WHERE DOES LONELY WOLF TAKE PLACE?

The Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival was reconceived by Adrian Perez in 2020 after an inactive period, as his response for the need of a modern film festival fit for the global age. Lonely Wolf hosts 4 online seasonal competition rounds, followed by an annual week-long film festival event hosted by the British Film Institute (BFI) in Southbank, London.

WHY IS IT CALLED "LONELY WOLF"?
​WHAT MAKES LONELY WOLF?

"Why did I create Lonely Wolf? Because as a former filmmaker myself, I was lacking an online film festival that truly engages with its filmmakers and provides a positive experience for all regardless of your status in the competition. Lonely Wolf’s concrete pillars are its community of filmmakers and the experience we create for them.

I also recognised the need for a hybrid forward-thinking festival; one that retains its carefully-curated exhibited programme through its traditionalist annual big-scale film festival and week-long cultural event, whilst champions the online film festival arena, currently saturated by below-the-radar online film festivals." -Founder and CEO Adrian Perez

Founder and CEO Adrian Perez keeps his focus on those filmmakers who don’t top the competition as much as on those who do. Lonely Wolf came into being for the very ideal that "no wolf gets left behind"; Adrian's mission for Lonely Wolf is that it pushes beyond its principal faculties of an aspirational creative contest and carefully-curated programme, to providing a forever home and educational resource for filmmakers across the globe.

Hence the name "Lonely Wolf", renowned for granting filmmakers the rare opportunity to watch all the best films of the competition from the comfort of their home, via its members-only digital cinema; which is also accessed by film buyers and the wider industry. Lonely Wolf has set itself up to ensure every filmmaker doesn't walk away from the competition merely checking a published list of results, but see themselves nurturing their growth and passion for the craft of filmmaking in the process.

Lonely Wolf is most renowned for its mystical "wolfpack" community spirit, in the form of filmmakers' constant engagement with and affinity for the brand, through their UGC content and sendings of celebratory howls via social media. Every filmmaker upon entering the competition is invited into the festival's secret "wolfpack" group, which includes some renowned Emmy and BAFTA award-winning members. Here’s a film festival championing the online arena for managing to create the buzz and networking opportunities only annual venue-held festivals are capable of. Your online networking at Lonely Wolf can take you from meeting like-minded passionate filmmakers and potential collaborators; to meeting your next investor or having your film exposed to a potential film buyer who will grant you a distribution deal; to making friends for life.

Lonely Wolf is perfect: it’s most prestigious for hosting its annual week-long carefully curated programme and cultural event at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London; but then it’s also fit for the global age in that it recognises filmmakers’ desire to skip the year-long wait for their films’ results--so we simultaneously host 4 online seasonal competition rounds.

Why seasonal and not monthly? Because it’s a better balance this way.

Lonely Wolf’s online competition rounds run frequently but not so frequently they’re an easy laurel giveaway; each of Lonely Wolf’s rounds see you up against an average of 1K+ worldwide films; you’re up for a fight without an excruciatingly long wait for results. It’s a much more worthwhile competition and fulfilling experience.

WHY COMPETE AT LONELY WOLF?
MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

* Ultimate test + fast-tracked recognition (better balance) — Lonely Wolf’s online seasonal competition rounds (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) run frequently but not so frequently they’re an easy laurel giveaway; each of Lonely Wolf’s rounds see you up against an average of 1K+ worldwide films; you’re up for a fight without an excruciatingly long wait for results. It’s a much more fulfilling competition.

* Fast-tracked exposure / state-of-the-art digital cinema — The top ranked/best films of each competition round go onto a state-of-the-art digital cinema (non-commercial streaming platform locked under members-only password protection); that provides a private online “shopping” space/auction where a rising number of film buyers, distributors and investors are directly scouting Lonely Wolf’s carefully curated online cinema interested in buying films and investing in filmmakers. Lonely Wolf’s digital cinema is also accessible by the “wolfpack” (Lonely Wolf’s community of filmmakers part of the global competition; rising audience of 3K+ filmmakers worldwide).

* Educational resource — Win or lose, no filmmaker should walk away from a competition they’ve participated in without having the opportunity to watch the best films the competition has to offer and were up against. Adrian often refers to his festival's philosophy that “no wolf gets left behind”. Lonely Wolf’s digital cinema proves both a rare incentive and education resource for filmmakers. Combined with Adrian’s masterclasses, live-streams and digital screening rooms (thematic programmes/courses); Lonely Wolf proves most educational, nurturing filmmakers’ growth and passion for filmmaking, building on their craft whilst inspiring their future films/screenplays.

