OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.
|Feature Films are considered any and all entries in any format that are 45 minutes or longer. We accept Film, Digital, Animation etc., however all preview, final submissions and Exhibition Screeners, should they be accepted into the festival, Must be on DVD, Bluray, or DCP. We will NOT accept online screeners for Exhibition. We do not return Exhibition Screeners.
|Shorts are any project in any format that range in length from 10 minutes to 44 minutes. We accept Film, Digital, Animation etc., however all preview and final submissions should they be accepted into the festival, must be on DVD, Blu Ray, or DCP formats. We will NOT accept PAL or Online Screeners for Festival Exhibition.
|Short Shorts are films of any format with a running time of 10 minutes or less.
|Action Sequences are scenes from films but not necessarily an entire film. These may be excerpts from longer projects in any format or genre 10 mins. or less.
|Screenplay Division is for un-produced or produced screenplays. THIS CATEGORY IS FOR FEATURE SCREENPLAYS 60-120 PAGES. Feature Plus Screenplays, 121 pages-140 pages, require submission as a 2 Part Feature with a Submission Fee per each part. Any Genre is accepted. Please Note: rewrites, changes, updates will require new submission.
|Got a great screenplay short that is 45 pages or less? Then, this is the division for you!
|Got a great scene 5 pages or less? This is your division.
|Documentary Shorts or Features
|Documentary projects can be of any length but they must deal with a non-fiction subject matter.
|Children's animation is any project in any genre or format that is dedicated to the entertainment or education of children. Any length submission is acceptable.
|Music Videos are short format videos under 5 minutes that tell their story utilizing strong musical themes or the basis of music as their major theme.
|Original Scores and Compositions
|*For music submissions for projects in film, video and without film projects for stand alone music submissions. Great films, videos, shorts, industrials, and video games would surely not be as powerful and effective without the work of a great composer and original score. This competition will bring awareness, prizes and great awards to the best composers working. Please note, your project does not have to be a part of a film or video for this division. We are just looking for great music in all genres.
|Artwork and Design
|The AOF Artwork and Design Catagory recognizes outstanding creativity, professionalism and style with regards to promotional materials, i.e., storyboards, posters, one sheets and web design for film and video.
|Teleplays- Written Word
| TV Series, Pilot or Webisode are included in this genre.
|New Media- Film
|TV Series Pilot, Web Series (submitted individually) or Web Series Pilot, Sizzle Reel, Teasers, Trailers any length
|Poetry, Poems and Prose
|Any length from single stanza to 3 pages is accepted as long as it a single piece of work and NOT a compilation. Some of the Accepted Selected Pieces will be performed live.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Action on Film Festival aims to promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition in an atmosphere of unity for the entire AOF family of filmmakers and writers. We do this to enrich the life of the community, filmmakers and of course individuals who pursue careers in front of and behind the camera. By working directly with filmmakers independent of budget, origin, style or genre we celebrate the art of film and filmmakers in addition to:
-Setting high standards for quality film education and exhibition, placing artistic and cultural merit above commercial appeal.
-Working collaboratively with filmmakers and producers to increase access to quality film arts, presentations, programs, and projects.
-Enjoy the art of Action on Film in all of its glory from the delicate movement of the wings of a butterfly to a blazing shoot out on the streets of an inner city.
-The festival takes place in State of the art Theaters. There is nothing wrong with festivals that showcase films in other types of venues but we believe that we must give our filmmakers and writers the best venues to showcase their work as possible.
- Over the years people have come to understand that Action On Film does not just mean action films it means the action the filmmaker takes to bring his or her dream to the screen and the reaction of the audiences to that work.
-Oh yeah, we love filmmakers and writers too.
The Action On Film International Film Festival has been honored with being named to many Top Festival Lists both Domestic and International. Perhaps it is the free video interviews, or Black Tie Dinner and Award Shows or just the great way filmmakers and writers are treated. Whatever the reason, the AOF Team is proud to be acknowledged by MovieMaker Magazine and for being placed in such high regard as some of the world's other top film festivals.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Action On Film Festival is dedicated to movement on Film and Video. Not just what you do in front of but what a director does with the camera itself.
Action is happening all around us. From the writing of a script to the raising of the funds to complete your project. That is Action and that is what we celebrate at the AOF.
While we all love a great action film. At the AOFFEST action is more than martial arts, fast cars and what you typically believe to be action. Action is also, lovers walking on a beach, a kiss, hard edge dialogue and even more than that.
So, any film or video that has movement, life, excitement, and fire, that is what we are looking for at the AOF. Of course we want your shoot `em ups and films with fight scenes too. In short, we want to celebrate it all. Drama, Documentary, Experimental, Comedy, Animation and Family films have all found a home at the AOF.
