New films are being released every day, every month of the year. We therefore, do not constrain recognition of films to a yearly event, but have an open rolling deadline so that we can recognize films when filmmakers are ready to have the world see them! The online format also enables us to give recognition and awards to films at the start of their festival run that will help them promote their work and be a means to get acceptance into other festivals.
Because the format of the festival is designed so that films can receive immediate attention, films that meet a minimum creative standard as determined by the panel of judges are accepted and considered for quarterly awards as they are received, but they are not screened. The unlisted deadline for submission of a film is the last day of each quarter (March, June, September, December). Films will be screened by a panel of individuals who work in the film industry, not random people off the street! Winners in a variety of categories will be determined and posted the following month after the end of a quarter and online certificate awards will be given out. In addition, we will offer award winning short filmmakers the opportunity for their film, their trailer or excepts to be viewed online, at their sole discretion, because we also want filmmakers to have a say in the online promotion of their film. Quarterly winners will automatically become nominees for the yearly awards and be invited to have their films screened at a year end “best of” screening in Los Angeles in February.