14th Annual

Utopia Film Festival

October 12, 2018 to October 15, 2018

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Greenbelt MD 20770
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
A narrative fictional film 40 - 90 minutes in length.
Documentary Feature
A documentary film 40 - 90 minutes in length.
Narrative Short
A narrative fictional film which is less than 40 minutes in length.
Documentary Short
A documentary film less than 40 minutes in length.
An animation work 60 minutes or less in length.
Works by Young People Under Age 18
Works by Young People Under Age 18.


The non-profit Utopia Film Festival seeks entertaining and engaging works which typify our mission: "Seeking a better world through film."

We want films and animation which make us laugh, cry and/or expand our consciousness: works which creatively explore the social, political, cultural and environmental issues which challenge humanity's never-ending quest - in all its variables - for the perfect "utopian" existence.


The Utopia Film Festival will be held Friday, Oct. 12 - Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Located between Washington and Baltimore, Maryland, Greenbelt was one of America's first planned communities - a New Deal project built by the Roosevelt Administration in the 1930's. Utopia films screen at venues which include the historic Greenbelt Theatre and the Greenbelt Arts Center, attracting audiences from throughout the greater-Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

We seek cinematic works of all genres and present the following awards:

BEST SHORT FILM AWARD: The best film in any category under 40 minutes in length.

UTOPIAN VISIONS AWARD: The best work in any category which reflects the Utopia Film Festival's belief in the value of cinema to help create a better world.

BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER AWARD: The best work produced by a filmmaker under 18.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT AWARD FOR CREATIVITY: The work deemed most creative by the Utopia Film Festival.

BEST DOCUMENTARY: The documentary deemed most compelling by the Utopia Film Festival.


Chris Haley (Director); Chris Haley (Director); Deborah Hartwick; Deborah Hartwick (Program Manager); Frank Gervasi (Utopia Film Festival Treasurer); Susan Gervasi (Co-director); Susan Gervasi (Co-director)


Entries must be submitted by original creator (or a parent, guardian or instructor of an entrant under 18 years of age).

We accept online submissions through Withoutabox Secure Online Screeners or a DVD or Blu-ray mailed to us. If you are accepted, we require that two hard copies - either DVDs or Blu-rays - be shipped to us as soon as possible.

Submissions are not returnable.

A separate fee must be paid for each entry, though multiple entries may be sent together.

If you have a Withoutabox online press kit, it should include a one or two-line description or synopsis of your work; its running time; and photo stills for publicity purposes. If you do not have a Withoutabox online press kit, your may submit samples of publicity materials with your entry, a CD containing such materials, or a web link to where this information may be found.

IMPORTANT: If you are a filmmaker under 18 years of age, no submission fees are required. But you must request a fee waiver which includes proof of age in some form. Contact utopiafest2017@gmail.com along with proof of age and your fee waiver request at the time of submission.


By submitting my film for consideration by the Utopia Film Festival, I agree that:

(1) I am the original creator (or teacher/parent/guardian for youth-produced films).

(2) My film has all necessary clearances and rights to be screened at a film festival.

(3) If my film is selected, it may be screened one or more times at the Utopia Film Festival and other Utopia-related events.

(4) I agree that Utopia has the right to screen all entries and selections on Greenbelt Access Television (GATE), a non-profit community access television station which is the primary festival sponsor.

The Utopia Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted to use for promotional purposes.

The individual submitting the film hereby warrants that he or she is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Utopia Film 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, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.