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The film festival your mom warned you about.

Twice a year, the jellyFEST celebrates original storytellers and audiences.

Our biannual program includes live action, animation and documentary short and feature films showcasing emerging new voices and fresh perspectives. An award show follows the last screening along with an after-party focused on selected music video entries.

HERE ARE JUST A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN SUBMITTING

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FEATURE ELIGIBILITY

  1. Films must be 40 minutes or more (including credits, max 180 min).

  2. Films must be made within 36 months prior to the date the project is submitted.

  3. Films must be submitted with a private link (Self Hosted, VIMEO, youtube or a Filmfreeway screening file.) other formats are currently not accepted.

  4. Any submissions with non-English dialogue or text must be submitted with English subtitles.

  5. Films must not be available for FREE viewing (Video On Demand is perfectly fine) to audiences either online or on any other platform more than 90 days prior to festival event date (public festival screenings are perfectly fine).

  6. Quality standards must be met. below 720p resolution, poor audio quality, and/ or extensively sub-par production quality will not be considered.

  7. Films that have already won or been nominated for an award through our festival cannot be entered again.

SHORT ELIGIBILITY

  1. Films must be 40 minutes or less (including credits).

  2. Films must be made within 36 months prior to the date the project is submitted.

  3. Films must be submitted with a private link (Self Hosted, VIMEO, youtube or a Filmfreeway screening file.) other formats are currently not accepted.

  4. Any submissions with non-English dialogue or text must be submitted with English subtitles.

  5. FilmsFilms must not be available for FREE viewing (Video On Demand is perfectly fine) to audiences either online or on any other platform more than 90 days prior to festival event date (public festival screenings are perfectly fine).

  6. Quality standards must be met. below 720p resolution, poor audio quality, and/ or extensively sub-par production quality will not be considered.

  7. Films that have already won or been nominated for an award through our festival cannot be entered again.

MUSIC VIDEO ELIGIBILITY

  1. Music videos must be 10 minutes or less (total runtime).

  2. Music videos must be made within 36 months prior to the date the project is submitted.

  3. Films must be submitted with a private link (Self Hosted, VIMEO, youtube or a Filmfreeway screening file.) other formats are currently not accepted.

  4. CAN be publicly available to audiences either online or on any other platform.

  5. Quality standards must be met. below 720p resolution, poor audio quality, and/ or extensively sub-par production quality will not be considered.

  6. Music videos that have already won or been nominated for an award through our festival cannot be entered again.

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DEADLINES

Submission Deadlines

If you miss a deadline, you're almost always able to submit your film for the following festival in a couple of days once we start opening up for entries again.

JUDGING STATUS DEADLINES

In order for us to properly judge each film, it may take some time for the submissions to be decided. This means that the judgment status on your film usually won't be updated until two weeks after the final submission deadline closes. Although this may seem like a long wait, rest assured it's because we are taking our time and are carefully judging each and every eligible submission.

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SCREENINGS & EVENTS

We are a biannual festival, we hold live screenings in front of a LIVE AUDIENCE and selected jury, consisting of film fans and industry personnel. These screenings aim to showcase some of the films submitted, as well as act as the voting process for the Jury Awards.

Generally, the films which are selected as finalists will be amongst those screened at the festival, but the lineup and screening selection may vary.

Semi-finalists will not screen unless otherwise notified. However, they will receive a laurel for promotional use.

The venue may vary. Currently, the events are held in and around Los Angeles, California, but may take place elsewhere in other states. Jury size will also vary depending on the venue. We aim at keeping the events intimate to allow the chance for various filmmakers and other industry personnel to be able to easily meet, network and discuss the screened films.

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CATEGORY AWARDS

best live-action feature

best animated feature

best drama short

best documentary feature

best music video

best live-action short

best animated short

best comedy short

best documentary short

 

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

best actor

best director

best supporting actress

best music

best screenplay

best sound design

best actress

best supporting actor

best cinematography

best editing

best production design

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