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Your project might become a multi award winning film!

Your film will be considered in all the submitted categories. If you submit to an additional category please add name of artist to be considered in that category.


Best Short

Best Foreign Short

Best Documentary Short

Best Animation Short

Best Experimental Short

Best Student Short

Best First Time Filmmaker Short

Best Music Video

Best Horror Short


Best Producer

Best Female Director

Best Male Director

Best Female Student Director

Best Male Student Director

Best Actress

Best Actor

Best New Actress / Actor

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Production Design

Best Sound Design

Best Original Score

Best Screenwriting

Rules & Terms
  • In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.

  • The Festival relationship will exclusively be related to the film submitter.

  • Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles.

  • All fees are non-refundable.

  • Take Flight will not be responsible for damaged copies.

  • Not all the submissions are selected for the official competition. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.

  • Take Flight can consider any film to be disqualified if the festival considers the content inappropriate. If you have any question regarding this decision you might contact us at our email address

  • Filmmakers can submit the film in multiple categories in order to become a multi-award film. Our team may suggest the categories that are more suitable for the film to apply. Still, the decision about the selection is strictly determined by our Take Flight Judges Forum and no selection is guaranteed.

  • A fee is required for the main category submission and also fees for additional categories. For payment structure visit (FilmFreeway website).

  • The applicants (submitters) must accept Take Flight Film Festival Rules and Terms.

  • All submissions in personal categories required the name of the person and the category. You can easily send us this information in the cover letter at FilmFreeway website.

  • Submitting your movie, you authorize Take Flight Film Festival to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills in our social media.

  • Maximum length allowed is 40 minutes for short films.

  • Maximum length allowed is 90 minutes for full feature films.


  • Entries must be on a USB flash drive

  • The preferred format for media files is .mP4. However, we will also accept .mov

  • We suggest you enter a 5 to 10 minute promo clip that is representative of the entire piece, or you may enter a full program/film or video.

  • Entries must have an Entry Label attached to the entry case.

  • If the same piece is entered in more than one category, please note you must pay the entry fee for each category.



  • File size is limited to 300MB.

  • The preferred format for media files is .mp4, but we will also accept .mov.

  • If the same piece is entered in more than one category, please note you must pay the entry fee for each category.



  • Each entry must be viewable online and send to Take Flight Film Festival Via USB.  You will be asked for the URL during the entry process.

  • Series entries (MAXIMUM of 3 pieces per campaign) should be grouped on a single URL and USB.

An entry may be entered into multiple categories by paying the entry fee for each category entered. Each piece will be judged separately in each category entered. Pieces entered in multiple categories are eligible to win multiple awards.

April 15, 2021

Opening Date


$35 Early Bird Submission (Standard Fee - per category) April 15th - May 1st 2021

May 1, 2021

Earlybird Deadline 

$40 Regular Submission (Standard Fee - per category) May 2nd  - May 31, 2021

May 31, 2021

Regular Deadline

$50 Late Submission (Standard Fee - per category) June 1, 2021 - June 20, 2021

June 20, 2021

Late Deadline

$50 Late Submission (Standard Fee - per category) June 21, 2021 - July 10, 2021

July 10, 2021

Extended Late Deadline

  • Notification Date - July 30, 2021

  • Event Date - July 15 – 17, 2022






All entries are judged by members of The SGA Take Flight Film Festival Judges Forum.

Judges evaluate entries to recognize distinction in creative work—entries do not compete against each other. Instead, entries are judged against a high standard of excellence. Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded Gold, Silver, or Bronze Winners based on the combined scoring of the judges who evaluate each entry. All decisions of judges are final.

All work must be either in, or subtitled, in the English Language.


Each entrant will receive notification via email confirming receipt of their entries. After judging is completed, winners will be alerted of their selection. Entrants whose work is not chosen will be notified following completion of judging.



No Politics! Fair judging for all entries from Oscar winners to fresh new talent!


Entries are not judged against one another - each film is judged on its own merits using a high standard of qualifications and are scored accordingly.


The judging takes place by in-house executiand a committee of industry professionals.


Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded as Awards of Excellence, Excellence Special Mention, Awards of Merit, Award of Recognition or no award. Only a single Best of Show is selected each season.

*** Only judges will see your film. There is no public screening - so Accolade will not interfere with your plans for a public premier! ***




Each individual submission will receive two confirmation emails. One from FilmFreeway confirming your entry through their system and one directly from the SGA Take Flight Film Festival Team with additional details.


After judging is completed, winners in all categories will be notified of their award immediately following the submission of the judge’s findings.  Submissions that were not awarded will be notified after the judging process. 


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