If there’s one thing we all enjoy, it’s a decent love story. One that fills our hearts with the joy, hope and despair of human attraction. One that inspires us with wonderful characters and a gripping plot. With this in mind, we have created a festival dedicated to finding the next unforgettable love-themed stories.
Filmmakers are invited to submit shorts or features into Love Story Film Festival through Film Freeway. This could be a narrative story, documentary, dance or music video, animation, or an LGBT film based on these themes.
When and where does the festival take place?
Love Story Film Festival takes place in London, England, every February, in the run up to Valentine’s Day. A festival programme will be announced nearer the time, including venue details.
How can I submit?
You can submit your film ONLINE through FilmFreeway or Film Festival Life. FilmFreeway.com is a safe, one-stop shop for submitting to film festivals, and it’s free to join. Your work is only accessible to festivals that you submit to and can never be downloaded or shared without your permission. You always retain 100% of all rights to your intellectual property, and receive real-time submission status updates directly from the festivals you’ve entered.
Can I submit in any other way?
No, at the moment submission is only possible through FilmFreeway and Film Festival Life. New partners may be added in the future.
What happens once I’ve submitted my film?
Once we have your information, your fee and your link to your online screener or your screenplay document, we will start the judging process. Please be patient – in most cases you won’t hear from us until after the very final deadline has passed. We will get back to all submitters as soon as possible.
How do you decide which films to award?
We will not simply select those films that have already won an award. We hope to find new gems and discover excellent stories that move us, challenge us and above all inspire us. We realise this to be highly subjective, but we will definitely try to be open to a diversity of different voices and points of view.
After the judging process is complete, can I get any feedback?
The judges, unfortunately, cannot offer any feedback on unsuccessful entries.
Can I enter more than one film?
You may enter as many films as you like. You must purchase a separate entry fee for each film you submit, and you must also complete the online entry form separately for each film.
Are there any age restrictions on submitting to the festival?
You must be 18 or over to submit into this festival.
Can I alter my entry once it has been submitted?
No alterations can be made to submissions once they have been received.
Is entry to the festival open to international entrants?
The festival is open to international submissions. We welcome submissions from all over the world and look forward to seeing a huge variety of entries.
Do you ever consider waiving fees?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer any discounts or waive the submission fee. We will not review your work without it. We will not make any exceptions. All indie filmmakers struggle financially but if we waived the fee for every filmmaker who asked then we wouldn’t be able to provide this festival platform.
Do I need music/sound rights for my submission?
Yes. You are fully responsible for the clearance of all music or sound contained in your entry. You may be required to produce documentation at any time. Find out more at: BBC Film Network and The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers.
Does my film have to have been produced this year?
We accept submissions of films produced in any year, but we will give preferred consideration to films produced after 1 January 2018.
Can I submit work which has been previously screened elsewhere?
Yes, entries can be sent which have previously been screened elsewhere, including films that have screened online, but please include information on previous screenings with your submission.
My film is not in English, do I have to provide English subtitles?
All dialogue in the film is required to either be dubbed into English, or to provide English subtitles.
Does my film have to be a premiere?
No. But if it is a premier let us know in your submission application.
My film is online, will you still screen it?
Probably not, but we may consider it if we really like it.
Will the festival pay for me and/or my crew to come to the festival?
Sadly we can’t afford to fly filmmakers or screenwriters over for the festival.
Will you pay for my accommodation if I attend the festival?
No, we can’t afford to put you up either. We can advise you on accommodation though if you wish. We are currently seeking sponsorship to develop our hospitality budget.