This festival now takes place every single month giving filmmakers 4 tiers to showcase and promote their film (All accepted films get all four tiers).

1) Screening #1 is held in Toronto or Los Angeles where you will also obtain your audience feedback video.
2) Screening #2 virtually on the Film Festival streaming service (optional)
3) Podcast interview on Film Festival Radio on ITunes
4) Blog interview promoting you and your film.

All festival dates have been relegated to private screenings with the same Audience FEEDBACK videos made for the short & feature films, and recorded script readings performed by professional actors for the screenplays. This is our way of showing community over distance so everyone around the world can experience our Audience Feedback videos.

Monthly Deadlines

Short Film Festival - Occurs once a month in Los Angeles and Toronto

Your film will get screened in front of a large, broad audience.

- We are a feedback festival and you will actually hear what the industry and film lovers think of your film.

NEW Showcase: Submit your FEATURE FILM and receive an audience feedback promotional/testimonial video of your film. Great video to use to get into more festivals and/or promote your film. All submissions receive the committee's feedback notes on their film no matter what, as per their request.

Also, get your script and story performed by professional actors at the Crime/Mystery Festival.

I got my appraisal and it was possibly the best I have ever received, not because it was good or complimentary, but because they had obviously read it, and I mean completely and they properly criticized it! So their comments were not only ‘left of field’, but they were an accurate observation and they actually improved the script, not matter how hard they were to swallow. It was so worthwhile it was worth the price of entry just to get that feedback.
- Richard Harrison, Feature Screenplay “A Shooting Star:

This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival to push more action/crime/mystery filmmakers and writers to the industry and the world. Obviously these are genres that garner the most worldwide attention in the motion picture industry and it's this festivals job to promote the next generation of action/adventure storytellers.

WATCH Winning Screenplay and Story Readings:

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Film Festival Videos:

Winners get their screenplay performed professional actors. Or, you get your short film showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival.

We specialize in showcasing Action/Adventure stories and making sure that when the work is ready, the writer will benefit by at least obtaining a solid agent.

Read more testimonials from the festival:

I found the page specific notes to be incredibly helpful. They showed that the reader took time to read and analyze the entire script. And considering the amount of pieces that are submitted, that says a lot.
- Franklin Friedlander, Feature Screenplay “Killer Be Killed”

This is the most intensive and helpful script notes I have received from any contest or paid reader. I would have paid for these notes without having entered the contest. If I had this reader years before, I wouldn’t be so disheartened and soured as I am now on screenwriting. If I ever regain my enthusiasm for screenwriting and film, I will surely follow the constructive notes on a rewrite.
- Todd Bronson, Feature Screenplay “Poaching the Big Muddy”

Thank you very much for your well-considered feedback. I’ve read through your feedback a couple of times and thought I’d let you know it’s very actionable feedback and something I feel I can use to make me a better writer altogether.
- George Reese, Feature Screenplay “Reconquista”

It was nice to hear that the audio design was appreciated, particularly that knee stomp (Hi Stewart!). We spent a lot of time making it ‘wetter’, so it’s nice to hear it specifically mentioned. It was also nice to hear the production design was appreciated. The mention of that shot where everything is swept off the table got me particularly, as watching playback for that on set was the first moment I felt we really had something cool in the making.
- Harrison Norris, Short Film Director “A Peaceful Man”

I love their (Adventure/Action Festival) concept of multiple ways to get your story out: from logline, to 1st scene, to full screenplay. The fast turnaround for feedback is critical for me as I’m sure it is with many new writers — as many new drafts have been made by the time most contests provide feedback and results.
- David Kurtz, Feature Screenplay “Weecho”

I was quite nervious at the beginning (watching the audience feedback of my film), but people seemed to react very positively so it really was a great experience.
- Pepe Gomez, Short Film Director “Knocked Out”

For unproduced writers, the real frustration after keystroking “The End” is trying to get noticed. There are so few outlets available for presenting your material. The FEEDBACK Festival appeals to me because my work now migrates from an unread concept into a produced staging, easily accessible by industry pros.
- David Redstone, Feature Screenplay “Fleet Week”

I was very happy that people really seemed to get my film. Action short films are sometimes a hard sell. There’s nothing so visceral, powerful and ugly as two people punching the s%&t out of each other with their fists. But weirdly enough, I think words have as much– maybe even more, destructive power! I wanted to make a film about human beings and the complexity of relationships. And how we can get so turned around because of our relationships. The audience GOT and LOVED the film and that made me so happy.
- Alice L. Lee, Short Film Director “The Good Boy”

I’ve been submitting “Wayfarers” to a bunch of places. The notion that some of it could be performed seemed interesting – it’s a twist on the usual screenplay contest, and in some ways, it’s more valuable to me as a writer-director.
- Arnon Z. Shorr, Feature Screenplay “Wayfayers”

1. Submit your short film. Submit your screenplay. Only films in the Action/Crime/Mystery category accepted.

2. 100% rights to the artist. Our job is to serve filmmaker and screenwriter and help them garner more interest in their work.

Accept only films and screenplays that fit into the Action/Adventure Genre.

Overall Rating
  • RIYEL Productions

    We are very thankful that "YU ZHEN TANG" won best performance and received audience feedback in the Crime/Mystery Film Festival!

    August 2022

    This is my favorite film festival to submit to. The audience feedback is priceless. This is my second film, I’ve submitted and my second win. This time for best direction for my short film THE LESSON. Thank you so much. Love u guys.

    November 2021
  • I'm very honoured to have been the winner for a Best short film with my short film A MARTYR OF THE PEN, a Wonderful festival. With excellent creativity, communication and organisation, I will be submitting future projects. Thank you CMFSF.

    October 2021
  • Networking an unproduced screenplay and getting it seen are the toughest elements of this business. The team at Crime/Mystery Film & Screenplay Festival are fully involved in your project from the get-go. With my biopic The Split, they provided a genuine appraisal of my work, demonstrating their knowledge in the field of entertainment. They've also encouraged me to get involved with their true crime podcast, which I'd be happy to do. I can't recommend these guys highly enough. They actually follow through with their promise and support up-and-coming writers. Thank you.

    September 2021
  • Jenna Cornell

    Overall, awesome experience with this festival. Communication was top notch and having a recording reading of Hunk of Burning Love just added to the experience. Finally, being interviewed just wrapped everything up nicely. I highly recommend this festival.

    August 2021