IMDb Qualifying Film Festival between Los Angeles and Barcelona.

Big stars and companies like Susan Saradon, Robin Williams, Ron Perlman, Epic Games, Danny Trejo, Michael K. Williams, John Turturro, Malcolm McDowell, Vinnie Jones, Jesse C. Boyd, Eileen Grubba, or Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell have been awarded at War of Films, as well as the most talented independent filmmakers. This positions War of films in one of the most important festivals in the world.
+3,500 filmmakers from 85 different countries have already trusted War of Films.

We are filmmakers like you. We know perfectly what it costs to finish a project and the difficulties that the independent filmmaker has. For many years we also did round of festivals, we spent a lot of money but we saw that very few festivals helped us to take the next step. No festival connected us with film producers. No festival presented us with distributors.

WHAT WE OFFER?

-We CONNECT FILMMAKERS WITH THE FILM INDUSTRY.

-We collaborate with ten of the best film sales companies in the world. They work regularly with Netflix, HBO, Amazon video, and more than 14,000 buyers.

-Help with distribution. If your film is not selected and you have questions about distribution, we will always help you.

-Through our distribution network, your film can reach the most important Film Markets in the world:

-EFM Berlin
-Cannes
-MIPTV
-Toronto
-Hong Kong
-NAPTE
-MIPCOM
-Ventana Sur Argentina.

WE ACCEPT PROJECTS WITHOUT A PRODUCTION YEAR LIMIT, OR A TERRITORIAL PREMIERE LIMIT.

Note: You do not have to be a winner to enter the distribution catalog. The distribution will depend on the needs of the market and the commercial agents. Therefore, your film may not win any awards, but it will be distributed.

You can do all the international festivals you want. Once selected, you decide when to start the distribution !!!

DO YOU WANT TO EARN SOME EXTRA MONEY?
If you have a friend who has a company and wants to promote it internationally, we offer you the option of Festival Sponsor. We will give you a % for each sponsor you get. Get informed in our official email.

FREQUENT QUESTIONS:

WHY SO MANY CATEGORIES? WHICH DO YOU RECOMMEND?

We always recommend the "All categories" option. It is without a doubt the best option. This category has an applied discount of 70% on the real cost. You compete in the main category of your project, plus all the individual categories such as (best director, best producer...), plus best trailer, best poster and we show your trailer in all the distributor rounds that we do during the year. And we also make a promotional post on our instagram.

But it all depends on your budget and your festival strategy, that is why we also have the option of registering you in the categories individually, so that each filmmaker can adapt to their needs.

THERE ARE MANY MONTHS LEFT FOR THE FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE. WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE OR SUBMIT NOW?

The two options are valid since all the projects registered in the festival have the same options. We do not select any films until we receive all submissions. But we recommend registering as soon as possible. Because we do the work of presenting the most interesting projects throughout the year. The market is very changeable and we don't wait until the end of the year to start distribution.

YEAR OF PRODUCTION. Major festivals ask for a world premiere so that they have exclusivity on your project. We are totally against this. Projects cost a lot of effort and money, a festival cannot have that much power over YOUR project. That is why we do not limit registrations to territorial premiere or year of production. All projects deserve second and third chances. A great example is a movie from 2016, discarded by all festivals and distributors, and in 2021 we got him a seven-year contract with an international distributor and an 18-month contract with HBO Europe.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN Short film Competition and Film Market + Short film?
-Short film competition is to compete to be the best short film of the festival and be screened in our annual event.

-Film Market + Short film: same as Short film competition but we try to find distribution for your project. We differentiate these two categories because some projects already have distribution but are interested in competing for the festival award as best short film.

CAN WE SEND YOUR PROJECT TO DISTRIBUTORS WITHOUT NOTICE?
No! We can send distributors, trailers or promotional material, but in no case will we send your movie or script without prior notice.

AM I OBLIGED TO ACCEPT AN OFFER FROM THE DISTRIBUTOR?
Absolutely NO. The project is always yours, all we do is contact distributors to help you find a commercial contract for your project. The offers we receive are sent to you and it is you who decide what to do with those offers. If you don't like the offer, we look for other options.

WHAT DOES WAR OF FILMS EARN FROM DISTRIBUTION CONTRACTS?
Any. It is a totally free service that we give as a festival. We believe that festivals have to try to help filmmakers more in taking the next step (screening is no longer enough). Festivals have contacts and should use them to help filmmakers.

