Premier Inclusive Diverse LGBT(Q)I(A) Film Festival For All Pride Colors In The Spectrum. Founded and presented annually since 2016. Year-round programming, screenings, filmmaking institute (geared towards developing new screenwriters, filmmakers and actors), panels and parties.

America's Rainbow Film Festival celebrates all forms of domestic and international quality films made by and/or starring Urban/Minority LGBT(Q)I(A) Community Members as part of our mission to break the stigma and stereotyping worldwide.

America's Rainbow’s programming includes the annual Urban Rainbow Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersexual & Allies Film Festival, showcasing domestic and international LGBT(Q)I(A) films as well as year-round filmmaking and screenwriting competitions, screenwriting labs, filmmaking (directing and producing) labs, select film screenings, movie premieres, innovative panels and party events.

Awards & Prizes

America's Rainbow Film Festival celebrates and honors filmmakers, web content creators and screenwriters winning across the following categories: Best Narrative Feature (US Cinema), Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema), Best Director, Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Animated Short, Best Web Content, Best Actor/Actress & Best Screenplay, as well as Special Jury prizes.

A category-specific jury, comprised of studio/network executives, entertainment attorneys/managers/agents, content creators, and other industry experts and professionals, select the winner (and any deserving honorable mentions) in each category.

Additionally, America's Rainbow Film Festival attendees vote to select an Audience Award winner in the Best Feature, Best Short and Best Web Content categories. Winners are announced via press release to the key industry trade outlets. Each year, various award categories are sponsored by companies who provide cash and/or in-kind prizes to the winners.


A. GRAND JURY PRIZE, $1,000 Cash, 1 Year Free Movie Pass Membership, $500 Final Draft Gift Certificate

B. BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE, $750 Cash, 1 Year Free Movie Pass Membership, $250 Final Draft Gift Certificate

C. AUDIENCE AWARD FEAT., $500 Cash, 1 Year Free Movie Pass Membership

D. BEST FEATURE DOC., $250 Cash, 1 Year Free Movie Pass Membership

E. BEST FILMMAKER, $250 Cash, 1 Year Free Movie Pass Membership

F. BEST SHORT – NARRATIVE, $100 Cash, 1 Year Free Movie Pass Membership

G. BEST SHORT – DOC, $100 Cash, 1 Year Free Movie Pass Membership

H. BEST SHORT – ANIMATED, $100 Cash, 1 Year Free Movie Pass Membership

I. AUDIENCE AWARD SHORT, $100 Cash, 1 Year Free Movie Pass Membership

J. BEST WEB CONTENT, $100 Cash, 1 Year Free Movie Pass Membership

K. BEST STUDENT FILMMAKER (AND/OR SCREENWRITER), $100 Cash

L. BEST ACTING – FEMALE, $100 Cash

M. BEST ACTING – MALE, $100 Cash

N. BEST SCREENPLAY, $500 Cash, $500 Final Draft Gift Certificate

O. BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN, $100 Cash

P. BEST HAIR & MAKE-UP, $100 Cash

Q. BEST COSTUME / WARDROBE, $100 Cash

R. SELECTED FILMS – HONORS, $100 Cash

S. BEST AHF (HIV/AIDS THEME) (&/OR FILMMAKER / TALENT), $250 Cash

T. HONORARY AWARD – FILMMAKER

U. HONORARY AWARD – TALENT

Rules & Terms

FILM & ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

LGBTQIA = Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals, Questioning (Those Not Sure Yet), Intersexuals and Allies (Heterosexual Friends of LGBTQI People)

Questioning = Not Sure Yet
Ally = Gay Friendly Straight/Heterosexual Person

1. (a) The Director of the film must consider himself/herself a Member of The LGBT(Q)I(A) Community, who is of African-American, African, Latino, or Asian (Indian included) descent.

(b) If the Director is none of the above, the film must feature LGBT(Q)I(A) African-Americans, Africans, Latinos or Asians (Indians included) in prominent roles OR have an African-American, African, Latino or Asian (Indian included) screenwriter or lead producer.

(c) At a minimum, the film must highlight an LGBT(Q)I(A) inclusive diverse cast in the America’s/Minority Realm that reflects the shifting demographics around the world.

2. America's Rainbow Film Festival's programming emphasizes premieres and new works in categories including narrative and documentary features/shorts.

