Submission Fees

(Last Revised May 27, 2015)

What are the submission fees for Filmmakers?

It’s free to use Withoutabox to submit to Festivals. You only pay the Entry / Submission Fees charged by the festivals. For Festivals that don’t charge any Submission Fees, you can submit for free.

How much does it cost to upload videos?

It’s free to upload videos and share them with festivals. We support HD 1080p uploads up to 10 GB file sizes.

How much does it cost to upload Press Kit Assets?

It’s free to upload Press Kit Assets.

Press Kits include up to 9 uploads each of Production Stills, Production Notes, Resume Photos / Bios, News & Reviews Links, News & Reviews Clips, 4 uploads of Other Files, and 1 Director’s statement. There is no limit on number of trailers / clips that can be uploaded.

Can I get a refund of submission fees?

If you bought Submission Protection, you are eligible to receive 100% of your Submission Fee when program conditions are met (please refer to  Submission Protection section  below for more details).

Refunds for submissions that did not include Submission Protection are handled on a case by case basis. Refunds that are granted without Submission Protection are subject to a transaction fee equal to 5 units of the currency the Submission Fee was paid. Also note, refunds can only be issued to the original method of payment in the currency charged. Please feel free to contact us for further assistance.

Submission Protection

What is Submission Protection?

Our Submission Protection policy allows you to receive a 100% refund of your Submission Fee, if:

  • You decide to withdraw your Submission within 5 days of submitting your Work.
  • Your Submission (physical copy of the screener - e.g. DVD/Blu-Ray) is lost in the mail, is not tracked by the Competition within the WAB Service, or is not received by the Competition.
  • The Festival to which you submitted your Work does not take place or gets de-listed from Withoutabox during the applicable Submission Entry period.

How much does it cost to buy Submission Protection?

Buying Submission Protection is completely optional. It costs 1.35 for all Submission Fees less than 30 units of currency the Submission Fee was paid in, and 4.5% of Submission Fees for fees greater than 30 units of currency. These fees are standard across all supported currencies. Please note, the fee for Submission Protection is non-refundable.

How long does it take to process refunds if I purchased submission protection?

Typically, refund requests are reviewed within 24-48 hours. Once approved, Withoutabox will issue a refund to your original form of payment and currency. Funds will appear in your account once processed by your financial institution, which usually takes 3-5 business days.

Discount Packs

What are Discount Packs?

Discount Packages are completely optional, but will allow you to receive the discounted Submission Fees when submitting to multiple festival on Withoutabox. Discount Packs are available to purchase for both Film and Screenplay Projects.

How do Discount Packs work?

Discount Packages are purchased per project, so you can receive the discounted rate when submitting the project to a Withoutabox festival. For example, if you pay $100 now to buy a Screenplay Discount Pack, you will receive $120 in discount credits, giving you a total savings of $20 on your future submission fees. A discount pack could help you save money, if you plan to submit that screenplay project to over 20 festivals on Withoutabox.

When a regular entry fee is $55 and the festival offers a $5 discount, you will pay just $50 for that submission. Your Discount Pack balance of $120 will decline to $115, which can then be applied to other festivals until the balance is spent. Your discount package will allow you to access the discounted rate. Discount Packages are not prepayment of fees, you would still need to pay the discounted fee separately using a credit or debit card.

Discount Packages do not expire. Discount pricing does not take effect until after you purchase a discount package for your project.

Note that when you apply Discount Packs to festivals using currencies other than USD, you will receive a discount of 5 units in that currency (e.g.: when you apply to a festival that has a standard submission fee of 40 EUR you will pay 35 EUR). For all submission currencies, 5 USD will be deducted from your Discount Packs credit. Before using your Discount Pack for Submission Fees in currencies other than U.S. dollars, be sure to check the applicable exchange rate. If 1 unit of that currency is convertible into less than $1 US dollar, savings will be impacted accordingly.

How much do I save using Discount Packs?

Discount Packs are for heavy submitters who know they are going to submit their project to a lot of festivals (e.g. more than 25 submissions).

  • Film Power Submitter Discount Packs will save you $25 if you plan to make about 37 submissions of your project.
  • Film Mega Submitter Discount Packs will save you $100 if you plan to make about 100 submissions of your project.
  • Screenplay Discount Packs will save you $20 if you plan to make about 24 submissions of your project.

How much does it cost to buy Discount Packs?

When you buy our optional Discount Packs, you are paying in advance for discounts that will apply to your submissions. We currently provide the following options.

Discount Packs – Film Submission
You Pay To Get Discounts So You Save
Power Submitter $160 $185 $25
Mega Submitter $400 $500 $100
Discount Packs – Screenplay Submission
You Pay To Get Discounts So You Save
Power Submitter $100 $120 $20

Can I get a refund for Discount Packs?

You can receive a refund for the unused portion of your Discount Package within 12 months of purchase. Please contact us if you would like a refund.

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