The mission of the Universal Film Festival is to create and provide a credible and accessible venue for aspiring and talented filmmakers. The Universal Film Festival offers a medium in which Independent Filmmakers may showcase their works nationally and internationally.
Our vision for the festival has been our passion; movies that make us think, cry, and laugh.

The festival will be held at the Cinemark Palace at Country Club Plaza
526 Nichols Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112

Awards & Prizes

The awards goes to the following categories:
Best Film
Best Director
Best Producer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Cinematography
Best Documentary
Best Short Film
Best Foreign Film
If you have any questions about submitting your film, please email us at

Rules & Terms

General Rules

1.Acceptance of your film does not guarantee airline or hotel accommodations.
2.All films are subject to reviews.
3.AVI blue ray format/ and or HD Video,such as Vimeo is required for submission of all films.
4.The number of screenings, days and venues is at the sole discretion of the Universal Film Festival.
5.Film submissions registration instructions can be found at:
6.Every film submission requires digital screening on FilmFreeway or two (2) DVDs to be mailed to Universal Film Festival, 1626 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64108 immediately upon completing the online registration. Tracking number, film title, running time, and all necessary contact information must be included with your DVDs when they are mailed.
7.DVDs shall remain the property of the Universal Film Festival and will not be returned.
8.It is recommended, but not required, that a 40 - 60 second preview link of your film be submitted upon registration to maximize the advertisement of your film if selected to air during the festival.
9.Films are allowed to have screened prior to submission to the Universal Film Festival, but must not be under current distribution.
10.Films cannot have been released prior to submission to the Universal Film Festival and/or been broadcast on television.

4 Reviews

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    Lee Chambers

    I really wish I could have been here for this festival! All the best for 2017!

    January 2017
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    Ducon Guillermos

    The people at Universal Film Festival are so extremely amazing! They were very accommodating and considerate. We had an absolute blast at this festival and were very grateful to have our film screened and reviewed by industry professionals!

    November 2016
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    Leiqi Lin

    Great festival !!! So appreciated for their hard work !!!

    October 2016
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    Adam Renkovish

    Honored to be a part of this festival!

    October 2016