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Feature Film - Narrative Competition (Any Genre: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Film Noir, etc) Open to all Narrative Films 70 minutes an... More
Feature Film - Narrative Competition (Any Genre: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Film Noir, etc) Open to all Narrative Films 70 minutes and over in length. This category is open to directors of all levels. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled. Less

Feature Documentary Competition Open to all documentary films 70 minutes and over in length. This category is open to directors of all levels. ... More
Feature Documentary Competition Open to all documentary films 70 minutes and over in length. This category is open to directors of all levels. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled. Less

Short or Long Form Film - Narrative Competition (Any Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Film Noir, Grind, etc) Open to all... More
Short or Long Form Film - Narrative Competition (Any Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Film Noir, Grind, etc) Open to all Short or Long Form Films 69 minutes and under in length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled. Less

Short or Long Form Documentary Competition Open to all Short or Long Form Documentary Films 69 minutes and under in length. This category is open t... More
Short or Long Form Documentary Competition Open to all Short or Long Form Documentary Films 69 minutes and under in length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled. **IMPORTANT NOTE TO SUBMITTING FILMMAKERS** -WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER- Any Filmmaker who does not enthusiastically promote his/her screening at ReelHeART (Print, Free Community Papers, Radio, TV, internet: including MySpace, FaceBook, Blogs, etc) is automatically subject to being pulled at the discretion of the festival. We're not asking you to spend extra money, we're asking you to be passionate about your film and want to spend energy promoting and marketing your film from the moment of your acceptance notification. -TIME CHEAT- Any filmmaker using the 'time-cheat-strategy' to enter his/her film, will be disqualified and the entry fee will NOT be reimbursed- -SENDING YOUR FILM- 2 COPIES IN THE SAME ENVELOPE PLEASE! We require all entrants to send 2 copies of their films at the same time, in the same package. Personal drop-offs will not be accepted. We need a postmark- Less

(Dance = Any Dance Form i.e. Ballet, Contemporary, Swing, Hip-Hop, Ballroom) ANY STYLE (Music Related Film = Bio Pics, Profiles, Docs on Music Scen... More
(Dance = Any Dance Form i.e. Ballet, Contemporary, Swing, Hip-Hop, Ballroom) ANY STYLE (Music Related Film = Bio Pics, Profiles, Docs on Music Scene/Artists, Bands, Concerts, etc.) ANY GENRE Open to all Dance or Music Related Films that are of ANY length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students. Onne of our most highly competitive categories! Who doesn't love music..? Films in a language other than English must be subtitled. Less

Animation or New Media Film Competition Open to all animated, new media and highly visual films of ANY length. This category is open to directors ... More
Animation or New Media Film Competition Open to all animated, new media and highly visual films of ANY length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled. Less

Experimental Film Competition Open to all Experimental Films that are of ANY length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including st... More
Experimental Film Competition Open to all Experimental Films that are of ANY length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled. Less

Music Video Competition Open to all Music Videos that are 10 minutes and under in length. This category is open to directors of all levels, includi... More
Music Video Competition Open to all Music Videos that are 10 minutes and under in length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students. Music Videos in a language other than English must be subtitled. Less

