UNAFF 2017 Call For Entries Submissions Open


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SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN for the 20th UNAFF, which runs from October 19-29, 2017 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 RESPECT continues the ongoing celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and focuses on various aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals.


• 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. UNAFF cannot accept updated versions of a film 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: Password-protected download-enabled online screener with an expiration date extending through July 31, 2017


$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 (see webpage) (please enter info@unaff.org):


• Early Deadline – May 7, 2017*

Regular Deadline – May 17, 2017*

• Late deadline – May 27, 2017*


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

UNAFF 2017


Stanford University

520 Galvez Mall

Stanford, CA 94305-3084

AWARDS include the following CASH prizes:

• 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@unaff.org or call (650) 724-5544