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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.

We are working with current film festival customers to fulfill Withoutabox’s commitments through October 30, 2019 and are working with filmmakers to ensure their submissions are properly processed during this transition. We are grateful to all the filmmakers who have shared their stories through Withoutabox and the film festivals who have discovered talented artists around the world using our service.

Why are you disabling the service?

After extensive consideration, we have decided to phase out the service over the next year. We are working with current film festival customers to fulfill Withoutabox’s commitments through October 30, 2019 and are working with filmmakers to ensure their submissions are properly processed in this transition phase. We are grateful to all the filmmakers who have shared their stories through Withoutabox and the film festivals who have discovered talented artists around the world using our service.

Where do I find festivals to submit to after the service is disabled?

Please visit the website of the festival that you are interested in to find out how to submit.

What features are impacted?

Submission services will be disabled starting September 16, 2019, and access to Withoutabox will be disabled on October 30, 2019.

Can I export my existing project and submission data?

You are welcome to make a copy of the text or take screenshots of your existing project and submission data at any time before October 30, 2019.

What happens to my videos uploaded to Withoutabox?

If you have linked your IMDb and Withoutabox accounts, you can manage your videos by logging into IMDb and visiting: https://contribute.imdb.com/video/list/wab

Can I download my press kit data?

Unfortunately, this option is not available.

Can I download my screenplays?

Yes. Please go to the project view for the screenplay and select “Download Script”.

Can I get a refund for my discount packs?

Yes. If you purchased a discount pack after April 10, 2017, you will need to submit a refund request by September 16, 2019 by contacting us here.

When will I hear back from festivals about my film or screenplay?

We are working with festivals to ensure successful completion of their existing seasons on Withoutabox. We are encouraging the festivals to notify all submitters by the notification dates indicated on their listing.

Can I still upload video for my projects?

Yes, you can continue to upload videos to IMDb/Withoutabox like you do today. However, if you provide a Vimeo link it will provide festivals more flexibility in watching your screener once Withoutabox is no longer available to them.

Will title pages created on IMDb be maintained?

Yes, any title pages you created will still be maintained on IMDb.

Can I still add my project to IMDb?

Yes, to add new projects / titles to IMDb, please visit the IMDb title contribution page here.

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