UP NEXT FILM FESTIVAL 2020 OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!!!

Submissions are now open for the Up Next Film Festival 2020 which will be taking place from the 24th-27th September. Up Next Film Festival is a truly independent film festival, committed and dedicated to showcase the works of both new and established international and domestic filmmakers from the world of independent cinema. We are committed to playing a constituent part in discovering, celebrating and helping independent filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the film industry. Click here for full details.

The Up Next Film Festival 2020 cateGORIES ARE...

FEATURE FILMS

FOREIGN FEATURE FILMS

FEATURE FILMS

Must have a minimum running time of 60 minutes.

Films in this category qualify for the following awards: 

Best Feature Film,

Best Male Performance, 

Best Female Performance,

Best Female Filmmaker,

Best Writer (Film),

Best Director,

Best Cinematographer,

Best Editor and

Up Next Emerging Talent Award .

SHORT FILMS

FOREIGN FEATURE FILMS

FEATURE FILMS

Must have a running time of 30 minutes or less, including all credit.

Films in this category qualify for the following awards: 

Best Short Film,

Best Male Performance, 

Best Female Performance,

Best Female Filmmaker,

Best Writer (Film),

Best Director,

Best Cinematographer,

Best Editor and

Up Next Emerging Talent Award 

FOREIGN FEATURE FILMS

FOREIGN FEATURE FILMS

FOREIGN FEATURE FILMS

Must have a minimum running time of 60 minutes. Must be made outside the United States: Production and/or Post

Production. 

Films in this category qualify for the following awards:

Best Foreign Feature Film,

Best Male Performance, 

Best Female Performance,

Best Female Filmmaker, 

Best Writer (Film),

Best Director,

Best Cinematographer,

Best Editor and

Up Next Emerging Talent Award.

FOREIGN SHORT FILMS

WOMEN SHORT FILMS & TV WEB SERIES

FOREIGN FEATURE FILMS

Must have a running time of 30 minutes or less, including all credits. Must be made outside the United States: Production and/or Post Production. 

Films in this category qualify for the following awards: 

Best Foreign Short Film,

Best Male Performance, 

Best Female Performance,

Best Female Filmmaker, 

Best Writer (Film),

Best Director,

Best Cinematographer, 

Best Editor and

Up Next Emerging Talent Award.

WOMEN FEATURE FILMS

WOMEN SHORT FILMS & TV WEB SERIES

WOMEN SHORT FILMS & TV WEB SERIES

Feature films written, directed and/or produced by women, focusing on women's subject matter. Must have a minimum running time of 60 minutes.

Films in this category qualify for the following awards:

Best Women Feature Film,

Best Female Performance, 

Best Female Filmmaker,

Best Writer (Film),

Best Director,

Best Cinematographer,

Best Editor and

Up Next Emerging Talent Award.

WOMEN SHORT FILMS & TV WEB SERIES

WOMEN SHORT FILMS & TV WEB SERIES

WOMEN SHORT FILMS & TV WEB SERIES

*Short films and/or TV/web series episodes written, directed and/or produced by women, focusing on women's subject matter 30 minutes or less. 

TV/Webseries must submit up to 3 episodes with a combined running time of 30 minutes, including credits.

*Films in this category qualify for the following awards:

Best Women Short Film,

Best Web-Series

Best Female Performance,

Best Female Filmmaker,

Best Writer (Film),

Best Director,

Best Cinematographer,

Best Editor and

Up Next Emerging Talent Award.

LGBT FEATURE FILMS

LGBT SHORT FILMS & TV WEB SERIES

LGBT SHORT FILMS & TV WEB SERIES

*Feature films focusing on LGBT subject matter. Must have a minimum running time of 60 minutes.

*Films in this category qualify for the following awards:

Best LGBT Feature.

LGBT SHORT FILMS & TV WEB SERIES

LGBT SHORT FILMS & TV WEB SERIES

LGBT SHORT FILMS & TV WEB SERIES

*Short films focusing on LGBT subject matter 30 minutes or less.

*Films in this category qualify for the following awards:

Best LGBT Short.

WEB SERIES

LGBT SHORT FILMS & TV WEB SERIES

GEORGIA FEATURE FILMS

*A web series is a series of scripted or non-scripted videos, generally in episodic form, released on the  

Internet and part of the web television medium. Must submit up to 3 episodes with a combined running time of 

30 minutes, including credits and completed after January 1, 2018. 

