29 Apr 2024
Call for entries

01 Mar 2025
Final deadline


01 Apr 2025
Notification date

25 Apr 2025
27 Apr 2025


6320 Domingo Rd NE B,  87108, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Festival description
Short film festival
Feature film festival

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 
 Feature Films 
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 25 April 2025      Festival end: 27 April 2025

The Albuquerque Film Festival, with the mantra 'Everybody is Somebody,' stands as a beacon of digital celebration for the world's storytellers. Nestled in the heart of New Mexico's vibrant capital, Albuquerque, our festival opens its doors wide, welcoming a kaleidoscope of cinematic talent from every corner of the globe.

Dive into the fray with your masterpieces, as we call for submissions across all film genres; there's a spotlight here for every creator, regardless of nationality. It's your time to shine, to vie for prestigious awards across a multitude of categories.

Let's unite. Let's craft. Let's rejoice.

Boasting a spectrum as broad as the imagination itself, our festival invites you to join an esteemed circle, where selected films don't just screen—they compete for a host of distinctions, bestowed both by our expert panel and the audience's voice. Rest assured, every entry is given the attentive gaze it deserves. As seasoned filmmakers, we resonate with the dedication poured into your craft. That's why we elevate Officially Selected films with a spotlight dialogue—up to 10 minutes of in-depth conversation about your creative journey, shared on our official website, YouTube channel, and across social media landscapes.

Our committee is as varied as the films we celebrate, featuring a global tapestry of professionals—Architects to Entrepreneurs, Artists to Filmmakers, and VFX Producers—each bringing a unique perspective to the screen. Every submission is watched thoroughly, ensuring your vision is seen and appreciated in its entirety.

Our Goals:

To broadcast fresh, trailblazing narratives and cinematic discourse from across the world.
To offer an exclusive glimpse into the pioneering realm of New Cinema.
To foster the exchange of ideas and experiences among our event's vibrant participants.
Our Creed:

We are the champions of the cinematic dreamer, the believers in the power of story. The 'Everybody is Somebody' Albuquerque Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the most diverse array of narratives. Our mission? To empower every filmmaker with a burning passion, to connect creators with audiences, and to help solidify their mark in the ever-expanding universe of film.


Best Feature Film
Best International Film
Best Short Film
Best International Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best International Short Documentary
Best Student Film
Best Experimental Film


FearCon Feature Film Award
FearCon Short Film Award
Worldwide Women Short Film Award
Worldwide Women Feature Film Award

We accept all fiction and non-fiction film genres. All age groups are accepted.

Projects submitted must be the original work of the participant. All submission will be received through Festhome only. No Exceptions.

This movie link must not require download and must remain active and accessible through the closing date of the festival. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without accompanying submission link in accepted format.

Please include Film poster, two film stills and a director’s headshot with your entry. These can be emailed or included with submission.

For (up to) a 5 min interview, a set of questions about their chosen entry will be sent to the filmmaker. The filmmaker is then responsible for editing answers to the questions into a high res video, superimposed with our logo. This completed edited video file must be sent back in the stipulated time communicated by the festival representative. If the filmmaker wishes for the festival to take care of the editing, there will be a nominal fee to do so. If the video is not received in the required format within the stipulated time, the festival reserves the right to disqualify the film.

Feel free to send along any additional press material, cast and crew bios or any other information about your film.

Filmmakers with Student ID’s to submit the right category by providing Student ID.

Filmmakers 18 and under can submit their film in the respective category by providing govt issued age proof id.

You can submit from all the countries as being student filmmaker, or producer; there are no restrictions.

We consider films in any language but screened only in English. They need to be SUBTITLED, DUBBED in English else the film will be disqualified.

Festival is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged entries.

Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by the Festival Director.

Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and fee.

Any situation related to music and copyrights belongs to the sender.

By submitting, you agree to publish your film’s trailers & images and you agree to share your data for promotional purposes.

Withdrawn films are considered they were disqualified and the fee will not be refunded.

