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                                Submission Criteria:

72 minutes minimum run time (Feature/Documentary lengths)

20 minutes maximum run time inclusive of credits (Web Series/Shorts)

6 minutes maximum run time inclusive of credits (Music Videos)

Writer, director or producer must be a person of African descent, or the film content must have a multicultural perspective.

Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.

Competition is open to U.S. and international entries.

Films must be in the English language or contain English-language subtitles.

Films must have commenced principal photography on or after January 1, 2021.

While it is our preference to exhibit films in this competitive section that are world premieres, Narrative Features that have previously screened at up to two (2) other festivals are eligible for this section.

Films that have been, or will be, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any other public distribution platform (theatrical, Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) in any country prior to June 18, 2021, are not eligible for this category.


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Film Submissions

Film Submission: Features/Shorts/Music Videos/Web Series Early Bird Film Submission 4/1 General Submission 5/1 Late Submission Deadline 7/31

Awards and Film Submissions

Soul West Fest Award Categories: Best Short Film/Web Series AND Best Feature Film/Documentary

Film Submissions

If you are interested in showing your film for our audience, please contact us at the Film Freeway link below. You may also send a link of your material via Vimeo, Google Drive, Youtube) to