*Films in this category qualify for the following awards: 

Best Web-Series.


(News Programs, Talk Shows, and Reality Shows are not accepted).

GEORGIA FEATURE FILMS

GEORGIA FEATURE FILMS

GEORGIA FEATURE FILMS

*Features films shot in or about Georgia. Films submitted in the Georgia category must be made in the State of Georgia: Production and/or post production. Films submitted in Georgia category must have a minimum running time of 60 minutes.

*Films in this category qualify for the following awards: 

Best Feature Film,

Best Male Performance,

Best Female 

Performance,

Best Female Filmmaker,

Best Writer (Film), 

Best Director,

Best Cinematographer,

Best Editor and 

Up Next Emerging Talent Award.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

PLEASE SUBMIT EARLY TO SAVE ON SUBMISSION FEES. YOUR ONLINE SCREENER MUST BE READY FOR VIEWING BY THE FOLLOWING DATES IN ORDER TO MEET THE RESPECTIVE DEADLINE.

12/23/2019

EARLY BIRD

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12/23/2019

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OPENING DATE

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01/27/2020

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01/27/2020

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ENDING OF EARLY BIRD SUBMISSIONS

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03/02/2020

REGULAR DEADLINE

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03/02/2020

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STANDARD SUBMISSION TIME FRAME

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05/18/2020

LATE DEADLINE

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05/18/2020

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06/22/2020

FINAL DEADLINE

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06/22/2020

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AWARDS & PRIZES

Jury awards are given in the following categories:

  • Best Feature Film Award (Trophy)
  • Best Short Film Award (Trophy)
  • Best Web-Series Award (Trophy)
  • Best Foreign Feature Award (Trophy)
  • Best Foreign Short Award (Trophy)
  • Best Female Filmmaker Award (Trophy)
  • Best LGBT Feature Award (Trophy)
  • Best LGBT Short Award (Trophy)
  • Best Male Performance Award (Trophy)
  • Best Female Performance Award (Trophy)
  • Best Writer (Film) Award (Trophy)
  • Best Director Award (Trophy)
  • Best Cinematographer Award (Trophy)
  • Best Editor Award (Trophy)
  • Georgia Spotlight Award (Georgia Filmmakers Only) (Trophy)
  • *** Up Next Emerging Talent Award *** (Trophy)


Submit through FilmFreeway at the dedicated Up Next Film Festival Screenplay Competition page.

Rules & Terms

TERMS & CONDITIONS

(Please read thoroughly before submitting). Any failure to comply with one or more of Up Next Film Festival's Rules & Terms will result in disqualification. 

CLEARANCE

Filmmaker MUST HAVE clearance or rights for film submission.

Films must have been created after January 1, 2018.

ALL Foreign films MUST HAVE English language subtitles.

COMPLETED FILMS ONLY.

ENTRY FEES

Fee Waivers are not available.

Entry fee is non-refundable.

Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival.

All selection decisions and award decisions are final and at the discretion of the festival.

Entry fee is per category.

More than one entry may be submitted.

Each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and entry fee

PREMIERE STATUS

PREMIERE STATUS IS NOT REQUIRED.

NO WORK IN PROGRESS.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Submissions MUST NOT be available for viewing online (Youtube, Vimeo, Netflix, Amazon and VOD) or any other consumer site.

Online distribution of the film prior to screening at the festival is PROHIBITED

PRESS MATERIALS

Please do not send press kits unless requested. If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide a digital press kit which includes: headshot and filmography of director, color and/or B&W still from the film, screeners for press, and a video trailer.

ALL FILMMAKERS

By submitting your film, please take note that: I hereby enter the above named film/video in the 2020 Up Next Film Festival (UNFF) competition and hold all necessary rights for said production. I understand that UNFF will not be responsible for accidental damage to, or loss of, my entry or any other materials submitted, nor will they be liable for any legal actions, which may arise in connection to this production. I understand that, unless otherwise specified, UNFF provides no financial compensation for any exhibition of my work.


UNFF is here by granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival including: (trailers/teasers/film poster) for promotional purposes. Submitter agrees to the terms outlined in the general festival rules for the UNFF. Payment of submission fee does not guarantee inclusion in UNFF. If your film is chosen as an official selection UNFF does not compensate for travel, accommodations, or appearance fees unless otherwise offered. I understand and am authorized to accept all of the terms listed under the submission guidelines, and I agree to abide by all guidelines.