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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the selection process?
We have a panel of 12 international judges (Austin, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Bangladesh, Ecuador). Each entry is rated by at least 8 of 12 judges. Only entries rated cumulative 8.0 (out of 10) or higher are considered for the festival. 

I missed the final deadline. Can I still submit my project?
We offer deadline waivers, but no fee waivers. We can offer a waiver code if programming is not finalized, but you will be required to pay the Last Call submission rate. 

Will you notify entries before the notification date? 
The notification date is the last possible day we notify entrants. We try to notify 30 days prior to the event to accommodate travel plans. 

What comes will my selection?
In addition to screening your project or discussing your screenplay, selections receive 1 VIP badge to the entire festival, official selection laurels, eligibility for 30+ awards, & promotion across our social media & website. ​

What if I don't have a poster, will you still promote my film or screenplay? 
Of course! We list all selections on our website. Posters & promotional art should be updated on the FilmFreeway account prior to submitting. If you do not have a poster or promotional art, we will create a default image to post on our social media accounts. Please do not send us an updated poster after the selection date. 

Where can I get “Official Selection” laurels?
The link is in your selection email.
Where can I get “Winner” laurels?
The link is in your winner email.

Where do I find the other nominees?
Selections tab.  
Where do I find the award winners?
Selections tab.

How many days is the festival?
1 day.

Is there a livestream or virtual festival? 
No. We are a live festival. So long as venues are open, we are hostin'! 
Where can I find the schedule?

Do I get free passes with my selection?
Each selection gets 1 VIP badge to the entire festival. We require all other attendees purchase a ticket. In addition to funding the venue, a portion of all proceeds goes to Autism Society of America. 

I received an email that requested a downloadable version of my film. I wanted to change some things (color, sound, etc). Is that possible?
You have 1 week from the selection date to button up your entry. If we have not received a downloadable version by that date, you will be disqualified. If you lengthen the duration of your project, you will be disqualified.

I cannot find my selection email. Is there a different way to get it?
We send emails via FilmFreeway, but will also follow up with a personal selection email via If you did not receive a notification, please check your spam folder. If you are still unable to locate it, we will re-send it.

How do I RSVP?
Reply that you are attending in your selection email. We will have a guestlist with all attending filmmakers, screenwriters, & ticket confirmations.

Is there a dress code?
Only our staff is required to dress formal. There will be a professional photographer, red carpet, & a step-and-repeat banner, but feel free to dress however you like.

What is the seating arrangement? 
Seats are first come, first served. Please arrive early if you wish to sit with your family & friends. 

Will there be a Q&A? 
There will be a brief filmmaker/screenwriter Q&A following the screening. 

Will there be an award ceremony?
We will announce winners live on the back patio immediately following the last screening/Q&A. ​
I won an award, but I did not attend or I left before the award ceremony. Can you mail it to me?
We do not mail out awards. We request that everyone stay for the award ceremony. We will email a digital copy. 

Will you change the status of my submission on FilmFreeway?
Selected, Nominee, & Award Winner are the only statuses we change on FilmFreeway. We will update all statuses within one week of the festival date. If you experience any delays, feel free to reach out via email. 
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