The mission of the Awareness Film Festival is bringing awareness and to open eyes to some of our world's pressing issues: Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being and the Spirit. We showcase both Documentary and Narrative Features, as well as Short Films, Music Videos and Public Service Announcements.​ We have filmmaker Q&A's, filmmaker Panels, as well as conscious art and music.​​​​​
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The Awareness Film Festival was formed by Heal One World, a non-profit charity. This Festival is also a fundraiser for Heal One World​​. Any net profits from this event will go completely to charity, including our partner organizations.

Awards & Prizes

Grand Jury and Audience Awards in Each Category,

Rules & Terms

1) All screening submissions must be on DVD or online submission, discs must be region one (1) or region zero (0) encoded and in NTSC format, or Windows Media, Quicktime or MPEG. If possible, send in two copies of your film if submitted on DVD. If not, the Awareness Film Festival/Heal One World will duplicate up to two additional copies of your screener for JUDGING PURPOSES only. 2) Payments made by check for entry fees must be made out to the Heal One World. 3) Please be sure to send your screener in as soon as possible, but always before the postmark deadline shown on your entry confirmation. Late submissions received after the postmark deadline will be assessed a late submission fee of $15.00 unless waived by the programming director. 4) All entry fees paid are non refundable. Checks returned due to NSF will be assessed a $35.00 return check fee and may be assigned to collections 5) Please do not send any promotional materials including press released or postcards. Your film is judged by its quality and your filmmaking abilities, not promotional materials. Press kits are required after acceptance only. 6) Please be sure to enter under the correct category. Features (feature categories Green! Stayin' Alive, Spirit, Obamanation, Finding Justice) Short-All Genre's Narrative, Music Videos, Student film-All genres, Documentary (feature categories Green! Stayin' Alive, Spirit, Obamanation, Finding Justice) Short-All Genre's Documentary. 7) There are no restrictions on distribution status. There are no requirements or restrictions for premiere status to submit to the festival. We welcome all films and genres. Films with mature content must indicate such on the DVD. Pornography is not permitted under any circumstance; there is a difference between art and pornography. The festival's management has the final say in what is considered inappropriate material. 8) All submission screeners must go through a screening process to qualify for selection. After completing the screening process notification of acceptance will be sent out by email, post or notified by phone. 9) The festival will accept works in progress but the final screener must be received by the festival 30 days prior to the festival should you be selected. 10) As films are selected they are notified of selection and sent to programming for inclusion into the festival film schedule. Filmmakers are notified in the order of selection and not submission dates. Please be patient as your film goes through our screening process. We are unable to reply to emails asking if your film has been selected or where it is in the screening process. 11) The official exhibition formats for the festival are DVD, Blu-Ray and 35mm. Any filmmakers wishing to have their film projected in another format other than stated must provide their own equipment at their expense during their screening, and accept all liability for such use and rental. Filmmaker provided equipment will be removed at the end of their screening and returned to the filmmaker. 12) After a film has been selected and the filmmaker is notified, the film will be listed on the festival web site under official selections. Once you are notified please send us by email a promotional photo in JPEG format only and a 25 word film synopsis for inclusion on the festivals web site, additionally, we will require several synopsis of varying lengths. You may also send a web page link to your films web site which will be linked from ours. 14) Remember the promotional picture and synopsis you send us will also be used in the festivals official program. If you do not supply a 25 word synopsis your program listing will only show your title and promotional picture. 15) All entered films grant Awareness Film Festival/Heal One Worlda non exclusive limited use agreement to use film titles or trailers or film posters for festival and film promotional use only including online, print or broadcast media to promote the festival and selected films to the industry and general public. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual Property. 16) Official selection films must provide their final exhibition copy to the festival programming department 15 days prior to the festival unless using your screener. 17) All selected filmmakers are provided a 5 minute projection and sound test the day of their screening at the theater prior to the first screenings of the day. We are unable to do screen or sound tests during the festivals open screening times or between screenings. 18) Please direct all questions or requests to the festival staff. Do not contact the venue directly as they are unable to reply to your requests and are not authorized to accept requests or make decisions, or provide venue information in regards to Awareness Film Festival/Heal One World. 19) Awareness Film Festival/Heal One World does not accept films with screening fees. 20) Awareness Film Festival/Heal One World is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. It also allows for the films to be used for their monthly screening series or special touring series in any year or month. 21) 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. 22) The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Awareness Film Festival/Heal One World 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.

19 Reviews

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    marisol gonzalez

    an amazing film festival. Overall the festival is very welcoming, it makes you feel part of the event, very friendly environment. It was a great experience. I highly recommend it.

    April 2017
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    Robin Shieh

    This is my first Film festival. Everyone is really friendly, everything is really great!

    December 2016
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    Aykut Bilge

    Great venue, friendly people. We met filmmakers from all over the world, from New Zealand to Norway.

    December 2016
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    Chelo Alvarez-Stehle

    I loved the fact that the festival encourages and invites organizations related to our film, such as the International Documentary Association, NALIP and Women In Film, as well as non-profits associated with the subject matter of our films, such as CAST LA (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), LAFLA (Legal Aid Foundation) and Fundación de Supervivientes de Tráfico Humano (FSTH) to be present the day of the screening, allowing films such as ours to offer resources to audiences. The Regal LA LIVE Cinemas venue in the burgeoning downtown LA was one of the best. Kudos to Awareness Festival!

    December 2016
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    Alexandre Tavares

    Great team!

    I plan to submit films again to the Awareness Film Festival in the future.

    November 2016