ReelHeART Feature Screenplay Competition Entrants LOVE our FREE Feedback and our Live Cast-To-Type Script Reads in front of a Festival Audience. ... More
ReelHeART Feature Screenplay Competition Entrants LOVE our FREE Feedback and our Live Cast-To-Type Script Reads in front of a Festival Audience. Unlike most other Feature Script Competitions – Feedback is FREE* - We provide 1-3 pages of feedback on ALL scripts, not just the Winners. This competition is open to screenplay writers of all levels. This competition is open to scripts of ALL Genres. Your script must be a "Feature Film" script. This competition is open to screenplay writers of all levels. This competition is open to scripts of ALL genres. Your script must be a “Feature Film” script. Please try to keep your script length to 120 pages MAX or less. We'll work with you to pare it down. We do have a margin that it can be over. But the shorter the better for all. A shorter script is more commercially viable. UNLIKE 'other' Screenplay' Competitions, we do NOT Charge extra for full coverage. Your entry fee INCLUDES 1-3 pages of coverage to EVERYONE, not just the Winners. Your feedback will be emailed to you sometime between April and/or after the conclusion of the festival. You heard the buzz. The excitement still hasn’t stopped. Submit your script Now! • 2007 1st and 3rd Place Scripts were from the same Screenwriter, who got optioned, not once but TWICE • 2008 2nd and 3rd Place Winners got interest from Hollywood and optioned • 2009 2nd place screenwriter got top literary agent representation • 2011 1st Place winner from Scotland was our 1st international Winner • 2012 - All Top 3 Winners were WOMEN from Scotland/USA, England UK, and Africa/USA • 2014 1st and 3rd Place Scripts were from the same Screenwriter, who got optioned and inked a SIX FIGURE deal in Hollywood • 2015 1st Place Winning Screenwriting team are currently polishing their script for Agents • 2016 Saw our very 1st full LGBTQ Feature Script in the Top 3 Please use ‘WARNER BROTHERS’ style set up in your Final Draft or script writing software. If not using software, please format your script using the guideline for script formatting at Film School Online http://www.filmschoolonline.com/sample_lessons/sample_script_page.htm *NB: This competition is separate from Feature Screenplay Competition with Producer Script Notes. That one does charge a fee from Producers Less

ReelHeART Short Screenplay Competition (Screenplays **MUST Be** 30 Pages or Less) Entrants live our FREE Feedback and our Cast-To-Type Live Scri... More
ReelHeART Short Screenplay Competition (Screenplays **MUST Be** 30 Pages or Less) Entrants live our FREE Feedback and our Cast-To-Type Live Script Reads in front of a Festival Audience. Word of Mouth is a Powerful thing. We thank all our past entrants who had a hand in helping us achieve this very important Milestone! This competition is open to screenplay writers of all levels. This competition is open to scripts of ALL genres. Your script must be a “Short Film” script. ReelHeART Short Screenplay Competition Do NOT miss out on submitting your script for 2017! The Top 3 winning short scripts will receive a rehearsed cast-to-type live read just like we do for our Top 3 Feature Screenplay Competition Winners. 1. Best TOP 3 Short Screenplay Prize Winners will receive a personalized Trophy or Medallion and POSSIBLY a SCREENWRITING related gift This competition is open to screenplay writers of all levels. This competition is open to scripts of ALL genres. Your script must be a “Short Film” script. * Please keep your script length to 30 pages or less * Scripts longer than 30 pages will be automatically disqualified * Save the Environment and help ReelHeART be a ‘green fest’ by sending your scripts via email OR via WAB Please use ‘WARNER BROTHERS’ style set up in your Final Draft or script writing software. If not using software, please format your script using the guideline for script formatting at Film School Online http://www.filmschoolonline.com/sample_lessons/sample_script_page.htm Less

In this time of Webisodes, Point n Post and where anyone anywhere can upload, view and share user generated videos, ReelHeART takes it old school. ... More
In this time of Webisodes, Point n Post and where anyone anywhere can upload, view and share user generated videos, ReelHeART takes it old school. In 2009, ReelHeART decided to introduce web videos to its film festival audience to see if filmgoers are willing to see something on the big screen they can see anytime they want on the Internet. The criterion for getting in the category is fairly simple. We ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT ANY unauthorized clips from television shows, films and music videos. We also ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT videos containing pornography, nudity, defamation, harassment, commercial advertisements and material encouraging criminal conduct. Your video has to be all original with only "fair use" of material (i.e. music, an image, a quote). Your video has to have production values, i.e. Clear Video, Clean Audio and a STORY. This category also includes cinéma vérité. Other than that, absolutely anything goes! The Winner will be awarded a Best of Prize honor and that my friend, you can submit to other film festivals and eventually shop around to Hollywood… Less

