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Withoutabox Update for 2019

After more than 10 years operating the Withoutabox film festival submission service, we have decided to phase out the service over the next year. Festivals currently using Withoutabox will be able to complete their current submission season, and you can continue to use Withoutabox in 2019 as long as submissions close on or before September 16, 2019.

As always, our team is working to ensure submissions are properly processed and are here to help through the transition. Here are some key dates to help prepare:

  • Submissions on Withoutabox close on September 16, 2019

    This is the last day you will be able to accept submissions through Withoutabox. This includes deadline waiver submissions which will not be supported after this date.

  • Access to Withoutabox will close on October 30, 2019

    Festivals can continue to use Withoutabox for managing and judging submissions, and for other administrative tasks until we disable the service completely on October 30, 2019. We recommend festivals begin exporting data well before this date to obtain a historical record of submissions.

Additional details are below.

1. When will I lose access to my submission data?
You will lose access to submission data using Withoutabox starting October 30, 2019. Until then, you can export the submission data for all your seasons.

2. Can I export my submission data?
Yes. You can continue to export the submission data for all your seasons like you do today until October 30, 2019. You can learn more about exporting data here.

3. Can I download video/screener data?
For videos uploaded to Withoutabox/IMDb, we are unable to support downloads. For Vimeo links, you can copy both the link and password for later viewing. Any videos uploaded to IMDb via Withoutabox will remain on IMDb.

4. When will my payments be settled?
The process for disbursing payments is not changing. We will continue to make payments using the same schedule that we follow today. If you will be using Withoutabox in 2019, you will need to track all submissions by September 30, 2019 so that we can pay you in a timely manner.

5. Can I continue to contact submitters through Withoutabox?
Yes, you can continue to contact submitters until October 30, 2019. Please be sure to continue completing final status notifications on time to keep submitters up to date.

6. Can I use the Withoutabox festival judging app for Amazon FireTV?
Yes, up until October 30, 2019.

How does Withoutabox work for film festivals and screenplay competitions?

Since 2001 Withoutabox has been connecting filmmakers and festivals by providing a secure submission platform for filmmakers to submit to thousands of festivals and screenwriting competitions worldwide.

Our community is comprised of over 600,000 filmmakers, writers, and artistic visionaries in more than 175 countries/regions. Festivals are easily discovered by filmmakers allowing you to garner a wide range of quality submissions and curate an impressive program that is unique to your festival’s audience.

What services does Withoutabox offer for managing film submissions?

Withoutabox offers many features that make it easy for festivals to manage filmmaker submissions:

View Submissions in 1080p HD & Track Judging

Filmmakers have the option to submit their film as a Secure Online Screener up to 10GB in 1080p HD. Immediately after submitting their film as a Secure Online Screener, your festival will have access to view the film in 1080p HD directly on Withoutabox. Secure Online Screeners are only available to festivals that the filmmaker has submitted to and can only be viewed on Withoutabox.


Withoutabox’s judging tools allows you to assign film submissions to your festival judges so they can rate and add comments to them. Judges can conveniently view Secure Online Screeners and bonus or Press Kit videos uploaded by the filmmaker directly on their computer. Once judging is complete, festivals can view average ratings to help determine which films to accept.

Convenient Online Management

Withoutabox's online suite of management tools allow you to accept and track incoming submission materials, online fee payments, and administer waiver codes. Additionally, festivals can notify filmmakers of final decisions using Withoutabox’s tracking and judging tools.

All submission details can be exported as needed for use in your own applications and databases. You can customize your exports to include all or parts of submission and project data.

Secure Payment Processing

Withoutabox makes monthly payments via Direct Deposit or Bank Transfer to Festival customers for the submission fees paid online, eliminating the need for Festivals to process credit card payments. Payments can be processed in the following currencies: AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, and USD.

Online Support for Filmmakers: HelpDesk

Withoutabox serves as the go-to source for filmmaker questions allowing you to focus on your event. Should a filmmaker have a question about their submission they can contact us. If we think we need your expertise, we will loop you in then.

How does Withoutabox charge festivals and competitions?

It is free for festivals and competitions to register and setup their listing on Withoutabox. Commission fees are applied only after submissions are received. Optional marketing packages to help promote your festival can also be placed on account and deducted from submission income received. Learn more about Withoutabox Festival Pricing