The Unreal Film Festival is an annual film competition held in September 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
1) To be eligible for submission into the “short film” category, the film must have a projected running time of less than 35 minutes with no minimum time requirement.
2) To be eligible for submission into the “feature film” category, the film must have a projected running time of over 75 minutes with no maximum time limit.
3a) Films submitted to the festival must not be, or have ever been, available for wide release in the United States. This includes any and all video-on-demand or streaming service, DVD/bluray/digital sales, wide theatrical release, and/or televised broadcast available in the United States. If any film is released to the wide market between submission to the festival and its screening at the festival (if selected), the film is disqualified at the discretion of the festival with no refund on the submission fee.
3b) If a film has been previously released to a wide audience as described in section 3a, a film may be eligible for submission if the submitted version is significantly different than the previous version available for wide release. Significant difference is determined by the festival judges on a case-by-case basis.
4) Films completed prior to September 23rd, 2017 are not eligible for submissions.
5) Films submitted that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. The festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of submission fees, any film that contains significant non-English spoken dialogue that does not include accompanying on-screen English subtitles.
6a) Films must be submitted via a screener hosted on a secured streaming service such as Vimeo or YouTube. If a passcode is required to view the applicant’s screener, the passcode must be provided.
6a i.) In the event that the applicant remits an updated version of the film to the festival after having submitted a previous version of the film to the festival during the same calendar year, the festival is under no obligation to view any or all of the updated version.
For full terms and conditions, please visit www.unrealfilmfest.com