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call-for-entries International Documentary Film Festival

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN for the 25th UNAFF, which will run from October 20-30, 2022 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Stanford University.

The United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human rights, the environment, refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women's issues, children, universal education, war, and peace.

This year’s theme REFLECTIONS continues our enduring devotion to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing our 25th Anniversary milestone.

  • Documentaries only and absolutely no films that are available online for free before the end of the festival (10/30/2022)
  • No production year limit
  • No runtime limit – UNAFF accepts both shorts and longs
  • Rough-cuts or works-in-progress accepted, but please submit as close to the final cut as possible. UNAFF cannot accept updated versions of a film less than 10 days before the start of the festival
  • • Submission formats:
    • Download-enabled online link with a password valid until July 31, 2022. Please email online link and password with attached signed submission form to linksubmit2022@unaff.org
    • Blu-ray region 0 or 1 (see mailing address below)
    • The language of the festival jury and audience is English, so if your film is in a different language, please translate the title and submit an English subtitled version, or send us an English SRT file.
  • Submit on FilmFreeway
  • Email us a downloadable link directly to linksubmit2022@unaff.org, or send in your disc to our mailing address below. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM, which must be filled out, signed and sent with all direct submissions, either printed and included in your package, or as an attachment with your downloadable link.

  • $30 for films up to 30 minutes (late deadline $40)
  • $40 for films longer than 30 minutes (late deadline $50)
Please send check or money order payable to UNAFF, or via PayPal at www.unaff.org (please use info@unaff.org and don’t forget to quote the title of the film in the memo)

  • Early Deadline – May 2, 2022*
  • Regular Deadline – May 12, 2022*
  • Late deadline – May 22, 2022*

P. O. Box 19369
Stanford, CA 94309

AWARDS include a CASH prize

All entries will be carefully reviewed by our 30-member jury, which will determine the award winners:
  • UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary $2000
  • UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary $1000
  • UNAFF Award for Best Cinematography $500
  • UNAFF Award for Best Editing $500
  • UNAFF Youth Vision Award $500

UNAFF provides filmmakers with pass credentials, guest festival passes, and some assistance with lodging and airfare. In addition to screenings UNAFF provides filmmakers the opportunity to present their work through panel discussions and Q&As and to meet distributors and leaders of community organizations.