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This category is reserved for films with intense action, fighting, chase scenes, driving sequences, acrobatics, gun fights, martial arts, or some elem... More
This category is reserved for films with intense action, fighting, chase scenes, driving sequences, acrobatics, gun fights, martial arts, or some element that fuels the audience with adrenaline. The judges are looking for tense moments, strong editing and good sound design. Less

This category is reserved for cartoons, 2D animation, 3D animation, clay animation, sand animation, Anime, Computer Graphics, Puppetry Animation, Stop... More
This category is reserved for cartoons, 2D animation, 3D animation, clay animation, sand animation, Anime, Computer Graphics, Puppetry Animation, Stop-Motion, Flip Book Animation, Experimental Animation and any form of animated films that may exist, but we haven't listed. Films that have a mixture of animated elements and live action characters are eligible for this category as well. Less

This category is reserved for films that make people laugh. The judges are looking for films that have funny moments, comedic situations, fun dialogue... More
This category is reserved for films that make people laugh. The judges are looking for films that have funny moments, comedic situations, fun dialogue, humorous acting, and great characters. This event has screened great musicals, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, family comedy, silent comedy, slapstick comedy, romantic comedy, action comedy, student comedy, mockumentary, web series episodes, comedy TV pilots, fake commercials and more at our past events. Less

This category is reserved for films that are on the darker side of the comedy genre. Sometimes referred to as “Black Comedy” these films h... More
This category is reserved for films that are on the darker side of the comedy genre. Sometimes referred to as “Black Comedy” these films have a sick sense of humor and may not be suitable for mainstream festivals. Often times these films end with the death of a character or have some strange gruesome scenes. Dark comedy films can make you laugh and cringe at the same time. If your audience laughs and then says “that’s messed up,” then you’ve probably produced something pretty dark. This event has screened dark comedy films that feature strange cruelty, or feature characters that are trying to get rid of a dead body, or they accidentally poison the wrong person, or even dream of murders, dark situations and revenge with strange dark comedic elements. Less

This category is reserved for documentary films with thought provoking short stories about real life, interesting people, great stories, historical re... More
This category is reserved for documentary films with thought provoking short stories about real life, interesting people, great stories, historical research, medical issues, sports stories, coming of age stories, political issues, war stories, racism, gender issues, LGBTQ stories, social justice issues, artists, musicians, actors, professionals, technologies, or some kind of non-fiction story. All flavors of well documented films and stories are eligible from anywhere in the world, and in any language (with English subtitles or voice-over.) Less

This category is reserved for films with real-life stories, people and situations of a more serious nature. Films that have strong acting and great wr... More
This category is reserved for films with real-life stories, people and situations of a more serious nature. Films that have strong acting and great writing. Films that bring out emotions in the audience are what the judges are looking for. Strong drama films deal with everything from romance and family relationships to post traumatic stress disorder, depression and loss of life. Medical dramas, stories about overcoming adversity, period dramas, sports stories, immigration issues, poverty, coming of age stories, have all screened at this event in the past. Beautiful cinematography, good production value and great music are viewed favorably by our judges, especially in the drama category. Less

This category is reserved for films that are outside of the Hollywood mainstream. Creative works that some would consider odd, strange, artistic, weir... More
This category is reserved for films that are outside of the Hollywood mainstream. Creative works that some would consider odd, strange, artistic, weird, innovative, fresh, enlightening, inspirational, confusing, mysterious, futuristic, retro, or difficult to classify. Experimental films must have some element that has something truly unique about it. Less

This category is reserved for creative and scary Horror Films that have adrenaline pumping moments. Do you have a film that was intentionally created ... More
This category is reserved for creative and scary Horror Films that have adrenaline pumping moments. Do you have a film that was intentionally created to scare people? Does your film depict any horrifying action sequences, blood, gore, monsters, psychotic people, slashing, stalking, zombies, vampires, disease outbreaks, demonic possession, haunted buildings, or any other elements that would classify your film as a true horror film? Great sound design, musical score, cinematography, visual effects or special effects are appreciated by the judges. Less

