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Be eligible for the 2020 You Film Fest Short List. Shortlisted films receive early recognition & laurels you can use for immediate promotion.

FILMS ABOUT YOU. FILMS FOR YOU. FILMS BY YOU.

Are you passionate about narrative film or scripted series? Yes? Yes! Then You Film Fest is for YOU.

Seeking amazing storytelling in these genres: Comedy, Drama, Dramedy, RomCom, SciFi/Fantasy, Thrillers, Experimental/Art, Travel, Memoir & especially Coming of Age. . .any age/your age!

You Film Fest Celebrates Youth
There will be a special segment celebrating youth actors & actresses in starring & supporting roles. Discover the stars of tomorrow.

You Film Fest Loves You in All Languages
Submit your International film, in a language other than English, with English subtitles.

You Film Fest Short List & videmic app
Trailers of shortlisted films will be uploaded to the You Film Fest channel on the videmic app, used by festival goers around the world, & then shared on Social Media. The Short List is continuously updated & can be found on our Website.

Our venue is the REACH at the world-renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Selected films will be screened in a new 144 stadium seat theater with acoustic crinkle walls. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow each screening block. Audio & video presentations by the Kennedy Center tech team...the best in our nation's capital.

Welcome to Washington, DC. We're not all about politics. At You Film Fest we're all about YOU.

Best Feature/Featurette
Best Short Film
Best Scripted Series
Best Experimental/Art

Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Youth Actor
Best Youth Actress

Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Music

Submitter must be 18 years or older to enter.
All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time of submission.
Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via the submission platform FilmFreeway.
By entering You Film Fest you are granting You Film Fest the right to use your trailers, posters, press kit materials, and stills⁠—as well as screen grabs and extracts from your film⁠—for promotional use.
By entering You Film Fest you are granting You Film Fest the right to screen your film.
Judging decisions are final.
Being named to the You Film Fest Short List does not guarantee your film will be screened at the festival.

Originality and Permissions
1. Films must be the original work of the applicant(s). If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or another work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.
2. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in the film, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. You Film Fest expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

INDEMNITY
BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, THE APPLICANT HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND YOU FILM FEST, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ANY LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.