Reel Love is a new film festival event that's dedicated to honoring the future of love on screen and its profound cinematic legacy thus far.

Founded by festival veterans of the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and the North Bend Film Festival, Reel Love aims to bring the best new love stories of the year onto virtual screens across the U.S., February 10-14, 2021.

Reel Love will enter as a unique addition to the American film festival circuit, providing a prestige international showcase of films across all genres that explore the varied and diverse experiences of real love. This celebration of our greatest form of human connection will of course include straight and queer romance but also familial love, self-love and the bonds of friendship.

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Director
Special Jury Awards
Audience Choice Award

The 2021 festival considers short films 45 minutes or less and feature films of 46 minutes or longer. Works in progress are accepted- please note.

One entry per submission fee.

The festival will be geo-locked to the U.S. and take place on industry and distributor-trusted platform EVENTIVE.

There is no premiere requirement, though it will be taken into consideration.

Films can not be publicly available prior to the festival dates.

Entries must be in English or subtitled/dubbed in English.

It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to clear all rights before your film screens at the festival. I shall indemnify and hold harmless Reel Love Film Festival 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.

By submitting you agree to grant the festival the right to use film images for promotional purposes.

Submission fees are not refundable. The festival does not pay screening fees.

Overall Rating
  • Justin Fair

    Well run with excellent curation. Joseph’s love of cinema, film fests and filmmakers shines through all aspects of Reel Love. We were very lucky to be a part of the first annual! Highly recommend.

    February 2021
  • Great film festival !
    Thank you so much!

    February 2021