Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival ()


01 Feb 2020
Call for entries

23 Jun 2019
Early deadline

23 Jul 2019
Standard deadline

19 Aug 2019
Late deadline

04 Sep 2020
Festival closed

04 Nov 2020
Notification date

26 Sep 2019
29 Sep 2019


1029 S. 7th street,  19147, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 39'<
Feature film festival >39' 120'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 39'<
 Feature Films  >39' 120'<
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 26 September 2019      Festival end: 29 September 2019

It's year four of the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival! Last year's PUFF brought an eclectic mix of horror, science fiction, and bizarre films to the genre fans at the beautiful Proscenium Theater at The Drake in Philadelphia.

2019 aims to be another year of changes as we work hard to bring great films to the city of Philadelphia. PUFF has previously featured such notable films as Tragedy Girls, Witch in the Window, Imitation Girl, and Karate Kill. This year PUFF is looking for more feature films and shorts to fill our International, Bizarre, and Local shorts programs.

PUFF was founded to bring the best new and undiscovered genre films to fans in Philadelphia. The festival is not only be focused on only delivering an alternative film festival to the local movie fanatics of Philadelphia, but also connecting upstart filmmakers with distribution outlets by working with local independent film distributors. PUFF touts an excellent success rate for their selections, with almost all feature films from the first few years of the festival receiving independent distribution.

The festival directors offer a combined ten years of film festival, horror journalism and filmmaking experience, working with other film festivals in the past like Another Hole in the Head, Buffalo Dreams, the Bay Area’s SiliCon, and more.

The festival directors also look forward to working with local filmmakers, artists and other venues to create a great festival where movie lovers can gather once a year to celebrate film and socialize.

In addition to the annual festival, PUFF has also partnered with South Street Cinema to offer a weekly screening series, and give independent filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their films with its "PUFF Presents" series.

PUFF's aim is to grow into a multi-media experience where people can enjoy our great city while experiencing the best in new cinema, and we'd be thrilled to have you be a part of it. We are located in the heart of Philadelphia adjacent to many great bars and restaurants.

Win the famous PUFF tiara for Best Feature and Best Short, plus awards and prizes for Best Local Film. Judged by a panel of industry professionals. Additional prizes to be announced.

BEST FEATURE: PUFF Tiara (more prizes to be announced)
BEST SHORT: PUFF Tiara (more prizes to be announced)

An authorized representative of the project being submitted (the "Film") must agree via digital signature that the film being submitted does not break any laws, and that all necessary licenses, royalties, release forms have been obtained. By submitting to the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (the "Festival") you are granting the Festival the right to screen any submitted Films twice during the scheduled Festival dates. You are also granting the Festival permission to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from or relating to the Film for promotional purposes.

Films already available on home video will not be eligible for competition, but are still invited to submit to be screened out of competition.

New films that have recently had a festival screening in the city of Philadelphia will not be eligible.

If your film is accepted you must provide us with both a hard/physical and digital copy. Filmmakers are responsible for all shipping costs. Physical media submitted to the Festival will not be returned. There is a $15 service fee any Films we have to burn. Payments can be made through PayPal.

Required Film specs:

1920x1080 or 1280x720
16:9 Aspect Ratio
Audio Sample 48 kHz
Video Bit Rate, at least 5000 kbps
.mov container
Apple ProRes 422 or codec of similar quality

Accepted films will also need to provide images, one-sheet and downloadable links or files for all available trailers. Trailers will be uploaded to the official Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival YouTube page.

Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival reserves the right to change any rules or scheduling. All accepted entries will be notified of any changes.

Please make sure all physical copies mailed to the Festival are titled, and include running time plus contact information. Please also provide a brief synopsis of your film, genre and if you're a local or student entry when submitting.



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