The Seventeenth Annual Action On Film International Film Festival and Writer's Event/ MegaFest is truly the festival of the independent filmmaker and writer. The 2021 event will run LIVE 7.26.2021 to 8.1.2021. 2020/2021 Award winners will be honored at the live award show that is dedicated to them. Seminars, after-parties, events, screenings, and the film market will all be live.
MegaFest is accepting submissions for feature Narrative and Documentary, short Narrative and Documentary, New Media, Music, Lyrics, Poetry, Prose, Unboxing Videos, Spoken Word, Photography and Poster Art. Shorts will play before a feature or in a shorts program unless other accommodations have been made. All genres are welcome. The festival programming staff will place your film in the appropriate category. We bridge the gap between the industry and the indie filmmaker with guests like Debra Kara Unger, Nick Mancuso, Harry Lennix, Eric Bana, Mark Ruffalo, John Savage, and many others in attendance every season. We also feature top distributors and buyers from companies like Siguste Entertainment, Multivisionnaire Distribution, Showcase Entertainment, Gorilla Pictures, Storyoptic Films, Relativity Media, The China Film Group, and more.
With a Sixteen year history of recognizing filmmakers at every level in some of the most gorgeous cinemas in the world, we create screenings and opportunities that no other festival offers.
Action On Film means; 'The Action a director takes to make his or her vision come true and then the "re-action" to that effort by the audiences who watch it. Sure, we love action films but we get just as inspired by Comedy, Drama, Animation, Documentary and Experimental Projects.
Filmmakers like Karlos Alastruey, Tracey Birdsall, Stan Harrington, Anabelle Munro, and many others credit us with getting their starts. We have featured the work of hundreds of filmmakers and producers via our television programs; The AOF Channel from NBC and the currently running Del Weston's Action On Film which airs on Time Warner Cable, Champion Broadband, Peg Media and of course online.
Our 11-day event caps off with a sold-out Writers' Award Show and Dinner and 4 star-studded Black Tie Dinners and Award Shows which have been selling out for fourteen years straight. Got a great project? Come be a part of the show!
Please note: due to the high level of abuse and bad behavior by waived submitters in the past years, our festival will no longer offer fee waivers. Please do not ask.
With great sponsors like Ghost Hack, Boris FX, Soundly, Write Brothers, Sony, Avid, The Stella Adler Academy Theater Los Angeles, Quickfilm Budget, Pond 5, MovieMagic, and many others, the AOFMegaFest gave out over $250,000 in cash and prizes in 2019 alone.
In addition, sponsors like Hollywood Rentals and others give out full equipment package rentals for up to two weeks to make a filmmaker's film production dreams come true.
We also feature many of our filmmakers on the Del Weston's Action On Film weekly television program which airs in the Los Angeles Market and across the country. This exposure alone is worth thousands of dollars in promotion and advertising for your projects.
MegaFest is accepting submissions for feature Narrative and Documentary, short Narrative and Documentary, New Media, Music, Lyrics, Poetry, Prose, Unboxing Videos, Spoken Word, Photography and Poster Art, and films done solely on IPhone/Ipads (or comparable). Shorts will play prior to a feature or in a shorts program unless other accommodations have been made. All genres are welcome. The festival programming staff will place your film in the appropriate category.
All entries will be judged on content, creativity, imagery, story, and skill of the filmmaker. Productions produced from 2011 to July 2021 may be submitted. Works in progress will be accepted. Only online screeners are accepted for submission and for consideration by the Selection Committee. Accepted films must be exhibited on an MPEG4 film file. Screeners must be free of ghost images/logos or other images. We do not screen from FilmFreeway uploads.
PAL SYSTEM IS NOT ACCEPTED.
All Accepted Films must be submitted on MPEG4 for Exhibition.
Screeners are not returned.
We will NOT accept online Films for exhibition screening.
PAL system is NOT accepted.
Each entry must be submitted separately.
