Around the world, people are experiencing unprecedented change and having to question how they live, the values that underpin their societies and what the future holds.  To help process all the various layers and aspects involved we are offering a short film festival to explore, express, share and discuss concerns, creative solutions and a variety of visions for how we can all contribute to a better future.


Over the last few months, the world we were all familiar with has been shaken and changed irrevocably.  We now find ourselves in a situation where we are presented with a real opportunity to rethink, redress and create a new path going forward.  At the heart of this is how we interact and communicate.  We need to be better at respectfully listening to each other, showing compassion and working together to create societies that embody social justice, equality, inclusion and community at their center, as well as addressing the environmental emergency that confronts us.


A New Future is a platform where people can offer their opinions, insights and visions for the future through short films with a selection of additional virtual events and resources including; discussions, interviews, artist talks, studio visits.  For two months (October 30 – December 14, 2020) we will showcase visual perspectives from around the world regarding “a new future.”


Our aim is to provide an opportunity for creatives to share experiences and uplifting optimistic visions that will contribute positively to the wider global community.


For this juried Short Film Festival, all filmmakers around the world are invited to submit a short film no longer than 5 minutes that closely adheres to the theme, A New Future

How To Submit

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Important Points

  • All submissions must reflect and speak to the theme of the festival -"A New Future."  Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

  • The film festival is open to ALL filmmakers/artists worldwide at any stage of their careers.

  • There is No Entry Fee.

  • All film submissions should have a maximum running time 5 minutes including credits.

  • There is a limit of one (1) entry per participant.

  • Any non-English language film must be submitted with subtitles in English.

  • Written comments describing entries are encouraged.    

  • Films participating in other film festivals will not be restricted.

  • Any film or edited version of a film produced in the last two years (2018 – 2020) is eligible.

  • A panel of judges will select 30 films from those submitted to be publically screened and also showcased on the CARAVAN website from October 30 – December 14, 2020.  The judging criteria is listed on the FilmFreeway submission page.

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prizes will be awarded, plus an Honorable Mention. The cash prizes are as follows: 1st Prize US$1000, 2nd Prize US$750, 3rd Prize US$500. The Honorable Mention artwork will not receive a cash award, but will be highlighted publicly when the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize Winners are announced.



Submission Deadline & Requirements                                       


  • Deadline for film submissions is October 15, 11:59pm EST (US) / 23h59 (US)

  • Films should be submitted to Film Freeway ( as a YouTube or Vimeo link (which must not expire) or as .mp4.


Meet The Jury


Meet our six judges.