Rules of Submission

The filmmakers/submitters can submit their films and screenplay online through our online film festival partner Filmfreeway, All genre films will be accepted. unproduced written screenplay only accepted through the screenplay (Written Screenplay) Category only. If screenplay (Written Screenplay) Category doesn’t appear or disable to accept entries on filmfreeway/our website that means we are not accepting screenplay in any form for current edition. Films can be submitted in more than one category, Filmmaker/Submitters submit more than one film in one or more different categories. We have no rule related to the production year or production budget that means the Filmmaker/Submitter can submit the film produced and completed in any year.

The submitter/filmmaker/institution will be the sole responsible for all the permissions and decisions on the behalf of all team (cast/crew) members, any third party interference can disqualify the film at any point of competition.

All selected films get the notification through email only. The festival has not published a full-length film without the submitter’s permission, After the selection process completed to Officially Selected films of the edition we share a website link through email to all the submitters of DMOFF the link carries DMOFF Film Screening Contract, which will be considered as the express permission of the submitter to showcase the selected film. We need an online link of full film or only trailer (submiiter/filmmaker agree and comfortable to share) which can be embed on the website, We are not uploading any film or trailer online on festival website or youtube/vimeo channel because of the copyright issues, Its solo submitter’s responsibility to provide online links (Which can be embedded on the website) and other required material and information. We send notification through email to all filmmakers, if the filmmaker decides not to show the film online or fail to sign the DMOFF Screening Agreement within the complete requirements we marked the film into a private screening, all private films are equally qualified for all the awards except Top 10 of the week Competition and other Audiences Choice Award, Mostly Viewed Film (these award are only for online public screening films). A filmmaker can request to change or replace the online link of the full film with the trailer of the film anytime or vice versa.

All the communications (notifications, any requirement emails etc.) will be made by official festival email, Kindly keep your email address up- to-date with your submission applications. Check your spam box from time to time for communication . Festival will not be responsible if you fail to communicate on time.  Submitters can contact the festival within two days of the notification (If the film is selected), if they get no communication with the festival. Its solo submitter’s responsibility to provide online links (Which can be embedded on the website) and other required material and information.

Online Screening Duration :
Screening will be held online on the festival website under respected editions. All selected films will be available on the website forever. The filmmaker (Submitter) can request to remove or replace the film link with the trailer or vice-versa anytime they want.

We accept written screenplay only through screenplay (written screenplay only).  If screenplay (Written Screenplay) Category doesn’t appear or is disabled to accept entries on filmfreeway/our website that means we are not accepting screenplay in any form for current edition. Please don’t submit to any other category. It can disqualify the entry. All selected screenplays will get a comment of 200-350 words about the screenplay from the festival. The comment is about the screenplay and will help to improve the screenplay, festival decisions are final and no arguments will be entertained regarding the negative comment, all screenplay must be written in the English language. all selected screenplays will require full screenplay softcopy in pdf form. only synopsis and treatment are not acceptable and entry can be disqualified from the competition.

Awards for films are as follows:

  • Best Short Fiction Film
  • Best Short Non-Fiction Film
  • Best Student Short Film – Fiction
  • Best Student Short Film- Non-Fiction
  • Best Short Documentary Film
  • Best Short Animation Film
  • Best Feature Film
  • Best LGBTQ Film
  • Best Female Filmmaker’s Film
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Web Series
  • Best Trailer
  • Best Ukraine Short Film
  • Best Ukraine Feature Film
  • Best Ukraine Director
  • Best Ukraine Female Director
  • Best Ukraine Female Filmmaker’s Film
  • Best Iranian Film
  • Best Iranian Director
  • Best Iranian Screenwriter
  • Best Director
  • Best Female Director
  • Best Screenwriter
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editor
  • Jury Choice Award
  • Audiences Choice Award
  • Critics Choice Award
  • Festival Choice Award
  • Best Covid-19 Film
    ​Every winner filmmaker will get a Digital Certificate and one waiver code per film for their next month’s film submission (Screenplay or Critique Review category not qualified through the code). For trophies (It’s a Paid Service) the filmmaker/submitter can contact us at

Awards for written screenplay are as follows: (Semi-Annual Result)
Best Screenplay
Best Runner-Up Screenplay
Best Concept
Best Writer
Every winner writer will get a Digital Certificate, for trophies (It’s a Paid Service) the filmmaker/submitter can contact us at

We accept all language films. films other than the English language must have English subtitles. films other than English without subtitles can disqualify the entry.

After a film has been selected for the competition, the filmmaker is notified via email only. The selected films will be published on the festival website. All films which are selected/nominated for the competition or Festival will be informed only by emails & listed on the festival website. No inquiries or arguments will be entertained regarding non-selected films. The decision of the selection committee will be final.

All films submitted in the Critique Review categories are directly entered into the core festival competition and equally treated for the competition. Once the competition starts our review writing team reviews the film. Reviews will be emailed to the submitter on the registered email. We’ll not publish the reviews online without the submitter’s permission. All non-English foreign language films must have English subtitles. Don’t use any kind of Discount Code while submitting into this category, it’ll lead to disqualification of the entry or the entry category will be edited into another category.

We will announce the Top 10 films of the week every Tuesday. On the basis of top-rated films on the website, there will be one competition. This competition is only for public listed films. We will present Certificates to the highest-rated Film and badges to all nine top-rated films. This competition is based on the most liked, viewed, and shared films of the month.

Besides the core festival competition, DMOFF runs several online film competitions for officially selected films of the DMOFF; these competitions are free to enter. Each Competition is pre-announced. Festival Management has all the rights to qualify or disqualify any of the films from the competition section. We’ll present Certificates to the winners of the Competitions.

Each entry will be accompanied by non-refundable fees The entry fee and services fee is not refundable for films that did not get selected. Entries will not be processed without an entry fee payment. The submitter will be responsible for all shipping fees. The Festival will not provide any courier charges.

By submitting your film to our festival you agree that your piece of work (full film, trailer) can be uploaded/embedded on our website. The submitter/filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the copyrights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By submitting, the filmmaker allows DMOFF to create a page for their film without infringing the copyright of any kind of form. Violation of copyrights can disqualify the film at any point in the competition. 

The decision of the Festival Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The decision of jury members will be final and accepted by all no inquiries or arguments will be entertained. The organizer’s reserve the right not to award any or all of the prizes. The Festival Director reserves the right to make all decisions about the festival.

Ukraine entries are free to enter in the competition. Please note the applicants, Filmmakers must be residents of Ukraine. The film should be submitted from Ukraine. Films from other countries will be disqualified.

Iranian filmmakers’ entries are free to enter in the competition (each edition has a limited time duration). Please note the applicants, filmmakers must be residents of Iran. The films should be submitted from Iran. Selected films will be treated as equal to the other films. All the rules of the festival are equally applicable to Iranian films. Submitters will be responsible to provide all the permissions and material required to the festival, Please note that the festival is online and if your film is selected or won any award, it will be published on the website. Films from other countries in this category will be disqualified. 

The applicant agrees to have read and accepted the rules & regulations for participation in the Direct Monthly Online Film Festival. The applicant confirms that he/she has the requisite authority or has obtained the requisite authority from the producer/copyright holder to enter this film in the Direct Monthly Online Film Festival and make available the print for screening. Under NO circumstance, the authorities of the Direct Monthly Online Film Festival will not entertain or be answerable to anyone else apart from the Submitter.