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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The United Film Festival is a distinct division of United Films, Inc., which aims to unite time-honored wisdom and innovative perspective in order to create, curate, and connect modern independent films with a global audience.
The United Film Festival screens high-quality independent feature films, documentaries, and short films of all genres. And as a celebration of our love for the rich history of filmmaking, we always screen a variety of classic motion pictures that have helped to define this incredible industry.
In addition to our screenings, we frequently bring in legendary filmmakers and actors each year to be a part of the festivities. Our festivals are always exciting events filled with insightful Q&As, and provide many opportunities for networking and interaction between filmmakers and audiences alike.
United Films has always been committed to expanding its relationship with its filmmakers beyond the film festival. To this end, we have infused several key components into the heart of our company, which we believe will help us improve upon those relationships in very significant ways: A few of the components include:
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The United Film Festival has done away with all of our deadlines and created a new, streamlined submission system with NO FEES!
We have come to realize that simpler is better. Revamping our system, we have removed the components of Single City Submissions and Film Feedback, and are now offering a brand new, FREE way of joining our festival!
By submitting to the United Film Festival for NO FEES, filmmakers will be eligible for acceptance into all 6 cities the festival currently plays – LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK, LONDON, SAN FRANCISCO, CHICAGO, and TULSA.
LOS ANGELES - April 26th - May 2nd
NEW YORK - May 10th - 16th
LONDON - May 25th - 27th
SAN FRANCISCO - November 15th - 17th
CHICAGO - November 19th - 22nd
TULSA - December 6th - 8th
Beyond our festival, United Films will also be considering each submitted film for SALES REPRESENTATION and DISTRIBUTION.
ONGOING COMMITMENT TO FILMMAKERS:
Now in our eleventh year, the United Film Festival has learned many valuable lessons that have helped us improve the festival experience year after year. Established in 2002 by award-winning Producer Jason Connell in the key heartland city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the United Film Festival quickly gained momentum and expanded into 5 additional major metropolitan cities.
Despite the festival’s history of success, Mr. Connell still experienced first hand a huge distribution gap in the industry for small budget independent movies. Confronting this reality, it became evident to Mr. Connell the United Film Festival could be an essential part of bridging this gap for independent filmmakers worldwide.
United Films aims to form a relationship with the filmmaker from the very moment they submit to our festival. It is our hope this early relationship will lead to the creation of a true partnership beyond our festival.
There are three specific opportunities that can come from forming an early relationship. One, we can partner with the filmmaker to become their SALES REPRESENTATIVE, helping them to garner much needed distribution for their film. Thus far, United Films has successfully represented over 60 independent films. Two, United Films has launched its very own digital distribution platform, via our UNITED CHANNEL. This means we can GUARANTEE DISTRIBUTION for the key films we acquire. And three, United Films has come to learn that forming early relationships with filmmakers will often lead to creating JOINT PROJECTS with those filmmakers in the future.
By bridging the distribution gap and connecting with our ever-growing network of filmmakers, we hope this festival is an experience that unites creative energy and talent with the celebration of true success!
Please also note that check-ins to WAB will be done once a month.
WE WANT TO SEE YOUR FILMS! If we feel they are a good fit for any of our festivals, or for potential distribution, WE WILL CONTACT YOU!
SHORT FILMS - should be under 45 minutes
FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARIES or FEATURE FILMS - should be over 45 minutes
You can only submit with a SECURE ONLINE SCREENER.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
United Films is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless United Films 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.