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MISSION & OBJECTIVE 

The United Film Festivals are where art and creativity come together to create a united film community. The United Festivals hold a rich tradition of showcasing humorous, touching and provoking films which provide a unique experience for filmmakers and filmgoers alike. Beginning in Tulsa, OK in 2002, United Festivals expanded to Los Angeles & New York in 2007. In 2009 United Festivals expanded to San Francisco, Chicago and London bringing its exciting flare for cinema to an even wider audience. 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The United Film Festivals
http://www.theunitedfest.com

2011 Season
Los Angeles - April / May
San Francisco - June
Tulsa - July / Aug.
Chicago - Sept.
New York - Oct.
London - Nov.

A Tulsa native filmmaker, Jason Connell and his production company Connell Creations founded Tulsa United Film Festival 7 years ago. Now living in Hollywood, Connell has expanded the United Film Festivals into Los Angeles & New York in 2007 and has added San Francisco, Chicago & London in 2009. With this growth the rich tradition of screening humorous, touching and sometimes provocative films is reaching even more people than ever. 

The United Film Festivals are committed to showcasing original, high quality work and also to reaching out to our network of filmmakers. To help filmmakers get a better understanding of our programming system, we're now offering Film Feedback. This optional service is designed to give filmmakers valuable insight from our programmers and can be added on to any submission.

In addition to creating the United Film Festivals, in 2009 Connell Produced & Distributed the touching documentary "The Rock-afire Explosion", about a small-town disc jockey, a struggling inventor, and an animatronic rock band from the 80's. In 2007 he Produced & Directed his first feature length film "Strictly Background", the heartfelt documentary about 10 movie extras trying to make it in Hollywood. The film won 6 film festival awards and was released in 2008.

As their network continues to expand and grow into more major markets, they have opened up a distribution division. Films that have submitted and screened at The United Film Festivals have often gone to have great distribution success and Connell Creations is open to working with filmmakers in that capacity.

Along with festivals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tulsa, Chicago, New York, and London, The United Film Festivals are proud to announce the first annual Screenwriting Contest. After 8 years of building an extensive network of filmmakers they have gone one step further and built in a forum solely for screenwriters, with categories available for feature-length and short scripts in Comedy, Drama, and Horror/Thriller genres.

*Every year The United Fest will be screening more films and an equal number of narratives & documentaries.

Festival Awards

We are excited to announce we'll be offering the following awards at each festival this year.

 

Jury Award & Audience Award
One of each awards will be presented to the following categories:
Feature Film Narratives
Feature Film Documentaries
Short Films

Best Student Short Film

 

Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund - Film Music Award - LA United Only
This award will be presented to the Best Feature Film Soundtrack / Score.
Only eligible for Feature Film Narratives or Feature Film Documentaries.

 


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United Film Festivals - Screenwriting Contest

 

SCREENWRITING CONTEST

   

- Genres include: Drama, Comedy & Horror/Thriller
- Short Scripts: Under 45 pages. 
- Feature Scripts: Over 45 pages.

The United Film Festivals are proud to announce our first annual Screenwriting Contest. After 8 years of running successful film festivals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tulsa, Chicago, New York & London we've decided to build in a forum solely for screenwriters.

 

Over the years we've been able to build an extensive network of filmmakers but we wanted to go one step further and cater to those who often get overlooked in the world of film production - "the screenwriter".

 

So in our first year we've chosen to focus our "Call For Scripts" on 3 genres (see listed below) and in two separate categories: Short Scripts & Feature Scripts. We believe over time we'll be able to open more doors for screenwriters as we recently have for filmmakers in the way of distribution.

 

All 6 winners will be receiving some great prizes and will be honored at our Awards Night of the Los Angeles United Film Festival 2011.

 

Script Coverage
Synopsis, Originality, Story Structure, Characterization, Dialogue, Mechanics, and Overall Score. 

Coverage will be received 90-120 days after winners are announced.

 


AWARDS

Short Screenplays

 

Feature Screenplays

Best Drama - 1 Apple iPad
Best Comedy - 1 Apple iPad
Best Horror / Thriller - 1 Apple iPad   Best Drama - 1 Apple MacBook Pro
Best Comedy - 1 Apple MacBook Pro
Best Horror / Thriller - 1 Apple MacBook Pro

Winners will be honored on Awards Night of the Los Angeles United Film Festival 2011.

 

All Six Winners also receive the following from Inktip:
1. Winning script on InkTip's password-protected website in the Executive Index (a $120/year value)
2. Winning script logline in the InkTip Magazine, sent to 4500 industry professionals, and emailed to thousands more (a $40 value/per issue)
3. Winning titles and loglines published in the InkTip weekly Entertainment Industry Newsletter (a service not for sale and not available to the public).

 

http://www.theunitedfest.com/screenwriting.htm  

 

 


 

 

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