Press Release: First UK Film Review Festival to go live in November

From November 13–15, UK Film Review (the UK's premier film review site) is running its first film festival: The UK Film Review Festival!

The UK Film Review Festival is an international online film festival in partnership with our sister VOD platform, UK Film Channel.


2020 has been a bad year for filmmakers (particularly independent filmmakers). When the Covid-19 pandemic earlier this year caused the cancellation of hundreds of film festivals worldwide, many filmmakers were left without an avenue of distribution for their movies. But filmmakers and film lovers alike need not despair, we at UK Film Review have you covered!



Our festival event will take place over a weekend in November, whereby all the official selections will be available to watch online via our VOD platform - UK Film Channel. By making ours an online festival, we're able to bring you the very best in short and feature films, of all genres, from the safety, comfort and convenience of your own home - with far fewer people to spoil your film and the ability to pause and watch any movie in your own time (for a period of time after release)! Quite apart from that...with no need to worry about theatre capacity or accessibility issues (with no need to travel, subtitles on most of our showings and any imagery posted having alt tags), we can ensure the movies are seen by as wide an audience as possible.


But of course, the benefits don’t stop with the viewer! Ours is a unique movie event, as not only do we showcase filmmakers from across the globe, we also provide a film review for EVERY film that enters. So even if you don't get official selection, you still get something by submitting. And if you have already had your film reviewed by us, we will promote your trailer or interview one of your cast/crew instead.


And, for our filmmaker friends whose movies are officially selected, we offer a host of fantastic rewards at an unbeatable value for money:

- Guaranteed Online Distribution Deal (non-exclusive) through UK Film Channel for all films officially selected and winners

- Filmmakers will be able to receive 50% of the revenue raised from the screening(s) of their movies during the festival

- Official Selection and Winner logos

- Winners receive a plaque

- Placement on the IMDb page for Winners and Official Selections

- Featured Review on the UK Film Review Magazine by one of our brilliant film critics

- Filmmaker Interview Opportunity for ALL Winners

Winners will be decided by a jury of our experienced and impartial film critics who have a passion for watching and reviewing all kinds of movies - no matter the budget. We accept short films and feature-length, of all genres, and have a range of categories for you to enter:

- Short Film

- Feature Film

- Documentary

- Best Director

- Best Script

- Best Performance

- LGBTQ+ Film

- Animated Film

But please...do not submit your film if you are unable to provide us with the following by October 1st 2020:

- Digital copy of the film

- Digital copy of the trailer

- Portrait poster

- English subtitle file in .srt type.

Terms & Conditions

Entries must be submitted before the *deadlines*.

Filmmakers are responsible for providing working viewing links.


SUBMISSIONS

The non-refundable entry fee must be payable in GBP to UK Film Review via FilmFreeway. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. UKFRF will not pay any screening fees for the presentation of the film during the festival. The only exception would be if there is a negotiated agreement preceding the submission of the film to UKFRF. Screenings will take place online via the UK Film Channel platform.


ENTRY REGULATIONS

The UKFRF is a competitive showcase for domestic and international feature films, documentaries and shorts. The UKFRF reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. There is no limit to the number of entries.


FILM/VIDEO ENTRIES

All foreign language entries must have English subtitles. Projects must be submitted for consideration as an online screener. PAL format will not be accepted. Works in progress will not be considered for the UKFRF. Works in progress will not be screened at the festival. Screening material, press and any application materials sent to UKFRF will NOT be returned. If you did not receive a confirmation of submission, please email info@ukfilmreview.co.uk.


COMPETITION

The UK Film Review Festival is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are eligible for competition. For a list of competitive categories, please see our FilmFreeway page in the categories section. All films are nominated and voted upon by an impartial jury of UK Film Review critics and/or guest judges from the industry.


PRESS MATERIALS

If selected, the UKFRF will require an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits. Public trailer links and relevant social media links will also be useful.


SHIPPING

We only accept digital screeners. No prints or physical copies can be accepted.


REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT

Submission of an entry gives the UKFRF permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.


NOTIFICATION

Films selected for the UKFRF will be notified no later than November 5th, 2020.

We at UK Film Review are extremely excited about our first film festival and want it to be the best it can be. We sincerely thank you all for your support and we know you’ll love it when we go live!


Please visit *https://filmfreeway.com/ukfilmreview* for more information (including deadline dates) or to submit your movie, thank you.