3. Festival screenings will only be shown on DCP (Digital Cinema Package) formats, with Blu-Ray DVD as back-ups provided.

4. Film must have a composite optical sound.

5. Films in competition may not have had a commercial distribution or broadcast in the United States. The programming committee reserves the right to waive this rule in the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings.

6. Films receiving a theatrical or festival screening in the New York Area prior to or within one month following America’s Rainbow Film Festival's dates will not be considered for the Festival. Exceptions will be made under special circumstances. Please contact our office if you agree to any other screenings directly before or after America's Rainbow Film Festival, other than those listed on your application.

7. America’s Rainbow Film Festival does not pay rental fees. Instead, our limited resources are invested in the production and promotion of the best possible showcase for your work.

8. Films submitted to America’s Rainbow Film Festival must have been completed within a year of the submission process for the current year the submission is for.

9. Works in progress may be submitted as long as a DCP will be available for screening during the Festival run.

10. All entries must be postmarked by October 15th of the submission current year (late deadline), or October 30th of the submission current year (extended FINAL deadline).

11. Previously submitted works are not eligible for re-submission.

FILM SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:

1. (a) All works must be submitted via ONLINE SCREENER via FilmFreeway.
(b) No other formats will be accepted.

2. (a) Short Films must be under 30 minutes TRT (Total Running Time).
(b) Feature Films must be over 60 minutes TRT.

3. There is no limit to the number of submissions per submitter, provided they are separate submissions and the required submission fee is paid for each.

4. All genres (animation, drama, comedy, documentary style, etc.) will be accepted.

5. All films must be uploaded as an online screener by the extended deadline, Oct 27th of the submission current year.

6. Filmmakers will be notified via email of submission status by Nov 1st of the submission current year.

7. Filmmakers must have their electronic press kit materials available for submission to America’s Rainbow Film Festival along with the Filmmaker Checklist, no later than June 20th of the submission current year, if accepted as an official selection.

WEB CONTENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

1. (a) The Creator of the web content must consider himself/herself a Member of The LGBT(Q)I(A) Community, who is of African-American, African, Latino, or Asian (Indian included) descent.

(b) If the Creator is none of the above, the web content must feature LGBT(Q)I(A) African-Americans, Africans, Latinos or Asians (Indians included) in prominent roles OR have an African-American, African, Latino or Asian (Indian included) screenwriter or lead producer.

(c) At a minimum, the web content must highlight an LGBT(Q)I(A) inclusive diverse cast in the America’s/Minority Realm that reflects the shifting demographics around the world.

2. America’s Rainbow Film Festival's programming emphasizes premieres and new works in categories including web content.

3. Festival screenings will only be shown on DCP (Digital Cinema Package) formats, with Blu-Ray DVD as back-ups provided.

4. Web content must have a composite optical sound.

5. Web content in competition may not have had a web-screening, commercial distribution or broadcast in the United States. The programming committee reserves the right to waive this rule in the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings.

6. Web content receiving a online, theatrical or festival screening in the New York Area prior to or within one month following America’s Rainbow Film Festival's dates will not be considered for the Festival. Exceptions will be made under special circumstances. Please contact our office if you agree to any other screenings directly before or after America’s Rainbow Film Festival, other than those listed on your application.

7. America’s Rainbow Film Festival does not pay rental fees. Instead, our limited resources are invested in the production and promotion of the best possible showcase for your work.

8. Web content submitted to America’s Rainbow Film Festival must have been completed within a year of the submission process for the current year the submission is for.

9. Works in progress may be submitted as long as a DCP will be available for screening during the Festival run.

10. All entries must be postmarked by October 15th of the submission current year (late deadline), or October 30th of the submission current year (extended FINAL deadline).

11. Previously submitted works are not eligible for re-submission.

WEB CONTENT SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:

1. All works must be submitted via ONLINE SCREENER via FilmFreeway. No other formats will be accepted.

2. Web content episodes must be under 30 minutes TRT (Total Running Time) and only three (3) must be submitted as one file for the screener on FilmFreeway.

3. There is no limit to the number of submissions per submitter, provided they are separate submissions and the required submission fee is paid for each.

