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 Documentary 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 Editor Award
Validate Yourself Film Festival Founder Choice Award.

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
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    Nancy wennan zhang

    Great team! Great festival! Thanks for having me to be part of validate Yourself Film Festival. All my best wishes!

    October 2017
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    J Nycole Ralph

    This was the inaugural year, and it really turned out to be a great event! I would def go again.

    September 2017
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    Nadhege Ptah

    The name of the festival alone tells you the experience which will fuel the artist during the event. It's a platform that will remind the artist why one needs to remain a filmmaker and not give up.

    September 2017
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    Shauntay Cherry

    My team and I had a wonderful experience screening with Validate Yourself Film Festival 2017! Firstly, the location had a bit of an art house feel to it, very inviting. The space was roomie and intimate at the same time. The festival team members were extremely hospitable from the moment we arrived. The audience members were definitely film enthusiast which made for a wonderfully supportive environment to screen in. I was grateful to win for Best Short Film Director and Best Short Film. The other filmmakers were very congratulatory as 'mutual support amongst artists' was the spirit behind the entire festival. Furthermore, the awards were top notch and the food at the ceremony was delicious. It's hard to believe that this was the first annual Validate Yourself Film Festival, but I'm looking forward to 2018! Best to the entire festival team.

    September 2017
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    China L Colston

    I was very happy to know that Validate Yourself film festival elected to share my feature film Dark Seed with their audiences. The Q&A session was well planned out and executed by Melody Fox. The award-winning filmmaker, founder/director Antoine Allen, host/producer Melody Fox and the entire VALIDATE YOURSELF film festival village were warm, inviting and truly made the indie filmmakers feel at home and valued at this festival. The hotel they chose was elegantly contemporary and made me and all attendees feel comfortable. The variety of films ran the scope of genres which keeps you engaged. Lastly, their award ceremony experience was top-notch and I'm truly honored to be a two-time recipient of VALIDATE YOURSELF film festival honors. I highly recommend you submit your film to this emerging and classy film festival.

    China L. Colston of DARK SEED

    September 2017