*Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic and our inability to provide a proper LIVE EVENT promoting networking and face-to-face interaction which is part of our main mission as a film festival, we have decided to cancel the 2021 festival that was originally set for October. We will be preparing for the time when we can all physically get together again and we will make the wait well worth your time! Thank you to all of our loyal filmmakers who have been with us from the beginning as well as those who have recently joined us on our journey - we appreciate your support tremendously and we will continue to be in touch for future events!*

Join us for our 3rd Annual festival happening October 15-17, 2021 in Brooklyn, NY and become a part of The Everybody Digital Film Festival family for life! We pride ourselves in having built a beautiful community of filmmakers and creatives who have given us the honor of sharing their valuable projects on the big screen.

We focus the weekend around highlighting our filmmakers and encourage them to make the most of their experience at our festival - coming with an open mind and leaving with new connections and new knowledge about themselves, other filmmakers and the film industry as a whole.

To help keep the main focus on the selected filmmakers and their films, we run films in blocks on only ONE screen for the weekend. This allows attendees to enjoy all the films, and not have to choose between films showing at various locations and at conflicting times.

***New Submission Category for 2021***
We have included a special "FEATURED FILM" category for the weekend where one film will be selected to be highlighted and given its own designated screening time. They will also be given their own Q&A session with the cast & crew following the film's screening. Entries for this category can be up to 30 minutes in length and must be shot no more than 2 years prior to the festival date. (*Note that this Featured Film is its own separate submission category from the other short films & web series.)

Our Festival's Mission:

Our goal is to shine a light on short filmmakers who are so often overlooked and under appreciated. We understand how much time, energy, money and passion goes into a short film and we want to recognize all of it and help share your work with as many people as possible. Through our events, we want to provide a community where you can learn, grow and flourish while connecting and celebrating your accomplishments with friends, family and other filmmakers.


The Everybody Digital Film Festival was created by actor/writer/director Allen Maldonado ("The Last O.G.", "Black-ish", "Survivor's Remorse") to help promote short form films and web series and to give filmmakers another organized platform to showcase all of the work they put into writing, shooting and completing their short films.

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Custom trophies will be awarded for the following categories (based on submissions received):

Best Short Film
Best Web Series
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Writing
Best Actor
Best Actress
Wavemaker (*Exclusive EDFF award)


1. Entries must be 15 minutes or less (before credits) and all forms and genres (including web series, digital series, documentaries, animation, etc.) that would be deemed with a G, PG, PG-13, R or NC-17 rating will be accepted. We do not accept films or web series of a pornographic nature.
2. Submissions in languages other than English must have subtitles.
3. Multiple entries are allowed from a filmmaker, but each must be submitted as its own separate entry.
4. Films or web series submitted must have been completed less than 3 years prior
to the festival weekend.
5. Films and web series must be submitted through FilmFreeway. DVD entries will not be accepted or returned.
6. Submission fees are non-refundable and will not be waived for any reason. If
a submission is not selected or disqualified, entrants will not receive a fee refund.


If your film or web series is selected, you will be notified via email and FilmFreeway by August 15, 2021. Once notified of your selection, you will need to provide a final downloadable screening copy by August 22, 2021. If a screening copy is not received by either of these dates, Everybody Digital Film Festival retains the right to disqualify the film and no refunds of the submission fee will be given.

Once selected, you will also be requested to submit a synopsis of the film as well as any marketing materials for promotional use online. 


1. Entrants confirm and warrant that they have the required legal authority to
submit the entry into the festival and to use all music, images, and content in the
2. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after it has been selected.
Judging decisions are final.
3. We reserve the right to use portions of the film or any related screenshots for promotional and marketing purposes leading up to the event. We will not use any portion of the film whether visually or in text format that will give away the ending or spoil the film for viewers in any way.

***By submitting your film, you agree to the rules and guidelines stated above and if any of the guidelines are not followed completely and your film is deemed to be disqualified, you understand that no submission fees will be refunded in part or in full.

Further, the undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Everybody Digital Film Festival 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 and screening.

Overall Rating
  • Tyler Dwiggins

    I don't usually review the film festivals I attend, but I really loved Everybody Digital Film Festival. Well-organized, fun, and fulfilling! The Everybody Digital team is genuinely dedicated to diverse programming, in terms of race, gender, and sexual orientation. It was truly an honor to have my web series screened for such a supportive audience, and I was really impressed with the other work that was selected. It was far and away the most enjoyable festival I've attended.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for the great feedback, Tyler! We are so glad you had a great experience and that we could provide an atmosphere you were proud to attend and have your work shown in. Thanks again for being a part of the weekend!

  • Lance Barrett

    5 stars in my book. Everybody Digital Film Festival was a great experience! Can’t wait to see what they do next year!

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for the kind words, Lance and thanks for helping us make the festival great! We are looking forward to this next one and hope you join us again as well!

  • Tom Ishizuka

    Great festival. Trizanne and Allen were incredibly accommodating and brought a great energy to a festival celebrating some really talented filmmakers. Would definitely recommend to rising filmmakers in the NY area.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for the recommendation and the kind words, Tom! We appreciate you entrusting your project with us and we are so glad we were able to provide an energetic and encouraging atmosphere for you and your team!

  • Ramon Pesante

    Had a great experience at this year's film festival. A great panel with some pretty amazing speakers. They built a great vibe for the filmmakers to bond. You can feel the passion from the people who run it. Which is important. Thanks for having me.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for your feedback, Ramon and we are so excited to hear that you enjoyed your experience at the festival! Thanks for being such a big supporter and contributor to the good vibes and thank you for trusting us with your film. We definitely hope to have you back at a future festival!

  • I have been going to film festivals since 2010, but this is one of the best fests I've have gone to. The fact that the films are up to par and the staff is amazing.

    Many festivals have over 500 films playing in a weekend, what makes this awesome is that a few films are selected and yours wont get lost in the melee.

    Everybody Digital Film Festival is about the filmmakers and keep the short film media alive. Great time, Great People, and Great Films.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for the kind words, Julius and we are so glad to hear that the focus and attention on your films is recognized and appreciated. That is definitely one of our main goals and we will continue to try and keep you all in the spotlight!