Past winners of the AOF Fest include actor/writer/producer D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix of The Matrix and Superman: Man of Steel, undiscovered talents like Matt Sconce, Daniel Kozakiewicz, Karlos Alastruey,Michelle Muldoon, Trudy Sargeant, and Maud Lazzerini along with literally hundreds of new filmmakers, writers, animators and producers. Our Lifetime Achievement and Half - Life Award winners include Kim Coates, Michael Madsen, Talia Shire, John Savage, Bill Duke, Harry Lennix, Nick Mancuso, Bill Plympton, Maria Conchita Alonso and many other top names in the industry.
Award winners receive their awards at our gala black tie Star Studded and Industry Rich Award Show and Dinner which has sold out every year since it's creation a decade ago.
Prizes given out in 2015 were well over $100,000 in cash and prizes with generous support from Trinidad Cigars, Video Symphony (Scholarships), Pond 5 with over $50,000 in digital downloads and media, EVS Equipment -(Thousands of Dollars in Equipment Rentals) Showbiz Software, MovieMaker Magazine, MovieFone, Ruth Chris Restaurants, Hollywood Scriptwriter, Avid, Sony,Altadis and many others. Every filmmaker in attendance receives an incredible Goodie Bag and Free Passes to all Film Events and Free Drink and Dinner Mixers, Symposiums, Interviews and lots more.
Many AOF Submitters receive FREE Subscriptions to Hollywood Scriptwriter Magazine and other industry Mags; a $35.00 Value plus many other perks.
We also produce interviews of attending filmmakers and give them to you for free or post them on our site. These interviews are great promotional pieces for your website, film, video, short, script, oh yes, did we mention that we produce scenes from submitting screenplay and scriptwriters and then show the produced scenes along side films at the festival? Well, we do and people love it.
To hear what AOF Filmmakers and Writers have to say about the AOF just visit the AOF Youtube Page at http://www.youtube.com/user/Aoffest and see for yourself why filmmakers, producers, writers and actors love the AOF and why we were voted one of MovieMaker Magazines Top 25 Festivals Worth the Fees. You can also check us out on Openfilm.com where AOF Videos have received over 1,000,000 views and downloads.
Further, the AOF is one of the only International Festivals that can boast of their own Television Series, THE AOF CHANNEL which began airing in 2011 on NBC Channel 4 Los Angeles. The show featured the work of Top AOF Filmmakers, Celebrities and Sports Stars. We continue this tradition with the Del Weston On Film Show which airs via Champion Broadband and Time Warner Cable reaching well over 1 million viewers per week.
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The Fifteenth Annual Action On Film International Film Festival and Writer's Event/ is MegaFest is truly the festival of the independent filmmaker and writer. We bridge the gap between the industry and the indie filmmaker with guests like Debra Kara Unger, Nick Mancuso, Harry Lennix, Eric Bana, Mark Ruffalo, John Savage and many others in attendance every season. We also feature top distributors and buyers from companies like Bruber Media, Multivisionnaire Distribution, Showcase Entertainment, Gorilla Pictures, Storyoptic Films, Relativity Media,The China Film Group and more.
With a fifteen year history of recognizing filmmakers at every level in some of the most gorgeous cinemas in the world, we create screenings and opportunities that no other festival offers.
Action On Film means; 'The Action a director takes to make his or her vision come true and then the re-action to that effort by the audiences who watch it. Sure, we love action films but we get just as inspired by Comedy, Drama, Animation, Documentary and Experimental Projects.
Filmmakers like Daniel Kozakiewicz, Karlos Alastruey, Tracey Birdsall , Stan Harrington, and many others credit us with getting their starts. We have featured the work of hundreds of filmmakers and producers via our television programs; The AOF Channel from NBC and the currently running Del Weston's Action On Film which airs on Time Warner Cable, Champion Broadband, Peg Media and of course online.
Our 10 day event caps off with a sold out Writers' Award Show and Dinner and 2 star studded Black Tie Dinners and Award Shows which have been selling out for fourteen years straight. Got a great project? Come be a part of the show!
Please note: due to the high level of abuse and bad behavior by waived submitters in the past years, our festival will no longer offer fee waivers. Please do not ask.
Awards & Prizes
With great sponsors like Soyjoy, Monster Energy, Write Brothers, Sony, Avid, The Stella Adler Academy, the Brendan Theaters, Quickfilm Budget, Pond 5, MovieMagic, Boris FX,Brenden Theaters and many others, the AOFMegaFest gave out over $250,000 in cash and prizes in 2018 alone.
In addition, sponsors like Hollywood Rentals and others give out full equipment package rentals for up to two weeks to make a filmmaker's film production dreams come true.
We also feature many of our filmmakers on the Del Weston's Action On Film weekly television program which airs in the Los Angeles Market and across the country. This exposure alone is worth thousands of dollars in promotion and advertising for your projects.
Rules & Terms
We are Accepting submissions for feature Narrative and Documentary, short Narrative and Documentary. Shorts will play prior to a feature or in a shorts program. All genres are welcome. The festival programming staff will place your film in the appropriate category.
