Submission Guidelines


Competing films must be:

  • Up to 7 minutes in length, credits included.

  • Not created or any way produced by members of the REEL LOUD organizational committee. Exceptions can be made to this rule at the discretion of the committee. If the committee member(s) in question agrees to remove themselves from the submission selection process, the film is eligible for competition.

[Preliminary Submission} Requirements for Selection (May 6th):

  • Filmmakers may contact us to partner with a UCSB/IV area band for music 

  • Submit to:

  • Email:

  • Link to Uploaded video

  • Make the video private or password protected if possible

  • Subject line “Preliminary Submission”

  • We select films for the festival based only on what is submitted. Please note the following:

    • A final cut is highly recommended but not required.

    • Double check that your film is viewable via the link that you submit it on.

    • Incomplete films are much less likely to be selected than finished products.

    • If possible, provide a potential *example* soundtrack that you would want for your film (We can share this with the artist you are paired with so we understand what type of soundtrack you are envisioning for your film). 

    • ​​[If selected] to be part of our line up, your final Submissions should be:

      • Completely silent (no synchronous sound/dialogue)

      • Have a live soundtrack in collaboration with a UCSB/Santa Barbara artist 

      • Exported on settings for Vimeo 1920 x 1080. 

      • Leave 3 seconds of black before and after your film for transition purposes


  • There are no restrictions on the content of your films.

  • Films may use stock/found footage

  • The footage must be altered or edited in some way to show original creative thought.

  • Films using any pre-existing footage will not be considered for the category of “Best Cinematography.”

  • Please note that the festival is open to audiences of all ages.

  • We reserve the right to place a disclaimer/ trigger warning before your film to alert the audience.


  • All rights to the film are maintained by the filmmaker.

  • The festival claims no ownership or responsibility for the production of final films.

  • The festival reserves the right to use all submitted content for advertising and other promotional efforts for the current and future events.

Other Important Points:

  • The committee will select films based on a variety of factors including but not limited to time, aesthetics, themes, spirit, vibe, and technical considerations. All this is to say that there are many factors that go into programing a festival and whether your film is selected or not does not necessarily reflect your skill as a filmmaker.

  • The REEL LOUD Committee reserves total control over selection of the films and the decisions of the selection committee are final.

  • Individual filmmakers are welcome to promote their individual films across social media.

  • We encourage submitting a poster with your film so that the Reel Loud Publicity Team can promote your film on our social media platforms leading up to the festival.

  • Filmmakers are allowed to submit more than one film.

  • This does not increase the filmmaker’s chances of being chosen for the festival. We do not recommend linking the plots of multiple submissions.

  • All performers musical or otherwise must sign a performance contract in order to appear at the festival.

  • If a competitor has any questions, comments, or concerns please send us an email at or use our contact page.


Art Submission Period:

  • Open now

  • Submission Deadline: Friday, May 6, 2022, 11:59 pm 


Submission Guidelines:

  • Art submissions are in conjunction with the festival theme. 

  • Submit photos of entry to Google form

    • Title of Piece

    • Artist Name

    • Medium type

    • Dimensions [if applicable]

    • If chosen for exhibition, would you be interested in selling prints of your art? 

    • Include artist statement (optional) 

  • All artists must be able to bring their art for display at the Reel Loud Festival in May.

  • The festival will supply easels, chairs, tables, easy ups.



Scripts / Treatments

• All digital formats, no printed submissions.

• All files to be shared / delivered via assigned folders within