* “Wolfpack” community buzz + spirit — No online film festival does their competition quite like Lonely Wolf. Lonely Wolf’s staggered announcement of category nominees on Instagram—create a unique sense of suspense and anticipation for filmmakers; merged with the unique buzz filmmakers create in sending in their celebratory howls; plus the long-term residency they find in the “wolfpack” group on Facebook able to network and find potential collaborators and like-minded friends from the comfort of their home; many “wolfpack” members have claimed that “it’s impossible not to love Lonely Wolf” for its unique community spirit.

* Critique journal — Invaluable feedback and vital marketing tool, get your film reviews written by former FilmBoss Chief Editor & Film Critic Adrian Perez. We also offer extensive notes and feedback on unproduced screenplays.

* Renowned judges + set criteria — Led by Founder/CEO Adrian Perez: Former Disney Channels EMEA/UK Regional Marketing Manager; Award-Winning Film Editor + Former FilmBoss Chief Editor & Film Critic.

* Support of students — Student filmmakers and disabled filmmakers are entitled to a 40% discount code. Email adrian@lonelywolffilmfest.com

* Easy submission process / one-click for all — We've comprised a flat fee whereupon entering your work via format/duration you will be automatically considered across all of the festival's competition categories for awards/nominations.

* IMDb — Lonely Wolf's team make themselves responsible for syncing up your awards/nominations to your IMDb pages.

* Wide breadth of entries accepted / categories — We accept pretty much everything from short films, micro-shorts, medium-length films to feature films; to documentaries and TV pilots/web series; to animated films and music videos; to unproduced screenplays.

· MAIN COMPETITION AWARDS CATEGORIES...

OVERALL BEST PICTURE
BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST FILM (MEDIUM-LENGTH)
BEST SHORT FILM
BEST MICRO-SHORT
BEST STUDENT FILM
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
BEST FOREIGN FILM
BEST LOCKDOWN FILM
BEST QUEER CINEMA
BEST POETIC CINEMA
BEST ANIMATED FILM
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
BEST MUSIC VIDEO

· UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY COMPETITION CATEGORIES...

BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY - FEATURE
BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY - SHORT
BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY - DRAMA / ROMANCE
BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY - COMEDY / MUSICAL
BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY - ACTION / SCI-FI / FANTASY
BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY - HORROR / THRILLER

· LONG-FORM/SHORT-FORM FILM COMPETITION CATEGORIES...

BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST FILM (MEDIUM-LENGTH)
BEST SHORT FILM
BEST MICRO-SHORT
BEST DRAMA / ROMANCE

BEST COMEDY / MUSICAL


BEST ACTION / SCI-FI / FANTASY
BEST HORROR / THRILLER
BEST CASTING
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE/SOUNDTRACK
Outstanding Achievement in Directing
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects
Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing
Outstanding Achievement in Production Design
Outstanding Achievement in Makeup/Hairstyling & SFX
Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design

· DOCUMENTARY FILM COMPETITION CATEGORIES...

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
BEST EXPOSITORY DOCUMENTARY
BEST INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY
BEST PERFORMATIVE DOCUMENTARY
BEST DOCUMENTARY SUBJECT
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE/SOUNDTRACK
Outstanding Achievement in Directing, Documentary
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Editing, Archival Usage & Assembly

· ANIMATED FILM COMPETITION CATEGORIES...

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Outstanding Character Design
Outstanding Created Environment

· PARTNER/SPECIAL AWARDS...

MOOVIEHUB TOP 5 PICKS
BEST FILM POSTER
BEST FILM TRAILER

BEST NEWCOMER AWARD
AWARD OF HONOUR

Rules are reasonable and pretty straightforward to enter the Lonely Wolf competition (and join our "wolfpack"!).
We only expect a few things from you which you automatically agree to upon entering your work into the competition...

​​BY SUBMITTING TO LONELY WOLF YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING...

