11th Annual

Utopia Film Festival

October 23, 2015 to October 25, 2015

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Greenbelt MD 20770
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Narrative Feature
A narrative film in any genre which is 40 minutes or more in length. (Works under 90 minutes are preferred.)
Documentary Feature
A documentary film which is 40 minutes or more in length. (Works under 90 minutes preferred.)
Narrative Short
A narrative film in any genre which is less than 40 minutes in length. This can include an episode or episodes from a net series, as long as the total entry is less than 40 minutes.
Documentary Short
A documentary film which is less than 40 minutes in length.
An animation work of any length. (Works under 90 minutes are preferred.)
Utopian Film
Works of any length and genre which address such themes as community building, cultural diversity, social and economic concerns, and environmental issues. Utopian films could also include films about utopian communities, goals and experiments. ("utopian" as defined by Wikipedia as "an ideal community or society") (Works under 90 minutes are preferred.)
Works which explore utopian ideas by focusing on anti-utopian attitudes and cultures would also fall into this category; such "dystopian" societies are defined by Wikipedia as "repressive and controlled" states, or false utopias.
Films by and for Young People
Films by filmmakers under 18 as well as films of interest to young people. (Filmmakers under 18 may request a fee waiver.)


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, now in its 11th year, will take place from Friday, Oct. 23 - Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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

Though we seek cinematic works of all genres and lengths for our festival, the best films in the following four categories receive special recognition:

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

UTOPIAN VISIONS AWARD: The best work in any category - including but not limited to the Utopian Film category - which reflects Utopia's belief in the value of cinema to help create a better world.

BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER AWARD: The best work produced by a young filmmaker under 18. (Note that youth-produced films can be submitted for free upon request of a fee waiver.)

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


Chris Haley (Co-director); Susan Gervasi (Submissions Tracker)


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

We accept DVD NTSC (Region 1); Blu-Ray; flash drive; and online submissions through Dropbox, Vimeo or other means. (Please query us in advance at submissions@utopiafilmfestival.org if you wish to submit online.) If you choose MOV or AVI files for Withoutabox, you may send submissions to submissions@utopiafilmfestival.org.

Submissions are not returnable.

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

A Withoutabox online press kit should include, at minimum, a one or two-line description or synopsis of the work; its running time; and photo stills for publicity purposes. If you do not have a Withoutabox online press kit, please 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, you may request a fee waiver. But we need proof of age, and ask you to submit, along with your film, a photocopy of a current student or other ID showing your birthdate. Entries submitted with a fee waiver request which do not include current ID proof will have processing of their submissions delayed and the fee waiver revoked unless proof of age is provided.


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.

(4) 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 and accepted for exhibition at the Festival 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.