Calling all Thesis Filmmakers! Ok, so what have you done lately with that thesis film of yours? Have you got a thesis film we should see? Where... More
Calling all Thesis Filmmakers! Ok, so what have you done lately with that thesis film of yours? Have you got a thesis film we should see? Where has it screened? If it hasn’t screened in Toronto, Canada OR the Province of Ontario, we may be interested in seeing it. The Thesis Film Category was introduced in 2009. Your thesis film MUST have Production Values, i.e. Crisp Focus, Clean Audio and a STORY. This category also includes cinéma vérité. The criterion for getting in the category is fairly simple. We ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT ANY unauthorized clips from television shows, films, books, magazines and music videos. We also ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT thesis films containing defamation, harassment, commercial advertisements and material encouraging criminal conduct. Your thesis film has to be all original with only "fair use" of material (i.e. music, an image, a quote). Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Underground - This category is wide open. Whatever you made as your thesis film, it’s eligible in this category. You’ll need to write a brief intro letter that gives us details about you, your school program, the year you graduated (even if it was in the 1940s), the mark you got (high or low doesn’t matter it’s the content we’re interested in), and what you’ve done since making your thesis film. If you haven’t made it to a film festival yet, why not make it one with ReelHeART… Less

ReelHeART “Off The Shelf” Category was introduced in 2008 for films of all genres that never saw the light of day, or never reached an aud... More
ReelHeART “Off The Shelf” Category was introduced in 2008 for films of all genres that never saw the light of day, or never reached an audience shortly after the film was completed. Your film has to be MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD to be eligible- Over the past 12 seasons, ReelHeART has been impressed with the number of films we come across during our research that are quality films but we’ve never heard of before. If your film passes our criterion for all of our other categories, we’ll put it thought the same screening and scoring process as our other submissions. If your film is over 5 years old and you’d like to see how it matches up to its contemporaries, we urge you to submit your film today. In 2011, our Winner of the "Off The Shelf" Competition, also won "BEST VENUE". Less

ReelHeART Feature Screenplay Competition Entrants LOVE our Live Cast-To-Type Script Reads in front of a Festival Audience that brings their entire ... More
ReelHeART Feature Screenplay Competition Entrants LOVE our Live Cast-To-Type Script Reads in front of a Festival Audience that brings their entire script to life for the best possible re-write. This competition is open to Screenplay writers of all levels. This competition is open to scripts of ALL genres. Your script must be a “Feature Film” script. Please try to keep your script length to 120 pages MAX or less. We'll work with you to pare it down. We do have a margin that it can be over. But the shorter the better for all. A shorter script is more commercially viable. *NB: This competition is separate from Feature Screenplay Competition. This one does charge a fee from Producers who personally read your script. They do not use a 'reader'. This is for the Screenwriter who has maybe taken off a few months to get a fast-paced polish of their script to get it into the hands of producers or to use it for funding or get it into pre-production within the year. You will receive, right now, on the pulse, industry relevant feedback from one of 4 highly respected, award winning filmmakers, screenwriters, script doctors, story editors or producers. You will get a minimum of 5 pages of direct notes that cut to the chase on what's needed to get to that shooting script and possibly a one-on-one email, phonecall or Skype Call. You can submit up to 3 re-writes in the same or subsequent season at NO extra cost and still be eligible for Competition on any draft of your script. Your feedback will be emailed to you sometime between April and/or after the conclusion of the festival. You heard the buzz. The excitement still hasn’t stopped. Submit your script Now! • 2007 1st and 3rd Place Scripts were from the same Screenwriter, who got optioned, not once but TWICE • 2008 2nd and 3rd Place Winners got interest from Hollywood and optioned • 2009 2nd place screenwriter got top literary agent representation • 2011 1st Place winner from Scotland was our 1st international Winner • 2012 - All Top 3 Winners were WOMEN from Scotland/USA, England UK, and Africa/USA • 2014 1st and 3rd Place Scripts were from the same Screenwriter, who got optioned and inked a SIX FIGURE deal in Hollywood • 2015 1st Place Winning Screenwriting team are currently polishing their script for Agents • 2016 Saw our very 1st full LGBTQ Feature Script in the Top 3 Please use ‘WARNER BROTHERS’ style set up in your Final Draft or script writing software. If not using software, please format your script using the guideline for script formatting at Film School Online http://www.filmschoolonline.com/sample_lessons/sample_script_page.htm Less

