10th Annual

REEL Recovery Film Festival

October 24, 2018 to October 30, 2018

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Studio City CA 91614
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Short films that deal with the subjects of alcoholism, addictions, treatment and/or recovery, and mental illness.
Feature Films that deal with the subjects of alcoholism, addictions, treatment and/or recovery.
Documentaries that deal with the subjects of alcoholism, addictions, treatment and/or recovery.


Writers In Treatment offers free referrals for individuals suffering from alcoholism or addiction. We publish the weekly Addiction/ Recovery eBulletin and produce the national REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium.


The 10th Annual Reel Recovery Film Festival & Symposium screens films dealing with all aspects and perspectives of addiction: its consequences, tragedies, comedies, scientific beliefs, personal experiences, societal influences, attitudes, and medical issues, to name a few. We also feature films that deal with mental illness, whether as a by product of drug and alcohol addiction or as a completely separate issue.

Our mission with the festival is to give a forum to new and experienced filmmakers who have made honest and relevant films about the human condition and the world of addiction and recovery.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST DEAL WITH AN ASPECT ADDICTION AND RECOVERY, substance or behavioral addictions i.e) drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, hoarding, eating disorders etc.
The entries may also deal with any aspect of mental illness.

We know there are filmmakers with brilliant perspectives on addiction and mental illness whose work might be overlooked at a mainstream film festival. Last year we screened a very eclectic mix of features, shorts and documentaries . We don't want to wait every few years for Hollywood to embrace this subject when so many independent and established filmmakers are giving voice to this potentially tragic lifestyle.

Our film festivals are screened in New York, Los Angeles, Denver and Fort Lauderdale with the potential of additional cities.


Ahbra Schiff (Program Director); Leonard Buschel (Festival Registrar); Leonard Buschel (Festival Registrar)


Our film festivals are screened in Chicago,New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Fort Lauderdale Colorado and Vancouver. All submissions are accepted annually January 1- August 15 (Extended deadline August 17)

Types of Films: Shorts, features, documentaries, music videos, educationals, and all other films/videos of any length that deal with the subjects of addiction, alcoholism, eating disorders, process addictions (gambling, sex, internet, etc) Mental illness and/or recovery. Films should be editorially diverse, portraying a wide range of ideologies, experiences, cultural backgrounds, opinions and identities.


By submitting this film, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:

I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this documentary film to the REEL Recovery Film Festival and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true; This film contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever;

If this documentary is selected for screening at REEL Recovery Film Festival , I grant REEL Recovery Film Festival the right to screen this film in Los Angeles, CA, Oct., 2011;

I understand and agree that this film entry, if selected for the Festival, may be used for promotional purposes for the REEL Recovery Film Festival, and/or its partners and I grant REEL Recovery Film Festival and its partners the rights to use up to two minutes of footage, photographic stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes;

I fully indemnify and hold Writers In Treatment and its partners harmless from: a) damage to or loss of the film print or videotapes en route to or from REEL Recovery Film Festival or during the course of Writers In Treatment's possession of the entry; and b) from an claims which may arise in connection with this film. If a claim arises in connection with this film, I will bear all the costs of defense incurred by Writers In Treatment and pay any award of damages which may ensue. I also agree to reimburse Writers In Treatment for any attorney fees incurred in connection with the defense of such a claim.

I understand that REEL Recovery Film Festival reserves the right to place my film in the appropriate programming category and chose final competition films.
By signing below, I am indicating that I understand, comply with and agree to the Terms of Entry and the eligibility requirements.