4. All genres (animation, drama, comedy, documentary style, reality based etc.) will be accepted.

5. All web content must be uploaded as an online screener by the extended deadline, Oct 27th of the submission current year.

6. Web content creators will be notified via email of submission status by Nov 1st of the submission current year.

7. Web content creators must have their electronic press kit materials available for submission to America’s Rainbow Film Festival along with the Web content creator Checklist, no later than June 20th of the submission current year, if accepted as an official selection.

SCREENPLAY ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

1. No hard copy submissions will be considered; only electronic submissions via FilmFreeway.

2. (a) The Screenwriter of the film must consider himself/herself of a Member of The LGBT(Q)I(A), who is of African-American, African, Latino, Asian (Indian included) descent.

(b) If the screenwriter (or co-writer) is none of the above, the screenplay must feature LGBT(Q)I(A) African-Americans, Africans, Latinos or Asians (Indians included) in prominent roles.

(c) At a minimum, the screenplay must highlight an LGBT(Q)I(A) inclusive diverse cast in the America’s/Minority Realm that reflects the shifting demographics around the world.

3. Screenplays must be the standard feature film length (90-130 pages) and standard US format only. Treatments will not be accepted. Only English language screenplays will be accepted. If the screenplay is initially written in a foreign language, an English translated version can be entered.

4. If the applicant has participated in any previous America’s Rainbow Film Festival Screenplay competition with a script, that script will not be accepted, irrespective of any and all revisions/changes the applicant may have made subsequent to participation.

5. Screenplays may not have been produced, sold, or licensed for theatrical, television, or online production.

6. Screenplays must be copyrighted or WGA registered and must be the original work of the applicant.

SCREENPLAY SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:

1. The applicant's name, address, and phone number MUST appear on the cover of the screenplay's title page.

2. There is no limit to the number of submissions per applicant, provided separate submissions and submission fee accompanies each submission.

3. All screenplays must be uploaded as a PDF file by the extended deadline, May 30th of the submission current year.

4. Screenwriters will be notified via email of submission status by Nov 1st of the submission current year.

5. Screenwriters must have their electronic press kit materials available for submission to America’s Rainbow Film Festival along with the Screenwriter Checklist, no later than June 20th of the submission current year, if accepted as an official selection.

FILM & SCREENPLAY SUBMISSION FEES:

1. Submissions will not be considered until the submission fee is paid in full via credit card. No exceptions.

2. Submission fees will not be returned and are non-refundable.

FILM, WEB CONTENT & SCREENPLAY SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:

1. The following must be included for each submission:

(a) Submission Form (Accepted online exclusively via FilmFreeway, 1 per submission)
(b) Preview Screener or Script (online screener or PDF file required, uploaded via FilmFreeway)
(c) Submission Fee (Accepted online via FilmFreeway)
(d) Optional, but recommended materials include: Brief Synopsis; Filmmaker/Screenwriter/Web-Content-Creator Bio; Electronic Press Kit; Stills.

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    De Juan VaLentine

    I was very pleased with the communication process before, during and after the film festival. I even got to meet one of the key people who put this amazing event together out in Los Angeles, California during the Oscars. In fact I have already submitted my new project in consideration for this years festival. Keep up the good work 👍

    April 2017
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    Edward King

    The professionalism of the website was outstanding and the care with which the festival took to get our materials back to us was beyond impressive. Thank you for your diligence.

    March 2017
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    Mark Woods

    DO NOT submit to this so-called festival. After submitting, the festival dates and rules changed. After being accepted to the "new" version of the festival and sending exhibition copies of the film, the entire festival was cancelled the day before it was to start. I have been trying to get my exhibition copies back for 8 months and the festival refuses to compensate me. I suspect, this is a scam to gather content illegally. Don't waste your time or money, let alone your exhibition copies. Their logo is even photoshopped onto the media wall in the background!!! What's worse is, like me, you may find your film popping up online somewhere suddenly without your permission. Seriously, look at their pictures.

    February 2017
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    merav urman

    Thank you very much for the opportunity and for enabling a voice for filmmakers from conservative societies. You have done an amazing job! Your crew was truly kind, quick and professional.

    December 2016
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    Alan Mehanna

    I am overseas and the team was so beyond helpful and patient with every question and request. Truly amazing job guys!
    I can't wait for the years to come!

    December 2016