Real to Reel's 2020 Call for Entries is open! If you are interested in submitting a film to R2R, there are several ways to submit. Online submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway.com. You can also submit using R2R's own application form, which is available below. Our deadlines for the 2020 Festival are listed below.
Early Bird Deadline - February 7th, 2020
Films by children 14 & under: $5
Regular Deadline - March 6th, 2020
Films by children 14 & under: $10
Late Deadline - April 17th, 2020
Films by children 14 & under: $15
Extended Deadline: May 15th
Films by children 14 & under: $20
For deadline extension waivers please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notification Date - June 19th, 2020
Categories (films in any of these categories that were made specifically for children or by children 14 and under, if selected, will screen at our new "Real to Reel Kids Fest" Screening time 10am-12pm, Saturday, July 25th)
• Feature Length (Over 61 minutes in length)
• Shorts (Under 60 minutes in length)
Monetary awards are presented to best Professional film and best student/amateur film in each category in each of the four categories listed above. We also give monetary awards in the Best of Festival and Audience Choice categories.
• (1) Best of Fest $1000 Sponsored by BFCA
• (4) "Best of Category" Professional Awards $500
• (4) "Best of Category" Student/Amateur Awards $250
• (1) Audience Choice $300
• (1) Best of North Carolina Award $300
• (1) Best Film Made by a Child (14 & under) $100
*R2R reserves the right to add, alter or eliminate categories based on the availability of qualified entries.
Each submitted film is watched by at least three selection committee members— no exceptions.
*Filmmakers who submit digital versions of their film for
preview MUST send us a DVD or Blu-ray copy if they are notified that their film has been selected to screen at the festival!
*Students please include a copy of student ID
"The REAL TO REEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is, without question, one of the best film festivals on the circuit, and is certainly well worth the entry fee. The venue is technically great, and the festival patrons are open to creative even controversial treatments of various social issues. It's also one of the few festivals that offer a cash award for Best Film -- very rare, indeed. I can't say enough positive things about this excellent competition, really. AND, if you're limited in how much $$$$ you've got for marketing your work on the festival circuit (and who isn't ?), REAL TO REEL is a clear "must enter." You won't find a more receptive showcase for your hard work!" - Bob Pondillo