All entries will be judged on content, creativity, imagery, story and skill of the filmmaker. Productions produced from 2011 to July 2019 may be submitted. Works in progress will be accepted. Online screeners, are accepted for submission and for consideration by the Selection Committee. Accepted films must be exhibited on DVD or Blue-Ray and a MPEG4 film file is required as well.
PAL SYSTEM IS NOT ACCEPTED.
All Accepted Films must be submitted on MPEG4 and DVD (NTSC Region 1) or Blu-Ray (Region 1) for Exhibition. 2 Copies will be required. Screeners are not returned.
We will NOT accept online Films for exhibition screening.
PAL system is NOT accepted.
Each entry must be submitted separately.
All entries must be sent to the Action on Film Festival prepaid and, for your own protection, should be insured. Videos, DVDs , Blue- Rays, MPEG4s, DCPs submitted will not be returned. If Submitting DCP, please note the theater charges the filmmaker a fee and back-up screening Discs are STILL REQUIRED. Screening times are dependent upon receipt of the screeners (MPEG4 and DVD or Blue ray) and support materials (stills, poster art and trailer if available). Please note Support Materials (postcards,posters promo items) are not returned. Awards are not shipped by the AOF.
Films and Screenplays SELECTED for the Action on Film Festival will be announced no later than July 22, 2019 (exceptions may be made if deemed necessary by THE AOF).
Every Entry must include an Electronic Press Kit and Downloadable Trailer and trailer link.
All presentation materials (posters, post cards, goody bag promos) and screening discs, MPEG4s, DCPs for the Action on Film Festival must arrive at the AOF Offices no later than July 5, 2019. If screening files and screening discs are not received by this date the film will be pulled. NO EXCEPTIONS.
ALL ACCEPTED SUBMISSIONS MUST provide MPEG4 film File (due 7.5.19) and 2 Screening DVDs (NTSC Region 1) or 2 Blu-Rays for exhibition (due 7.5.19).
If sending DCP, Please Note that the Theater charges the filmmaker an Ingestion Fee. If sending a DCP we will still require 2 back up DVDs or Blu-Rays.
DCPS must be logged out, signed for and picked up after your screening. WE DO NOT RETURN/SHIP screening materials or promo materials (posters, postcards, goody bag items).
PAL Formatted discs will not be accepted.
We will NOT accept online screeners for exhibition purposes.
Please notify us by email of any address changes.
Failure to provide screening materials will result in disqualification and the film being pulled from screening.
Please note The AOF will NOT return or ship materials back to the submitter once the festival has commenced (this includes DVDs, Blu-Rays , DCPs, posters, postcards or promo materials)
All entries should be mailed to:
Action on Film Fest C/O EFC
3540 W. Sahara Ave. #283
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Make all checks and money orders payable to: EFC
All accepted filmmakers, who have submitted/mailed in all necessary materials and Screeners, will be placed on the AOF Website before the event. Submitting filmmakers acknowledge they have the legal right to exhibit the film and the collateral/promo materials at the AOFFEST.
Action On Film International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted and accepted film, video, or project for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that the Action On Film Festival may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film or the AOF Event via print, web and broadcast television. 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 Action On Film International Film Festival, its vendors, sponsors and supporters 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.
Written Word Submission Rules
We are currently accepting written word submissions for features, shorts, short shorts, scenes, poetry, and prose.
All genres are welcome.
One copy of an original feature film screenplay uploaded as a PDF file will be accepted. (Do NOT include more than 1 version). We do not accept hardcopy scripts.
The screenplay should be in standard industry format (12 point Courier).
Only one copy, draft or version of any screenplay may be submitted by an entrant or entrants per submission.
Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of an entry screenplay be allowed under the original submission.
Corrected or edited screenplays must be resubmitted as a NEW entry and will require a separate submission fee.
Multi-part scripts should be submitted as separate, stand-alone screenplays.
Features that are over 120 pages must be submitted as 2 different entries.
Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.
Submissions must have been written originally in English; translations will not be accepted.
Multi-part scripts should be submitted separately. Each part submitted as a separate, stand-alone screenplay.
Submissions must be the original work of the entrant(s) and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished, produced or un-produced.
Entries may, however, be adapted from the entrant’s (or entrants’) original work, which should be noted in the log line required on the application form.
Entries lacking a log line on the application form will be disqualified.
If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, the "based on true story/events" button should noted in the logline.
Collaborative work by two writers who share equally in its creation is eligible.
The collaborator’s name must be added during the online application process.
All entries must be received by or before the Extended Deadline of 7.1.2019
Nominees/Winners will be announced at the Writers Award Show and Dinner. We do not ship Awards.
Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Action On Film International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted and accepted film, video, or project for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that the Action On Film Festival may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film or the AOF Event via print, web and broadcast television.
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 Action On Film International Film Festival, it's vendors, sponsors and supporters 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.