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Mission Statement

Our Film Festival is dedicated to writers or directors 40 years of age and older to showcase work that their experience brings to cinema.



Forty and Over Film Festival submissions are exclusively through FilmFreeway

Rules and Terms

Official Guidelines


  • Forty and Over Film Festival (hereafter: “FOFF”) competition is open to the United States and International entries to writers or directors 40 years of age and over only. All other participants (i.e. actors, crew, producers, etc.) can be of any age. 

  • Films can be any length and genre. 

  • All entries must submit preview screeners online through FilmFreeway for consideration by the Selection Committee.

  • All entries will be judged on content, creativity, imagery, story and skill of the filmmaker and screenwriter. Films produced from September 20, 2014 to July 20, 2019 may be submitted. 

  • Short Film Early deadline is February 10 - March 15, 2019  $35.  Regular deadline is March 16 - June 15, 2019 $40.  Late deadline is June 16 - July 20, 2019 $45.

  • Feature Film Early Deadline is February 10 - March 15, 2019 $45.  Regular Deadline is March 16 - June 15, 2019 $60. Late Deadline is June 16 - July 20, 2019 $65.


  • Foreign language entries must have English language subtitles. 

  • Works in progress will be accepted for consideration, but the completed version must be delivered by July 20, 2019. 

  • Films selected by FOFF will be announced no later than August 5, 2019.

  • If selected, all materials (i.e. postcards, posters, etc.) for FOFF must arrive no later than August 31, 2019. 

  • Applicants may submit as many entries as they wish, as long as each entry has a separate entry form and fee. 

  • If officially selected, it is the responsibility of the submitter to convert their film format to meet the DCP requirements of Laemmle NoHo7 Theaters requirements.  (Details will be given if selected.) You may convert your film yourself but the DCP package must be able to play at our venue.  We will not be responsible if your film does not meet the theatre's requirements.    


  • The Forty and Over Film Festival (aka: “FOFF”) is hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted, film accepted, video, or project for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that the Forty and Over Film Festival may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film or the Forty and Over Film Festival Event via print, web and broadcast television. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The submitters shall indemnify and hold harmless the Forty and Over Film Festival, it's vendors, sponsors and supporters from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

  • Screening copies will not be returned 

  • All decisions made by the festival are final and at their discretion. 


  • All submissions chosen for the festival will be notified by email. So please make sure you give us an accurate email to notify you. 

  • Films do not need to be a premiere and we welcome films that have previously screened in other festivals. 

  • Payments must be made through FilmFreeway according to their rules.

  • If 'Nominated', presence at the Awards Ceremony is NOT required to Win. 

  • We will hold Q & A sessions after each film block. 

  • All shipping and postage costs, all prints, and additional materials sent to and returned from the Festival must be borne by the submitting party if selected for the Festival. FOFF will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. FOFF will not absorb any fees incurred in customs. All charges must be pre-paid. FOFF will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party. 
    Submission packages from outside the US must be labeled 'Trade Sample' on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$20.

  • It is our intention to screen every selected film twice but due to scheduling and differentiating times we can't guarantee this... but will make every effort to do so. 

  • Unfortunately there will be NO WAIVERS offered this year. ​


The NOHO Community

The first annual Forty & Over Film Festival will be held at the Laemmle NoHo7 Theater in the North Hollywood Theatre District located in Los Angeles, CA. Surrounded by hip bars and restaurants and with easy access from the Metro Subway, the neighborhood is an eclectic hotspot. We are minutes away from Universal Studios & Theme Park, Warner Bros, Disney, NBC and other Popular Tourist Destinations.



Awards will be given for each category and the The Best Overall Film  will be awarded $500 from our Jury Panel of Industry Professionals.

Our LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Winner this year is Walter Koenig.  More details to follow. 


A huge thank you to these wonderful people and companies who make this possible!



11684 Ventura Blvd. Ste 188, Studio City, CA 91604

Please do not ask for a waiver this year. We are unable to provide these at this time. 

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