Submissions | Deadline 02.15.2018

Judge and Co-Host:
Mike Paseornek,
President of Production

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Tell Your Powerful Story in Our
2nd Annual UnLonely Film Festival 

The UnLonely Film Festival, the first to be dedicated to telling the stories of the public health epidemic of loneliness and isolation, is now accepting short film submissions for its Spring 2018 launch in New York City (and throughout the year 24/7 online).

Our first festival (called Creatively Connected) premiered last May and has since been streaming continuously online. These films are already making a difference with individuals and communities in need, raising awareness and bringing us together to find ways to help.

In addition to the chance of having your work reviewed by Mike Paseornek, president of production at blockbuster studio Lionsgate, accepted filmmakers are also eligible to receive monetary prizes, and an invitation to attend the launch event in New York City. Filmmakers may also have the opportunity to participate in other screenings, conferences or events addressing loneliness and isolation.

What Are We Looking For?

Narrative, documentary, animation, experimental; sad, funny, bittersweet, bracing—we are open to your vision, as long as your work is 20 minutes or less and explores a dimension of loneliness such as might be experienced by:    

  • Older adults reflective of the long road traveled and what’s to come
  • Individuals with major illness, along with their caregivers
  • Veterans, active duty military and their loved ones struggling to maintain balance
  • Individuals and families struggling with addiction
  • Adolescents and young adults exploring identity in a sometimes alienating digital world
  • Race and sexual orientation Minorities working to establish and legitimize identity
  • Immigrants and refugees finding their way in a new place
  • Those experiencing “everyday loneliness” at work, at school, and at home

The film festival will have a juried review of submissions, selection of top films, and awarding of various prizes.

Important Facts About Loneliness

Loneliness has become one of today’s major public health issues—and it’s getting worse:


Number of us affected by loneliness RIGHT NOW!

Loneliness contributes to an early mortality rate equal to that of
smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

The Good News?

Compelling evidence indicates engagement with creative arts expression can greatly help, connecting those affected to themselves and others and promoting a shared sense of belonging.

Storytelling for me is more than a business. I have seen just how powerful the sharing of stories about the human condition can be in the process of healing and connecting people. That’s why I am delighted to be part of this unique and timely Film Festival. It was hard to select winners from the wonderful group of films and filmmakers so I encourage everyone to have a look at all the Festival films online.

Mike Paseornek, Judge and Co-Host

President of Production, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group

We were honored to be featured in the festival. Very exciting to have a festival that is focused on films dealing with isolation. The communication from the staff was excellent, they were highly personable and supportive of our work. The kickoff event was lovely and I had a chance to meet many thoughtful people. Highly recommend.

Lance Kramer, Featured Filmmaker

Executive Producer/Co-Founder, Meridian Hill Pictures

Student Fee Waivers Available.

Listen Now!

On the radio: Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Founder and President of The Foundation for Art & Healing, joins host Janeane Bernstein on KUCI 88.9fm

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