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United Nations Association Film Festival UNAFF


We are delighted to announce the 25th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival), which was founded in 1998 by Stanford educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The festival will be held from October 20-30, 2022 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University. This year’s theme REFLECTIONS continues our enduring devotion to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing our 25th Anniversary milestone.

As one of the oldest solely documentary film festivals in the US, UNAFF has grown and earned the respect of audiences and filmmakers alike for its fearless independence and integrity. In addition to providing early outlets for films, many of which later went on to win major awards and accolades, UNAFF prides itself in creating a community forum with year-round programs facilitating education and dialogue about different cultures, issues, and solutions.

Over the years UNAFF has screened some of the most awarded and talked about documentaries in the industry, including eight that went on to win Academy Awards and thirty that were nominated.

The deadline for submissions is May 12, 2022.  For more information please visit


UNAFF 2021 International Documentary Festival Call for Entries

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN for the 24th UNAFF which will run from October 21-31, 2021 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University. 


The United Nations Association Film Festival (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 MOVING FORWARD continues our two-decade-long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing our readiness to resume resolute strides towards lasting solutions.



  • Documentaries only - but absolutely no films that are available online for free
  • No production year limit
  • 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


Submission formats:

  • Blu-ray region 0 or 1 or DVD (NTSC/PAL) (see mailing address below)
  • Download-enabled online link with a password valid until July 31, 2021. Please email online link and password with attached signed submission form to

The language of the festival jury and audience is English, so if your film is in a different language, please translate the title and submit an English subtitled version, or send us an English SRT file.



  • Submit on FilmFreeway 
  • Send in your disc or downloadable link directly to UNAFF. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM, which must be filled out and signed and sent with all direct submissions, either printed included in your package, or as an attachment with your downloadable link.



  • $30 for films up to 30 minutes (late deadline $40)
  • $40 for films longer than 30 minutes (late deadline $50)

 Please send check or money order payable to UNAFF, or via PayPal (please use and quote the title of the film in the comment) 



 Early Deadline – May 1, 2021*

 Regular Deadline – May 11, 2021*

 Late deadline – May 21, 2021*




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


P. O. Box 19369

Stanford, CA 94309



Questions or comments: Email or call (650) 724-5544