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The Looking Planet wins this year’s Grand Prize

Eric Anderson’s THE LOOKING PLANET has won the Grand Prize in this year’s International Movie  Trailer Festival competition. In the filmmaker’s words “During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corps of Engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression.”

You can see THE LOOKING PLANET and the other main awards in the slideshow at the top of this page.

The other jury awards are:

  • Best Mobile-shot Trailer: ROMANCE IN NYC
  • Best Book Trailer: OUT OF THE BOX
  • Best Documentary Trailer: PAINTING BOLINAS
  • Best Narrative Trailer: PACKAGE #3
  • Best Student Trailer: THE YOUNGEST ONE
  • Best Web Series Trailer: CALLING SOON
Previously we announced that FERAL YOUTH won first place in the People’s Choice Award, and THE SOUND MACHINE won second place.

The judges also designated the following trailers for “Best of the Fest” recognition. In alphabetical order: Read more

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Enter IMTF using FilmFreeway

You may enter this year’s Festival using the services of FilmFreeway.  Moviemakers pay nothing extra–just the regular Festival fee (currently $15 for students and $25 for everyone else).

The feedback we’re getting is that FilmFreeway’s customer service is terrific. That certainly has been our experience from the Festival side.

You may, of course, enter the competition using our online submission form, but we urge you to give FilmFreeway a try. Setting up your submission information with FilmFreeway will enable you to enter a wide variety of other festivals.

We do request that before submitting with FilmFreeway, you visit our contest page to make sure that you qualify. You’ll also note that to enter the competition, you will need to upload your trailer to either or




Opening date for submissions to IMTF#5

IMTF will begin to accept entries to its next festival starting October 1, 2014.  We will be accepting trailers in all genres–for completed movies and for movies still in the dream stage. Entries must have a rating no higher than PG13.

On October 1, we will post the prizes and all the rules.

If you have questions before then, please write


Screenwriting workshop at UCLA

If you agree that great movies begin with great scripts, here’s a lead that might prove useful to you.

Professor Richard Walter, who has chaired UCLA’s graduate screenwriting program for more than 30 years, will be offering a Screenwriting Workshop this summer (6 Mondays from June 23 through July 28) that is open for enrollment to UCLA students and non-UCLA students alike. Read more