Documentaries Call for Entries - for United Nations Association Film Festival


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SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN for the 22nd UNAFF, which runs from October 17-27, 2019 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University.

UNAFF celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human rights, the environment, refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women's issues, children, universal education, war and peace.

This year’s theme SCALES OF JUSTICE continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing the complexity of our current moment and exploring possible paths emanating from it into the future.

• Documentaries only
• No production year limit - but no films that are available online for free
• No runtime limit - UNAFF accepts both shorts and longs
• Rough-cuts or works-in-progress accepted, but please submit as close to the final cut as possible. If selected, bear in mind that UNAFF requires to receive all exhibition versions of a film no less than 10 days before the start of the festival.
Preferred submission format: DVD (NTSC/PAL) or Blu-Ray region 0 or 1
Alternate submission format: Download-enabled online link with a password valid until July 31, 2019. Please email online link and password with attached signed submission form to linksubmit2019 at

$30 for films up to 30 min. (late deadline $40)
$40 for films longer than 30 min. (late deadline is $50)
Please send a check or money order payable to UNAFF or use the PayPal link below (please enter info [at]

You may also submit your entry form using withoutabox or FilmFreeway:

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• Early Deadline – May 9, 2019*
Regular Deadline – May 19, 2019*
• Late deadline – May 29, 2019*

MAILING ADDRESS: Please submit screener and payment (if paying via check or money order) to:

Stanford Arts/Sweet Hall 416A
590 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-3023

AWARDS include a CASH prize

• UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary $2000
• UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary $1000
• UNAFF/Stanford Video Award for Cinematography $500
• UNAFF/Stanford Video Award for Editing $500
• UNAFF Youth Vision Award $500

UNAFF provides filmmakers with pass credentials, guest festival passes and some assistance with lodging and airfare. In addition to screenings, UNAFF provides filmmakers the opportunity to present their work through panel discussions and Q&As and to meet distributors and leaders of community organizations.

Questions or comments: Email info [at] or call (650) 724-5544

For more information: