12th Annual

Action On Film International Film Festival

September 02, 2016 to September 10, 2016

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710 S. Myrtle Ave
Monrovia CA 91016
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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.
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
Short Shorts are films of any format with a running time of 10 minutes or less.
Action Sequences
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. There are 3 divisions: Scenes- 1 page- 5 pages, Shorts 6 pages -59 pages, Feature Screenplays 60 pages -120 pages. Feature Plus Screenplays, 121 pages-200 pages, require submission as a 2 Part Feature with a Submission Fee per each part. Any Genre is accepted.
Screenplay Shorts
Got a great screenplay short that is 50 pages or less? Then, this is the division for you!
Screenplay Scenes
Got a great scene 5 pages or less? This is your division.
Documentary projects can be of any length but they must deal with a non-fiction subject matter.
Children's Films
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 Video
Music Videos are short format videos under 10 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.
Teleplay (Written Word) that is of any length or Genre. TV Series, Pilot or Webisode is included In this genre.


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.


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, 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 and yes 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 Stan Harrington and Matt and Gary Scone 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 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 2014 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.


Del Weston (Director); Theresa Coscarelli-Weston (Festival Director ); Theresa Coscarelli-Weston (Festival Director ); Theresa Coscarelli-Weston (Partner); Theresa Coscarelli-Weston (Partner)


We are Accepting submissions for feature Narrative and Documentary, short Narrative and Documentary in ALL Genres (Film and Written Word). 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 2016 may be submitted. Works in progress will be accepted. All films must be submitted via online formats or DVD/Blue Ray (Region 1 or Region 0) for consideration by the Selection Committee. If selected 2 DVDs/Blue-Rays or DCP are required for Exhibition. We will NOT accept PAL or Online Screeners.

Each entry must be submitted separately on Withoutabox. All entries must be sent to the Action on Film Festival prepaid and, for your own protection, should be insured. Films selected for the Action on Film Festival will be announced by August 1, 2016 (approximate)

All presentation materials for the Action on Film Festival must arrive in Los Angeles no later than August 5, 2016. The AOF will not return exhibition materials.

It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to maintain accurate contact information. Acceptance letters are sent via email directly from the Action on Film Festival not by Withoutabox (or any of their subsidiaries).

Please notify us by mail, fax or email of any address, email or phone number changes.

We accept Film, Digital, Online, etc. for judging, however all Final submissions should they be accepted into the festival, must be on DVD, Blue Ray, or DCP formats. We will NOT accept PAL or Online Screeners for Festival Exhibition. We will only Screen DVD (Region 0 or 1), Blue Ray or DCP formats.

The AOF retains the right to pull all films that do Not provide all required Acceptance Materials (including but Not Limited to the 2 Exhibition DVDs/Blue Rays, or DCP) 2 weeks prior to the start date of the 2016 Action on Film Festival. (Special circumstances may apply).

All entries should be mailed to:
Action on Film Fest
710 S. Myrtle Ave #332
Monrovia CA 91016

Please make all checks and money orders payable to: EFC

Once all exhibition materials are received by the AOF, All accepted filmmakers will be placed on the AOF Website before the event.


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.