All entries must be sent to the Action on Film Festival prepaid and, for your own protection, should be insured. MPEG4s and DCPs submitted will not be returned. If Submitting DCP, please note the theater charges the filmmaker a fee and a back-up MPEG4 is STILL REQUIRED. Screening times are dependent upon receipt of the screeners (MPEG4 or DCP) and support materials (stills, poster art and trailer if available). Please note Support materials (postcards, posters promo items) are not returned.
Films and Screenplays SELECTED for the Action on Film Festival will be announced no later than July 10, 2021 (exceptions may be made if deemed necessary by THE AOF).
Every Entry must include an Electronic Press Kit and Downloadable Trailer and trailer link. Screeners must be free of ghost images/logos or other images.
All presentation materials (posters, postcards, goody bag promos) and screening discs, MPEG4s, DCPs for the Action on Film Festival must arrive at the AOF Offices no later than July 12, 2021. If screening files and screening discs are not received by this date the film will be pulled and disqualified. NO EXCEPTIONS. It is the submitter's responsibility to ensure the AOF MegaFest has the REQUIRED screening materials.
ALL ACCEPTED SUBMISSIONS MUST provide MPEG4 film File (due 7.10.2021).
If sending DCP, Please Note that the Theater charges the filmmaker an Ingestion Fee. If sending a DCP we will still require an MPEG4 Film file.
DCPS must be logged out, signed for, and picked up after your screening. WE DO NOT RETURN/SHIP screening materials or promo materials (posters, postcards, goody bag items).
PAL Formatted discs will not be accepted.
We will NOT accept online screeners for exhibition purposes.
Screeners must be free of ghost images/logos or other images.
Please notify us by email of any address changes.
Failure to provide screening materials will result in disqualification and the film being pulled from screening.
Please note The AOF will NOT return or ship materials back to the submitter once the festival has commenced (this includes thumbdrives, DCPs, posters, postcards or promo materials)
All entries should be mailed to:
Action on Film Fest C/O EFC
3540 W. Sahara Ave. #283
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Make all checks and money orders payable to: EFC
All accepted filmmakers, who have submitted/mailed in all necessary materials and Screeners, will be placed on the AOF Website before the event. Submitting filmmakers acknowledge they have the legal right to exhibit the film and the collateral/promo materials at the AOF MegaFest.
Action On Film MegaFest is hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted and accepted film, video, or project for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that the AOF may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film, or the AOF Event via print, web, and broadcast television. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Action On Film International Film Festival, its vendors, sponsors, and supporters from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
Written Word Submission Rules
We are currently accepting written word submissions for features, shorts, short shorts, scenes, poetry, and prose.
All genres are welcome.
One copy of an original feature film screenplay uploaded as a PDF file will be accepted. (Do NOT include more than 1 version). We do not accept hardcopy scripts.
The screenplay should be in standard industry format (12 point Courier).
Only one copy, draft or version of any screenplay may be submitted by an entrant or entrants per submission.
Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of an entry screenplay be allowed under the original submission.
Corrected or edited screenplays must be resubmitted as a NEW entry and will require a separate submission fee.
Multi-part scripts should be submitted as separate, stand-alone screenplays.
Features that are over 120 pages must be submitted as 2 different entries.
Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.
Submissions must have been written originally in English; translations will not be accepted.
Submissions must be the original work of the entrant(s) and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished, produced or un-produced.
Entries may, however, be adapted from the entrant’s (or entrants’) original work, which should be noted in the logline required on the application form.
Entries lacking a logline on the application form will be disqualified.
If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, the "based on true story/events" should be noted in the logline.
Collaborative work by two writers who share equally in its creation is eligible.
The collaborator’s name must be added during the online application process.
Writer's bio and headshot recommended.
All entries must be received by or before the Extended Deadline of 7.1.2020
Nominees/Winners will be announced at the Writers Award Show and Dinner. We do not ship Awards.
Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.