Event Co-host and Judge:
Mike Paseornek
President of Production
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group

The 3nd Annual UnLonely Film Festival
Further Illuminates Loneliness and Isolation, a Public Health Epidemic

The UnLonely Film Festival, the first online film festival dedicated to short films about loneliness and isolation, a public health epidemic, is now accepting short film submissions for its Spring 2019 launch.

The Unlonely Film Festival Features over 35 short films by diverse filmmakers addressing the loneliness and isolation that so many of us experience, whether we are older adults, have major illness, are military families, struggle with issues of gender identity, or immigration status or just find navigating our social selves a day-to-day challenge.

This year’s festival will once again showcase the power of short films to engage and activate us, a critical requirement to fighting loneliness, while giving filmmakers the opportunity to have their work seen by a wide and attentive audience. 

And Mike Paseornek, President of Film Production at Lionsgate Films, will return as guest juror to help select winning films 

Accepted filmmakers are eligible to receive monetary prizes, an invitation to attend the launch event in New York City and may also have the opportunity to participate in a host of other screenings, conferences or events addressing loneliness and isolation.

For this year’s festival, we encourage filmmakers to send us short works of 20 minutes or less that explore the experience of loneliness among:

•Older adults reflective of the long road traveled and what’s to come
•Individuals with major illness, along with their caregivers
•Veterans, active duty military and their loved ones struggling to maintain balance
•Individuals and families struggling with addiction
•Adolescents and young adults exploring identity in a sometimes alienating digital world
•Race and Sexual Orientation Minorities working to establish and legitimize identity
•Immigrants and refugees finding their way in a new place
Those experiencing “everyday loneliness” at work, at school and at home.

Important Facts About Loneliness:

Loneliness has become one of today’s major public health issues—and it’s getting worse:
•Over 30% of individuals are affected by loneliness RIGHT NOW!
•Loneliness contributes to an early mortality rate equal to that of smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

The good news?
Compelling evidence indicates engagement with creative arts expression can greatly help, connecting those affected to themselves and others and promoting a shared sense of belonging.

A portfolio of awards will be bestowed, recognizing the important artistic work submitted and its potential to promote health and well-being for individuals and society.

There will also be distribution opportunities to facilitate expanded and focused viewing of the work.

UnLonely Film Festival Rules & Terms

The UnLonely Film Festival (UFF) will only accept entries through Filmfreeway.
Please ensure you read our Rules and Terms prior to submitting.

1) Entries should not exceed the time limits in each category including all titles and credits.

2) Entries should be in the smallest file size for HD 1280x720 resolution

3) Entries should be in English.

4) UFF reserve the right to refuse to screen any submission deemed by the Festival to be inappropriate. Should you wish to question UFF about their decision, you can contact us by email on filmfestival@artandhealing.com.

5) All submissions are screened and evaluated by the UFF Selection Committee. Their reports are final and confidential. All films received, which meet our criteria, will be screened at the online festival. Due to the amount of films we expect to receive only the top scoring films will be presented at the Launch event. The winners of the competition will be announced and screened in whole or in part at our UFF Launch event in May 2018 in New York City. Submitters will be advised via email and the winners will also be announced on our website and on our Facebook page in May 2019.

6) In the event of a film being withdrawn, UFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

7) Participation in UFF grants us the authorization to show the entered film on our UFF channels and platforms, the FAH website and related social media accounts, as well as in any other non-commercial way that allows us to educate and inform our community on the benefit of creative arts expression to improve health and well-being.

8) A fee is required upon submission. For payment structures, see elsewhere on FilmFreeway site. Please ensure your film is ready to send to us at the time of entry.

9) Exclusively the participant shall pay all fees in relation to the uploading or transportation of submissions from their place of origin to the address of UFF. The Festival will not be responsible for the cost of receiving any additional materials i.e. DVDs, posters, photos, etc.

10) If music or additional film material used in your film is not original, then permission from source must be obtained. The responsibility for this rests entirely with the filmmaker. In submitting your film, you agree to indemnify The 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, and screening.

Failure to obtain clearance could result in your film being withdrawn from the Festival. In this event, UFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

11) The submission of a film to UFF will be considered to be an acknowledgment of the festival rules.

12) Entrants should UPLOAD their film to FilmFreeway on the day that the entry form is completed. Please include your press kit including still photos. Please write a 10-15 word (ONLY) synopsis for use in our festival program – should your film be selected. WE WOULD LIKE TO ENSURE THAT THE JUDGES VIEW YOUR FILM IN THE HIGHEST QUALITY POSSIBLE SO WILL ONLY ACCEPT FINAL CUTS. PLEASE SURE THAT YOUR FILM IS READY AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.

13) UFF or filmfestival@artandhealing.com will contact you if there are any problems with your film. Once downloaded by us, your film will be loaded onto our festival server.

14) Please do not send DVD’s or copies of your film direct to us unless requested to do so. At time of submission, we will only accept your entry if your film is upload to FilmFreeway.

15) UFF will attempt to resolve any technical matter related to submission. For more information and queries contact filmfestival@artandhealing.org.

16) Once we have received your Film, Photo(s), Fee and Form you will receive an email confirming your entry is ‘In Consideration’. Please note that unless we receive ALL these items your entry is NOT confirmed.

17) Filmmakers must be 18 years or older.

Overall Rating
  • Andrew Hutcheson

    An incredible unique festival with a rare vulnerability - wish there were more like it out there!

    May 2018
  • Lance Kramer

    We were honored to be featured in the festival. Very exciting to have a festival that is focused on films dealing with isolation. The communication from the staff was excellent, they were highly personable and supportive of our work. The kickoff event was lovely and I had a chance to meet many thoughtful people. Highly recommend.

    May 2017