Film has the power to bring history to life, open windows into other cultures and engage in a way that no other medium can duplicate. United Images Film Festival seeks to cultivate an appreciation of film and the moving image; inspire audiences to a deeper understanding of the world's cultures through film; and celebrate the past, present and future achievements of international filmmaking. Our culturally diverse films are screened for the benefit of filmmakers and film lovers alike, with critical introductions by the filmmakers themselves.

UIFF provides a vehicle for nationwide exposure of quality, thought provoking and envelope pushing films. It's a celebration that focuses on stories, people, and passions that are too often unexplored or honored in mainstream filmmaking. Categories at UIFF range from documentaries and features to shorts and screenplays.

UIFF is a project of The number #1 platform for multicultural cinema with a global lens!

UIFF awards filmmakers in the following categories:

Best Feature
Best Documentary
Best Short
Best Screenplay

A category specific jury comprised of industry professionals shall select the winner (and any honorable mentions) in each category. UIFF attendees shall select the Audience Award winner in the Best Feature and Best Short categories.

- The director of the film must consider himself/herself African American, African, Latino, or Asian. If the director is none of the above, the film must feature African Americans, Africans, Latinos or Asians in prominent roles or have an African American, Latino or Asian screenwriter.
- Festival screenings will only be shown on Blu-Ray DVD or DCP formats.
- Film must have a composite optical sound.
- Works in progress may be submitted as long as a Blu-Ray DVD will be available for screening during the Festival.

- All works must be submitted via ONLINE SCREENER (preferred method of submission) or DVD format. No other formats will be accepted. DVDs will not be returned and each must include film title and contact information. United Images Film Festival is not responsible for DVDs lost or damaged in transit.
- Short Films must be under 30 minutes TRT and Feature Films must be over 50 minutes TRT.
- There is no limit to the number of submissions per submitter, provided they are separate submissions and the required submission fee is paid for each.
- You must have your electronic press kit materials available for submission to United Images Film Festival no later than October 9, 2015, if accepted as an official selection.

- No hard copy submissions will be considered; only electronic submissions via FilmFreeway.
- The screenwriter of the film must consider himself/herself of African American, African, Latino, or Asian descent.
- Screenplays must be the standard feature film length (90-130 pages) and standard US format only. Treatments will not be accepted. Only English language screenplays will be accepted.
- Screenplays may not have been produced, sold, or licensed for theatrical, television, or online production.
- Screenplays must be copyrighted or WGA registered and must be the original work of the applicant.

- The applicant's name, address, and phone number MUST appear on the cover of the screenplay's title page.
- There is no limit to the number of submissions per applicant, provided separate submissions and submission fee accompanies each submission.

- Your submission will not be considered until the submission fee is paid in full via credit card. No exceptions.
- Submission fees will not be returned and are non-refundable.

The following must be included for each submission:
- Submission Form (Accepted online via FilmFreeway, 1 per submission)
- Preview Screener (Online Screener Strongly Preferred)
- Submission Fee (Accepted online via FilmFreeway)
Optional Materials include: Brief Synopsis; Filmmaker Bio; Press Kit; Stills