Purpose of "Your Story Matters" Film Festival:
The Your Story Matters Film Festival was founded in 2020 to give independent filmmakers a platform to unapologetically tell their stories in a safe environment. Many times films are overlooked in the overhaul of submissions, and filmmakers trying to get into festivals and fit into genre and theme boxes that some films just don't fit into. The Your Story Matters Film Festival will bring independent filmmakers from all over the world together into one space of fair judgment, awards, and opportunity. The bottom line we want all independent filmmakers to know is YOUR STORY MATTERS!
As we are filmmakers ourselves, we know the heart and passion that goes into an independent project, and the work it takes for film festival submission and subsequent acceptance leading to awards. With that understood we built a formula that allowed smaller pool selections, and gradual progression leading to the final award determination. Giving more filmmakers a voice, chance, and space to be screened. Our judges have been selected for their work in the industry, arts, and passion for film. Heart and determination is important to us here at the Your Story Matters Film Festival.
Modelled after the post-COVID-19 online screening foundation, Your Story Matters Film Festival will hold quarterly online screenings, and a yearly screening and awards ceremony for the best of the festival.
Best Feature film
Best Short Film
Best Micro Short Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Web Series Pilot
Best International (non US) Film
Best Leading Actor
Best Leading Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Costume Design
No cut off date for when submission was created
Filmmakers can submit as many films, and to as many sub categories as they want
All genres accepted
For student fees, it is mandatory the student status evidence (e.g copy of student card included in the project).
The films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).
By submitting your film, you agree that:
1. Your Story Matters Film Festival can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purposes.
2. Entry fees are non-refundable.
3. You own all the rights to the film.
4. You can withdraw your submission only during the 5 days after.
5. You cannot withdraw your submission after the official selection announcement of each round.
6. Filmmakers will be responsible for promoting screenings and inviting an audience for their film in addition to the promotional work the Your Story Matters Film Festival will be doing.
We only accept entries via the FilmFreeway online screener or a private Vimeo link that you can send after submitting. Please check the individual categories for specifics. Whilst there are no premiere requirements, films must not be available online. If found to be available online your film will no longer be eligible and your submission fee will not be returned.
For Quarterly Screenings we will allow all filmmakers to attend for free, for the yearly and awards we will provide all filmmakers and one guest free admittance to the online event.