​​· Copyright — You authorise that your work is cleared for festival exhibition (all music, fonts, visuals etc. are cleared worldwide, in perpetuity, multi-platform), and the intellectual property is yours, or if acting as distributor — you have acquired permission from the copyright owner.
​​· Use of stills / clip fragments — You consent to the posting of stills and short clip fragments from the film on the festival's website/platform plus social media channels, for solely promotional, non-commercial and educational purposes. Stills from your film could be used for example within our final list of winners/nominees, and short clip fragments from your film could be used within our festival trailer.
​​· Downloading — You consent to the festival director having access to download your film(s) to facilitate offline study and the festival's programming/curation needs and functions. You can opt out from this whilst still being able to participate in the competition.
​​· Digital cinema / critique journal — Lonely Wolf's digital cinema is a private members-only online streaming platform built-into the festival's dynamic; the cinema's purpose is strictly non-commercial and for educational purposes. Independent filmmakers can both benefit from having exposure to film buyers, distributors and press via this private space, whilst being granted the rare opportunity to watch all the best films of the competition with great ease and from the comfort of their home. Upon entering the competition, you grant us permission to exhibit your film privately under password-protection. You can opt out from being exhibited in this way at any point, it's not a requirement to allow this in order to compete. Some of you will opt to have your film reviewed also, your film review and star rating will be publicly shown on our website's critique journal. You can opt from your film review being publicly displayed, whilst still opting to receive this service. Let us know your preferences, everything we do is to advance your agenda and that of your film's. We're committed in protecting and leveraging your work.
​​· British Film Institute (BFI) exhbition — You consent to your film being shown at the prestigious British "Jedi temple" for filmmakers — the BFI in Southbank, London! And authorise your work is cleared for this theatrical exhibition. You can opt out from this whilst still being able to participate in the competition.
​​· IMDb — Lonely Wolf's team make themselves responsible for syncing up your awards/nominations to your IMDb pages, but we do not make ourselves responsible for creating your film pages from scratch if they're not already in place.
​​· Code of conduct — Lonely Wolf uphold the outmost respect for every member of its "wolfpack" community and are committed in nurturing your growth and passion for the craft of filmmaking. In our mission, we endeavour to deliver most personable, friendly and motivational communications. We expect the same code of conduct from you — "treat others the way you want to be treated". Lack of respect and/or misbehaviour will lead to disqualification and legal actions.
​​· Feedback — We can’t be responsible for providing individual feedback on every entry we get (unless you opt for a critical review), nor justify/explain ourselves for not selecting your work. No inquiries or arguments will be entertained regarding non-selected films. The decision of the festival selection committee will be final. We will however point you to specific educational resources within our platform to help you find clues and nurture your growth.
​​· No refunds / sportsmanship — If unhappy with your work's final verdict, we can't offer you a refund because study hours have been invested into your work by the festival's judges and decision-making committee.
​​· One-click for all categories — We've comprised a flat fee whereupon entering your work via format/duration you will be automatically considered across all of the festival's competition categories for awards/nominations.
​​· Accepted submission types — We accept pretty much everything from short films, micro-shorts, medium-length films to feature films; to documentaries and TV pilots/web series; to animated films and music videos; to unproduced screenplays.
​​· Submission permissions — Same team of filmmakers can submit as many of their film projects within the same competition round as they wish. Your film is allowed to compete even if it has already premiered at another festival or is already available in the public domain.
​​· Submission restrictions — ​​Films already submitted in one edition can't be submitted again. If your film is not in English, we require English subtitles. If the film is in Spanish, you can submit it without English subtitles.
​​· Programming decisions — Not every film that gets nominated or selected will make Lonely Wolf's digital cinema straight away, Lonely Wolf's team may have plans to include your film within the private platform at a later stage.
​​· Policy on free waivers — Lonely Wolf is a high-value festival platform. Founder/CEO's philosophy demands a healthy balance. No filmmaker should be granted complete immunity from covering Lonely Wolf's entry fee whilst other filmmakers invest so much. Lonely Wolf's hybridity and modernity offer rare incentives that prohibit free waivers. Student filmmakers and disabled filmmakers are entitled to a 40% discount code, and in exceptional cases free waivers will be permitted at the festival's sole discretion.
​​· Films reviews — In order to opt for a film review, your film must have participated within the competition. You can compete, and then opt for a film review months further down line.

Other points...

​​· Entering the competition does not in-turn mean you're automatically 'Official Selection'. 'Official selection' is competitive, submitting doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be selected.
​​· ​By entering Lonely Wolf, you will automatically join our mailing list, we ask you follow us on Instagram to keep up to date with the status of your entry and wider festival news. And to also join our secret "wolfpack" group on Facebook.
​​· You confirm your credits list is as complete as possible to include members from all departments of production, failure to do so will mean that the director will be announced the nominee and/or winner for an individual merit category.
​​· Lonely Wolf reserve the rights to disqualify any film on certain grounds.
​​· You agree to have read and accepted Lonely Wolf's rules and regulations.