Action, Adventure Film - Narrative - Competition Open to all Feature Action, Adventure Film Films 70 minutes and over in length. This category is o... More
Action, Adventure Film - Narrative - Competition Open to all Feature Action, Adventure Film Films 70 minutes and over in length. This category is open to directors of all levels. We want blood, guts, car chases, drug deals gone bad, badass girls in bikinis with bad attitudes. Anything goes in this category as long as it keeps our pulse racing! Films in a language other than English must be subtitled. *ALL FILMS OF ANY KIND **MUST BE A PREMIERE**! Any film of any kind that has screened in and / around Toronto and /or the Province of Ontario in any kind of screening that may have slipped through our due diligence research and into the notification process will be automatically pulled from the current year line-up. No refunds will be offered. No Exceptions! Less

Best LGBTQ - Competition Open to all Narrative Films and Documentaries of ANY LENGTH. This category is open to directors of all levels from all ove... More
Best LGBTQ - Competition Open to all Narrative Films and Documentaries of ANY LENGTH. This category is open to directors of all levels from all over the World. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled. ReelHeART has been a longtime Supporter and Advocate of LGBTQ rights and Voices. Many films have won here and many careers have made a change in the community - "Freak", "Narcissist the Movie", "Hollywood To Dollywood". Will your film be next...? *ALL FILMS OF ANY KIND **MUST BE A PREMIERE**! Any film of any kind that has screened in and / around Toronto and /or the Province of Ontario in any kind of screening that may have slipped through our due diligence research and into the notification process will be automatically pulled from the current year line-up. No refunds will be offered. No Exceptions! Less

Best French Film - Narrative - Competition Open to all French Films of ANY LENGTH. This category is open to French speaking directors of all levels... More
Best French Film - Narrative - Competition Open to all French Films of ANY LENGTH. This category is open to French speaking directors of all levels from ANY Country. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled IN ENGLISH *ALL FILMS OF ANY KIND **MUST BE A PREMIERE**! Less

Best Canadian Film - Competition (Any Genre) Open to all Narrative Films of ANY LENGTH. This category is open to directors of all levels from all ... More
Best Canadian Film - Competition (Any Genre) Open to all Narrative Films of ANY LENGTH. This category is open to directors of all levels from all over the World. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled. *ALL FILMS OF ANY KIND **MUST BE A PREMIERE**! Any film of any kind that has screened in and / around Toronto and /or the Province of Ontario in any kind of screening that may have slipped through our due diligence research and into the notification process will be automatically pulled from the current year line-up. No refunds will be offered. No Exceptions! Less

Best Foreign Film - Competition (Any Genre) Open to all Narrative Films of ANY LENGTH. This category is open to directors of all levels from all o... More
Best Foreign Film - Competition (Any Genre) Open to all Narrative Films of ANY LENGTH. This category is open to directors of all levels from all over the World. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled. *ALL FILMS OF ANY KIND **MUST BE A PREMIERE**! Any film of any kind that has screened in and / around Toronto and /or the Province of Ontario in any kind of screening that may have slipped through our due diligence research and into the notification process will be automatically pulled from the current year line-up. No refunds will be offered. No Exceptions! Less


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