This category is reserved for music videos of all musical genres. The judges are impressed by good stories, great acting, excellent cinematography, an... More
This category is reserved for music videos of all musical genres. The judges are impressed by good stories, great acting, excellent cinematography, and cool editing that syncs really well with the music.If your music video is publicly available on Vimeo, Vevo or YouTube, your submission is qualified for entry. Official selections, nominations or awards on the Film Festival Circuit may help your video get exposure. The time limit for the Music Video category is five minutes and fifty nine seconds (05:59) including all credits. Less

This category is reserved for films that are exploring the future, time travel, space, disease outbreaks, experiments, aliens, or any other concept th... More
This category is reserved for films that are exploring the future, time travel, space, disease outbreaks, experiments, aliens, or any other concept that involves technology that may not exist yet? Great sound design, musical score, cinematography, visual effects or special effects are appreciated by the judges. We have some science fiction enthusiasts on the judging team that can’t wait to see what you’ve created. Less

If you feel like your film does not fit any of the other categories and is between 1-30 minutes, you can submit it here.
If you feel like your film does not fit any of the other categories and is between 1-30 minutes, you can submit it here. Less

This category is reserved for screenplays that are funny, engaging and make people laugh. The judges are looking for screenplays that have great chara... More
This category is reserved for screenplays that are funny, engaging and make people laugh. The judges are looking for screenplays that have great character development, funny moments, comedic situations, smart dialogue, humorous personalities, and a storyline that is easy to follow. Most genres of comedy screenplays fit into this category. General comedy, musicals, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, family comedy, slapstick comedy, action comedy, student comedy, fake commercials and mockumentary screenplays. Please note that we have separate screenplay category for Dark Comedy Screenplays, just in case you have a really sick sense of humor. 12 different judges will read every word of every screenplay submitted. Please submit in .pdf format. Less

This category is reserved for screenplays that are on the darker side of the comedy genre. Sometimes referred to as “Black Comedy” these f... More
This category is reserved for screenplays that are on the darker side of the comedy genre. Sometimes referred to as “Black Comedy” these films have a sick sense of humor and may not be suitable for mainstream festivals. Often times these stories end with the death of a character or have some strange gruesome scenes. Dark comedy films can make you laugh and cringe at the same time. If your audience laughs and then says “that’s messed up,” then you’ve probably written something pretty dark. This event has selected dark comedy screenplays that feature strange cruelty, or feature characters that are trying to get rid of a dead body, or they accidentally poison the wrong person, or even dream of murders, dark situations and revenge with strange dark comedic elements. Please submit in .pdf format. Less

This category is reserved for films with real-life stories, people and situations of a more serious nature. Screenplays that have strong acting and gr... More
This category is reserved for films with real-life stories, people and situations of a more serious nature. Screenplays that have strong acting and great writing. Films that bring out emotions in the reader are what the judges are looking for. Strong drama stories deal with everything from romance and family relationships to post traumatic stress disorder, depression and loss of life. Medical dramas, stories about overcoming adversity, period dramas, sports stories, immigration issues, poverty, coming of age stories, have all been selected by our judges in past events. Excellent character development, scenes that are easy to visualize and storylines that keep the reader engaged are viewed favorably by our judges, especially in the drama category. 12 different judges will read every word of every screenplay submitted. Please submit in .pdf format. Less

This category is reserved for creative and scary Horror Screenplays that have adrenaline pumping moments. Do you have a story that was intentionally c... More
This category is reserved for creative and scary Horror Screenplays that have adrenaline pumping moments. Do you have a story that was intentionally created to scare people? Does your screenplay depict any horrifying action sequences, blood, gore, monsters, psychotic people, slashing, stalking, zombies, vampires, disease outbreaks, demonic possession, haunted buildings, or any other elements that would classify your screenplay as a true horror film experience? Please submit in .pdf format. Less

This category is reserved for screenplays that are exploring the future, time travel, space, disease outbreaks, experiments, aliens, or any other conc... More
This category is reserved for screenplays that are exploring the future, time travel, space, disease outbreaks, experiments, aliens, or any other concept that involves technology that may not exist yet? We have some science fiction enthusiasts on the judging team that can’t wait to see what you’ve created. Please submit in .pdf format. Less


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