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Phoenix Rising International Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests. ​​

We are accepting films in the following categories:

  • Short Film

  • Documentary Film (Feature and Short)

  • Music Videos

  • Student Film

  • Horror Short Films

  • Animations

  • Unproduced Screenplays








Awards will be awarded in the following categories:

Best Short Film

Best Director (Short Film)

Best Screenplay (Short Film)

Best Actor (Short Film)

Best Actress (Short Film)

Best Supporting Performance (Short Film)

Best Cinematography (Short Film)

Best Costume Design (Short Film)

Best Film Editing (Short Film)

Best Production Design (Short Film)

Best Sound Editing (Short Film)

Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Directing in a Documentary
Editing in a Documentary

Best Student Film
Best Queer Film
Best Music Video
Best Horror
Best Unproduced Screenplay


Rules & Terms

  1. Phoenix Rising International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilise an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. By submitting to Phoenix Rising International Film Festival, the entrant agrees that images from the film can be used in Phoenix Rising International Film Festival publications, the Phoenix Rising International Film Festival website and all other media outlets related to Phoenix Rising International Film Festival publicity and you indemnify Phoenix Rising International Film Festival against any responsibilities incurred by the screening of this film.

  2. All Films made from 2020 onwards are welcome to enter.

  3. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry. This includes rights for screening of music videos without paying additional licensing costs.

  4. All films must either be in English or subtitled in English.

  5. Films for the exhibition must be submitted by a downloadable link to a hi-res copy of the film. Please note that exhibition copies of films will not be returned after the festival.

  6. All films will be judged by Phoenix Rising International Film Festival Jury Panel and all filmmakers whose films were selected for screening will be notified by email.

  7. We will request publicity materials: a poster, three stills from the film and a picture of the director. These materials will be not returned.

  8. We accept short films (documentary and narrative), animations, music videos and documentary feature films only. By short film, we understand the film that is no shorter than 1 minute and now longer than 30 minutes. By documentary feature film, we understand film that is no shorter than 40 minutes.

  9. Whilst every effort will be made to run the festival as advertised, the festival reserves the right to make alterations including but not limited to the dates and the manner of the screenings. Should circumstances beyond our control prevent the festival from being held physically we will endeavour to run a digital online edition in its place or postpone the dates, and only cancel as a last resort.

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