best Actor or Actress in a Short Film Award
Best Screenwriter Award
Best Director Award
Best Cinematography Award
Best Edited Award
Validate Yourself Film Festival Founder Choice Award.
Actors Monologue Competition

The Validate Yourself Film Festival is looking for independent feature-length and short films from around the world from any genre.

We only accepts Online screeners.


- Submission fees
- All required fields through Online platform
- All films must include responses to the following: Synopsis (in English), 2 high resolution stills from the film, full cast and credits list, and an official film poster. Movie Trailer


1. All payments and fees for submissions must be paid through the Online submission process.
2. There are absolutely no refunds.
3. The Validate Yourself Film Festival does not wave submission fees to preserve the integrity of the competition and its participants’ artistic works.


- We accepts films of all genres
- Feature films must be 60 minutes and over in length.
- Short films must be 20 minutes or less in length.
- World and U.S. premieres are not required.
- All films in a language other than English MUST include subtitles in English for festival screening.
- Works-in-progress will not be considered.

We will watch your film. If there is an issue with your submission playing, we will notify you and give you every opportunity to get us a playable submission.
We post official selections on our website and notify official selections by email.
We will notify you if you are not accepted as well.
Once scheduled, you may not withdraw from the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Davon Gilliam

    GREAT FESTIVAL AND GREAT PEOPLE! Fingers crossed on attending next year.

    September 2019
  • Crystal Roman

    By far one of my favorite festivals to be apart of! The founder Antoine Allen was so welcoming and hands on. The projects were all well crafted and high in quality. Festival was on time and very professional.

    September 2019
  • It's really nice to know that festivals like this one exist. The organizers really go out of their way to make you feel supported and celebrated by your community and peers. There was even an award show with amazing food, perfect music and wonderful energy. I will definitely be submitting my next film to this festival.

    September 2019
  • Michael Alexis Palmer

    What an Amazing Film Festival! This is my second year attending the festival, and each year Antoine Allen and his team out does themselves. You can always expect a fine selection of independent, professional, thought provoking films. The 3 day event provides a screening, a talk back, and networking. On the final day, there is an Awards Ceremony with amazing catering. This year, the event was held at the newly opened Stuart Cinema and Cafe in Greenpoint Brooklyn. I would highly recommend attending and even submitting your works to this Film Festival and Magnificent Venue. Im already looking forward to next year.

    September 2018
  • I had a blast at the Validate Yourself Film festival, it was a compact intimate enviornment with great food, great films and great people. Filmmakers were treated with respect and prestige. Well worth the price of admission!

    September 2018