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Submit your Docs to the 21st UNAFF, which runs between October 18-28, 2018 in Palo Alto : Theme is tomorrow



SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN for the 21st UNAFF, which runs between October 18-28, 2018 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 TOMORROW? continues our two-decade-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 please 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. 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: Download-enabled online link with a password valid until July 31, 2018. Please email online link with attached signed submission form to


SUBMISSION PROCESS: Submit via WITHOUTABOX or FILMFREEWAY or visit for the downloadable Entry Form



  • $30 for films up to 30 minutes (late deadline is $40)
  • $40 for films longer than 30 minutes (late deadline is $50)
  • Please send check or money order payable to UNAFF, or via PayPal at (please enter


  • Early Deadline - May 8, 2018*
  • Regular Deadline - May 18, 2018*
  • Late deadline - May 28, 2018*



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 Award for Best Cinematography $500
  • UNAFF Award for Best 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 with 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 or call (650) 724-5544.








UNAFF, PO Box 19369, Stanford, CA 94309










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