-Best Feature Film
-Best Short Film
-Best Documentary
-Best Serie/Web/Pilot Tv
-Best Music Video

-Best Short Script
-Best Feature Script
-Best First time Screenwriter
-Best Screenwriter.

-Best Female Director
-Best First Time Female Director
-Best Director
-Best First Time Filmmaker
-Best Producer
-Best Actor
-Best Actress
-Best Original Screenplay
-Best Cinematography
-Best Color Grading
-Best Edit
-Best Sound Design
-Best Soundtrack
-Best Visual effects
-Best Trailer
-Best Poster

-Best Indie Feature Film/Documentary (low Budget). Less than 50.000
-Best Indie Short Film (Low Budget). Less than 5.000
-Best Animated Film
-Best Experimental Film
-Best Drama
-Best Comedy
-Best Horror/Thriller
-Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
-Best LGBTQ

We can award Honorable Mentions in categories that we consider.

All genres, all style and all thematics.
Production Year: No limit.
Feature more than 60 minutes.
Short film: maximum 60 minutes.
Series/Pilot Tv/Web Media: Unlimited
Documentary: Unlimited.
Music Videos: Unlimited
Screenplay: Shorts up to 30pag. / Feature up to 180 pag.

1. We accept films and scripts in: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.
We accept all other languages if they are subtitled in English, Spanish, French, German or Italian.

2. No fee waiver. All entry fees are non-refundable.

3. War of films can use samples of your work in a promotional way for the festival (maximum 1 minute).

4. Usage Rights

The participant declares and guarantees that he/she is the holder of all usage rights necessary for the use of the film in the context of this agreement and that he/she is in a position to effectively grant War of Films these rights. The participant guarantees that by using the film in the context of this agreement, no rights of third parties, including persons depicted in the film, are infringed. The festival is not responsible for any legal action that may occur for infringing these rights.

By signing up for VIP or Trailer+youtube. You give us permission to put your trailer on our youtube channel.

5. The festival does not pay a screening fee. At the live festival we screen the winner of Best Short Film and Best Feature Film.

6. Organizers reserve rights change, cancel or re-schedule the dates, venue, awards & categories without consent.

7. The festival reserves the right to include new categories such as: Best thriller, best sci-fi, best lgtb, best fantasy etc if it considers it appropriate. As well as eliminating categories if not the minimum number of participants is reached.

8. Our goal is to promote your work. By registering, you agree that we can send press releases about your project to distributors and festivals to promote your work.

9. If you do not send the requested material for viewing in cinema. Sorry, your project will be disqualified. We do all the projections in cinema and if you do not send us the requested material we cannot do the projections in a professional way.

10. If you have registered in the VIP or Best trailer + Youtube category. You consent to us putting your trailer on the festival channel.

IMPORTANT
Registration implies acceptance of these rules.

Overall Rating
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  • Piero Cannata

    Wonderful festival with an excellent selection of short films. I'm really honored for the award received. Thank you so much for everything and see you soon!

    November 2022
  • Sergio Lugo

    Great festival!! They give a lot of exposure to filmmakers, which is very much appreciated. I'll definitely submit my next project to War of Films. Thank you so much!

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Sergio, we have loved the use of resources in "My Cuban Cousin". You tell a great story using very few elements and knowing how to perfectly combine the use of images with the voiceover.

  • Outstanding festival! Responsive staff who understand the business inside and out.

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Tony D. Head, it is a great compliment coming from a great producer like you. The Case has everything you can look for in a project. In just half an hour you tell a lot of things. The viewer is trapped from minute 1.

  • Javi García

    Proud to be part of this film festival and honored for the winner as best music video 2022. The crew from the festival is super attentive and they have a very nice feedback in several aspects. Thank you all.

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Muchas gracias Javier. Funkcut - Mountains nos encantó. Many times in the video clips you see how the music goes on one side and the images on the other and they don't finish working. In this case you put it all together in an excellent way. Everything works from start to finish. The audience applauded your music video a lot. Congratulations!!

  • David Ellison

    War of Films was a very cool festival - very attentive and kept us up to date. Very enjoyable festival and of course winning three awards for our short 'Familiar' was overwhelming!
    Massively recommended!!

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks David. "Familiar" is a great short film, congratulations on the awards for best photography, color grading and Best Horror. You know how to create an atmosphere with a lot of tension, without using dialogues, focusing on the visual section. We love this and it is very difficult to do. Congratulations!!