United Nations Association Film Festival - UNAFF

United Nations Association Film Festival - UNAFF
Stanford Arts/Sweet Hall 416A
590 Escondido Mall
Stanford, United States

Tel: (650)724-5544

2018, Accepting submissions
Submission deadline: Fri 18th May 18
Thu 18th Oct to Sun 28th Oct

Festival Overview

UNAFF celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human
rights, the environment, protection of refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease
control, women's issues, children, universal education, war and peace.

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 for discovery 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 seven that went on to win Academy Awards and thirty that were nominated.

The 20th UNAFF will be held from October 19-29, 2017 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco. This year’s theme RESPECT continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the reminder that it applies to everyone.


• UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary $2000
• UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary $1000
• UNAFF/Stanford Video Award for Cinematography $500
• UNAFF/Stanford Video Award for Editing $500
• UNAFF Youth Vision Award $500

UNAFF provides filmmakers with pass credentials, guest festival passes and some assistance with lodging and airfare. In addition to screenings, UNAFF provides filmmakers the opportunity to present their work through panel discussions and Q&As and to meet distributors and leaders of community organizations.



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Known festival contacts Contacts
Film Festival
Primary contact
Priya Chandraker
UNAFF Volunteer Coordinator


Open to the public


Open to all.


• Documentaries only
• No production year limit - but no films that are available online for free
• 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.
• Preferred submission format: DVD (NTSC/PAL) or Blu-Ray region 0 or 1
• Alternate submission format: Download-enabled online link with a password having an expiration date extending through July 31, 2018. Please email online link with attached signed submission form to linksubmit@unaff.org


• $30 for films up to 30 min. (late deadline $40)
• $40 for films longer than 30 min. (late deadline is $50)
Please send a check or money order payable to UNAFF or use the PayPal link below (please enter info@unaff.org):
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You may also submit your entry form using withoutabox or FilmFreeway:

• Early Deadline – May 8, 2018*
• Regular Deadline – May 18, 2018*
• Late deadline – May 28, 2018*

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

Stanford Arts/Sweet Hall 416A
590 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-3023

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