● Availability & Premiere Status:
We do not require exclusivity or premiere status, but it is an added bonus if UNEKHA can be your premiere launch site. Still on your festival run? We can shelve your film until you’re ready for its debut, so don’t wait to submit it!
● All Rights Secured:
We require films to have all necessary rights and releases secured in order for us to feature them, including music. Please do not submit to us if your film has music that you do not have a license to use.
● Short Film Runtime:
The longer the short film, the tougher the judging will be. We have a preference for films with runtimes in the 15-20 minute range and require a 5-minute minimum runtime.
● Feature Films: Please note we do not accept feature films. If you intend for a feature to be released as a series, please specify.
Please be advised that UNEKHA, any affiliates, or their respective executives do not read or consider any unsolicited literary material, including, without limitation, scripts, musical compositions, product ideas, lyrics, concepts, ideas or suggestions. For the avoidance of doubt, any written materials you submit will not be read and will be immediately deleted.
WHAT WE WANT (OR HOW TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF BEING SELECTED):
What We Look For:
● Story first:
We are looking for short films that have great characters and world-building; stories that go above and beyond, with remarkable craftsmanship; films that surprise us, affect us emotionally or impress the hell out of us.
We are always open to genre-blending films with elements of thriller, midnight, and fantasy.
What We Avoid:
The following points outline the type of content we are not interested in. Our content filters, however, are ever-evolving, and we know there are occasionally exceptions to the rule.
● Special effects reels/proof of concepts;
Our audience expects great characters, effective world-building, and a satisfying ending. The story doesn’t need to be completely buttoned up, but often proof of concept films can be too light on plot or resolution. Remember the story first.
● Non-genre films;
We are open to documentaries if they are specifically about genre film and/or use the visual style of the genre cinema. We also avoid purely promotional pieces and timelapse photography videos.
● Extremely abstract/experimental films:
While we may personally love them, our audience enjoys a story they can follow.
● Punchline shorts;
This typically means short films in the 1-3 minute range, such as comedies that rely on one final joke, and horrors that lead to one jump scare.
ENTRY FEE: FREE
LAST DATE TO SUBMIT: 30 December 2023