Submit a Film!

Real to Reel's 2018 Call for Entries is open! If you are interested in submitting a film to R2R, there are several ways to submit. Submissions are accepted via, where members receive a $5.00 discount on their entry fees, plus the advantages of extended deadlines and online press kit submissions. Online submissions are also accepted through You can also submit using R2R's own application form, which is available below. Our deadlines for the 2018 Festival are listed below. Remember even if you submit a digital version of your film you MUST send us a DVD or Blu-ray if your film is selected to screen at the festival.



Early Bird Deadline - February 9th, 2018

Student/Amateur: $20

Professional: $40


Regular Deadline - March 9th, 2018

Student/Amateur: $25

Professional: $50


Late Deadline - April 9th, 2018

Student/Amateur: $30

Professional: $55


Withoutabox extended deadline May 4th, 2018

Notification Date - June 22nd, 2018

Categories (films in any of these categories that were made specifically for children or by children 14 and under, if selected, will screen at our new "Real to Reel Kids Fest" Screening time 10am-12pm, Saturday, July 28th)

• Documentary

• Feature Length (Over 61 minutes in length)

• Shorts (Under 60 minutes in length)

• Animation



Monetary awards are presented to best Professional film and best student/amateur film in each category in each of the four categories listed above. We also give monetary awards in the Best of Festival and Audience Choice categories.

• (1) Best of Fest $1000 Sponsored by BFCA

• (4) "Best of Category" Professional Awards $500

• (4) "Best of Category" Student/Amateur Awards $250

• (1) Audience Choice $300
• (1) Best of North Carolina Award $300
• (1) Best Film Made by a Child (14 & under) $100


Non-Monetary Awards may also be presented to


•Best Director

•Best Cinematography

•Best Screenplay

•Best Editing

•Best Ensemble

*R2R reserves the right to add, alter or eliminate categories based on the availability of qualified entries.


Important Stuff

Each submitted film is watched by at least three selection committee members— no exceptions.

*Filmmakers who submit digital versions of their film for preview MUST send us a DVD or Blu-ray copy if they are notified that their film has been selected to screen at the festival!

*Students please include a copy of student ID

That last sentence is so important we're going to say it again!

*Filmmakers who submit digital versions of their film for preview MUST send us a DVD or Blu-ray copy if they are notified that their film has been selected to screen at the festival!

We are equally happy to receive your submission directly using the form below. You may send a check with your submission or use the PayPal button below.
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Mail to: Real to Reel Festival
c/o Cleveland County Arts Council
111 S. Washington St.
Shelby, NC 28150


Early Deadline
From our filmmakers!

"The REAL TO REEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is, without question, one of the best film festivals on the circuit, and is certainly well worth the entry fee. The venue is technically great, and the festival patrons are open to creative even controversial treatments of various social issues. It's also one of the few festivals that offer a cash award for Best Film -- very rare, indeed. I can't say enough positive things about this excellent competition, really. AND, if you're limited in how much $$$$ you've got for marketing your work on the festival circuit (and who isn't ?), REAL TO REEL is a clear "must enter." You won't find a more receptive showcase for your hard work!" - Bob Pondillo

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