The Unreal Film Festival is an annual film competition held in September each year in Memphis, TN. The festival accepts both short and feature length films from all over the world, but only films that fall under the horror, sci-fi, and/or fantasy film genres.

Awards & Prizes

Films in the festival will compete for several awards including: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Performance, Best Screenplay, Best Editor, Best Practical FX, Best CG/Compositing, and Best Costume & Wardrobe.

Rules & Terms

Short films must be between 5 and 30 minutes in length. Feature films must be over 75 minutes in length. The festival accepts both secure online screeners via Vimeo, Youtube, etc as well as hard copies on Region 0 or 1 NTSC DVDs. Films that have previously been released on DVD or broadcast on television or the internet in any country are not eligible for the festival unless the version submitted is significantly different from the version that was previously released or broadcast. The festival reserves the right to determine a previously released or broadcast project's eligibility. Films completed prior to July. 1st, 2016 are not eligible to apply to the festival for consideration in the 2017 festival. For full terms and regulations, please visit