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Universal Lens

A cultural and artistic exchange film festival presenting short films and new media from artists that are in marginalized, underrepresented and underserved communities. All genres are encouraged. Inclusivity being a priority, the film festival will stream live from 

Queens, NY to provide accessibility to those who are unable to attend, so they can actively engage. The selection process will be based on a diverse panel of industry professionals with different backgrounds and experiences that will result in a well rounded list of selectees to be showcased during the festival. The festival will commence with an audience choice award ceremony. There will also be an opportunity for a talk back with the audience and the selected films with their production teams for an in depth conversation of the film/story and the experiences behind it. It will be fun, light, empowering and provide a platform for networking between artists and communities in a safe environment. Curated by Nick Luis who won the City Artists Corps Grant from NYC's creative resurgence program through NYart to create this program.

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October 16th, 2021

at 8pm EST

LIC Tonsorial & The Queens Social

32-86 Steinway St

Astoria, NY 11103

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Hosted by Award Winner Advocate of Wordz and Featuring DJ Spazz. 

This program was made possible by NYC City Artists Corps Grants granted to Nick Luis one of the founders of Blended City.

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Below are the requirements to submit to Universal Lens Film Festival

Awards & Prizes

1. Universal Lens Film Festival will provide an award ceremony of the categories below: 
- Best Film 
- Best Actor (2) 
- Best Screenplay 
- Best Director 

2. Winners will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from talent agencies and managers. 

3. Winning films are also announced by social media and a press release.

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Rules & Eligibility

1. Entries MUST BE 20 MINUTES OR LESS.

2. Submissions in other than English must be subtitled.

3. No more than 2 entries are allowed per filmmaker. 

4. Online screeners are mandatory. If you choose not to upload your project to FilmFreeway’s site, please provide an online link to your submission and be sure to include the password in an email correspondence sent directly to the Universal Lens Film Festival.

5. Universal Lens Film Festival does not download submissions or accept Dropbox submissions. Please only send links to your media hosted on 3rd party servers such as Vimeo or YouTube.

6. Written comments describing entries are beneficial. 

7. DVD entries will not be accepted nor returned. 

8. If selected, filmmakers must sign releases to have their film screened at the Festival.

9. Universal Lens Film Festival may request a downloadable copy (.Mov, .MP4, or other format) to use for exhibition and Filmmaker agrees to comply. 

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More info on the submission process go to : https://filmfreeway.com/UniversalLensFilmFestival

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More info on the event follow us at : ​IG: @universallensfilmfestival & FB: @UniversalLensFilmFestival

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Pansy Craze

Pansy Craze takes place in New York in the 1920s, an era when the underground ballroom scene experienced a surge in popularity.  In this story, two men fall in love and sneak into these underground celebrations to avoid the prejudice of the outside world, including members of their family.  A sad turn of events changes their lives forever.

IG @pansycraze_shortfilm & FB @PansyCraze