12th Annual

Utopia Film Festival

October 21, 2016 to October 23, 2016

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Greenbelt MD 20770
Phone: 301-466-9524

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Narrative Feature
A narrative film 40 - 90 minutes in length.
Documentary Feature
A documentary film 40 - 90 minutes in length.
Narrative Short
A narrative film 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 less than 40 minutes in length.
An animation work 90 minutes or less in length.
Films by Young People and Films for Young People
Films by filmmakers under age 18 and films of interest to young people (filmmaker may be 18 or over.) 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 12th year, will take place from Friday, Oct. 21 - Sunday, Oct. 23, 2015, in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.

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); Frank Gervasi (Utopia Film Festival Treasurer); 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; DVD NTSC (Region 1) and Blu-ray.

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 in some form. Contact utopiafilmfestival2016@gmail.com with any questions about this.


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) 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.