All fees are non-refundable.

Submitting is not a guarantee of being programmed.

Written comments describing entries are beneficial.

Makers should authorize us to use the film in any platform independently or it will be disqualified.

Once the contest is over, winners can upload their films on IGTV only not on their YouTube channel.


Submitted films should be an original work of the contestant.

We consider films regardless of their premiere status. Limited to If your film has already premiered at another festival at a physical venue or on the festival’s site only.

Films available on the Internet are not eligible.

We consider films based on the competition program mentioned in rules and regulations.

Features previously self-distributed by the filmmakers online are not eligible for consideration in Feature categories.

There are no additional eligibility criteria for short films. All shorts are eligible!

All screeners must be uploaded by the appropriate deadline.

Deadlines close at 11:59 PM PST.

We will contact entrants if there’s anything wrong with the submission. If this occurs, you will need to fix the submission issue by the requested deadline, otherwise we can’t guarantee that your film will be watched in time.

The films submitted to the contest will remain in the files of the Festival and the video archives.

The works will not be commercially exploited. Before any other different use, the authors will be contacted for receipt of agreement.

The Film Festival has the right to exclude from the festival any film that is judged, at its sole discretion, not compliant with its ethical code or to the provisions of applicable law. In case of exclusion, the festival fee that has already been paid will not be reimbursed. We don’t provide screening fees.

The festival jury will also define, at its sole discretion, the winners of the festival categories.

The names of the winners will be announced on the festival official website, social media platforms and to the winners’ email address that are communicated at the time of the film submission.

The Festival reserves the right to opt for a different genre than the one the candidate choose and indicated in the submission form;

The Festival is not responsible for any spelling mistake or wrong information provided in the application. The titles and names of filmmakers used in all promotional materials will always refer to the ones provided in the application. Equally, title changes made by the filmmakers after the submission, may not be possible to alter, as such the applicant recognizes this at the moment of completing the submission.

The festival programmers do not share festival selection committee comments or ratings with the public or submitting filmmakers. In fairness to all filmmakers, fee waiver requests will be declined.

Promotional materials of selected films become the property of the Film Festival and can be used to promote the Festival and the programs of the Festival in all mediums.


Each film will be watched by at least two different jury members. Our jury consists of professionals including Architect, filmmakers, artists, and entrepreneurs from various facets. Their diverse life experiences and outlook brings the right blend towards judging of a movie.

If a film gets two or more recommendations after the first round of watches, it will be watched by more programmers and discussed at deliberations sessions.
Deliberating programmers determine a festival selection through discussion and voting.

If a film gets two or more recommendations after the first round of watches, it will be watched by more programmers and discussed at deliberations sessions.

Each participating programmer has an equal vote and no festival selections are made outside of this process.

We generally don’t share programming feedback with entrants.

The Film Festival programmers/Selection Committee decisions are final. Only the Festival Director has the authority to overrule any decisions.



Accepted filmmakers will be notified via email ONLY. “Add festhome.com to your email to avoid it going into your spam folder!”

Filmmakers must confirm their participation by the given deadline, otherwise they might lose their spot in the line-up.

Upon selection, filmmakers are highly encouraged to provide a high-quality digital stills, and poster from the film if they are not already available via Festhome. If these are not available the film will be disqualified.

For every chosen movie screenplays, we lead all selected filmmakers and writers in a meaningful discussion about their process in a (up to) 10 mins video that would be broadcast on the website and it’s Youtube Channel and other social media sites.

Accepted filmmakers must be the authors of their submitted work and own all rights to their film and its components ahead of screening at the Film Festival.

If accepted, entrants are responsible for delivering their trailer, final screener link (if any), press stills and press kit on time.


Payments must be made in USD currency.

Submission fee is payable via Festhome only and accepted by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, Diners Club, Union Pay, and PayPal.

Films submitted without payment WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and the submission will be deleted.

The submission fee cannot be waived. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Submission of the Film constitutes agreement with the regulations set forth here.



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