The Sixteenth Annual Action On Film International Film Festival and Writer's Event/ MegaFest is truly the festival of the independent filmmaker and writer.

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 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.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 Bruber Media, 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 Soyjoy, Monster Energy, Write Brothers, Sony, Avid, The Stella Adler Academy, the Brendan Theaters, Quickfilm Budget, Pond 5, MovieMagic, Boris FX,Brenden Theaters 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 2020 may be submitted. Works in progress will be accepted. Online screeners, DVDs (NTSC Region 1), Blue Rays are accepted for submission and for consideration by the Selection Committee. Accepted films must be exhibited on DVD or Blue-Ray and a MPEG4 film file is required as well. Screeners must be free of ghost images/logos or other images. We do not screen from Filmfreeway uploads.

All Accepted Films must be submitted on MPEG4 and DVD (NTSC Region 1) or Blu-Ray (Region 1) for Exhibition. 2 Copies will be required. 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. Videos, DVDs , Blue- Rays, MPEG4s, DCPs submitted will not be returned. If Submitting DCP, please note the theater charges the filmmaker a fee and back-up screening Discs are STILL REQUIRED. Screening times are dependent upon receipt of the screeners (MPEG4 and DVD or Blue ray) 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 15, 2020 (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, post cards, goody bag promos) and screening discs, MPEG4s, DCPs for the Action on Film Festival must arrive at the AOF Offices no later than July 5, 2020. 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 7.5.20) and 2 Screening DVDs (NTSC Region 1) or 2 Blu-Rays for exhibition (due 7.5.20).
If sending DCP, Please Note that the Theater charges the filmmaker an Ingestion Fee. If sending a DCP we will still require 2 back up DVDs or Blu-Rays.
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 DVDs, Blu-Rays , 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 log line required on the application form.
Entries lacking a log line 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.

Overall Rating
  • Jan Kubenka

    AOF /Action on Film/ and Hollywood Dreams film festivals are just amazing. Organizers Del Weston and Theresa are great. I love the incredible guest speakers they invite every year. Lot of talents gather in Las Vegas for AOF. Great seminars, networking, films,....
    I highly recommend AOF to anyone. For sure I’ll be there next year.

    November 2019
  • Shyina Crayton

    Great place to be with like minded people.

    October 2019
  • michael morris

    A Fantastic Festival with a amazingly supportive hosts in the form of Del and Theresa Weston. It was an honor and a privilege to be part of this well organized and very impressive Film Fest. Well worth the fee to enter.

    September 2019
  • Few festivals have as much pizazz as Action on Film...

    September 2019
  • The word I’d best use to describe both AOF and Hollywood Dreams is disappointing. I was very excited to be accepted to both of these festivals but that excitement was quickly extinguished upon arrival at the event.

    The good - the theatre is great and it is wonderful to see your film on a big multiplex screen like the ones at the Brenden.

    Unfortunately, the projectionist was having issues during our block - our beautiful sharp cinematography was out of focus - really evident after they restarted our film. See the first time through it was playing with another film’s soundtrack simultaneously (something in Turkish? Iranian? Not sure but definitely not ours!) the whole block was plagued with these issues and with multiple starts and restarts went very long. No talkback/Q&A we’re scheduled which is a shame since so many of the filmmakers were in attendance.

    Also was disappointed to discover that being accepted into two festivals didn’t mean two screenings. Just an opportunity to spend twice as much on overpriced awards ceremony dinners. (We will return to that)

    I’ll admit, as we talked to other filmmakers in attendance, it was clear we were among the lucky ones - plagued as it was at least it went off at the time and in the theater it was originally scheduled for - most of the screenings earlier in the week were moved or cancelled without warning leaving filmmakers and their guests disappointed. Yes they were rescheduled but that didn’t matter to those who’s out of town guests were only there to support them and were not able to extend their stays.

    I did see films I enjoyed. But I never knew in advance what I was going to see! The programs were rarely what had been posted but with so many films on so many screens there was always something to see - planned or not!

    In speaking to some of the filmmakers in attendance who had been there in previous years, I heard repeatedly that they thought it just grew too fast. That there had been problems in the past but they had exploded this year - and they placed the blame on the mega part of the fest; i believe having gone from three to ten fests being held simultaneously under one roof. I’m sure that was a factor.

    I didn’t see much of Del or Theresa - when I did they were lovely and helpful, but they were pulled pretty thin. The volunteers were great - I’m sure they were under a lot of stress but they were always pleasant,polite, doing what they could but unfortunately they often just didn’t know the answers or have the solutions because it kept changing.

    And awards dinner. I’ve seen others write about the overpriced Chinese buffet. They didn’t announce the nominees for HD until the day of the ceremony, by the time they did we had decided to go to a show and out for a nice dinner instead. REALLY glad we did! The next night at the same venue with the same menu for the AOF Awards was more than enough. Over $200 per person for Chinese food and it’s a cash bar? I really do think that was the last straw. At that price you can’t include wine and beer? A champagne toast? We are at a five star restaurant with a bottle of wine the night before and it was much less than that.

    The event went LONG. I had a 6:30am flight so ducked out around midnight. I heard that it went til after 2am - and they didn’t announce all the winners. (Skipped a whole page) still don’t know who won the category my Actress was nominated in - no response to inquiries.

    I don’t plan to return - the expense of traveling to Vegas, hotel, cars and their events not a good return on my money. As an indie filmmaker on a budget that money could have been better spent on entrance fees to dozens of other festivals - or to start making next shoot.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Melissa, thank you for attending. Obviously we are no longer the festival for you. Continued success! D.